Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Published by Front Porch Romance on June 18, 2013
Source: Tour Host
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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?
I love fairy tales. I’ll say that right off the bat — and reading new versions of them or seeing different takes on them, I love them even more. I think everyone does — it’s the reason why shows like “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” are so popular — and certain episodes of “Supernatural”. All of this factors into why I requested to review this book. I actually wrote a paper on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood back in college.
Having said that, this book, or at least the review copy I received, could use some more work. Part of this comes from me as a book lover, and part of this comes from me as an English Lit major. There are unfinished thoughts, sentences and phrases that an editor somewhere should take a second or third glance at. Also, Sam, a.k.a. “Red”, needs some character development… or perhaps I just didn’t like her. She is very …. simple… or girly… she cries – a lot. I know part of this is due to a hormonal thing, but she doesn’t really come to her own rescue. I understand that Little Red Riding Hood, the original, was eaten and then the Hunter came and carved her (and her grandmother) out of the wolf’s stomach, but we’re in a different era.
I felt disappointed by this book. Which I hate writing, because I want to give good feedback, but I also want to give honest feedback as well. I didn’t like that Red cried all the time and was kind of simpering. I didn’t like that when someone was killed, another person shot and taken to the hospital, the cops didn’t immediately enter the picture. And it wasn’t some lowlife person who was killed — he’s the son of a lawyer and a judge. An ambulance shows up to take the wounded man to the hospital, but no cops are called. It takes a chapter or two (possibly a day or two in the storyline) for the cops to even show up and talk to the man in the hospital. In real life, the cops would be there immediately! Gun shot wounds are immediately reported to the cops by EMTs and the emergency room. If 911 is called for a gunshot wound, both EMTs and the cops are called.
-sigh- Again, I dislike giving negative feedback, but the book really does need a little bit more work. I know it has been released already, and the general story line and idea I enjoy. I enjoy the first person POV switching between Red and Ethan (who can be a real a-hole at times, but that also makes him more real). But there are some editorial bits (which I’m willing to admit may have just been from my copy being for a review copy, who knows) and some character developments that need to be done.
I’m giving it a 2.5 out of 5 because I do like it… it just needs more work. I would love to read more stories by Trista Jaszczak and am interested to see what other fairy tales she takes on.