Recently I have been on this Kristen Ashley kick. I read two of her books this past week! She is a favorite author here at BT, but I had not read any of her work for some reason. When I found out that she wrote a couple of paranormal romances, I was curious and decided to just dive right in…
Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.
But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.
Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.
But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.
So this book has quite an interesting plot, that I really enjoyed. It’s kind of a mix between The Kricket series by Amy Bartol and the Unexpected Circumstances series by Shay Savage. I just wish that the other books in the series were more about Finnie and Frey, but they are not. I got to read an excerpt of The Golden Dynasty, and felt like the female lead character, Circe was not much different from Finnie. As much as I loved this book, I don’t think I’ll continue the series.
I give Wildest Dreams, 5 out of this world stars, and put it on my “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads. You can definitely read it as a stand alone book.
-Happiness is a line and that line has degrees. There is bliss at one end and there is contentment at the other.
-Life was meant to lived, every breath was a gift, every risk was worth taking.
-Apparently being princess wasn’t all about beautiful palaces, fantastic castles, shopping, archery lessons, wearing awesome crowns and kickass underwear and being married to a hot guy who named his ship after you. Apparently there were drawbacks.
Until the Sun Falls From the Sky (Book 1 in the The Three series) by Kristen Ashley
Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.
Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.
So he’s taking it back.
And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.
Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.
What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.
I adored this book! I love vampires and this book had a great story. While I have many questions about the vampire lore, I still loved the storyline and the main characters. Well, Leah was a very immature 40 year old woman, but she did make me laugh a lot! I am very curious about how everything is going to play out, so I will be continuing the rest of the series.
I also give this book, 5 bad-ass vampire stars and put it on my “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads.
-It would be so easy to give up, to give in, to take what I wanted knowing it would be–by far–the best I ever had. It would be easy to humble myself and deal with the consequences later.
But I couldn’t. If I did, I knew I’d loose myself, all that was me. The mass of bad habits, stubbornness, impatience and sometimes fumbling idiocy, and all of the good traits too, my loyalty, sense of humor and compassion. I wouldn’t hold on to me anymore. I would be giving it to him and I didn’t trust him to take care of it.
-I’m taking my mortal as my mate. You love me, I love you, we’re connected, what we have is beautiful and that’s all it’ll ever be. For eternity. Until the end of days. Until the sun falls from the sky, all you and I will share is beauty.
-“You can’t stalk what’s yours”, he returned. I looked at his shirt. “Yes, I suspect that’s what all the stalkers say.”
Heaven and Hell (Book 1) by Kristen Ashley
After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then out-of-the-blue she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband.
He’s sitting at a table right next to hers. And she catches his eye.
Terrified of the interest Sam shows in her, Kia finds the courage to go out with him. Not long after, she shares her dark secrets and Sam shares that he’ll stop at nothing to gain her trust.
As Sam leads Kia to heaven, Kia realizes that Sam is living his own hell. But although he gives her beauty and she gives him everything, he withholds his trust.
Even with all the beauty Sam shows her, Kia wants it all. But Sam forces Kia to make a heartbreaking decision and only she can decide. It’s all or nothing.
I have not read this book, but I am looking forward to it! I’ve actually had this book on my Kindle since October 2012, so it’s about time, right? If anyone has read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks to Amelia and Tamie for being such big fans of Kristen Ashley. Without you guys, I probably would have never read these books!