Book review: Ruined innocence by Melinda De Ross

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Tittle: Ruined innocence
Author: Melinda De Ross
Genre: Romance, Mystery (a bit)
Pages: 170

In the legendary Transylvania, a castle belonging to Countess Erzsébet Báthory is discovered. Cameraman Hunter Cole and broadcast journalist Serena Scott arrive to make a documentary about the discovery, and the sinister Hungarian noblewoman, known as the most prolific female serial killer in history.
The two Americans could cope with roughing it in a fifteenth-century castle, with no modern amenities. They can even cope with each other, despite their initial mutual dislike for one another, which gradually turns into a mind-blowing attraction.
But when two girls are tortured and killed in Báthory copycat style, the nearby village is shaken to the core. In terror, they wonder who will be next…
*WARNING: Intended for adult readership only. This book contains strong language, violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

Review:
When Melinda asked do I want to review one more of her books, I immediately said yes. Since I loved “Unabrigded” a lot, I was pumped to read another book by her. I’ve got this book as an e-book from the author (I should put disclaimers right?).
I’ve never read anything about Countess Bathory so I didn’t know much about her before going to the book. Aside the thing that Melinda wrote in her book. But reading a synopsis made me want to read a book. The book starts with Serena getting call from her boss that she needs to go to Transylvania with Hunter. She doesn’t know Hunter that well and is not so keen on him but hey, work is a work and she’s gotta do it.
They are settled in the castle from the countess and I can tell you, it is everything but modern. No normal electricity, no warm water, no internet. Nothing that we are used to currently. But Serena and Hunter need to cope with it. Not only that they need to cope with the castle and their living situation, they need to learn to work with each other. Hunter is really a guy that will protect you in any situation, at least that’s what I am thinking.
They start falling for each other but in that time, a weird things start to happen in the small village they are living in. They have two problems they need to solve; their love and them as suspects.
This book was nothing I’ve read before. There was a lot of history inside and it made me want to read it even more. The love part wasn’t that big part of the book. Or maybe it is just because I was so under impression of the historic parts?! But I for sure enjoyed the book. How the love between S&H bloomed. It wasn’t like they saw each other and were in love. They needed to accept things about each other and I think that’s what real life is. Mystery is also part of the book. At least in some way.
Melinda’s pace in this book is really nice. She is not jumping from one thing to another, she really gives us (readers) time to get to know each character but still keeps you interested in the book. The plot twist that happens in the book makes you want to read the book until the very end so that you know what happens next. I know I’ve did that.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance. But if you are sensible like me, you may be affected with nightmare/weird dreams after finishing the book.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,

Ana aka Toyangi

Book review: Captive Prince & Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pascat

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Title: Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1)
Author: C. S. Pascat
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (M&M)
Pages: 270
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

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Title: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2)
Author: C. S. Pascat
Genre: Fantasy, Romance (M&M)
Pages: 404
The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat—with an all-new chapter exclusive to the print edition.
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

