Braine Reviews: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Series: Execution Underground 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: HQN books
Source: Publisher
Genre: PNR

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind-or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both.

TWILIGHT HUNTER, is the first book in Kait Ballenger’s high velocity series, Execution Underground. After getting our toes wet in Shadow Hunter, we now go knee-deep into a world where supernatural creatures are being policed and hunted by a group of sexy, Alpha hunters. In TWILIGHT HUNTER, the case is about a slasher serial killer whom the Execution Underground, headed by Damon Brock, suspects is a werewolf. The case is led by Hunter, Jace McCannon, and in one of of the crime scenes he came across werewolf, Frankie Amato and it was insta-hate for Jace as soon as his eyes laid on Frankie. However, the Fates seem to have a different plan for him because that same night was Frankie’s mating cycle. As Jace is a half-breed, Frankie’s “beast” chose him and now they’re stuck together as mates. While Jace is trying to untangle himself from his mess, the serial killer’s next target is Frankie and he’s getting closer and closer and it’s only a matter of time before he gets her.
I had so much fun reading TWILIGHT HUNTER. The lead characters Jace and Frankie, are your quintessential PNR heroes, headstrong, aggressive, badass and oh so sexy. Jace has his own demons and I like how KBallenger didn’t turn him into a tortured soul, all bitter and mad at the world. Frankie is such a delightful character to follow too. She’s Alpha of the Rochester pack, all soft on the outside complete with wicked Salsa moves, and tough as nails when on Alpha mode. This one scene where she beat and broke someone’s neck in a span of maybe minutes, had me kissing her feet in awe. The chemistry between these two are sizzling from the start, despite Jace’s loathing for werewolves, he can’t deny his body’s reaction to Frankie. I love how Frankie was so patient and tolerant of him despite Jace’s foot-in-mouth disease, staying by his side until Jace accepted the supernatural half of himself and embraced it to his advantage.

My name is Francesca. I’m Italian, born and raised here in Rochester. I own a dance studio and when I can I teach salsa classes myself. my favorite color is red, but I look best in blue, and I have long walks on the beach.

Aside from the main characters, I also love the villain, Robert, and his evilness. If I were watching the story unfold on the screen, I’d say my skin would be crawling over the delight in Robert’s eyes as he zone in on his prey and preps them for the torture he’s going to put them through. See, Robert doesn’t only take pleasure in maiming and dissecting his victims, he’s a necrophiliac too! The clincher is his connection to Jace. I can’t say what but I’ll leave it at jaw dropping. P.S. I love how the big reveal happened.
What stood out to me the most was Execution Underground the agency. These group of men may have the same goal but they have their own cliques inside the group. It’s every man for himself the Hunters loyal to the cause but not on each other. I love a solid brotherhood but we also know that men, Alpha males in particular, have big egos and KBallenger used that flaw to apply a little discord within Execution Underground. I am not a big fan of their leader, Damon Brock, and seeing him go head to head with Jace (point to Jace! Hi5!) was surprising at first but refreshing. I would think as the leader, Damon would stay neutral despite his personal opinions about Jace yet he went ahead and instigated the discord before sitting Jace down to get his side of the story. I’m really excited to see how this group will grow as a team given that they’re divided within. 
I love the plot of TWILIGHT HUNTER, it’s fast paced and character driven. The myth had a touch of Norse and the backstory was short and succinct keeping the story focused on Jace and Frankie. I also like how KBallenger’s darkness, getting all graphic and gross about those mutilated bodies of Robert’s victims and really made Robert one sick psycho. The conflict was layer upon layer of intrigue and mayhem, usually ending in people getting beat up or someone dying. My craving for some bloody aggression (reading back to back with Kait’s BFF, Kate SeRine’s Along Came A Spider) was so sated my head needs a good burp! And for the purpose of comparisons and forceful convincing, Execution Underground reminded me a lot of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series with all these sexy brawling men and broken loyalty within the group. 
Now I’m excited to read book 2, Immortal Hunter. We get to meet, David, and his lady love Allsun O’Hare and I have a feeling these two will put us through the proverbial wringer. Can’t. Wait!

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Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014).


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Braine Reviews: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Series: Execution Underground 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: HQN books
Source: Publisher
Genre: PNR

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind-or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both.

TWILIGHT HUNTER, is the first book in Kait Ballenger’s high velocity series, Execution Underground. After getting our toes wet in Shadow Hunter, we now go knee-deep into a world where supernatural creatures are being policed and hunted by a group of sexy, Alpha hunters. In TWILIGHT HUNTER, the case is about a slasher serial killer whom the Execution Underground, headed by Damon Brock, suspects is a werewolf. The case is led by Hunter, Jace McCannon, and in one of of the crime scenes he came across werewolf, Frankie Amato and it was insta-hate for Jace as soon as his eyes laid on Frankie. However, the Fates seem to have a different plan for him because that same night was Frankie’s mating cycle. As Jace is a half-breed, Frankie’s “beast” chose him and now they’re stuck together as mates. While Jace is trying to untangle himself from his mess, the serial killer’s next target is Frankie and he’s getting closer and closer and it’s only a matter of time before he gets her.
I had so much fun reading TWILIGHT HUNTER. The lead characters Jace and Frankie, are your quintessential PNR heroes, headstrong, aggressive, badass and oh so sexy. Jace has his own demons and I like how KBallenger didn’t turn him into a tortured soul, all bitter and mad at the world. Frankie is such a delightful character to follow too. She’s Alpha of the Rochester pack, all soft on the outside complete with wicked Salsa moves, and tough as nails when on Alpha mode. This one scene where she beat and broke someone’s neck in a span of maybe minutes, had me kissing her feet in awe. The chemistry between these two are sizzling from the start, despite Jace’s loathing for werewolves, he can’t deny his body’s reaction to Frankie. I love how Frankie was so patient and tolerant of him despite Jace’s foot-in-mouth disease, staying by his side until Jace accepted the supernatural half of himself and embraced it to his advantage.

