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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Blog Tour Review and GIVEAWAY: Armored Hearts- Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden

Summary: When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.
Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home atWaverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.
Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

*This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of bothgenre will love what we’ve come up with.*

Title: Armored Hearts
Authors: MelissaTurner Lee and Pauline Creeden
Pages: 247
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was drawn to this book, not necessarily because of the plot, but mainly because it was STEAMPUNK!!! I really had to push myself to continue this novel. I was bored after the first few chapters and I was very confused. When Gareth's secret was revealed I had no idea how that fit into the story until  much later on. I found that halfway into the book I finally found myself becoming interested and wanting to finish Armored Hearts. I liked that the main character had a fairly significant disability and I really want to learn more about the curse. My only question to the authors is "why is the iron in the metal of the autobons not hurting the fae? Or are they not regular fae?"
I didn't find that I could connect with the characters at all. Who in their right mind would marry someone to give them money with a hope that eventually it might be a possibility that they could get that person to like or even love them? Crazy. But I did like the "idea" of the characters, but maybe in the next book they will grow on me. I do really want to learn more about Gareth's fae family, humans shumans.
Because I did enjoy where the last half of this book was going I will most likely read the next I. The series. I would recommend this novel to fae lovers and readers who enjoy steampunk.

Melissa TurnerLee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from theUniversity of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in SpartanburgSC with her husband and 3 sons.
Twitter: @MelissaTLee1975

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Twitter: @P_Creeden

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your honest review. My fae mythology is better explained in the prequel to Armored Hearts called Winter Fae. It is free everywhere. It will tell you why iron does not make them sick. Also, during the end of the Victorian era and the beginning of the Edwardian era, it was the custom for American heiresses to make their way to England and marry men of title. The traditional lord of the land system was failing ad agriculture was no longer the way of the world with industrialization. The gentlemen didn't want to do something so beneath them as work, so they married money. "New money" in America, those who had just struck it rich in industry, could not get in with the "old money", those who had been wealthy for generations, unless they came back from Europe with a title like Duchess, or Countess or at least being called, "Lady___" I'm sorry that aspect kept you from enjoying the story but it was the actual custom and we did not make that part up at all. Much research actually went into that par. The show Downton Abbey on the BBC features a family where the father is an English Lord and his wife is an American heiress that he married just for that reason. You can watch the Masterpiece Theater movie on Netflix called The Bucccaneers about the young women hoping to find love with a man of title and how they found the men, but not love in most cases.