Today I am happy to be a part of the tour for Along Came A Spider and have the lovely Kate SeRine author extraordinaire here to talk about ¬†“what sexy is.” She has a little giveaway for you as well. So grab your coffee, check out my review and enjoy Kate’s post! Don’t forget to enter to win the set of Transplanted Tales.
Along Came A Spider
by Kate SeRine
Series:¬†Transplanted Tales #3
Publication date: August 1, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher in exchange for unbiased review
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When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky ‚ÄúLittle Boy‚ÄĚ Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky‚Äôs been doling out vigilante justice as ‚ÄúThe Spider,‚ÄĚ taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it‚Äôll lead him to his ultimate target ‚Äď Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish‚Äôs help. Although Nicky‚Äôs renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she‚Äôll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There‚Äôs no way she‚Äôs letting this spider frighten her away‚Ä¶
I have been enjoying Kate SeRine‚Äôs Transplant Tale series and was excited to finally read Along Came A Spider featuring the tale characters Trish Muffet and Nicky ‚ÄúLittle Boy‚ÄĚ Blue. This is the third book in the series and I recommend reading them in order since you will lose some of the story and charm. When a spell went wrong some of our favorite fairy tales, characters etc where pulled from their books and ended up in the Here and Now. They live secretly among us; have their own government, rules and task force. Once again SeRine gave me an entertaining, action-packed, sweet ride and I consumed this in a single sitting. Three word review: unique, captivating and fun.
Trish Muffet, yes that‚Äôs right ‚ÄúLittle Miss Muffet‚ÄĚ complete with cork-screw blood hair is a member of the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. (FMA) when she is attacked at a crime scene she is both surprised and elated when Nicky ‚ÄúLittle Boy‚ÄĚ Blue comes to her rescue. She hasn‚Äôt laid eyes on him since he left two years ago. She is surprised to discover he is the vigilante known as ‚ÄúThe Spider‚ÄĚ who has been taking out predators in search of Vlad Dracula. Nicky needs Trish‚Äôs help and the tale that unfolds is action-packed, laced with a romance straight from one of those black and white noir movies.
Trish Muffet is one tough little cookie wrapped in cuteness. Since she crossed over she has had a thing for Nicky and it was delightful seeing their feelings come to the surface. She is a little snarky, and brave despite some serious fear issues. I loved how she would step in front of her friends to protect them. Nicky is smexy, cocky and I just envisioned him as Neal Caffrey from the hit TV series White Collar. He has ties to the criminal world and it seems everyone owes him a favor. I loved how he called Trish, ‚ÄúDoll‚ÄĚ it fit his whole persona. He also carries around a lot of guilt and doesn’t feel he is worthy making him incredibly irresistible. Nate and Red make an appearance as do the rest of the gang. I adored some of the secondary characters such as Gideon with his arching eyebrow. Many story characters make appearances throughout the novel and seeing what they were doing in the Here and Now was cool. The Agency (human enforcement team that know about Tales) and its men are heavily involved and I wanted to smack a few of them in the head making for some intense scenes.
SeRine weaved a fascinating tale surrounding Vlad Dracula, the Agency and our couple. It was filled with intense action scenes and creepy mental games. The tender moments between the tales had me sighing. I love that all of the characters are unique and while we recognize them and their tales they have developed in the Here and Now. SeRine‚Äôs interpretation of them had me giggling one moment and dropping my jaw the next, it was fantastic!¬† Nicky and Trish have a history and I loved the back-story.¬†Watching feelings emerge and experiencing the sexual tension and heat had me searching for my happily-ever-after. They are two strong, slightly damaged characters that draw on each other making the other one better. They made a terrific team investigating the mystery and I quite enjoyed it. There is an epilogue and it wraps things up nicely but I was sad to see this plot ARC come to an end.
Fans of fairy tales, suspense, mystery, and humor wrapped with a side dish of romance will enjoy Along Came A Spider and the entire Transplanted Tales series.
Four cups of coffee out of five from FMA headquarters
Defining Sexy by Kate SeRine
One of the best things about being a romance novelist is the chance to create sexy men for my readers. I love coming up with new, swoon-worthy alpha males who can make even the strongest, most independent women go weak in the knees. And, for me, there are certain characteristics that define sexy, not only in real life but also in the novels I write. And I guarantee that you‚Äôll find all of these traits in the leading men of my Transplanted Tales. Here are the things I looooove to see in my super sexy men (in no particular order):
1) Rockin‚Äô bod ‚Äď Okay, this one‚Äôs a gimme. What kind of romance writer would I be if my heroes weren‚Äôt sporting a serious six-pack and some killer guns? And those smoldering eyes‚Ä¶ Must haves.
2) Intelligence‚ÄĒ Whether it‚Äôs book smarts or street smarts, there‚Äôs got to be something going on upstairs to go along with the sultry bedroom eyes.
3) Sense of humor ‚Äď The hero either has to be a wise-ass or be able to appreciate one. Let‚Äôs face it‚ÄĒmy gals are snarky and need a good audience for their one-liners.
4) Tenderness ‚Äď He can be the biggest, baddest, mo-fo around, but when it comes down to it, he needs to know how to be tender and loving to the people he cares about, especially toward the woman he loves.
5) Vulnerability ‚Äď Hey, I love an alpha male as much as the next gal, but unless there‚Äôs some vulnerability somewhere that makes him human, all that machismo rings hollow. Just sayin‚Äô.
6) Kindness ‚Äď I have very little use for heroes who are a**holes, especially when it‚Äôs toward the women they love.
7) Humility ‚Äď When he is an a**hole, my hero need to recognize it and admit his fault. He doesn‚Äôt just get all pouty and sulky and take it out on the woman he loves. No room for Mr. Moody.
8) Awkwardness ‚Äď Okay, this one might seem an odd choice, but I seriously LOVE it when a hero gets befuddled, especially if it‚Äôs the result of something his lady love has done. And I love to see heroes get all clumsy and such, especially while trying to impress a love interest. It‚Äôs just too dang cute.
9) Selflessness ‚Äď I know I‚Äôm not alone in this one. A hero needs to bleed‚ÄĒwhether it‚Äôs literal or figurative. That ability to sacrifice for a greater good is sexy as hell.
10) Badass ‚Äď Aw, come on! Like I could leave this one out? There‚Äôs something seriously sexy about a guy who knows how to kick some boo-tay. Bring. It. On.
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