My name is Francesca. I’m Italian, born and raised here in Rochester. I own a dance studio and when I can I teach salsa classes myself. my favorite color is red, but I look best in blue, and I have long walks on the beach.

Aside from the main characters, I also love the villain, Robert, and his evilness. If I were watching the story unfold on the screen, I’d say my skin would be crawling over the delight in Robert’s eyes as he zone in on his prey and preps them for the torture he’s going to put them through. See, Robert doesn’t only take pleasure in maiming and dissecting his victims, he’s a necrophiliac too! The clincher is his connection to Jace. I can’t say what but I’ll leave it at jaw dropping. P.S. I love how the big reveal happened.
What stood out to me the most was Execution Underground the agency. These group of men may have the same goal but they have their own cliques inside the group. It’s every man for himself the Hunters loyal to the cause but not on each other. I love a solid brotherhood but we also know that men, Alpha males in particular, have big egos and KBallenger used that flaw to apply a little discord within Execution Underground. I am not a big fan of their leader, Damon Brock, and seeing him go head to head with Jace (point to Jace! Hi5!) was surprising at first but refreshing. I would think as the leader, Damon would stay neutral despite his personal opinions about Jace yet he went ahead and instigated the discord before sitting Jace down to get his side of the story. I’m really excited to see how this group will grow as a team given that they’re divided within. 
I love the plot of TWILIGHT HUNTER, it’s fast paced and character driven. The myth had a touch of Norse and the backstory was short and succinct keeping the story focused on Jace and Frankie. I also like how KBallenger’s darkness, getting all graphic and gross about those mutilated bodies of Robert’s victims and really made Robert one sick psycho. The conflict was layer upon layer of intrigue and mayhem, usually ending in people getting beat up or someone dying. My craving for some bloody aggression (reading back to back with Kait’s BFF, Kate SeRine’s Along Came A Spider) was so sated my head needs a good burp! And for the purpose of comparisons and forceful convincing, Execution Underground reminded me a lot of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series with all these sexy brawling men and broken loyalty within the group. 
Now I’m excited to read book 2, Immortal Hunter. We get to meet, David, and his lady love Allsun O’Hare and I have a feeling these two will put us through the proverbial wringer. Can’t. Wait!

Other books in the series
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Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014).


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Gush and Gripe: Goodbye Sookie

Goodbye, Sookie, & thanks for the memories!
And so it’s done. Finished. Finito. 
After 13 books and several novellas and shorts in between, we bid Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana adieu.
FINALLY!
The first time I read Deadlocked I DNF’d it but as I was curious to read how CHarris ended the series, I gave it another go and it was OK. Dead Ever After wasn’t any different, if not worse. It was well… 
Dead. 
I realized Sookie’s series stopped being fun a looong time ago and it’s a shame! I have an emotional attachment to Southern Vampire Mysteries or Sookie Stackhouse because it provided a much needed comedic relief at a time when my personal life was a frickin’ tragedy. Personally, things started going downhill after book 5, Dead As A Doornail, and I wish CHarris stopped when Sookie and Eric got back together. I wish she didn’t drag that pointless relationship further and gave Team Eric the run around.
So like most fans I’m a little disappointed. No satisfaction from the last two books or so and don’t even get me started on True Blood! Ugh! 
My dissatisfaction stems not from who Sookie ended up with. The girl’s been through every kind of preternatural male with matching heartaches and have been on the brink of death several times. As long as the bitch is happy I’m all for it.  
My disappointment revolves around the lack of CLOSURE. First of all, the build-up for Eric was there from the start. Til Deadlocked the idea was still dangled in our face. Dead Ever After screwed that up in epic proportions I have no words! Sookie and her fans deserved more than that! Eric deserved more than that. He’s a thousand-year old Viking for chrissakes, he’s got balls the size of Jupiter but unfortunately, he felt a little emasculated. No bueno.
And the ending! WTH was that?! After all the “monsters” Sookie went head to head with, those are the best group of characters CHarris can gather to boost Sookie’s heroine status and be her crowning glory? Pathetic.
My only take away is that at least the series is finally over. CHarris can no longer add damage to the series by dragging it out unnecessarily. I wish the series was concluded sooner than later, ended it with a bittersweet bang instead of the the resounding big sigh of relief from the fans.
Have you read Dead Ever After, if so, what’s your take on it? 
What’s the worst series ending you’ve ever read?

