Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review: Timothy by Gabriella Bradley

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A Two-Part Presentation of Gabriella Bradley’s Royal Vampires
Written by Gabriella Bradley
Published by eXtasy Books
Paranormal Ménage
117 Pages

This book is part of a serialized series. Reading Book One, A Royal Vampire, is advised prior to reading Timothy, Book Two.

Timothy


Timothy- Book Synopsis

Joshua continues his masquerade as Timothy in order to have the freedom he's so longed for. On his first date with Katarina, he knows he's met his soul mate and the woman who will reign by his side as his queen.

    Now in turmoil, he struggles with the knowledge he'll have to tell Katarina that Timothy is a disguise, that he's really Joshua the king and a vampire. Fear of losing her makes him hesitate to tell her the truth so he continues the deception...

    But Joshua has no choice. Eventually he has to tell Katarina who he really is. Will she forgive him for his deceit? Can she accept that he's a vampire? 
 

Book Review of Timothy

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

In the sequel to A Royal Vampire, Timothy starts to explore the relationship between Joshua/Tim and Katarina. Joshua and Katarina both know they are in love with each other, even though they only just met. Joshua continues to disguise himself but hates weaving the lies he’s told. Eventually, he meets her as the King and she immediately feels the same connection she felt for Tim. She is torn between the two men but also feels like she should do her commoner duty in obeying the King’s orders of spending time with him. She is conflicted but doesn’t know if she likes him because he’s a King and every girl dreams of being a princess or if she’s truly attracted to him.
Joshua meets with Han, Katarina’s father, also the new scientist that replaced Derek. Joshua secretly comes clean with Hans and asks his permission to continue dating his daughter. He is hesitant but offers his support and agrees to find the old Derek’s research. Joshua asks Hans to continue Derek’s research to find a cure for vampires and werewolves that plague the woods at night and are human by day. He agrees and sets out to find a copy of Derek’s research.
Tim continues to dodge Katarina during the day and sometimes during the evening, stating he has to work late. She comes clean to him that the King has taken interest in her. He encourages her to explore her options with him, making her question his feelings for her. Though she continues to see the King, she becomes more and more conflicted.
The King finds out the castle has a stable and goes on a riding expedition with the stable keeper. He comes across a small area where all the workers of the castle live and sees the horrible conditions in which they are living. He makes plans to have things updated when he sees them using a well for water and plans new housing for them. He comes across an old church that he feels a connection to. He is informed that it used to be the Royal Chapel but since King Paul took the throne, he never came around so the church fell to shambles. He made immediate plans to renovate the old church. This is the place he decides to tell Katarina the truth.

Joshua/Tim takes her there on a horse ride picnic as the King. After having a lovely lunch, they explore the church and find a large, old book and agree to take it to the old sorcerer that Joshua met briefly. When Joshua tells Katarina most of the truth, leaving out he’s a vampire, she hates him for his deception, rides back to the castle in silence and jumps in the limo to return home in sobs. Joshua listens to her silent voices and finds how much she really hates him. He calls Hans to speak with her who later tries to reason with her. Will Katarina forgive him? Will Joshua lose the love of his life? Where has Paul and his evil plans been? 
I really enjoyed the depth of the characters created by Gabriella Bradley. The intimate emotions portrayed between Timothy and Katarina were heartbreaking in the end. Keep reading Gabriella Bradley’s Royal Vampires for more excellent story telling!

   ~Reviewed by Jodie Pierce~
Author Jodie Pierce is known for her work in paranormal romance. Writing vampire romances, Jodie is well known for her acclaimed books The Vampire Queen and The Vampire Chronicles.

Book Review: A Royal Vampire by Gabriella Bradley

Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors Proudly Presents



A Two-Part Presentation of Gabriella Bradley’s Royal Vampires
Written by Gabriella Bradley
Published by eXtasy Books
Paranormal Ménage
120 Pages


A Royal Vampire 

A Royal Vampire- Book Synopsis

After twenty-four years in captivity, Joshua must suddenly take on the task for which he was created and trained. Taking on the role of king is no mean task, though Joshua doesn’t care. He will finally have the freedom he so longed for all his life. Paul, his nemesis, tells him how much he hates Joshua but can’t destroy him.

Paul’s insane jealousy and hatred causes him to change his mind and send Joshua’s throne tumbling. He decides to turn most of the population with the help of his army of vampires and recapture his royal title.

    Joshua finds himself entangled in a web of deceit, murder and witchcraft. His biggest secret, that he has inherited the vampire gene from his nemesis, must remain so. Vowing he’ll rid the island of murdering vampires and werewolves, he devises a plan to escape the castle and freely roam the city and forests without fear of recognition and exposure.

    Much to his surprise, he meets the woman he’s seen so many times in his dreams.
Unsure of himself, wondering if she is really his soulmate or if the feelings he has for her are caused because he’s never been with a woman, he makes plans to date Katarina Goddard.


