Title: Breaking Out Part 1 and Breaking Out Part 2
Author: Michelle Diener
Category: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Reviewed by Amy
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I first read Breaking Out Part 1 by Michelle Diener several years ago as part of an anthology. I loved it and hoped she would write more in the story. Well, to my delight, she then wrote Breaking Out Part 2! I just finished reading both of them and if you like paranormal stories, these are for you. They are shorter stories and can be read in just a couple of hours. The perfect time for a little getaway from reality.
Diener writes such unique stories that you get lost in quickly and Breaking Out Parts 1 and 2 are not different. We meet several “inmates” at a facility that are trying to, well, break out. They have enhanced abilities and are sick of being science projects. The characters are fascinating and the pace is quick and keeps you turning pages. If you are looking for an original, fast paced, paranormal romance story, give Breaking Out 1 and 2 a read.
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We are celebrating the release of Michelle Diener’s The Golden Apple! Below you will find a review and giveaway.
The Golden Apple by Michelle Diener will take you into a land where the unbelievable happens. I found myself swept up in the story so much that my reality fell away. I was transported into the Dark Forest where the main characters were literally fighting to survive.
I tend to have a difficult time visualizing make believe things, such as creatures and settings, but Michelle does a fantastic job with the imagery and made it easier for me to feel as though I was part of the story. Rane and Kayla are the main characters in this story. He is a woodsman, and she is a princess. They find themselves betrothed and under an enchantment doing a powerful sorcerer’s bidding. Along the journey they encounter many deadly creatures and overcome a lot of obstacles, both physical and emotional.
Today at So Many Reads we are celebrating the release of Mistress of the Wind by Michelle Diener with a review and giveaway.
If you are fond of fairy tales and fantasy, you should check out Mistress of the Wind. I will admit that I have a tough time getting into fairy tales because it seems the walls on my imagination only allow me to go so far. However, Michelle’s writing is fantastic and she sets my mind free and helps me really visualize what is going on in the story.
Mistress of the Wind is a retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I don’t know that specific fairy tale, so I am not sure how much it follows, but Mistress of the Wind is very entertaining. From the beginning of the story I was intrigued. Bjorn is searching for the one woman who will break his enchantment and she comes in the form of a female named Astrid.
When you decide to read Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener, make sure you have cleared your calendar because it will consume you. Michelle Diener is one of the best story tellers. She could easily write in any genre and I would be captivated by her stories. Banquet of Lies is a historical fiction/romance but it I was so engrossed in the story I sometimes forgot that they couldn’t pick up the phone and call someone rather than go looking for them. I have not yet read The Emperor’s Conspiracy, but Banquet of Lies is a follow up to that one with connected characters. I don’t think you need to read them in order, but after reading about Lord Durnham and Lady Durnham in Banquet of Lies, I can’t wait to go back and read it.
In Banquet of Lies the story opens with Giselle Barrington, often referred to as Gigi, witnessing her father’s murder. She holds a very important document in which her father was killed and is now on the run knowing the killer (the shadow man she calls him) will be after her. She can’t go to the authorities because she is not sure who she can trust. Instead, she hides out and pretends to be a cook at the house of Lord Aldridge (Jonathan) just a few down from hers so she can watch for the shadow man to come. Gigi thought posing as a cook would be a piece of cake, but boy was she wrong.
I loved In Defense of the Queen by Michelle Diener. Seriously. I think this has been my favorite book of the series so far. A lot of the reason was watching Parker struggle so much while his betrothed, Susanna, was imprisoned and he was helpless. I don’t like to see people struggle, but the normally strong, calm, controlled Parker was out of sorts when he could not get Susanna freed easily. While Susanna didn’t wish to be imprisoned she did what she always does – she stepped up and was strong for everyone else.
If you haven’t read Michelle Diener yet, you must. Her stories are so smart and you will be captivated from the beginning with John and Susanna and the adventure they find themselves on, usually on behalf of the King or Queen. The romance in In Defense of the Queen is just lovely. This is the third book for John and Susanna and you can see their relationship grow stronger all the time. They are truly meant for and complement each other so well. You won’t get the steamy, detailed love scenes in this story, but you still see the romance and passion between the two of them when Michelle writes the more intimate scenes. It is the kind that makes you swoon because it is so beautiful.