Review:
I’ve heard about Captive Prince series on internet. I’m not sure was it Goodreads, Youtube or Instagram. I saw that many people are raving about it and saying how good it is. I wasn’t sure what to expect because usually when a lot of people are raving about book and praising it, I’m on the other side of the spectrum aka that one person that doesn’t like the book(s). But I still wanted to give it a try because plot sounded interesting. Plus, LGBT relationship is involved. So I bought first book.
Once I’ve started reading it, I couldn’t stop. The plot was so interesting that it was hard to put the book down. Damen is the guy that is brought to Prince Laurent of Vere as a sex slave. But Damen has his own secret that he is not allowed to say or he will most likely die. Because Laurent hates him because of the secret he is having.
This book series is not for you if you can’t stand rape, pedophilia and strong language. Or if you are homophobic, then please, go away from this book. But this book series has something brilliant behind it. Characters are amazing, specially Laurent. His mind is one of the kind so to say. The way his brain is working is really something that keeps you going. You never know what is in his mind. Even Damen is sometimes confused.
The person I kept hating through the first two books is Laurent’s uncle. That man is really doing everything he can to ruin Laurent. But Laurent has Damen by his side, Damen who can lead his army into so many wins and who can fight to save Laurent. Damen is often surprised by his owner (Laurent).
The first book kept me going so I bought second book aka Prince’s Gambit. And this book got me emotional. I tweeted to poor C.S.Pascat having my emotional breakdowns and while hating on Jord (the old leader of Laurent’s army). Why I hated on a poor guy?! HE BROKE FIRST KISS BETWEEN LAMEN (Laurent x Damen). I was really in the state to throw book across the room but I needed to continue to read it. My God, I couldn’t stop reading it until 1:30am and bothering my friends all over the chats that I’m emotionally dying. Okay, I bothered C.S.Pascat on Twitter a bit more. But for real, the second book was way better than the first one and if the third one is even better I believe I won’t survive that easily. I did a major mistake by not buying the third book when I was buying the second one.
In the second book we find out more about Laurent and Damen and we see their relationship growing. Their friendship, respect for each other and they start falling in love with each other. As much as they don’t see it, reader can realize it somehow. No, C.S. didn’t wrote it down as “What Damen didn’t know is that he has already fallen for Laurent.”. But small details make bigger picture.
To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.
One of the best quotes in the book. Because it is true. It is true even in the real life. And how much are Lamen willing to give up for each other? I bet I will find out more in the last book.
Writing is amazing, so many details shared, so many war and army strategies. There were times when I was wondering how many hours, days, weeks, months has C.S. spent researching it all. This series topped some of the books I liked for years, I gotta admit. And I know that this series will be in top books of 2016. I can’t remember last time I was this addicted about some book(s) that I went to read fanfictions after. Let me admit this; I’ve spend last two days reading Lamen fanfictions. After having mental breakdowns to all my friends about books. And telling them all to go read them.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5) for both of the books.

 

Until next time,
Ana aka Toyangi

Book review: Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter

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Title: Love from Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Genre: Chick lit
Pages: 358
How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.

Review:
The second book in the series “The love detective”. In the first book Ruby goes to India and meets her boyfriend Jack. I won’t tell you much about first book because I would probably spoil it as no one before so you better go and buy the first book, ok?! Ok! Let me get started with review then.

Truth to be told, I’m not huge fan of France or Paris. Or at least I wasn’t before reading this book. Alexandra described Paris really nicely and offered me other side of French people. Yeah, I know it is all book but let me believe it. I love how she mentioned small streets worth visiting more than popular streets because that for sure is true. I believe that small streets have more soul to them than big, popular streets.

In Paris, Ruby meets Xavier aka Hot french guy (hey, he looks hot in my head ok?! no judging here!) by accident. Since her best friend, Harriet, needs to work Ruby decides that she will discover Paris by herself with map in her hands. While searching for Louvre, she sees Xavier who offers her to be her guide. Nope, that’s not the first time they’ve met. Not here to spill all the beans about their meeting, tsk.

Let’s just say that page 175 or the first page of chapter 19 blew my mind. Alexandra wrote whole page just about bookstore and how Ruby feels there. I think that every booklover can find themselves at this page. “What I really mean is, I lurve books. I’m obsessed by them. Even addicted.” Tell me that this isn’t pure truth if you love books.

But there is one quote that is stuck in my mind after reading this book and that is.

“Sometimes we all do things that are reckless, we must all take risks,” he says, fixing me with his slate grey eyes, “because it’s that which makes us feel truly alive.”
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“But what if you risk losing everything?” I challenge.
“What is everything?” He throws it back. “A life without adventure and thrill is not a life.”

The last sentence.. The last sentence blew my mind totally. Because it is true. It made me question myself how many of us is actually living a life? We live only this fast paced life where we run only after career and live as fast as possible. But why?! Why do we live like this? I think something needs to change sooner or later.

Tell me what you think about this book if you’ve read it.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Until the next time,
Ana aka Toyangi