Book Review of A Royal Vampire

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

A Royal Vampire is a great paranormal novella between an aging vampire King Paul the Third and a male “grown” heir, Joshua,  to the throne. The young King had DNA taken from the King and his dead Queen who had her DNA frozen. The King ordered to have a son “grown” through science to be a mortal and the vampire gene irradiated from him. Joshua grew up in a science building with the best tutors, guards and the regular scientific studies. Derek, the scientist, created a fully fledged human and at twenty-four years old, he introduced him to the King. Immediately, Joshua can hear all of the Kings evil thoughts which were full of hatred for him. He was, however, the only option for Paul to keep his cousin and his three sons from taking over the throne. The King, since vampires don’t age, started wearing makeup around age fifty to make him look older. He introduces Joshua to the little island where they live and steps down as King.
The old King Paul kills everyone involved with the “growth” of his heir. When the young King meets his “father”, he immediately learns he can hear thoughts. Paul fakes his death while on his ride to his country house, killing his guards but escaping safely into the night. He visits a local facial surgery doctor and has his face altered so he can move around during the nightly hours without anyone recognizing him. Joshua finds Paul is not the only vampire around and there have been many deaths in the local area so locals usually stay in at night or travel in packs.
Joshua knows exactly how to rule the island based on his upbringings and Paul’s thoughts. Paul is moved to the royal quarters in the castle and learns of a secret passage that leads to outside of the castle. He starts regularly escaping to the beach and swims in the water at night alone. One day he decided to explore further than the beach and found a small town nearby. He was afraid of being recognized so he arranges with the Minister of Finance to create an offshore account for him giving him a credit card and cash. He takes a makeup class, does his own makeup and ventures into the local bar. He is immediately befriended under his new identity and starts to uncomfortably mingle with his friends as he’s never been in this situation before. In walks the most beautiful woman Joshua has ever seen and he feels an immediate connection with her but wonders if it’s only because he’s never seen another woman let alone been close to one. He reads her thoughts and finds out she feels the connection between them as well. They dance and talk and he sees her to her car while promising to see her again.
When he returns to the bar, Paul and his minions enter the bar and have attracted three very, “easy” women. Joshua is very concerned and follows them into the ladies room and pays them off to leave. Joshua saves several people from becoming dinner for some of the other vampires.
The story ends with Paul in handcuffs from a bar brawl that Joshua created by punching Paul, whom didn’t know it was Joshua either. Joshua is easily aroused by Katarina and “takes care of himself” before drifting off to sleep by watching her in his mind.
Gabriella Bradley weaves a great beginning of a series of novellas. She really creates such a world that makes the reader want to be there themselves within the story. She has fully developed the main characters quickly in this first edition.
Gabriella Bradley makes her characters personable and has the reader expressing their specific emotions for each character. Her ability to suck the reader into her world is an excellent talent.

A Royal Vampire was interesting from beginning to end and was very hard to put down. I was so vested in the characters that I longed to see what more happened within the story. I can’t wait for the next edition! What will happen between Joshua/Tim with Katarina? Will Joshua/Tim be able to live the double life? What will happen between Joshua and Paul? Are Paul’s evil plans enough to conquer the throne for himself again? What an exciting journey from inception to concealment...this story takes you on a whirlwind of events.
~Reviewed by Jodie Pierce~
Author Jodie Pierce is known for her work in paranormal romance. Writing vampire romances, Jodie is well known for her acclaimed books The Vampire Queen and The Vampire Chronicles.

Friday October, 12, 2012

Good Morning and Welcome Back to Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors
Last week,  Author J. Annas Walker reviewed The Samsara Chronicles by authors Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp.  If you devour science fiction and fantasy novels, you don’t want to miss The Samsara Chronicles, published by Devine Destinies and available in novel format and in serialized novellas for a dollar!
Gabriella Bradley fans, be sure to check out the review written by author JC Szot for Gabriella Bradley’s Savage Lust. JC read Savage Lust in one afternoon and left high praise for Gabriella’s western ménage. Finally, I had the pleasure of reading Gabriella’s wonderful romance, Whispering Ice. A top-shelf keeper, Whispering Ice is a brilliant romance with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.
This week the Gabriella Bradley book fest continues! Author Jodie Pierce reviewed several of Gabriella’s paranormals, but I won’t give away any spoilers. You'll have to wait and read Jodie's reviews!
In the meantime, take a minute to view our archives and recent reviews. We have a great selection of talent showcasing their work here. Visit author Clair de Lune’s author showcase page, check out Elizabeth Finn’s novel The Devil’s Pawn, and read Adriana Kraft’s article on point of view.
Today, I’d like to extend a special invitation to you as well. It’s a tad off-subject but believe me, you’ll understand after you meet my latest blog guest. I had the opportunity to interview Garren James of Cowboys for Angels and trust me ladies, you don’t want to miss this exciting interview!  
As always, thank you for stopping by and for sharing your time with us. Reviews are on the way later today!