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The Dark Huntsman: A Fantasy Romance of The Black Court (Tales of The Black Court Book 1) by [Aspen, Jessica]
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"As a huge fan of fairy tales, I was thrilled to find this tale. Let me be the first to say it did not disappoint in the least... ...The characters are deep and enchanting, and I do hope to read the rest of the books that will be forthcoming. This fairy tale is one that will keep readers up at night, enthralled in the tale, just as I was." 4.5 stars-Night Owl Reviews
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"Hot on the publication of three steamy, twisted novellas, Jessica Aspen boldly unleashes her passionate first novel, The Dark Huntsman." -sherryisaac.com/2013/10/16/hunting-for-a-dark-delicious-read/

From the Author

Magic, romance, and evil queens. That's what fairy tales are made of. And that's what I love. Taking the worn out threads of  old tales, stories of lost little girls in the woods, and reweaving them into new original tales of independent women who discover what it means to be fully aware and involved with strong men.
Tales about the push and pull of alphas. The struggles of men who desire a woman so completely they are willing to fight their own dragons in order to save the  damsel. And damsels who are strong enough to save themselves, but long for more than independent solitude. Romantic stories that are clever, and sexy, and  just a little on the dark side.
Logan and Trina's story is one I've held dear to my heart. I started it a long, long time ago and I'm pleased that it's finally here, and with such an amazing cover. I've loved nurturing it into existence and I know you'll love reading about Trina's struggle to find out why the Queen of the Black Court has decided all the MacElvy's must die.
And at the back of this book you'll discover chapter one of Prince by Blood and Bone, book two of this series that is due out at the end of December. I hate when I read a book and then it takes two years for the next one to come out. That's not going to happen with this series. Prince Kian's story is already written and in the publishing process, so you won't get left hanging. And book three, Broken Mirror is close behind. That one may take a few months longer, but just because I need a little time to regroup after this fall and winter.
Please come by my site and leave a comment or I'm on Goodreads too. I love to read your reviews and see what you think about my new fairy tale romances.
Jessica Aspen

Product Details

  • File Size: 1758 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abracadabra Publishing (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN2P7A8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The premise is interesting, creative and even captivating. The execution of said premise is not so good. The characters are annoying, immature and one-dimensional. I really thought it was my type of book with an amazing heroine and a sexy and brooding romantic interest but they are both pretty disappointing, specially Trina who kept whining non-stop about Logan leaving her behind. The man was trying to save her family and she herself admitted to always be a hindrance to him. She had no defense or attack skills. Of course he was going to want her to stay safely behind. And Logan? The whole slave thing? Pretty disgusting no matter how you put it. Sorry. Overall? I was unimpressed. The main plot arc isn't even developed properly. The romance between Trina and Logan was the only purpose of this book and not even that was done suitably.
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Jessica Aspen has re-imagined the classic fairy tale of Snow White. She’s told the story from the Huntsman’s, Logan, perspective and given the wicked queen a different reason for wanting the heroine, Trina, now a gypsy, dead. There are more twists and turns to the plot than one book can deliver an ending to, so fortunately this is the beginning of a series.

The reader is immediately drawn into Logan’s story from the first sentence with the fact he is trying to remember where he was. He’s cold, aching, the light hurts his eyes, and he doesn’t know what he is doing. From there on Logan never stops hurting or aching except when he is knocked off his feet when he comes across the naked witch the evil queen has sent him to kill.

Trina MacElvys, the heroine, a young witch with the goal of saving her family line, is not match for the full blooded faerie, Logan, who instead of killing her carries her off. Trina’s wild ride begins with Logan’s abduction and never ends throughout the book. In some cases she is too inexperienced in the life of sorcery which puts both she and Logan in trouble.

The rest of the cast of characters is composed of faeries of various sizes, trolls, and gnomes. They all are involved in Logan’s and Trina’s pursuit of finding meaning in life and love. The surprise is how the love comes about. To find that out you have to read this sizzling romance.
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Jessica is a master of writing twisted fairy tales, this one is based on Snow White. She also pulls in the fantasy world of elves, pookas, and Fae. One of the strengths in her book is the pooka—Solanum. Pookas are a creature of Irish folklore. They can bring good or bad fortune, help or hinder people.

In this case, Solanum serves the Dark Huntsman, Logan. Solanum isn’t really a hero or villain. He will follow Logan’s requests, but there’s always a twist. If he was given his freedom, who knows what the chaos he would create. Jessica says he’s amoral. I think he’s your ultimate alpha.

What I like about Solanum is that he is his own person. He will come through in a pinch and I love his wit. Jessica brings him into her second book, Prince of Blood and Bone. I keep bugging her to give Solanum his own book, but he’s not ready. See, his own person. I would keep reading her books to see what happens with Solanum.

Another strength of the book is the love attraction between Logan and Trina. Like all of her books, the sexual tension is intense, but not over the top. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Trina is feeding fruit to Logan. The descriptions and tension are hot. I’ll never look at raspberries and strawberries the same way.
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By cls on January 13, 2014
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WOW… What an amazing read! Nice weekend distraction. You fall right into the lives of these characters and you can’t put the book down. The story line is beyond well written and complex, not to mention the development of the characters. The chemistry between is real, complex, hot and boiling over. You’ll be on the edge of your seat through the whole story; you’ll laugh, you’ll sigh and you’ll have book hangout when you complete it. Thank you for an amazing ride and journey, the author pulled me right into the story and I can’t wait for future Books by this author.
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Trina doesn't think, she reacts. She flails about mindlessly and makes a poor situation even worse. There's a phrase for that: too stupid to live. Logan fails as the legendary leader of the wild hunt. He's too distracted and simply lacks the power. Weirdly enough, my favorite character is Solanum, the pooka, who seems strangely affectionate of his master. Further marring this story are the grammatical errors sprinkled throughout, especially the unnecessary apostrophes. The romance fails, too. Trina is nasty and shrewish--understandably--concerning the circumstances of her capture. But she doesn't really improve, even when Logan reassures her that he is doing his best to save her life. Logan himself is a somewhat more sympathetic character.

I finished the book, but doubt I will continue with the series.
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This story is for anyone who loved Snow White as a child and yet wished for more. The author does a good job at rewriting this classic for adults. It's twists will keep you reading just to discover how she will unfold the tale. The characters could have been better developed. I was never a fan of silly or slow female heroines.Trina the female lead continues to say the same things repeatedly throughout the story. There never seems to be a learning curve for Trina. Even with that flaw, I still found the story worth the read and I am getting the rest of the trioloy.
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