Gush and Gripe: Goodbye Sookie

Goodbye, Sookie, & thanks for the memories!
And so it’s done. Finished. Finito. 
After 13 books and several novellas and shorts in between, we bid Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, Louisiana adieu.
FINALLY!
The first time I read Deadlocked I DNF’d it but as I was curious to read how CHarris ended the series, I gave it another go and it was OK. Dead Ever After wasn’t any different, if not worse. It was well… 
Dead. 
I realized Sookie’s series stopped being fun a looong time ago and it’s a shame! I have an emotional attachment to Southern Vampire Mysteries or Sookie Stackhouse because it provided a much needed comedic relief at a time when my personal life was a frickin’ tragedy. Personally, things started going downhill after book 5, Dead As A Doornail, and I wish CHarris stopped when Sookie and Eric got back together. I wish she didn’t drag that pointless relationship further and gave Team Eric the run around.
So like most fans I’m a little disappointed. No satisfaction from the last two books or so and don’t even get me started on True Blood! Ugh! 
My dissatisfaction stems not from who Sookie ended up with. The girl’s been through every kind of preternatural male with matching heartaches and have been on the brink of death several times. As long as the bitch is happy I’m all for it.  
My disappointment revolves around the lack of CLOSURE. First of all, the build-up for Eric was there from the start. Til Deadlocked the idea was still dangled in our face. Dead Ever After screwed that up in epic proportions I have no words! Sookie and her fans deserved more than that! Eric deserved more than that. He’s a thousand-year old Viking for chrissakes, he’s got balls the size of Jupiter but unfortunately, he felt a little emasculated. No bueno.
And the ending! WTH was that?! After all the “monsters” Sookie went head to head with, those are the best group of characters CHarris can gather to boost Sookie’s heroine status and be her crowning glory? Pathetic.
My only take away is that at least the series is finally over. CHarris can no longer add damage to the series by dragging it out unnecessarily. I wish the series was concluded sooner than later, ended it with a bittersweet bang instead of the the resounding big sigh of relief from the fans.
Have you read Dead Ever After, if so, what’s your take on it? 
What’s the worst series ending you’ve ever read?

Tour Stop + Giveaway: The Hunt by K.C. Falls

Hooked (The Hunt)

K.C. Falls
New Adult

Two people, an ocean, a big fish and a small monkey. She doesn’t trust herself and he can’t remember when he trusted anyone. 

(Lara) A spoiled man-whore was a bad idea even for a girl who majored in bad ideas. It was the monkey’s fault I didn’t take my own advice. Mrs. Dalloway caught me way off guard. She stripped him down to his bare humanity and wouldn’t let me throw a blanket over that naked soul. Everything he did was contradicted by all that he was. The little white-faced princess on his shoulder never missed a chance to point that out. Mrs. D was a shameless charmer but honest to her bones. She forced me to look at the truth of him until the reality of Morgan had me hooked.

(Morgan) I agreed too quickly. I thought she’d be a punctured, tatted up, street-smart bitch with the kind of balls it took to hang in a major league pressure cooker of a go-to South Beach restaurant. The only thing I guessed right about was the ‘nads. She had ’em but the package was all wrong. There were waves where I expected spikes, soft where I was looking for hard. Then she schooled me about dear dad’s precious art collection and I realized street wasn’t her only kind of smart. Mrs. D–who knows every wart on my blemished spirit–surprised me with a rare nod of approval. It’s usually a good idea to listen when your best friend has something to say. Even if your best bud is a monkey.

Hooked (The Hunt) is a new adult romance that unfolds in a trilogy, each featuring a high energy adventure that escalates Lara and Morgan’s relationship with physical and emotional challenges. It is intended for mature readers due to explicit content and language.

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Tour Stop + Giveaway: The Hunt by K.C. Falls

Hooked (The Hunt)

K.C. Falls
New Adult

Two people, an ocean, a big fish and a small monkey. She doesn’t trust herself and he can’t remember when he trusted anyone. 

(Lara) A spoiled man-whore was a bad idea even for a girl who majored in bad ideas. It was the monkey’s fault I didn’t take my own advice. Mrs. Dalloway caught me way off guard. She stripped him down to his bare humanity and wouldn’t let me throw a blanket over that naked soul. Everything he did was contradicted by all that he was. The little white-faced princess on his shoulder never missed a chance to point that out. Mrs. D was a shameless charmer but honest to her bones. She forced me to look at the truth of him until the reality of Morgan had me hooked.

(Morgan) I agreed too quickly. I thought she’d be a punctured, tatted up, street-smart bitch with the kind of balls it took to hang in a major league pressure cooker of a go-to South Beach restaurant. The only thing I guessed right about was the ‘nads. She had ’em but the package was all wrong. There were waves where I expected spikes, soft where I was looking for hard. Then she schooled me about dear dad’s precious art collection and I realized street wasn’t her only kind of smart. Mrs. D–who knows every wart on my blemished spirit–surprised me with a rare nod of approval. It’s usually a good idea to listen when your best friend has something to say. Even if your best bud is a monkey.

Hooked (The Hunt) is a new adult romance that unfolds in a trilogy, each featuring a high energy adventure that escalates Lara and Morgan’s relationship with physical and emotional challenges. It is intended for mature readers due to explicit content and language.

