Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mistletoe And Magic by Katie Rose + Featured Freebie

Mistletoe And Magic (Appleton Sisters, #2.5)
Release date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Appleton Sisters #2.5

In Katie Rose’s delightful eBook original novella set in Victorian New York City, a remarkable woman with the gift of second sight must learn to trust her visions while following her heart.

Blond, angelic Penelope Appleton possesses breathtaking looks—and a troublesome secret. She and her two charming—and newly married—sisters have inspired quite a following posing as spiritualists. However, unlike her clever sisters, Penelope actually does glimpse the future. On the eve of her coming out at a Christmas ball, Penelope sees a vision of a rakishly handsome dark-haired man who she knows is her destiny. But her premonition comes with a terrible price: She also foretells his death.

Jared Marton takes one look at Penelope and his fate is sealed. He must possess her, heart and soul, even if his efforts to get close to this ethereal beauty are thwarted by her determination to deny the magic between them . . . until a perfect kiss dissolves all barriers to sweet surrender. But when Jared discovers the burden she carries, a perfect love is challenged by the cold winds of fate.

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

A sweet, light, lovely historical romance novella. Mistletoe and Magic was a wonderful novella and, though I didn't love it, I really enjoyed it.

Penelope was an okay heroine. For the most part, she was likable. But, she was also my one problem with the book. I understood why she felt she had to distance herself from Jared and discourage a relationship. But, she was quite mean about it. For one, she was rude to him, which I could have forgiven. But, in another instance, she pretended to be engaged to a nasty old man and paraded around with the perv. It seemed to be more out of spite than anything else. It went from protecting herself to being spiteful. This doesn't mean I didn't like her character. She was just fine and, other than those unpleasant instances, she was a good character. I might have had my issues with her, but I liked her just fine in the end.

Jared, on the other hand, was pure perfection. This man was so sweet and adorable and wonderful. Needless to say, I adored him. He was a fantastic hero.

The romance was mostly sweet, with only a hint of spice. I thought these two were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I loved how the author found a way around Jared's foretold death. It was a definitely surprise. And the ending was lovely.

Mistletoe and Magic was a wonderful historical romance novella. Romance lovers, if you want a quick, light, sweet read, this is a book you'll want to check out. 

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze…

For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

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