Cora Goode has woken up in a fairytale world where she can understand what birds are saying to her, men ride horses and have fluffy feathers in their hats, and furniture zigs, zags, and whirls in miracles of construction. The problem is, she thinks she's in a dream, but she's actually taken the place of the parallel-universe Cora and, without realizing it, our Cora does something that starts a centuries-old curse that will sweep the land if she gets captured by the evil Minerva. At this point, her dream world becomes a nightmare. Luckily, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno is there to save her from the clutches of the grotesque vickrants sent by Minerva to capture her. Unfortunately, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno doesn't like the Cora of his world all that much (to say the least) and he thinks our Cora is her. And no matter what our Cora says or does to try to convince him, he won't be convinced. But Cora needs Tor to keep her safe and guide her through this fantastical world as she hopes one day to wake up in her not-so-great apartment in her not-so-great life in her world. The problem is, the more time she spends with the gorgeous warrior Tor, the faster she falls in love with him.
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Wow...this was a great addition to the series. This third installment plot started out similar as the first two previous books. Girl wakes up in a different universe, girl doesn't want to fall in love with the hero but ends up falling in love anyway. Cora happens to trade places with a princess that happens to be a bit*h so everyone hates her guts. She brings a curse to the land and her "husband" has to save her and his land happens to be Hawkvaile. This book had a twist where both Cora and Tor are transported back to our word, so it was interesting to see how Tor went about our world. At the end it was a nice set up for the next book. If I had to put them in order according to the first 3 books this would fall second after the Golden Dynasty and Wildest would come in 3rd place. This is well worth the credit. On to Broken Dove!!
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Cora went to bed in Seattle and thought she was still dreaming when she woke up because she was in a parallel Disney-type fantasyland where she had a beautiful whimsical sister who tra..la..la'd her way into Cora's bedroom and in her dream there were vivid colors, a talking bird.. and 3 very handsome men on horseback. But Cora's beautiful dream wasn't to last long as it quickly turned into a nightmare because she accidentally set off a curse and had to be rescued.. by the wickedly handsome, sexily scared and darkly brooding Noctorno (aka Tor). And Cora very quickly realized this was no dream but her bitter reality as Tor (aka her husband) unceremoniously dumped and left her in a cave while he went off to kill Thumper for tea.
Their soul-mate match may have been decreed by the Gods but it was the furthest thing from a love match because Tor, her infuriating and irritated husband, didn't like his alternate wife who had been mean, selfish, lazy, demanding, greedy, unkind and cold in bed.. the total opposite of Cora. But, as the insults and sexual tension grew, just how was Cora going to convince Tor that she wasn't who he thought she was, that she was actually a nice person if he believed her and that she wasn't up to her old tricks. However, as tempers flared igniting a volley of insults and a wealth of fiery banter, their attraction to each other and sexual awareness grew.. until once again Cora's naivety in this alternate land accidentally brought a swarm of flying demons to their door.. and their story was just beginning.
Four days from its release date and already this book has received 85 5 star ratings and 17 4 star ones and I'm not surprised because Kristen Ashley has spun such a beautiful fantastical tale where a dark handsome Prince, a Castle, communicating with animals, witches, winged demons, soul mates and curses become a reality for one regular girl. Cora and Tor are wonderfully entertaining characters with their wickedly humorous dialogue, their instant sexual attraction, their passionate pleas, their heartfelt tender words of love that melt your heart and their turbulent rollercoaster relationship made this a compelling and addictive listen. Like all good rollercoasters there's dips, turns, highs, lows, twists, laughter, excitement and breathless times too as this exciting story unfurls. Told from Cora's POV - she's funny, talkative, entertaining, loveable and all heart - and once the moody, bossy, angry, sexy and stubborn Tor finally thaws out they ARE a love match made by the Gods.
Worth a credit? YES YES YES - Kristen Ashley has set the bar very high as this compelling and addictive series continues and Tillie Hooper did a great job at bringing everything to life. The story (and couple) from book 1 are mentioned in book 2.. and both couples (and their armies) join Cora and Tor in this book's sweet Epilogue as the secondary chilling and sinister storyline heats up for a good vs. evil battle. As always, this book has left me wanting more from KA.. and thankfully book 4 is primed and ready to go... so see ya folks.
The dialog was shallow, inner monologue was repetitive and annoying (phrases were literally repeated ridiculously throughout), didn't care about the characters, no sexual tension, and even the love scenes were dull. It pains me to give KA a bad review, but it really was that bad.
I really like the fantasy stories of these books. The only problem I have with all these stories are that the females in them are between 28 and 32. However they all talk and act like they were 18. It drives me insane. They should all speak more mature. I just wish KS would have made their character speak more like adults.
Aside from that I really enjoy the stories and the different worlds. I could not wait for these 3 books and I pre-ordered them. Worth every credit.
I was extremely excited when I got my hands on this! The audio release was delayed but for a great reason and it was WORTH IT! This is book 3 in the series and a great continuation. With that said, this can be read as a standalone, though I suggest you read the previous books because they are GREAT!
While the blurb tells you exactly what the story about, but its the journey and what you discover along the way that makes this an awesome read. Cora is a heroine that jumps in and takes action. She doesn't coward when things get tough. Her reactions to learning about her life in the fairytale world is funny...she keeps it real! This is one of the things I LOVE about Kristen Ashley's writing style!
Speaking of Kristen's writing, love how she creates these characters that are true to themselves regardless of the circumstances. You as the reader can relate to the characters and fall for them. She also describes their world in a way that makes you want to live there!
All the characters are well developed and continue to grow as the story moves along. Speaking of characters, Noctorno, aka Tor, is one hot, sexy hero! An alpha but not an ass.... Because there is a difference.
Narrator Review: I was pleased to learn that Tillie Hooper would narrate the entire series. Not only for consistency purposes, but she truly adds to the story. Providing different voices and tones to the characters making the story easy to follow and giving the listener a joyful experience.
Overall, this was a great read that I highly recommend! You truly get transported to a different and magical world!
It seems that the author just wanted to get this book out of the way to get to the other 2. The story is not very good. It is the worst of the 5. How disappointing...
(Warning, spoiler in second paragraph )
I liked this chapter, of the series. However, I did not love it, like I did the previous novels. For one thing, it felt as if the story was abruptly cut off, in order to finish the novel. Part of the epilogue attempted to sum up the story but, the natural completion of the story would have been so much better.
There was a big part of the story that built up tension surrounding the birth of the Hero and Heroine's child. There had been complications, with both sides of their families, surrounding child birth that resulted in the deaths of 4 different mothers and one child. Therefore, there was quite a bit of apprehension, during the labor and delivery, of the Hero and Heroine's child. However, the reader /listener does not experience this scene, with the couple, but rather is only given a brief summary of the events; which greatly detracts from the total impact of the emotions stirred by this story. This is my only criticism, however.
-V from Kansas
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