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Posted October 27, 2013
This is book 2.5 in the Appleton Sisters series and a novella.
Penelope Appleton knows who the love of her life is suppose to be. She comes from a family that made a living of spiritualism seances, but unknown to her family Penelope really can see into the future. She has seen the man whom she will marry.
Unfortunately, when they finally connect, Penelope has a vision of his death. She gets away as fast as she can. She can't get involved with a man, just to have her heart broken when he dies.
Jared Marton can't believe that he has finally found the woman he wants to settle down with and she doesn't want anything to do with him. He knows that she felt the same attraction that he did, but she is doing everything in her power to keep them apart.
Fortunately for Jared, Penelope's family is on his side and does everything they can to help him out.
I really wanted to like this story, but the writing was just off to me. I liked the premise of the story, but found myself not liking Penelope. Jared was also hard to like as he instantly fell in love with Penelope and claimed that it wasn't her looks that did it. Maybe it was the length of the story that that made it a little "cheesy" to me. Possibly with a longer story, the author would have been able to add some "meat" to it. Since I liked the theme of the story, I will probably check out the other two books in the series and see if a full length novel is any better.
Thanks go to NetGalley and Loveswept for a copy of the book for an honest review.
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Posted November 14, 2014
Mistletoe and Magic by Katie Rose is a magical love story that takes place during the Christmas season. The Christmas spirit of love and kindness come out in several ways not only in the love story of Penelope and Jared. The true spirit of Christmas is shown in this novella with time spent with family and friends and also helping those who are in need. I liked that both of the main characters were very charitable.
Penelope Appleton is the third sister (two previous books in the series follow her sisters), who is about to have her coming out to society. Penelope is very beautiful, but she has a secret that she has been keeping; she has visions of the future. She had seen the futures of both her sisters and they had come true with their marriages. When Penelope is introduced to society at a Christmas ball, her dance card quick fills up with swooning men. Jared Marton is a lawyer from a very wealthy family. When he lays eyes on Penelope at the ball, he knows he must have her, she is the one. Penelope has a vision that Jared is her future, but after they dance together, she has another vision. A vision of his death! Can Penelope thwart his advances to not get hurt? Would Jared or anyone believe her if she told them she has visions that come true? Can she save Jared from his impending death?
I really liked the setting of this novella. I love reading about the times when people would go to balls and have callers come to visit. The problems of why Jared and Penelope cannot be together are relatively original, which makes the story even better. I would rate Mistletoe and Magic a 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this novella and the other novellas in the series to any romance reader, especially those that like historical romances.
Posted June 2, 2014
There 3 unique and Scandalous Appleton sisters, who were orphaned as young children. Penelope is the shunning and beautiful one, but she does have one more special gift that no one knows, she can see the future! Penelope is so excited to have her début at the NYC ball and see her future spouse, Jared Marton. Jared Marton is doing his duty for his family by attending the ball and when he sees Penelope Appleton walk down the stairs, he is hooked and wants her for his own. Penelope and Jared have known one another through her sister Winifred, but Penelope has become captivating! Jared steals Penelope away from her partner and they waltz and Penelope is so happy that all her dreams are coming true. Then out of no where, she has a premonition of Jared's murder, she faints and then flees the ball. Jared is devastated that Penelope leaves and is determined to go see her tomorrow and begin courting her. Penelope will not live through another death of a loved one, so she will just have to make Jared leave town for his safety and never ever see him again. Jared and Penelope need a little help from her Fairy GodAunt Eve, many roses, ice skating, 2 scheming sisters and their spouses, his parents disapproval, a murderous unseen nemesis, and some much needed Mistletoe and Magic to make their dreams come true. This is an awesome and unique story of a hero and heroine who must fight parents, an unknown evil and even rearrange Penelope's premonition for their one of a kind love to come true. Ms. Rose uses just the right amount of sweetness and then added the spicy hot to this romance. Her characters grew in your heart and turn your world upside down with hilariousness. I just wish it has longer story and I am so getting the other Appleton Sisters books. Ms. Rose earns her score of 4 fingers up and 8 toes.
NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Posted November 11, 2013
A sweet sugar cookie of a novella. I was intrigued by the idea that the heroine, who once played at being a
spiritualist, actually HAD a touch of "the sight." But while both Penelope and Jared were a) the requisite
physically gorgeous, and b) persistent, the WHY as to Jared falling in love with her felt unresolved. We get why
Penelope did, because she had visions of her true love. Jared felt rather immature and impetuous, more like
24 than 34.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some nice scenes set in Victorian New York, especially the ice skating. The consummation scene
was smexy hot and well done, if a little unbelievable that they could get away with it and NO ONE would have
seen them or would gossip about it. And did young society women make their debut (debuts?) in the middle
Still, all the characters are likable, and inclusion of the other Appleton sisters and Aunt Eve and partners, so
the family factor is there, too. If you're looking for a light, fun read with a HEA in the Christmas season, this
should do nicely.
Posted October 19, 2013
I so wanted to adore this book for the setting alone Victorian Era New York. We have a psychic beauty burden heroine too. Good stuff.
However, I never really could attach to the romance nor the mystery nor the couple. Jared is really just a run of the mill dark haired hero for me. He does eventually move beyond her looks and love her though.
This is a well written book and I will certainly read more by this writer. I sometimes think though that when a writer puts a major character like a younger sister into a novella sized romance it may be because the author is just not that into her and it shows up in the quality of the story or connection.
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
Posted October 17, 2013
A sweet, light, lovely historical romance novella. Mistletoe and Magic was a wonderful novella and, though I didn't love it, I really enjoyed it.
Penelope was an okay heroine. For the most part, she was likable. But, she was also my one problem with the book. I understood why she felt she had to distance herself from Jared and discourage a relationship. But, she was quite mean about it. For one, she was rude to him, which I could have forgiven. But, in another instance, she pretended to be engaged to a nasty old man and paraded around with the perv. It seemed to be more out of spite than anything else. It went from protecting herself to being spiteful. This doesn't mean I didn't like her character. She was just fine and, other than those unpleasant instances, she was a good character. I might have had my issues with her, but I liked her just fine in the end.
Jared, on the other hand, was pure perfection. This man was so sweet and adorable and wonderful. Needless to say, I adored him. He was a fantastic hero.
The romance was mostly sweet, with only a hint of spice. I thought these two were lovely together.
The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I loved how the author found a way around Jared's foretold death. It was a definitely surprise. And the ending was lovely.
Mistletoe and Magic was a wonderful historical romance novella. Romance lovers, if you want a quick, light, sweet read, this is a book you'll want to check out.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Posted October 14, 2013
This book was just ok for me. It seemed rushed and incomplete. I liked the characters but there was just no way I could reconcile the
fast pace for myself. I felt that this needed to be spread out a bit more, let it flow more. As it was, it felt disjointed and choppy. I wasn't
able to get into the flow of the book.
Posted December 31, 2013
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