Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lord Griffin's Prize by Katalina Leon

Lord Griffin's Prize by Katalina Leon

Book Synopsis:

Part of the Emerald Isles Fantasies series
Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts waiting to reclaim its mate. And that’s just the beginning.

For the adventure of a lifetime Maeve de’Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.

Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 AD and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.

My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paranormal Romance with a Dash of Historical

Katalina Leon is a new to me author, which is always very exciting to discover :) LORD GRIFFIN’S PRIZE starts with our heroine arriving at Castle Tullamore in Ireland.  She's recovering from an unfortunate marriage and divorce. She's interested in discovering more about her families past. However, her past (and her families past) and present are about to collide.  Our hero, Ronan, is an expert on Tullamore history; for good reason - he's been trapped there since 1320!   I really liked Maeve and Ronan, they were good, likable characters.  Throw in a protective griffin-shapeshifter and what's not to like?  I enjoyed the premise of the story, but I just had a few (not insurmountable) problems with the execution.

Maeve begins having strange experiences at the castle.  This is  a paranormal romance, so I expected that.  However, even in PNR, "magic" has rules.  They may differ from author to author and from book to book but there are still basic "rules" within each book.  I was confused because there was a lot of rule breaking.  The historical flashbacks at first seemed like Maeve went back and influenced/lived her ancestor’s life.  The use of the "F" word in 1320 o.O - not gonna happen unless Maeve is in control and not just a hitchhiker/observer.  However, in subsequent flashbacks it sort of seemed she was just viewing Maeveen and Ronan.  For me, the author should have just clearly picked - Maeve was either there and in control or she was just an observer.

The other "rule" breaker was Ronan - the sunrise to sunset rule was broken multiple times along with the way to break the enchantment.  I also found inconsistencies in how Ronan related to modern things. He clearly understood and had condoms on hand but didn't know what chips (fish and chips) were? Again, the use of the "F" word threw me off.  It just seemed out of place with the rest of the smexy scenes and word choices.

I enjoyed the story told in LORD GRIFFIN’S PRIZE, but as previously stated, I believe some of these inconsistencies should have been eliminated or addressed differently.  I think fans of m/f paranormal romance with a HEA will enjoy this book.  I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.    

✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

✳✳ Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews by Guest Reviewer, Ramona

  • $15 Amazon Gift Card
  • E-Copy

Author Bio: 

I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id Publishing and a couple new publishers to be announced soon. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, kick-ass heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.

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Buy Links:

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Sierra McBride said...

Great review.
Thanks for the chance to win !
: )

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

Thank you Sierra! Good Luck!

Katalina Leon said...

Ramona thank you for your review.
I would like to clear something up. Our good old word "Fuck" has been in underground use since the days of ancient Rome as "futuere" or "futo". The word stayed alive in Latin speaking/reading monasteries throughout the middle ages and appears in 13th literature. The anglo/ German twist on the word was pronounce Fuck.
Ronan knew about condoms because he's walking around the castle as a ghost or griffin for 700 years watching the inhabitants of the hotel.
I just needed to point that out.
Thank you.

I ♥ Bookie Nookie said...

Thank you Katalina for clearing that up! Your insight is appreciated!

R is for Relentless said...

Thanks Katalina I didn't realize the good old F bomb had been around for so long! :). Thanks for clarifying. I'm definitely not a historian so thought it was a relatively new phenomenon. Loved Ronan :)

Katalina Leon said...

Thank you Ramona for the review and hosting me today. Please know I have never, ever commented on a review before but I just had to share the secret history of "Fuck". It's been a forbidden underground word forever and no doubt that's added to it's power and allure.
So let's all enjoy a good old fashioned Fuck : )
Thank you ladies.

Heather Hand said...

OMG I love that - The Secret History of "FUCK"! That is simply too good to pass up - as you said who doesn't love a good fuck!

Thanks for highlighting this book - Gargoyles are awesome and I am definitely interested in reading this. I would love to win!

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