Review: Little Red (Believe #1) by Trista Jaszczak

July 24, 2014 Review 0

Review: Little Red (Believe #1) by Trista Jaszczak

Samantha Wentworth has one mission in life; to get as far away as she possibly can from her troubled past. 

When she finds herself on the Louisiana bayou she runs straight into the arms of a very sexy Big Bad Wolf that she just can’t seem to resist. 

Will Samantha continue on her journey, or does the full moon have other plans in store for her?

Title: Little Red
Author: Trista Jaszczak
Series: Believe #1
Published by Wolf Paw Publications
Source: Publisher
Published: June 13, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 245
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  There was a “big bad wolf” (several really) without shifters.  How fun!  This author did a fantastic job with a smash up of several genres – fairy tales, paranormal, fantasy, folk lore, and of course romance and, did it quite well.  This story grabbed me and held me hostage until the very end.  It was amazing.

When I started this, I was reading with a “tongue in cheek” grin on my face because really – Little Red Riding Hood meets Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!  It was imaginative and fun. Samantha Wentworth came cruising in on a motorcycle wearing a red jacket and helmet and immediately gets dubbed “Red” by the “big bad wolf” – Ethan Parker.  It was too funny.  Too make it even more grin worthy, six more “wolves” show up, for a total of seven, who also decide to call her Red.  By the end of the book I had forgotten her real name because none of these wolves ever called her anything but Red. A little later, just to make the smash up illusion(?) complete, we actually have the Ethan give her kiss to wake her up.  “It worked with Snow White.”   *grinning ear to ear. *

With this kind of beginning I just had to keep reading to see where this story took me.  When I read how there were wolves without shifters, well, this actually made total sense to me.  Moon madness!  Of course!  I totally believe this exists, not to the extent it did in this book, but this little bit of realism worked for me.

I felt the author did a good job with character development.  These characters were fun and endearing, for “big bad wolves.”  I thought Red did an admirable job trying to cope with being thrown into this world of fantastic folk lore after escaping from a world of abuse.  It would be enough to send anyone around the bend, but she managed to mostly hang on to her sanity.  Then, there was all those lovely, drool worthy wolves, (Yum!) wanting to protect and keep her safe.  Oh my!  Lucky girl!

The story moved along well.  There was action and suspense, as well as a couple trying to get to know each other in all this chaos. The romance felt real.  It was not rushed or forced.  Although Red and Ethan acknowledged the undeniable attraction they had for each other, they also acknowledged the fact they didn’t “know” each other and took the time to do that.  It was nice and sweet, especially considering all the older brothers that were around all the time being brothers.  I loved it.

This is the first time I have read this author but, it will not be the last time.  I love how she took the old and familiar and made something new and exciting.  I look forward to reading another book.





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