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Love It: Along Came A Spider by Kate SeRine

Series: Transplanted Tales 3
Format: EGalley
Release Dat: August 1, 2013

Publisher: eKensington Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance – Urban Fantasy

When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away.
Oh, man! Oh, man! Oh, man!
Transplanted Tales just keeps getting better and better! In fact ALONG CAME A SPIDER, the latest series installment, is better than Pringles! Once you pop open the book, it’ll take a lot to make you stop! I know I sound like an advertising cliche but it’s so true. I slept late last night not by choice but because I can’t put the darn book down until I’ve reached THE END. 
Anyway, so here’s what happened the Tales’ neck of the woods in Chicago…
ALONG CAME A SPIDER is Beatrice Little Miss Muffet and Nicky Little Boy Blue’s HEA and if you’re following this series, you know that it’s only a matter of time before these two hook up. Aside from their palpable chemistry and sexy bedroom gymnastics, Trish and Nicky’s adventures are simply thrilling. For starters, Trish’s nightmares and hallucinations thanks to Vlad Dracula were terrifying! Getting pulled under your bed, finding yourself in a grave, throwing up blood and hearing voices? These scenes gave me goosebumps! I don’t like the idea of someone pulling my leg while I’m sleeping much less drag me into the darkness! And if that isn’t enough, Trish and Nicky are being chased by corrupt Agency cops because they’re close to discovering their shenanigans and connection to Dracula. Trish and Nicky have had one too many close calls complete with raining bullets and mangled Tales and these scenes are heart stopping! I felt my eyes going on overdrive trying to keep up with the story! 
The conflict is layered and I like how KSeRine started relaying the mystery on two different directions only to have it meld brilliantly towards the end. Trish and Nick’s relationship issues coupled with seemingly numerous villains made the story fast-paced and a breeze to read. The dialogue is peppered with superb humor through funny catchphrases and self-deprecating remarks. All the characters, including the cameos and names dropped, are so fleshed out I can hear each of their distinct voices in my head clearly.
Speaking of other characters, I don’t know how it’s possible but Red Little is even more intimidating now that she’s preggers with Nate Grimm’s baby than before. Lavender Seelie and Seth are stronger than ever even if Seth is yet to win over her imperious mother-in-law. KSeRine also made new additions to the cast my favorites being the Soprano-like Three Little Piggs and Ulrich Rumpelstiltskin who’s all Queenly spinning gold in his jewelry shop giving Sir Elton John a run for his glitter. Trish and Nicky’s scenes with Rick and his lover, Truman, were LOL funny, I hope we see more of them in the future. Lastly I hope the next novel is Gideon’s HEA. I don’t know what is it about these fairies but Gideon has my heart right now. He’s so noble and his heart so golden he needs a woman to give all that love to! I’d volunteer myself but I think he’s not into Ordinaries.
Transplanted Tales is one badass fantastical amusement park I can’t get enough of it! Not only are the tour guides iconic fictional characters but KSeRine’s reimagined world is filled with so many bewitching stuff: gun toting heroes, nail-biting suspense, heart stopping close calls, terrifying villains, fairy magic, lots of sexy lovin’ and everything else in between! ALONG CAME A SPIDER IMO, is the most action-packed volume in the series so far and KSeRine amped it up by adding a superhero element to the story in Nicky Blue. Everybody loves a vigilante and Nicky Blue is definitely someone I want to come to my rescue when I cry for help.
I don’t know how KSeRine does it because she and her Tales are far from slowing down! The world keeps on growing and growing and its a gift that keeps on giving. If you haven’t read ANY of the books yet, I’m sorry to tell you but you’re MISSING OUT so do the right thing and catch up NOW.
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Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and The Emily (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency. 

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Along Came a Spider
Copyright 2013 Kate SeRine
  
           I woke slowly, gradually becoming aware but not sure what had awakened me. I opened my eyes and scanned the room, searching the heavy shadows. Birds chirped outside the window, alerting me it was morning, but thanks to the blackout shades, the room was still plunged in darkness. I also heard soft snoring. Frowning, I turned my head and saw Nicky lying on the pillow beside me. He was still dressed and on top of the covers, but his arm was lightly draped across me.

           My stomach did its little fluttery thing at the realization that instead of leaving once I’d fallen asleep, Nicky had stayed at my side while I slept, watching over me and keeping me safe. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d be in Nicky Blue’s house, sleeping in bed with him, I would’ve called her a liar—plus another couple of names that were even less complimentary. Then again, if someone had told me a week ago that I would be jumped by vampires, attacked in my apartment by a seriously pissed off ghost, and psychically invaded by Dracula himself, all in the same week, I wouldn’t have believed that either. Guess life was just full of surprises. . . .

             Feeling a sudden shift in the air, I shook off the last remnants of sleep and squinted into the darkness. There was a heaviness in the room that I couldn’t quite place. All the hairs on the back of my neck jumped to attention, and my blood went cold. No, wait—it wasn’t my blood. It was the temperature in the room itself that had plummeted several degrees. Next to me, Nicky shivered in his sleep.

          I swallowed hard, then whispered, Nicky!My breath came out as a frosty mist that curled before my eyes.

          Shit. Not good.

          In a panic, I tried to get up, but I was completely paralyzed. I tried to call out to Nicky again, but all that came out was a strangled rasp. As I lay there, completely helpless, the shadows swirled and shifted, slowly taking form as they moved toward the bed. A moment later, the silhouette of a woman took shape at the end of the bed. I felt the mattress dip down by my feet as the shadow-woman put one knee on the mattress and then another and began to creep toward me.

In the next moment she was straddling me, her face just inches from mine. I was trembling so violently, I couldn’t believe the shaking hadn’t woken Nicky. As if the phantom had heard my thoughts, she glanced over at where he lay, then ran a ghostly finger from my forehead down along the bridge of my nose until she reached my lips. “Don’t bother trying to call for him,” she said, her voice edged with amusement. “He can’t hear you. It’s just you”–her finger continued down my chin and along the edge of my throat–“and me.”

          I wanted to look away, close my eyes, pretend this was just a dream, but I couldn’t. It was as if she was controlling me.

          She chuckled, a low, throaty sound. “No, silly girl, it’s notme controlling you.” She bent forward until her lips were near my ear. “It’s the master,” she whispered, her breath an arctic blast on my skin. “You tasted the blood of one of his children. And now you are his.”

