Marked: Winter by Gwen Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ethen Rune is a centuries old vampire used to his solitude. He’s wealthy and disciplined, he expects extreme competence from those around him. Amelia Winters is the baby sister to a family of vampire slayers, she was raised to hate all vampires. When Amelia’s best friend Tessa has a near fatal encounter with a vampire, Amelia must enter the world of blood courtesans to save her friend’s life. Blood courtesans are expected to seduce and satisfy their vampire sponsors. Can Amelia bring herself to seduce the very creature her family has hunted for years? She soon realizes that there are no rules where vampires are concerned and that her own life and heart may be at stake.
At first reading this I thought this was going to be the same old cliché vampire romance. Vampire meets seemingly shy young woman and saves her from a dangerous vampire and they fall in instant love. What I discovered was much more, this is a love story of two people who are not supposed to even like each other falling in love and saving each other. The characters were original and complex. Their relationship progressed quickly but the chemistry was authentic. The story takes place in Chicago where vampires make a home for their selves. Marked builds a world within reality giving readers a clear understanding of vampires and what governs their actions.
The only growth area for this book is the setting could have been strengthened a little more. I would have loved to experience the city more in the writing. Marked: Winter (Blood Courtesans) in a few words is action-packed, at the edge of your seat love story of two enemies falling in love. This book held me captive until the very last page.
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As an avid reader when you’ve read a lot of books, you start to realize good books are hard to find. Until my buddy Amazon came along, I love that I receive emails with books that fall into my interests. I discovered the matchmaker’s playbook in my daily romance newsletter from Amazon and I decided to give it a try. I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and the book was available for me to read for free. This is my honest review of this book.
The Matchmaker’s Playbook starts off as Ian Hunter a playboy and former NFL recruit is waiting for a woman, as you read further you learn about his service to women. He’s a player who after seeing his sister settle, decided to help good women gain confidence to attract the men that they deserve. With the help of his best friend Lex, Wingmen Inc. was born.
Blake Olsen is one of the guys, she came from a small-town to follow her childhood friend whose she’s secretly has a crush on to college. She reaches out to Wingmen Inc. to help her snag her crush, only to find out that the obnoxious and hot Ian Hunter is the key to her happiness.
Will Ian help Blake snatch the attention of her childhood crush?
The matchmaker’s playbook is a love story following Ian Hunter the playboy who doesn’t think he deserves love and Blake Olsen a sexy tomboyish nursing student who shows him he needs it.
The story sucked me in from the first page; I enjoyed the high-resolution pictures and rich graphic images. The book was moderately paced and the author did not bore me with irrelevant fluff. The story was expertly presented in a manner that kept me locked in from start to finish. I enjoyed the imagery;the surroundings were explained tastefully not taking away from the story. I would definitely recommend this book as a light read. Ms. Van Dyken did a great job with the other characters, she gave just enough to intrigue me so I was emotionally invested in all the characters at the end of the book.
If I could describe this book in a few words I would say its fun, sexy and light-hearted. Love comes in different forms and this was a cliché free romantic adventure.
I provided a link to The Match maker’s playbook below.
No book is perfect, but this was a great read.
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