Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted August 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 8 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn SparksSo I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 29,2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars
one-half-flames

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?

 

       

To think I used to say I didn’t like fantasy, especially historical fantasy. Of course,  The Embraced series  is not your typical historical fantasy, because it is also paranormal romance. I was sent the original book, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by the publisher. What a happy surprise it was!  I stalked the next, So I Married A Sorcerer for months! Then I was nervous to read it, because what if it wasn’t as good?

Have no fear, it’s great! The fascinating world with its kingdoms and the Embraced people continues to expand. It all starts with the sisters who were raised in the convent, who continue to learn more about why they were there. I love these characters and this classic good versus evil. The evil characters are a bit cliche, being horribly bad. The good characters are more realistic and we come to know them better. They are kind and compassionate; they fight within to make the best choices, for others rather than just themselves.

Everyone struggles with their past as this is not an easy time period to live. The paranormal parts and magic are, of course, fiction and a bit fluffy. The relationships are more of a focus than the battles. Those relationships and the feelings of the people are realistic enough.

The stellar world-building, the characters’ relationships of all types, not just the romance would keep me reading, but the icing is the humor. Also for the historical setting, these are strong women who are brave and smart, which is what I want. I’ll definitely be tracking Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon projected for next March.

 

Giggle-worthy quote:

With a shrug, Jeffrey stuffed his hands into his pockets. “The nun said they were going to be ravished.”

What?” The captain said to the boy.

Jeffrey’s eyes widened. “What does it mean?”

Landers gritted his teeth. “Never mind about that for now.”

The boy’s shoulders slumped as he muttered, “That’s what they told me, too.”

 

About Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005. Each book in the Love at Stake series has become a USAToday bestseller. When the fourth book, The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic. So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted March 3, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

  The paperback ARC came in the mail to me as a surprise. I’ve always wanted to read this author so I was happy to read it. This was quite fun. I am seeing more of the genre of fantasy romance. How does this differ from paranormal romance? Well, there are similarities but fantasy tends to include both historical and paranormal aspects. I don’t know if it is in most fantasy romance but in all the ones I have read the women are strong and brave, often functioning or even recognized as equals to their men. The Embraced are born on one of two nights per year when the two moons align.  These children have supernatural powers. The kings of the different lands don’t like […]


Vampire Russell’s list of New Year’s Resolutions with Kerrelyn Sparks

Vampire Russell’s list of New Year’s Resolutions with Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted December 19, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | 9 Comments

Vampire Russell’s list of New Year’s Resolutions From Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks—   Do not let the evil villain, Master Han, live to see the New Year. Find out why Master Han put me into a coma for 39 freakin’ years! Stop staring at the were-tigress Jia. So what if she’s beautiful? I have other things to do. For instance– Kill Master Han. Refuse Jia’s request to team up with me so we can kill Master Han together. I work alone! Rip Master Han’s golden mask off so I can see the bastard’s face before I kill him. Delete #5. Consider Jia’s request to team up with me, but still refuse her.  Because I work alone, dammit! And I have one mission– […]


Auto Zone, LOL! Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Auto Zone, LOL! Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted October 27, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

       VAMPS AND THE CITY by Kerrelyn Sparks was another fun and light listen. I liked the second book in the Love at Stake series a little more than the first book. I found the humor funnier and I connected better with the couple. VAMPS AND THE CITY’s plot of a reality TV in the Vampire World similar to the Bachelor was a fun way to get Darcy and Austin together and to showcase some great side characters. Like many paranormal romance series each book is about a different couple and all the side characters get their own books as the series goes on. And one side character I really enjoyed in VAMPS AND THE CITY was Maggie so I can’t wait to read her story […]


A Quick Bite. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

A Quick Bite. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted October 21, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

        First Thought: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE VAMPIRE is a fun and campy paranormal romance. What I liked: How the couple meet. Really, a vampire needing a dentist because he lost his fang biting into a sex doll? FUNNY! What could have been better (for me): “God’s Blood” was use in the place of any  profanity and it got on my nerves after a while. Most of the books I read have some profanity (even the few YA books I’ve read) and then some have more than enough. I’m not against a book being free of profanity but use different terms instead of sticking to the same one over and over. IMO it’s just as bad as someone dropping the f-bomb over […]


Amanda’s Take on Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Amanda’s Take on Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted February 22, 2014 by Amanda in Book Review | 2 Comments

The setup Scottish vampire, Connor Buchana, is not interested in love. he doesn’t understand how his friends could possibly let such a sappy emotion take over their lives. He understands that it might be a callus attitude, but…whatever. He is hard, gruff, and is sexy as hell – I love the idea of a hot vampire wearing a kilt. (sigh) Marielle, an angel stripped of her wings. She is sweet and innocent. Her goal? To get back into Heave. The two meet in the forest. Connor was out hunting “the bad guys” and over hears a struggle. He finds a Marielle severely injured. Que their instant attraction – he is a savior and she is the beautiful damsel in distress. The issues I LOVED Connor […]


Audio Review: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Audio Review: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted November 9, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire is a fun and sexy paranormal listen. The narrator, Coleen Marlo did a pretty good job with the narration but I found her accents for the male character slip from time to time. A Scottish brogue would change to something that sounded Russian then back to Scottish. And I didn’t care for her voice for Phineas I thought it was cheesy and a little racist or stereotyping of a black man, which changed my narration rating from a B to a B-. I think this book/series would be a great fit for Robert Petkoff, who narrates Kresely Cole’s IAD series. If he had narrated I could easily see my rating for the narration go to an A. All I Want […]