          My eyes went wide, remembering how, in desperation, I’d bitten the vampiress the other night, how her blood had flooded my mouth when my teeth had broken her skin.

          “You weren’t the one he was hoping for,” she giggled, “but after meeting you face to face last night, he thinks you’ll be a lovely addition to the family.” She shifted and pressed her lips to mine in a slow kiss, then grinned down at me. “Oh, we’re going to have so much fun. . . .”

          She turned her head to regard Nicky for a moment, her blonde hair sweeping across my face. “What do you think,” she taunted, “should we bring Mr. Blue into the family, too? He’d be such a delightful plaything for the other girls. So handsome and strong.” She giggled again and gave me a lascivious wink. “They’d enjoy sucking him dry in more ways than one.”

          Fury so powerful engulfed me, it shattered the hold over me. My arm shot up and grasped her throat, and I flipped her onto her back, now sticking my face into hers. “You and whatever vampire whores Dracula has recruited will stay the hell away from Nicky Blue, or you’ll have to deal with me.”

          The ghost merely laughed, her eyes twinkling with amusement before she dematerialized and reformed beside the bed, safely out of my reach, proving just how empty my threat was. She adjusted her fluffy pink sweater and pulled her mini skirt down a notch before giving me a patronizing grin. “I’ll be seeing you soon, sweetie!”

          “Don’t count on it,” I hissed. “I’ll take on that son of a bitch Dracula any day, any time. You tell him to bring it on.”

          She suddenly swooped forward, her face morphing into a horrifying replica of Sebille Fenwick’s rotting corpse, somehow knowing about the nightmares that had plagued me for the last few months. Then she grabbed my throat and squeezed. I clawed desperately at her ghostly hands, doing nothing more than scoring my own skin with my fingernails.

          “Do not underestimate the master,” the phantom warned, her breath rank, making me gag. “You are his, Trish. And you’ll be joining him very soon.

          With a parting cackle, she flung me backward, but instead of hitting the mattress, I kept falling, the darkness growing deeper. Screaming, I threw my arms out to my sides, desperately grasping for anything to stop my descent. My nails dug into something soft and foul. Was it dirt? Just when it felt like I would fall forever, I suddenly hit bottom, and the air was forced from my lungs.

          “This isn’t real,” I panted, squeezing my eyes closed with relief. “It’s just a dream. It’s all just a dream. Wake up, Trish.”

          But when I opened my eyes again, I was still lying at the bottom of a freshly dug grave hundreds of feet deep. “It’s just a dream,” I ground out, balling my hands into fists. “Wake up!”

 ​I suddenly felt an arm snake under my back and around my shoulders. With a gasp, I rolled toward my unexpected companion in the grave and found myself lying on top of him, his blazing red eyes burning into my soul. “What the—”

“Hello, little one,” came the low, hypnotic voice, the tendrils of sound wrapping around me, drawing me closer.

          I was still screaming when his fangs plunged into my throat.

Braine Reviews: Along Came A Spider by Kate Serine

Series: Transplanted Tales 3
Format: EGalley
Release Dat: August 1, 2013

Publisher: eKensington Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance – Urban Fantasy

When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away.
Oh, man! Oh, man! Oh, man!
Transplanted Tales just keeps getting better and better! In fact ALONG CAME A SPIDER, the latest series installment, is better than Pringles! Once you pop open the book, it’ll take a lot to make you stop! I know I sound like an advertising cliche but it’s so true. I slept late last night not by choice but because I can’t put the darn book down until I’ve reached THE END. 
Anyway, so here’s what happened the Tales’ neck of the woods in Chicago…
ALONG CAME A SPIDER is Beatrice Little Miss Muffet and Nicky Little Boy Blue’s HEA and if you’re following this series, you know that it’s only a matter of time before these two hook up. Aside from their palpable chemistry and sexy bedroom gymnastics, Trish and Nicky’s adventures are simply thrilling. For starters, Trish’s nightmares and hallucinations thanks to Vlad Dracula were terrifying! Getting pulled under your bed, finding yourself in a grave, throwing up blood and hearing voices? These scenes gave me goosebumps! I don’t like the idea of someone pulling my leg while I’m sleeping much less drag me into the darkness! And if that isn’t enough, Trish and Nicky are being chased by corrupt Agency cops because they’re close to discovering their shenanigans and connection to Dracula. Trish and Nicky have had one too many close calls complete with raining bullets and mangled Tales and these scenes are heart stopping! I felt my eyes going on overdrive trying to keep up with the story! 
The conflict is layered and I like how KSeRine started relaying the mystery on two different directions only to have it meld brilliantly towards the end. Trish and Nick’s relationship issues coupled with seemingly numerous villains made the story fast-paced and a breeze to read. The dialogue is peppered with superb humor through funny catchphrases and self-deprecating remarks. All the characters, including the cameos and names dropped, are so fleshed out I can hear each of their distinct voices in my head clearly.
Speaking of other characters, I don’t know how it’s possible but Red Little is even more intimidating now that she’s preggers with Nate Grimm’s baby than before. Lavender Seelie and Seth are stronger than ever even if Seth is yet to win over her imperious mother-in-law. KSeRine also made new additions to the cast my favorites being the Soprano-like Three Little Piggs and Ulrich Rumpelstiltskin who’s all Queenly spinning gold in his jewelry shop giving Sir Elton John a run for his glitter. Trish and Nicky’s scenes with Rick and his lover, Truman, were LOL funny, I hope we see more of them in the future. Lastly I hope the next novel is Gideon’s HEA. I don’t know what is it about these fairies but Gideon has my heart right now. He’s so noble and his heart so golden he needs a woman to give all that love to! I’d volunteer myself but I think he’s not into Ordinaries.
Transplanted Tales is one badass fantastical amusement park I can’t get enough of it! Not only are the tour guides iconic fictional characters but KSeRine’s reimagined world is filled with so many bewitching stuff: gun toting heroes, nail-biting suspense, heart stopping close calls, terrifying villains, fairy magic, lots of sexy lovin’ and everything else in between! ALONG CAME A SPIDER IMO, is the most action-packed volume in the series so far and KSeRine amped it up by adding a superhero element to the story in Nicky Blue. Everybody loves a vigilante and Nicky Blue is definitely someone I want to come to my rescue when I cry for help.
I don’t know how KSeRine does it because she and her Tales are far from slowing down! The world keeps on growing and growing and its a gift that keeps on giving. If you haven’t read ANY of the books yet, I’m sorry to tell you but you’re MISSING OUT so do the right thing and catch up NOW.
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Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and The Emily (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency. 

