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October 22 2013 @ 03:36 pm
Kingdom Series 1-3 by Marie Hall  

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Her Mad Hatter Gerard's Beauty Red and Her Wolf
129 pgs 188 pgs 213 pgs

Series: Kingdom Series 1-3 in collection (see below)
Author: Marie Hall

Book Description:
Her Mad Hatter: (HAS OVER 1,000 REVIEWS AT ALL VENUES WITH AT LEAST A 4 STAR AVERAGE RATING!)
Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

Gerard's Beauty:
A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow 'Bleeding Heart' nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he's forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all 'Off with his head'. Maybe, messing around with the King's daughter hadn't been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he's willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he's ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even... horror of all horrors... love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 41k words of the actual story. Included in the Amazon page count are teasers from future books, thank you!

Red and Her Wolf:
Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child's heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who'd seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He's been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he'll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened

What did you think of the book? (Why this book?, New Author? Read more by author? Keeping? Thoughts on Hero? Heroine?)
I was rather skeptical when I read the description of Her Mad Hatter and even more so that it was a free ebook on Amazon (still is). But I love Alice in Wonderland and the crazy aspects of Wonderland only intrigue me more.

Some reviewers think the small ramblings or the quotations of Poe are over the top and yet I think that is partly the point. The Mad Hatter is essentially mad. So periodically when he starts to ramble you get a sense of him losing touch with his reality. The quotations of Poe also reflect this and the darkness that the Hatter is slipping into without his Alice.

What I liked is Hall's taking this literary characters and tweaking them to fit into and almost "Once Upon A Time" setting with a romance edge. They are the "dark" boys that people write off as not needing or deserving love and Danika the Fairy Godmother finds this to be untrue. She seems their dark nature as stemming from the need of a soul mate and sets about providing them with just that.

I loved that Alice wasn't the traditional manifestation we are used too and that she was from "the real world" as opposed to Wonderland. Alice's long time love of all things Wonderland and her once belief that the Hatter was real made the transition into Wonderland easier on the character.

The really sad things is that Hatter has issues with Alice's in general. He's meant to be with AN Alice but the point is to find the true Alice of his heart and after meeting so many, he's come to the point where he doesn't truly believe there is an Alice for him and that they are all out for the power of Wonderland.

Despite the typographical errors in the book, it was a very enjoyable story and while not much like the original it was a great twist. My goal when reading this was a romantic Alice in Wonderland and that is what I got.

Not only that but I discovered a series of romance books about fairy tale characters which has left me highly intrigued.

Okay first off, the ebook for book one is free on Amazon and then you can get books 1-3 in a set for $2.99 which means the second and third book would be cheaper than buying them separately so I bought set and plan on buying the second set which are the rest of the series stories for a similar deal. Fantastic and I applaud such generosity by the author.

Now the story.

While I loved the second book (Gerard's Beauty), this is the book that has me in love with the series thus far (even though they are rated the same). I love Alice in Wonderland so I really enjoyed book one. However, this altered view of Beauty and the Beast is just fantastic.

Gerard Caron is a womanizer and essentially a beast when it comes to breaking women's hearts.

Betty is an unsuspecting beauty who finds the good in others and loves them for it.

When the Fairy Godmothers convene, because of accusations against Gerard, he ends up in hot water. Danika, his Fairy Godmother, needs to find his soul mate to save him from his womanizing ways and bring him redemption so he doesn't lose his life.

Gerard is forced to spend a month with Betty and make her fall in love without using his typical wiles. Gerard has no problem romancing woman but to spend a large amount of time with just one is something he hasn't considered since the woman he believed he loved broke his heart turning into a love them and leave them type of man.

Betty is a good hearted, geek in disguise beauty who has been hurt before and wants love not just a lover of the moment. When she sees the trouble Gerard has gotten into she's willing to risk her heart to help him.

What I really liked about the story was that because of the situation Gerard is forced to open up to Betty and reveal his past hurts. Betty helps to heal his wounds and he starts to realize the simplest things in life like sharing a meal with someone you care about can actually make him happier than he's ever been in his life. But he's going to fight it as long as he can.

Red and Her Wolf: I'm reading these in a set of the first three and I have to say that this one is really equal to Gerard and Betty's story. There is more fairy tale world and just a great story.

Violet is our Little Red Riding Hood but she doesn't like the color red even though her mate Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf/werewolf) likes to call her Red. She was born out of all the darkness the Fairy 10 poored into the Earth and the only way she'll be a force of good is if she accepts love into her life.

Enter Wolf, who is in the role of Big Bad Wolf but is also a werewolf. The moment he lay eyes on Violet he knew she was his mate and, while he was there to kill her, he saved her from the fairy pretending to be her grandmother who'd turned evil.

The adventure and crossover into other fairy tales was a wonderful take on the story of Red Riding Hood.

Well worth it.

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Beckybeeej on October 23rd, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
These sound like all kinds of fun! I just grabbed the first set of three. :)
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Avengers Captain Americasireesanwar on October 23rd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
I rather enjoyed them. I wouldn't say they are great literature but they are really fun.