Friday, September 13, 2013

The Shoe Blog Tour part one: Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

This is part one to my 'The Shoe Blog Tour' post for today, September 13! Little Red is book one of the Believe Series release on June 18, 2012 and published by Front Porch Publishing. Its a Romance and Fairy tale re-telling. You can fine Little Red located on: Goodreads, and Amazon.

Little Red
Little Red Riding Hood is back in the woods again...and in the clutches of the Big Bad Wolf no less...

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and a little old bayou magic, Ethan must put aside everything he has ever known to keep her safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?

I barely have enough time to open my mouth, let alone scream as I’m flung into one of the walls of he shack. I groan as he holds me against the wall with one hand. I look up into his eyes. It’s not Ethan but I see a man who aside from his messier dark hair could easily pass for his brother. His silver eyes spark with brightness under the candle light and his 5 o’clock shadow is dominant on his face. He’s as tall as Ethan is with an unbelievably large build. His dark jeans and boots, like Ethan’s, are speckled with debris from the woods. His dark tee shirt reveals two muscular forearms that even under the dim candle lighting I can see tensing as he clings on to me.

            “What do we have here?” His voice is low and taunting as I force myself not to fight him. He leans in close; his nose twitches ever so lightly as he…smells me. “You have Ethan on you,” He growls.

            My mouth drops as the pain in my back begins spreading from the forceful meeting with the wall.

            “Where is he?” He grumbles.

            “He…” I stammer. “He went to.”

            “He’s right here!” I hear Ethan’s voice from the door of the cabin. My eyes snap toward him, pleading for him to help me.

            “Really Ethan?” The man says. “Really? She’s hasn’t been in town all of,” he leans down smelling me again, “a few hours.”

            I feel tears beginning to sting my eyes, the man slowly loosens his grip, but he doesn’t let go. He reaches for my forearm where he holds me away from Ethan. He’s using me as bait. He’s using me merely to taunt Ethan in some twisted game.

            “Let. Her. Go. Aaron.” Ethan growls.

            “What?” The other man laughs, “You mean to tell me she’s yours. This many years and you finally decide to.”

            Ethan is quick to cut him off, “Let her go.”

            Before I can say anything, five men, who match Ethan’s appearance, run in. One who is Aaron’s identical twin is the first to speak. “Aaron, you fucking moron, what are you doing?”

            I train my eyes on him for moment. Unlike his twin, his clean-shaven face presents chiseled features that are buried underneath Aaron’s scruff. His silvery eyes gleam under the candle light just as Aaron and Ethan’s eyes. His hair is dark but much shorter and well styled. His own white tee shirt, dark jeans and large boots also suggest that he has been romping around in the woods.

I give Little Red a five out of five.

Little red stares Samantha (AKA Red) and Ethan. Samantha is running from her horrible Ex who has been abusing her. She has no one but herself and all her possessions strapped into two little saddle bags on her motorcycle, which breaks down on a road in Louisiana. In an attempt to hid herself she pulls her motorcycle off the road and heads for the dark trees when she is found by Ethan, who isn’t about to leave her alone in the forest for the night.

Samantha and Ethan make one heck of a connection in the forest and before she knows it she’s suddenly knee deep in testosterone when his six brothers show up. There’s definitely something strange about the whole group, why are they acting like a pack of dogs and what’s with this sudden claim on Red being Ethan’s? It’s okay though, his brothers are the good guys. But if they’re the good guys, who is playing the villain in this Little Red Riding Hood remake? You’ll just have to read to find out. J

Every character is unique, the little time lapses that occur during the story was executed nicely, and the shifting between characters was easy enough to follow. There is loads of humor and at times I didn’t pictures the men being as old as they were supposed to be, but when you have this many men floating around, of course, you can expect some childishness. So I must applaud the author for keeping each of the characters an individuals and not getting then lost or muddled together. (James and Aaron were my favorites)

With all the good stuff aside I will point out that I found the characters moving a bit too fast. At one point Red’s on the run, following a stranger into the forest at night, listening to him tell his tragic life’s story, and then she too, pours her heart out. I understand the trauma and wanting to share it. I was screaming stranger the whole time. But I will say the connection with ‘their tree’ tied up at the end when Ethan pretty much is about to kick some butt was very nice.

And who wouldn't love the ending? I know I was smiling.
Author: Trista Jaszczak

Trista Jaszczak is the author of the Believe series, and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside, and the Darkness Falls Series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton  Ohio but calls home where ever the Air force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, alaska where she finds endless inspiration inthe pure Alaskan wilderness. when she isn't writing, she spends her time with family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar or working on self improvement in the gym. She loves the outdoors, the moon, old movies, and music.
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