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Along Came a Spider
Copyright 2013 Kate SeRine
  
           I woke slowly, gradually becoming aware but not sure what had awakened me. I opened my eyes and scanned the room, searching the heavy shadows. Birds chirped outside the window, alerting me it was morning, but thanks to the blackout shades, the room was still plunged in darkness. I also heard soft snoring. Frowning, I turned my head and saw Nicky lying on the pillow beside me. He was still dressed and on top of the covers, but his arm was lightly draped across me.

           My stomach did its little fluttery thing at the realization that instead of leaving once I’d fallen asleep, Nicky had stayed at my side while I slept, watching over me and keeping me safe. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d be in Nicky Blue’s house, sleeping in bed with him, I would’ve called her a liar—plus another couple of names that were even less complimentary. Then again, if someone had told me a week ago that I would be jumped by vampires, attacked in my apartment by a seriously pissed off ghost, and psychically invaded by Dracula himself, all in the same week, I wouldn’t have believed that either. Guess life was just full of surprises. . . .

             Feeling a sudden shift in the air, I shook off the last remnants of sleep and squinted into the darkness. There was a heaviness in the room that I couldn’t quite place. All the hairs on the back of my neck jumped to attention, and my blood went cold. No, wait—it wasn’t my blood. It was the temperature in the room itself that had plummeted several degrees. Next to me, Nicky shivered in his sleep.

          I swallowed hard, then whispered, Nicky!My breath came out as a frosty mist that curled before my eyes.

          Shit. Not good.

          In a panic, I tried to get up, but I was completely paralyzed. I tried to call out to Nicky again, but all that came out was a strangled rasp. As I lay there, completely helpless, the shadows swirled and shifted, slowly taking form as they moved toward the bed. A moment later, the silhouette of a woman took shape at the end of the bed. I felt the mattress dip down by my feet as the shadow-woman put one knee on the mattress and then another and began to creep toward me.

In the next moment she was straddling me, her face just inches from mine. I was trembling so violently, I couldn’t believe the shaking hadn’t woken Nicky. As if the phantom had heard my thoughts, she glanced over at where he lay, then ran a ghostly finger from my forehead down along the bridge of my nose until she reached my lips. “Don’t bother trying to call for him,” she said, her voice edged with amusement. “He can’t hear you. It’s just you”–her finger continued down my chin and along the edge of my throat–“and me.”

          I wanted to look away, close my eyes, pretend this was just a dream, but I couldn’t. It was as if she was controlling me.

          She chuckled, a low, throaty sound. “No, silly girl, it’s notme controlling you.” She bent forward until her lips were near my ear. “It’s the master,” she whispered, her breath an arctic blast on my skin. “You tasted the blood of one of his children. And now you are his.”

          My eyes went wide, remembering how, in desperation, I’d bitten the vampiress the other night, how her blood had flooded my mouth when my teeth had broken her skin.

          “You weren’t the one he was hoping for,” she giggled, “but after meeting you face to face last night, he thinks you’ll be a lovely addition to the family.” She shifted and pressed her lips to mine in a slow kiss, then grinned down at me. “Oh, we’re going to have so much fun. . . .”

          She turned her head to regard Nicky for a moment, her blonde hair sweeping across my face. “What do you think,” she taunted, “should we bring Mr. Blue into the family, too? He’d be such a delightful plaything for the other girls. So handsome and strong.” She giggled again and gave me a lascivious wink. “They’d enjoy sucking him dry in more ways than one.”

          Fury so powerful engulfed me, it shattered the hold over me. My arm shot up and grasped her throat, and I flipped her onto her back, now sticking my face into hers. “You and whatever vampire whores Dracula has recruited will stay the hell away from Nicky Blue, or you’ll have to deal with me.”

          The ghost merely laughed, her eyes twinkling with amusement before she dematerialized and reformed beside the bed, safely out of my reach, proving just how empty my threat was. She adjusted her fluffy pink sweater and pulled her mini skirt down a notch before giving me a patronizing grin. “I’ll be seeing you soon, sweetie!”

          “Don’t count on it,” I hissed. “I’ll take on that son of a bitch Dracula any day, any time. You tell him to bring it on.”

