Thursday, November 20, 2014

Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter Review Tour and Giveaway

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Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
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Rose Red's Review:

ZOMG! I loved this story! It was refreshing, engaging, sweet, and just downright fabulous! Queen of Hearts is the second novella in this multi-author novella series, and was unlike anything I expected. I'm actually not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. This was so much better! 

This novella is about Claudette, a semi-retired Collector, and Jason, a gargoyle who works for a famous Vegas magician. He stole a precious gem called the Queen of Hearts and bringing in the jewel and Jason is Claude's job. However, there is more to Jason than what we are originally led to believe. His boss is a real sleazeball who cares for nothing but himself. And he is holding something over Jason. 

I loved Claude and Jason! I loved their interactions and their banter! You can't help but root for them. As always, there is more to the story than meets the eye. And that goes for Claude as well. She's got her own secrets and buried past. I absolutely loved Claude's confidence and competence! She's her own person and that's fantastic! She's a BAMF. Let's be honest, if I could shift into a large predatory cat I think "I'll shred you like junkmail" would become my threat of choice as well. Jason was not my favorite but I came to like him. He can hold his own like Claude. What I love is that he has a softer side when it comes to Claude and that was completely endearing!

I'm absolutely loving all the different creatures that are in this series. I don't think I've ever read a story with a grimalkin in it. The world building so far is fantastic! We're learning more and more about it in each novella and it's
the perfect mix of real world and paranormal. It makes me want to know more about the Sin City Collectors. I read a lot of PNR/UF but this series is quite refreshing and fun with its characters and world. There's humor and romance spread throughout and a good dose of suspense as well! I can't wait to read the next novella!

4 stars

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About The Author
When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.
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