Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lord Griffin's Prize is getting 5 Stars!

The first reviews for Lord Griffin’s Prize are in and I’m sighing with relief! The first round of reviews are all 5 stars, and now I can relax—pheew! I was so hoping readers would love the enchanted realm Castel Tullamore as much as I did. Here is a sample:

BTS eMagazine. Reviewer Nina Cord gave Lord Griffin’s Prize 5 stars!
Review: Katalina Leon and I have met before—I had the great pleasure to read her collaboration with Ms. Skyze in Claimed By Dragons, which I loved, and her name has been stuck in my head for over a year now, so when I saw she wrote Lord Griffin’s Prize I had to get my paws on it! And when I did I read it through in one sitting, no matter the lateness of the hour.

It was so good I’m getting all giddy about it! It had everything I love! Ireland, a castle, time-travel, paranormal creatures, strong leading lady, sexy as hell hero with absolutely no commitment issues (in fact the opposite he was fiercely loyal, attentive and had a bad case of the hots for his wife even though it had been over 600 years since they last met)! But, all these great things mean nothing if the story isn’t well written.

And it is! It was written to be interesting, addictive (I seriously could not put the book down even though my hubby and dog complained about the night reading) and entertaining! The characters had depth and believability, I loved how Maeve told herself time and time again that all the visions/time-travel she experienced were nothing to worry about, except that she might be going bonkers, but there absolutely was no paranormal activity, period. Loved how she had to backpedal with that. And I loved Ronan who tried so hard to keep things casual when absolutely everything depended on her falling in love with him again, and her being brave enough to admit it after her recently nose-dived sham of a marriage.

Jeep Diva Reviewer Gaele 5 Stars
“A great story with plenty of emotional and physical details that will stir a readers body and mind.”
This was my first introduction to Katalina Leon's work, and I hope to read many more by this author. This book in the Emerald Isle Fantasies series brings us to Tullamore castle in Ireland: a castle with a long history and purported hauntings. Maeve has fled the remnants of her newly divorced life, and come to Tullamore to research her genealogy with hopes to write a historical romance. A dé Burgo by birth, her family's heritage is tied to the castle, and interwoven with the current owners the O'Griofas. Ronan O'Griofa is a purported professor of history and expert on the stories of the castle, and he is going to answer Maeve's questions as he takes her on a tour of the grounds and points of interest.

The world, the otherworldliness of the castle and grounds were beautifully established, there is a curious potential of past meeting present that is physically palpable, and Leon manages to convey that sense in the story. Additionally, the use of legend and history, incorporating a griffin and using the weather and mists of Ireland to further build the paranormal element and build reader's expectations for intrigue.

And intrigue, sexy intrigue at that, there was: from waking to find herself in the midst of a pitched battle for the castle, to late night encounters with a stranger who disappears in a flash, to incredibly steamy sex with the handsome Ronan in a cabin in the woods, Maeve has the information and ability to change her life forever, if only she recognizes it. If you've never been to Ireland, this will make you want to go: and for those who have, the little details that are so unique and yet omnipresent feel just right! Katalina Leon has created a great story with plenty of emotional and physical details that will stir a reader's body and mind, and I now need to read the others in the series.

Nicky Peacock 5 Stars
My Review:
I really loved this book. A time travel, mystical romance without the usual supernatural creatures – utter amazing fantasy! The story was addictive and it was so refreshing to have a normal woman as the lead. I’m not sure where the author is from, but she manages to evoke a strong Celtic feel to the book and doesn’t manage to use British stereotypes that usually end up insulting.
I can’t fault the writing, the whole book flowed really well, and quite frankly I came to the end all too soon. I’m glad to find that its part of a series, so the magic hasn’t ended.
The sex wasn’t sleazy or random and fitted into the story seamlessly – something that sets apart a good romance from straight erotica.
The front cover captures the essence of the story and you can’t beat a hunky, half naked guy to stare at!
I’d really recommend this to anyone wanting a romantic fantasy by their bedside – 5 out 5 stars!
An author often takes their payment in praise. I thank you ladies for handing me a rich payday!

Lord Griffin’s Prize is part of the Emerald Isle Fantasies book series and is available now from Ellora’s Cave. Be sure to check out the entire Emerald Isle Fantasies books series. It includes lots of talented Ellora’s Cave authors and loads of steamy, Irish enchantment. You can’t go wrong!
Jennifer LaRose “Phantom Mischief”
Rebecca Royce “Crimson Lust”
Dena Garson “Ghostly Persuasion”
And much more to come…
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  1. Good morning! I hope everyone Wednesday is going well.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you Julia, it's always a huge relief to get the first reviews in.

  3. Giant congratulations on your very much deserved 5 star reviews!!!!

    1. Thank you Tessie! You have some good news about "Megan's Men" too don't you? ; )


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