          She suddenly swooped forward, her face morphing into a horrifying replica of Sebille Fenwick’s rotting corpse, somehow knowing about the nightmares that had plagued me for the last few months. Then she grabbed my throat and squeezed. I clawed desperately at her ghostly hands, doing nothing more than scoring my own skin with my fingernails.

          “Do not underestimate the master,” the phantom warned, her breath rank, making me gag. “You are his, Trish. And you’ll be joining him very soon.

          With a parting cackle, she flung me backward, but instead of hitting the mattress, I kept falling, the darkness growing deeper. Screaming, I threw my arms out to my sides, desperately grasping for anything to stop my descent. My nails dug into something soft and foul. Was it dirt? Just when it felt like I would fall forever, I suddenly hit bottom, and the air was forced from my lungs.

          “This isn’t real,” I panted, squeezing my eyes closed with relief. “It’s just a dream. It’s all just a dream. Wake up, Trish.”

          But when I opened my eyes again, I was still lying at the bottom of a freshly dug grave hundreds of feet deep. “It’s just a dream,” I ground out, balling my hands into fists. “Wake up!”

 ​I suddenly felt an arm snake under my back and around my shoulders. With a gasp, I rolled toward my unexpected companion in the grave and found myself lying on top of him, his blazing red eyes burning into my soul. “What the—”

“Hello, little one,” came the low, hypnotic voice, the tendrils of sound wrapping around me, drawing me closer.

          I was still screaming when his fangs plunged into my throat.

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Along Came A Spider by Kate Serine

After sharing some good news about Transplanted Tales (more books y’all!) we are back and extremely honored to kick off 
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Along Came A Spider
Transplanted Tales 3
Kate SeRine
eKensington Books
August 1, 2013
Paranormal Romance – Urban Fantasy
When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away.

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Along Came a Spider
Copyright 2013 Kate SeRine
  
           I woke slowly, gradually becoming aware but not sure what had awakened me. I opened my eyes and scanned the room, searching the heavy shadows. Birds chirped outside the window, alerting me it was morning, but thanks to the blackout shades, the room was still plunged in darkness. I also heard soft snoring. Frowning, I turned my head and saw Nicky lying on the pillow beside me. He was still dressed and on top of the covers, but his arm was lightly draped across me.

           My stomach did its little fluttery thing at the realization that instead of leaving once I’d fallen asleep, Nicky had stayed at my side while I slept, watching over me and keeping me safe. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d be in Nicky Blue’s house, sleeping in bed with him, I would’ve called her a liar—plus another couple of names that were even less complimentary. Then again, if someone had told me a week ago that I would be jumped by vampires, attacked in my apartment by a seriously pissed off ghost, and psychically invaded by Dracula himself, all in the same week, I wouldn’t have believed that either. Guess life was just full of surprises. . . .

             Feeling a sudden shift in the air, I shook off the last remnants of sleep and squinted into the darkness. There was a heaviness in the room that I couldn’t quite place. All the hairs on the back of my neck jumped to attention, and my blood went cold. No, wait—it wasn’t my blood. It was the temperature in the room itself that had plummeted several degrees. Next to me, Nicky shivered in his sleep.

          I swallowed hard, then whispered, Nicky!My breath came out as a frosty mist that curled before my eyes.

          Shit. Not good.

          In a panic, I tried to get up, but I was completely paralyzed. I tried to call out to Nicky again, but all that came out was a strangled rasp. As I lay there, completely helpless, the shadows swirled and shifted, slowly taking form as they moved toward the bed. A moment later, the silhouette of a woman took shape at the end of the bed. I felt the mattress dip down by my feet as the shadow-woman put one knee on the mattress and then another and began to creep toward me.

In the next moment she was straddling me, her face just inches from mine. I was trembling so violently, I couldn’t believe the shaking hadn’t woken Nicky. As if the phantom had heard my thoughts, she glanced over at where he lay, then ran a ghostly finger from my forehead down along the bridge of my nose until she reached my lips. “Don’t bother trying to call for him,” she said, her voice edged with amusement. “He can’t hear you. It’s just you”–her finger continued down my chin and along the edge of my throat–“and me.”

          I wanted to look away, close my eyes, pretend this was just a dream, but I couldn’t. It was as if she was controlling me.

          She chuckled, a low, throaty sound. “No, silly girl, it’s notme controlling you.” She bent forward until her lips were near my ear. “It’s the master,” she whispered, her breath an arctic blast on my skin. “You tasted the blood of one of his children. And now you are his.”

          My eyes went wide, remembering how, in desperation, I’d bitten the vampiress the other night, how her blood had flooded my mouth when my teeth had broken her skin.

          “You weren’t the one he was hoping for,” she giggled, “but after meeting you face to face last night, he thinks you’ll be a lovely addition to the family.” She shifted and pressed her lips to mine in a slow kiss, then grinned down at me. “Oh, we’re going to have so much fun. . . .”

          She turned her head to regard Nicky for a moment, her blonde hair sweeping across my face. “What do you think,” she taunted, “should we bring Mr. Blue into the family, too? He’d be such a delightful plaything for the other girls. So handsome and strong.” She giggled again and gave me a lascivious wink. “They’d enjoy sucking him dry in more ways than one.”

          Fury so powerful engulfed me, it shattered the hold over me. My arm shot up and grasped her throat, and I flipped her onto her back, now sticking my face into hers. “You and whatever vampire whores Dracula has recruited will stay the hell away from Nicky Blue, or you’ll have to deal with me.”

