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The Hunted by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

THE HUNTED, a dark fairy tale retelling

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Elements, Fairy Tale, The Little Mermaid

SYNOPSIS

Let the hunt begin …

After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that.

He should kill her.
Perhaps, keeping her might be worse.

Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling.

And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

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In The Hunted, Bethany-Kris opens a new world—the 9INE REALMS—for readers with a dark fairy tale retelling, and pulls inspiration from the cult classic favorite and the Hans Christian Andersen original to redefine what it means to be The Little Mermaid.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

Fairy tales are like institutionalized stories that have been ingrained in the minds of young girls ever since we were little. I was someone who devoured fairy tales as a kid. I’ve watched all the Disney movies and read Grimm’s fairy tales for bedtime stories while growing up.
While I was growing up, I saw and read a bunch of fairy tale retellings. Some were just simply so good that you will never look at the same story ever again. The first time that happened was when I read Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, and Apples. And then now, when I read Bethany-Kris’ The Hunted.
The Little Mermaid holds a special place in my heart just because it’s one of the first Disney movies that I’ve watched as a kid. And also because the songs were so memorable that up until now I can still remember every line of the lyrics for Part of that World.
Reading the retelling of my favorite fairy tale as an adult was simply something that’s too hard to resist for the little kid at heart in me. Oh well, was I in for a treat. The Hunted was a spectacular retelling of The Little Mermaid. It’s an adult version of the fairy tale that I have always loved. But after reading this, I’ll never look at the story the same way again.
Except I would think about this version and recall Arelle and Eryx’s story. I loved how the story dealt with the realms of the sea and talked about vengeance, including the unbreakable bond that these characters have for each other. What I especially enjoyed the most was that it gave the story of The Little Mermaid more depth and context to what we have originally read or watched before.
As a reader, I’ve always thought that there is something more about Ariel than what I have seen in the movies. Bethany-Kris has explored that and more in her story. And because I loved it so much, I’m kinda hoping that I would get to see more of Arelle and Eryx in the future. While the Epilogue was wrapped up quite nicely, the fairy tale lover in me just can’t help but ask for more.

Rating: 5/5

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Marcus by Bethany Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

MARCUS

by Bethany-Kris
Guzzi Legacy, #6
Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

SYNOPSIS

When falling is easy, people often forget about the crash.

The time has finally come for Marcus Guzzi to step into his birthright. He’s the firstborn—the next boss to take over his family’s mafia and he’s never been more ready. With an MC encroaching on Guzzi territory, family expectations following him, and more responsibility on his shoulders than ever, what’s one more thing added to his ever-growing list of duties when his father asks for a favor? He just didn’t expect that favor to bring with it a woman he can’t ignore.

Cella Marcello is a lot of things. Single mother. Daughter of a former New York Underboss. A highly sought-after interior designer. Widow. The one thing she’s learned about life after all that’s happened in hers? It keeps moving on, and so does she. When a contract for a penthouse design takes her to Toronto, she isn’t ready for the gorgeously dangerous man waiting there to make sure she has everything she needs. Even if the thing she needs is him.

Marcus is everything she never wanted before now. He wasn’t even looking for someone like her. When the traumas of the past take center stage, these two will need to decide if the chance at forever is worth the risk.

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The final Guzzi Legacy novel …

Note: Marcus is a standalone romance within The Guzzi Legacy series.

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Marcus was one great finale of the Guzzi Legacy series for 2019. I have been curious about his own story from the moment he appeared in his parent’s book. And I’m so glad that his story is finally here! Let me tell you as a big fan of the Guzzi series, this is everything I could ever hope for and more. There are so many things that I loved regarding these characters and their stories.

First off, Cella’s portrayal of a single mom was spot on. As a widow, she wanted to take the reins in raising her child and be as independent as she can be. However, she unwittingly ended up further away from her family. It was her grief and heartbreak that made her so real and lovable to me. But it was Tiffany that stole my heart.

Tiffany and Cella’s bond is everything that you could wish for a mother-daughter relationship to be. And having Marcus worm his way into the little girl’s heart (and her Mom) was so sweet and special.

As for Marcus, the heir apparent to the Guzzi kingdom, his role as the future leader of the pack was seen from the very first Guzzi book. The singleton of the Guzzi brood, he was made to take over his father’s footsteps. To see him flourish and overcome his adversities was one of the best plotlines of these series.

Cella and Marcus were the inevitable pair that everybody has been waiting for. The poignant story of loss was so real in this book that you can’t help but cheer for Cella and Tiffany’s happily ever after. And in the end, they did find it in Marcus.

Rating: 5/5

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Frenemies by Nicole Blanchard Blog Tour and Review

Frenemies

by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Dashiel Hampton is her enemy.

Layla Tate reminds herself of that fact every morning she goes to class and sees his smug face smirking up at her. There hasn’t been a moment they weren’t pitted against each other and she refuses to back down…not even when she learns he’s her new teaching assistant.

Layla Tate is going down.

There is nothing that makes Dash Hampton as happy as the look on Layla’s face when she realizes he’s won. He lives to drive her crazy because if he can’t have her beneath him, then he’ll have her any other way he can. He’ll get her to notice him, even if it means making her semester a living hell.

When their classroom rivalry crosses the line between frenemies and forbidden, the hardest lesson they’ll have to learn is that sometimes you have to lose to win.

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About Nicole Blanchard

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Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

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I really enjoyed reading the love-hate relationship that Layla and Dash have in Frenemies. I enjoyed their banter and their long years of competing with each other. One thing’s for sure, these two had a LOT of history together.

You know the little boy who pulled your pigtails when you were a kid but then gives you a Valentine card signed by a “secret admirer”? Well, that was Dash in all his glory.

The only way he could get Layla to notice him was when he riles her up and that was what started their long “frenemies” romance.

I am generally not really into the whole student-teacher romance plot, but this one gave a surprisingly refreshing take on the genre. And of course, suffice to say that this is probably one of the best enemies to lovers romance that I’ve read.

Layla and Dash both have issues with their family. Their family wants to follow the path that was laid out to them. Seeing them fighting for what they want and who they want to be with were absolutely sayisfying to read.

This is the first book that I’ve read in these series. I can’t wait to get my hands on Charlie and Liam’s story and of course, I can’t wait for Ember and Tripp’s story to come out.

Rating: 5/5