Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Ever After, Guest Post Playing by Heart, & GIVEAWAY!

Ever After

By:  Kate SeRine

Publisher:  Kensington

Publish Date:  August 21, 2014

Format:  eARC from NetGalley

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Series:  4th book in Transplanted Tales series; 1st Book ~ Red, 1.5 ~ Grimm Consequences, 2nd Book ~ The Better To See You, 3rd Book ~ Along Came A Spider

Recommendation:  Oh goodness, YES! Sweet romance with the fairy tale characters. And Gideon finds his love.

Book Synopsis:
To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

First Sentence:
"Marry me."

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

** Requested a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Gideon is on the case. Someone is stealing the Fairy Kings transports - shipments of the king's very addictive fairy dust - and it's becoming far to common of an incident. It seems an unknown tale, from a list of known thieves, came to the Here and Now about the time the transports started to go missing. A tale by the name of Locksley. Al Addin and the Fairy King both want this tale brought in, the each individually. Gideon is on it, yet something feels...familiar.

Oh, Kate. You steal my heart and make me so curious with your Prologues. I LOVE THEM!! I'm curious as to what she is taking back that is hers. Then to see who Gideon's love was! O.O WOW! The one he lost and the reason he's in the service to the Fairy King. But when we learn ALLLL the details at the end. I just can't say more. YOU need to read it!

In previous books we learned a lot about fairy dust and the characters at play here. Three years after the ugly happenings with the Agency, a secret branch of the Ordinaries government. It all comes together.

We get to see the characters from previous books, where they are now years later. Puck, Red, Nate, Lavender, Seth, and all. And it's adorable. I'm excited to see Gideon get a chance at his Happily Ever After.

We touch into the King Arthur era here with a museum that was robbed of three items that belong to King Arthur. Even his wife is here in the Here and Now. Oh and her story! We get to see that play out here too. Like an added bonus!

Kate once again mixes love into an amazing plot with characters that we all can enjoy, even the ones we don't love as they are bad. Thank you Kate for the amazing stories and characters in this world. I have enjoyed them all.

Playing by Heart

Music plays a huge part in my writing process, and that was certainly the case while I was writing EVER AFTER, the fourth book in my Transplanted Tales series. There were numerous songs that played a key role in helping me get a feel for the emotional tone of the novel.

The Chieftains and Apocalyptica both figured prominently on my writing playlist this time around, even more so than usual. In fact, Apocalpytica’s Reflections album could have been the soundtrack! Here are some of the highlights by those artists as well as by a few others:

Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

My Lagan Love – The Chieftains

Bean An Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man’s Wife) – The Chieftains

Not Strong Enough – Apocalyptica (feat. Brent Smith)

Faraway Vol. 2 – Apocalyptica (feat. Linda Sundblad)

Down – Jason Walker

This Lullaby – Queens of the Stone Age

Reasons Why – Nickel Creek

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

O Fortuna – Carl Orff

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

Happy listening!

The blog tour prizes are:
Grand Prize ($50 gift card to Amazon, B&N, or BAM - Winner's Choice); signed paperback copy of EVER AFTER, and Transplanted Tales swag
And two winners will receive an e-book copy of the Transplanted Tales novel of his/her choice.
The giveaway is international, but the swag may differ slightly for an international winner due to shipping costs.


  1. Love the songs you chose - and great review !

  2. It sounds like it does have a cast of great characters. I love a book where you even enjoy the evil ones. :) I also love seeing all the musical choices. Verra nice!

    1. Melissa (B&T) Oooooh. You soooo neeeeed these! You will fall in love with all the characters. :) Thank you!

  3. Ohh music, must listen :D And apocalyptica rocks ;)

  4. Oh yes I also really enjoyed this one and it was a great mix between the stories. But well I love Kate Serine books so I'm not that surprised.

    1. Melliane, I'm with you once again. I love Kate's books and the world created here. :)

  5. Love the song and the cover. I can't wait to read it.


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