Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: "The Shoe" and "Little Red"



Title – The Shoe

Series – The Believe Series – Book #2

Author – Trista Jaszczak

Genre – Romance, fairy tale retelling

Publication Date – 6 August 2013

Publisher – Front Porch Romance

Cover Artist – Designs by Charisma

 


All Blair Miller has ever wanted was to study fashion in New York City. But as one door closed for her, another door opened. A bright and beautiful door that led her straight to a job at celebrity frequented, high end fashion boutique, ATTRAYANT, where she has now worked for years. When an invitation arrives for a masked ball that is being thrown to celebrate a world famous rock band’s new album, Blair finds herself being transformed into Cinderella for the night. When Blair not only falls for Prince of Rock, Hunter but also loses a precious $8,000.00 shoe, she finds herself in possibly the biggest mess of her entire life. How can she reveal who and what she really is to Prince Charming? How can she afford to replace such an expensive shoe? With the help of her two “Fairy God Fathers” who are pushing for her happily ever after…anything could happen.






Excerpt:

“Hi,” he says, softly.
                I look at him and force myself to speak, “Hi.

 

 
 
 
“Would you like a drink?” He asks, extending the champagne to me.


 
                “Might as well, you were sweet enough to bring me a drink. Thank you.” I say, taking the glass from him.
                “What’s your name, Princess?” He asks.
                I look up and into his deep blue eyes. Even under the mask there’s no mistaking who he is. His dark, messy styled hair, that sly smile, and hypnotizing eyes. His tall, well built frame. He is Hunter. He is the man throwing this masked ball for the release of his band’s album “Hidden.”
                I swallow a gulp of champagne. What the hell have Christian and Anthony gotten me into? I finally smile, “Just call me Cinderella.”
                He laughs, “Oh really?” He glares around us for a moment, “No Prince Charming?”
                I give my head a shake and have another sip of the rather tasty champagne, “No Prince Charming. I’m here alone, actually.”
                “What a coincidence, I’m here alone, too.” He beams, his sneaky little smile almost making me go weak in the knees.
                “What?” I say, “You don’t count your band mates?”
                He grins and gives me a little “you got me” smile. “You can tell me it’s me?”
                I laugh, “Please, anyone in the world would know Hunter, even under a little mask.”
                He laughs again and has a drink of the champagne, “You got me.”
                “I’m just that good,” I smile.
                “Well, what do you say to a dance?” He asks. “Since, you are the only one in this room to guess that it’s me.”
                I think for a moment. It’s a dance. What could one dance possibly hurt? I finally nod. He takes the champagne flute for me and places them both on a table draped in a silvery cloth and then reaches for my hand. His face meets mine, “Better go easy on me.”
                I laugh, “I think I can do that.”
                “Mind if we stick with the slow ones?” His hand immediately finds my waist and he draws my body near his and the song changes to a slow paced ballad.
                I hesitate and then finally nod. He begins to gently sway our bodies in a circular motion, “Remember, go easy on me.”
                I laugh, “What, they don’t teach you to dance in rock star boot camp?”


Title – Little Red

Series – The Believe Series – Book #1

Author – Trista Jaszczak

Genre – Romance, fairy tale retelling

Publication Date – June 18, 2013

Publisher – Front Porch Romance

 

BOOK BLURB/SYNOPSIS

Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?

 


 
Excerpt:
 
I barely have enough time to open my mouth, let alone scream as I’m flung into one of the walls of the shack. I groan as he holds me against the wall with one hand. I look up into his eyes. It’s not Ethan but I see a man who aside from his messier dark hair could easily pass for his brother. His silver eyes spark with brightness under the candle light and his 5 o’clock shadow is dominant on his face. He’s as tall as Ethan is with an unbelievably large build. His dark jeans and boots, like Ethan’s, are speckled with debris from the woods. His dark tee shirt reveals two muscular forearms that even under the dim candle lighting I can see tensing as he clings on to me.
“What do we have here?” His voice is low and taunting as I force myself not to fight him. He leans in close; his nose twitches ever so lightly as he…smells me. “You have Ethan on you,” He growls.
My mouth drops as the pain in my back begins spreading from the forceful meeting with the wall.
“Where is he?” He grumbles.
“He…” I stammer. “He went to.”
“He’s right here!” I hear Ethan’s voice from the door of the cabin. My eyes snap toward him, pleading for him to help me.
“Really Ethan?” The man says. “Really? She’s hasn’t been in town all of,” he leans down smelling me again, “a few hours.”
I feel tears beginning to sting my eyes, the man slowly loosens his grip, but he doesn’t let go. He reaches for my forearm where he holds me away from Ethan. He’s using me as bait. He’s using me merely to taunt Ethan in some twisted game.
“Let. Her. Go. Aaron.” Ethan growls.
“What?” The other man laughs, “You mean to tell me she’s yours. This many years and you finally decide to.”
Ethan is quick to cut him off, “Let her go.”
Before I can say anything, five men, who match Ethan’s appearance, run in. One who is Aaron’s identical twin is the first to speak. “Aaron, you fucking moron, what are you doing?”
I train my eyes on him for moment. Unlike his twin, his clean-shaven face presents chiseled features that are buried underneath Aaron’s scruff. His silvery eyes gleam under the candle light just as Aaron and Ethan’s eyes. His hair is dark but much shorter and well styled. His own white tee shirt, dark jeans and large boots also suggest that he has been romping around in the woods.

 
Review

The Shoe and Little Red are modern day versions of the classic Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood stories. They are romantic and sweet with passionate kisses that lead to more and then "fade to black" without getting into all the details. They are a great YA read. The Shoe was my favorite of the two, not to say that I didn't adore Red, but a pop star taking out billboards to find a true love hit me in the soft spot.

Where The Shoe is full of a poor girls day dreams of meeting her rock star crush and then falling madly in love with him, Red is full of action as her hero is cursed by a moon curse, along with his brothers and any who would descend from them.  One story is rainbows and unicorns, the other is more Grimm tales and dragons.

In The Shoe, Hunter is the lead singer for The Huntsmen. During a costume ball for their newest cd release, he meets her "princess". She is the first woman he's ever stayed up all night talking to, it's an instant connection. What happens when she leaves and he doesn't have a name, number, or anything but a crystal covered Louboutin shoe? He will find her identity and fall madly in love with her. Jealousy can be an ugly thing and as everything is being leaked to the press and a world tour is approaching it makes their relationship hard, but Cinderella always get her Prince Charming.

In Red, Sam is running from her ex-boyfriend. The problem is Josh doesn't want to be her ex. To him, she is his property. He is an abusive asshole that has tormented her for years and because his father is a judge and mother is a lawyer, no one will help Sam.  When she finally finds a way to run she ends up in Louisiana and meets Ethan the man who will be her hero, lover, and own her heart. She's lived life alone without a safe home and by the end of the story she has everything heart desires, but goes through Hell to get and keep it all.
 

BOOK BLURB/SYNOPSIS

Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Trista Jaszczak (pronounced jazz-ick) is an Air Force wife and mother of two who is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls Anchorage, Alaska her home. She's published 4 novels so far and written more than 30. She has a deep passion for writing, music, her guitar, her kids and her four-legged babies.

 

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