Sunday 18 March 2012

Review of Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

Author: Colleen Houck
Book Title: Tiger's Curse (Tiger Saga 1)
Source: Kindle bought
Date of Publish: January 11, 2011
Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Summary

The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince when she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny

My Review:

I truly enjoyed this book.It has it all: curses, gorgeous old fashioned tiger princes, the setting is completely different from most books I've read (India), Indiana Jones kind of adventure, gods, magic, romance, myths....

The character's were likeable, and well rounded. And the plot - original and refreshing. Kelsey's was sometimes too much. Some parts of the story were hard to believe, but she made me laugh. It was wonderful to live the adventure through Kelsey's eyes, from caves full of traps, to rivers full of vampire-like monkeys (Kappa I think), and interesting temples. Dhiren - Ren and his brother Kishan - who are the cursed princes. The romance between Ren and Kelsey was plus.

I look forward to read the next book in the series. Recommended for fans of paranormal romance, filled with adventure, mystery and romance.

Review of The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel

Book Title: The Guardian Duke (The Forgotten Castle #1)
Author: Jamie Carie
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Historical
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Summary

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

Source: Goodreads

My Review

I've never read an of Jamie Carie books, but I'm glad I got to read this one. 
Gabriel, the Duke of Easton is appointed by the King to be the guardian to Lady Alexander Featherstone. At around the same time, Gabriel mysteriously becomes deaf.

On the other side, Lady Alexander receives word that her parents are dead. In desperate need to prove that the king is wrong, she makes plans to go find her parents herself. 

Gabriel receives word that it is urgent to protect Alexander, so he decides to go and bring her back himself. Alexander gets wind of the dukes plans. A game of cat and mouse ensues, with Alexander trying as much as she can to put a great distance between herself and the duke.

I truly enjoyed this book, the letters Gabriel and Alexander sent to each other.

One thing though - and I'm not sure it was explained. What caused the duke to become deaf? 

I'd recommend this book to fans of regency stories. I look forward to reading the second book in the series. Probably will answer some questions.