          The ghost merely laughed, her eyes twinkling with amusement before she dematerialized and reformed beside the bed, safely out of my reach, proving just how empty my threat was. She adjusted her fluffy pink sweater and pulled her mini skirt down a notch before giving me a patronizing grin. “I’ll be seeing you soon, sweetie!”

          “Don’t count on it,” I hissed. “I’ll take on that son of a bitch Dracula any day, any time. You tell him to bring it on.”

          She suddenly swooped forward, her face morphing into a horrifying replica of Sebille Fenwick’s rotting corpse, somehow knowing about the nightmares that had plagued me for the last few months. Then she grabbed my throat and squeezed. I clawed desperately at her ghostly hands, doing nothing more than scoring my own skin with my fingernails.

          “Do not underestimate the master,” the phantom warned, her breath rank, making me gag. “You are his, Trish. And you’ll be joining him very soon.

          With a parting cackle, she flung me backward, but instead of hitting the mattress, I kept falling, the darkness growing deeper. Screaming, I threw my arms out to my sides, desperately grasping for anything to stop my descent. My nails dug into something soft and foul. Was it dirt? Just when it felt like I would fall forever, I suddenly hit bottom, and the air was forced from my lungs.

          “This isn’t real,” I panted, squeezing my eyes closed with relief. “It’s just a dream. It’s all just a dream. Wake up, Trish.”

          But when I opened my eyes again, I was still lying at the bottom of a freshly dug grave hundreds of feet deep. “It’s just a dream,” I ground out, balling my hands into fists. “Wake up!”

 ​I suddenly felt an arm snake under my back and around my shoulders. With a gasp, I rolled toward my unexpected companion in the grave and found myself lying on top of him, his blazing red eyes burning into my soul. “What the—”

“Hello, little one,” came the low, hypnotic voice, the tendrils of sound wrapping around me, drawing me closer.

          I was still screaming when his fangs plunged into my throat.

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and The Emily (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency. 

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Braine Reviews: Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

Series: The Chrysomelia Stories
Format: Mobi
Excerpt
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Source: Publisher
Genre: New Adult – Fantasy
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The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.
Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.
PERSEPHONE’S ORCHARD, book 1 of Molly Ringle’s The Chrysomelia Stories, is, you guessed it! An uptake on the Greek mythical tale about Persephone and Hades. Sophie Darrow is Persephone reincarnated, she’s a freshman in college and this exciting time in her life is shadowed by Adrian and his claims that she’s the Greek Goddess Persephone reborn. To convince Sophie, Adrian Watts aka Hades, fed her some pomegranate juice hoping that it’ll jack up Sophie’s memory. And jack up it did! The days following Sophie’s ingestion of the seemingly harmless juice she starts dreaming of her past lives til she dreamt being Persephone, daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and how she fell in love with the God of the Underworld, Hades. But being a part of the legendary Greek Pantheon isn’t as fine and dandy as we assume. An extremist group called Thanatos knows their secret and have been hunting and murdering the reincarnated Gods to keep the balance f nature. Now Sophie is on the run and it’s now up to her, Adrian and the rest of the immortals to stop Thanatos from annihilating their kind.

PERSEPHONE’S ORCHARD is a fantasy novel filled with MRingle’s enchanting version of how the Greek Pantheon came to be, starting with the Goddess Rhea. I’m a myth junkie and take personal offense when I read a bastardized version of the original myths. MRingle loosely based hers to the original story and I liked how she re-imagined the entire thing! The Greek Pantheon has to be one of the most popular pagan Gods, they’ve captured our imagination because they’re as flawed as the rest of us which made their dysfunctions relatable. MRingle made them even more human by having her Gods start as mortals born with superhuman abilities until they’re given the gift of immortality. However her version is more subdued than the original, her immortals more reasonable and not easily swayed by impulse and the intensity of their emotions. So in a way, her characters are more likeable but not as entertaining than the original versions. 

PERSEPHONE’S ORCHARD is categorized as New Adult but IMO it reads more like YA/Literary Fiction. Inasmuch as the myth and world building are interesting enough to keep me reading, there’s not enough emotional tension to get me invested. The action-adventure part is also at a crawl pace, the gaps between the Thanatos’ attack was far in between and slow to build. The first time they made their presence felt, they were all bark and not much bite and this went on for a while. When the Thanatos finally showed their hand, it was towards the last third of the story and was softened by more of Sophie’s regression sessions. Which is unfortunate as there’s nothing more exciting and entertaining than a bunch of right-wing extremists drunk on their own righteousness.
As for the characters, the leads Sophie and Adrian were too chill and even-tempered to provide much excitement. Sophie in particular I find too stoic. Her skepticism about the whole thing was watered down for my taste and she’s not as spunky as her counterparts. Adrian didn’t appeal much to me either, as the God of the Underworld, he didn’t have the characteristics one associates with Hades. I didn’t care much for their love story either, though I loved MRingle’s version of Persephone and Hades’ forbidden love, it didn’t carry over Sophie and Adrian’s. 
Overall I feel neutral about PERSEPHONE’S ORCHARD. Though I love the myth, backstory and world-building, I didn’t care much for Sophie and Adrian’s storyline. Sophie’s dreams/regression/remembering took the attention from present time. At times I wish MRingle just write past to present and add mini-cliffhangers to build the suspense on each of Sophie’s lives until the timeline reaches the present. But these are just my opinion, PERSEPHONE’S ORCHARD is a good read but to set your expectations a little bit, this is more like Raven Boys than your usual YA or NA fantasy novel.