Penelope & Prince Charming

Magic and Prince Charming seem to go hand and hand but Jennifer Ashley will write how magic is not everything and true love shows through all.

Penelope Trask was not going to get married especially if the man did not want her. She wanted a love match. She was not expecting that with her own Prince Charming. But alas she finds out that the love is a spell.

Damien known to many is the Prince of Nvengaria. His quest is to find his love. The one that is foretold for him to be with. This quest has led him to a small village. At first it was the mother but she was already spoken for so it now landed to the daughter which Damien was more than happy with. But there were many problems which would get into their way and if they are not there in Nvengaria he would loose everything.

Penelope & Prince Charming is the first book of the series Nvengaria by Jennifer Ashley. I wasn’t sure how the story would be because it was supposedly another rogue going after a woman but in this case magic plays in the book which gives a good twist.

Jennifer Ashley’s characters are compelling to read and have more dynamics than they first appear to be. The mother, Lady Trask is full of surprises and leaves you enchanted with her character. I love Meagan’s boldness and her wit. But of course Penelope and Damien are the favorite. They antics as the spells come over them leaves them more pleasing to the reader.

Ashley gives an ending which the reader will be surprised and it is not the traditional one.

A fantastic first book to the series Nvengaria.

Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd

The first book of the series Darkness Chosen is a creative way to show a new form of shapeshifters and the cross they must bare.

Ann Smith loves her dynamic boss, Jasha Wilder, but her daring plan to seduce him goes awry when she encounters a powerful wold who, before her horrified eyes, changes into the man she adores.  She soon discovers that she can’t escape her destiny, for Jasha is Konstantine’s descendant, and Ann is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul…

Reading Dodd’s work so far is fantastic to read.  She delivers so much to the page.  Scent of Darkness is not something I have found myself reading before.  I really liked the concept of the curse which this family has to bare and the fact that it will take a woman to stop the curse.

The characters are fascinating to read about and have a lot of humor which keeps the book light even though most parts of the book are serious and sensual.

Jasha and Ann are a delight to read about and entertaining to see how they would come together and break the curse.

The idea of icons is interesting.  But what was weird was the one name mentioned at the end.  A person who is watching the family.  Is he their enemy or not?