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The Vine Witch [Review]

Posted March 2, 2020 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

The Vine Witch [Review]The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
on October 1, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 263
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
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A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

My Thoughts

I was thoroughly surprised about this book. I’m not going to lie, I initially picked this up because the cover is gorgeous and the title intrigued me. And then I read the first sentence in the synopsis and I was like, okay sounds good! So, by the time that I ended this book, which is refreshingly short within the fantasy genre, I was pleasantly pleased with how much I enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if it was the magic or the fact that it took place in a vineyard and I do love my wines. 😉

I’m still somewhat new to the fantasy genre, at least in the Adult Fantasy that is, but this was so well-written and it’s such a unique setting for a fantasy. The atmosphere that Luanne G. Smith creates within this novel is just spectacular. I wanted to savor every drop of this story like I would my glass of Malbec. I simply adored this this book and by the time it was over, I just wanted more. I actually wished that this book was one of the longer fantasy novels. I wanted more of the atmosphere, more of the characterization, more development within the romance between Elena and Jean-Paul.

I was a little surprised at the ending with who ended up being the one who cursed Elena. But only a little surprised. And, the pacing of the book from the climax to the ending, seemed a little rushed, but all-in-all, I am really happy with this book. I think it’s a great cozy read.

I am really looking forward to the second book The Glamourist which is coming out this upcoming June. If you’re a big wine-o, love magic and witches, and books with a great atmosphere, you should really give this one a try!

four-stars
Stephanie
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Wallbanger [Review]

Posted December 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

Wallbanger [Review]Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #1
Published by Omnific Publishing on November 27th 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she's gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy's athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly...
In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

**Disclaimer: This is an Adult story and should be read by mature audiences only. I’d say ages 17+**

My Thoughts

This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed Caroline’s story about her moving into a new apartment (still without her “O”) and meeting the wallbanging manwhore who lived next door and made one woman literally purr as she climaxed. And, yes, I have a slight crush on Simon the Wallbanger. He just sounds so delicious. 😀

There were a few things that irked me with the book which made me knock it down a star. There was a time where Caroline and Simon finally get together and Caroline finally has her “O” back in session, they do it like 6 or 7 times in like a 15 hour time frame. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d be able to go that many times. And at this part, I just felt like I was reading the same thing over and over, page after page. So, it actually kind of bored me at a point during the sex scenes here. The second thing that irked me was that the very last chapter was from the cat’s POV, and I just found that super weird!

All-in-all, though, I will definitely be continuing on in this series and reading more about Caroline and Simon’s adventures together! If you’re in the mood for some good ole romance fluff with humor in it, I’d give this one a try! It’s definitely entertaining, to say the least!

 

three-half-stars
Stephanie
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Broken Prince [Review]

Broken Prince [Review]

Posted December 10, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

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Paper Princess [Review]

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Posted December 2, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It got me out of a vast slump I was in. And I have Dana to thank for it. She had read this and mentioned it to me and it sounded awesome so I bought the entire series on my kindle and devoured Paper Princess, book 1, within […]

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Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Posted June 24, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Hello, Darlings! So this was quite the interesting read, one that I stumbled upon because I enjoy watching co-author Sasha Alsberg YouTube channel. I was quite skeptical at first, because this is a self published serialized YA series – but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. For a self published and edited work, it was […]

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Nefertiti’s Heart [Review]

Nefertiti’s Heart [Review]

Posted June 17, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts I really enjoyed this book! I was a little hesitant to pick it up for reasons I will never understand but I am so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this and am really itching to get to the rest of this series! Things that I really enjoyed: All of the Egyptian-ness […]

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Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Posted May 29, 2016 by Maria in Review / 6 Comments

The Wrath & the Dawn was one of my favorite books last year. I am very pleased to announce that the sequel didn’t disappoint me. Yes, to some extent it differed from the first book. But magic, pain, love, everything I adore in this book is still there. I was not surprised at how Shazi […]

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Never Never – Part 3 [Mini Review]

Never Never – Part 3 [Mini Review]

Posted March 24, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Holy CRAP! That is definitely not what I was expecting as the ending. But I am totally okay with it! I am so glad that the mystery is solved as to why Silas and Charlie kept forgetting things. And it was SO AWESOME seeing them fall back in love with each other! That […]

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Never Never – Part 2 [Mini Review]

Never Never – Part 2 [Mini Review]

Posted March 24, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts Okay so, obviously this is taking place right after Part One ended. And as many questions as this installment answered, it brought up even more questions. I really loved getting to see Silas and Charlie learn about themselves even more. This was a great installment to this series and as soon as it […]

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