So, did you love Ever After?
M: I don’t think Kate could write anything I don’t like
I think I’m still starry-eyed over Grimm Consequences, though, and have a so-in-love-with-that-story hangover. I really liked Ever After, but it just didn’t grab hold of me like Grimm did.
I felt a lot more of being told what Gideon felt than experiencing the emotions with him
J: well, I think I was resigned to love Nate most of all from the beginning
M: yes, but even loving Nate, I really got into Nicky and Seth’s stories, still got that connection. I just didn’t feel the same intensity with this as with the others
I had no idea why Gideon loved Arabella as much as he did
J: well, that is a difference I noticed with this one
but the problem, I think, is that with Nicky and Seth, we watched the beginning
with Gideon, he was already in love when the story began
so we didn’t get to experience the falling
even with Red, where Nate already loved her, we got her first feelings
M: yes, but maybe that could have been made up with experiencing Gideon’s anguish of seeing her again? He told us how he felt, he told us he loved her, but I never felt his emotion, and Arabella never showed us why he loved her, you know? Not like the characters did in the other tales
Arabella never showed anything really loveable, or her pain in leaving him, staying away
I wanted all that heart-tugging struggle of impossible decisions. The set up was perfect for it, but…
J: I still loved every second. I suppose I did write all that off as entering their love story in the middle
M: Oh, I really did enjoy, too – so, so worth the read. One of my all-time favorite series.
But Kate did such a great job in Grimm to show the struggle, the anguish, the impossible situations and choices, and this is another great set up and storyline to do that
and it just didn’t grab me by the throat like Grimm, for sure. Man, I loved that story
J: also, I’m pretty sure I was totally dazzled by the Arthurian legend
you know how I love me some King Arthur
M: Heh. Yes
that was a great twist – classic Kate and the world she’s created
J: there was so much there, so much fun, and action, and twisty-ness. So, what would you rate it? I think I went four stars for this one.
M: Absolutely. Strong 4 stars. Her Transplanted Tales world is just as fun and compelling as the first time I got sucked in. I can’t wait for her new project. So excited to see what she can do with a romantic suspense.
J: Yeah, what’s the story with that?
M: She’s got two new series coming in 2015, the Templar Legacy series and Protect and Serve. I love me some good romantic suspense. I love Kate’s writing. Something definitely to look forward to
J: Sounds perfect for settling in to read for hours with ice cream. Or coffee. Or beer…
M: Ooh, or an appletini! Mmmm. brb…
Kate is offering a $50 gift card to Amazon, B&N, or BAM (winner’s choice), a signed paperback copy of Ever After, Transplanted tales swag, and 2 winners will receive an ebook copy of the transplanted tales book of their choice!
About the Author
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.
Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.