An Alisa Review: The Last Prince by Shawn Bailey

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Empress Mun-Hee Yi is dying of cancer. And for the last twenty years she has been living in Manhattan, NY after seeking asylum for her and her four-year-old grandson Ji-Sung Yi since her husband and Ji-Sung’s parents were assassinated by her nephew Eun-So Yi in a coup to take over the throne.

Since learning about her illness, Ji-Sung has been helping his grandmother with her bucket list. There were just two things left. Number 99 is for them to return to their native land, and number 100 is that she wants to be buried beside her husband Emperor Si-Woo on the grounds of the Blue Palace. As luck would have it Eun-So Yi is executed for his crimes but Ji-Sung hopes number 100 won’t happen for a long, long time. Unbeknownst to him, Mun-Hee has another thing on her list…to see that her grandson find love and to settle down.

This was an okay story, though I’m not sure how I feel about a grandma setting up her grandson and pushing someone to him.  Ji-Sung is being thrown into the life he was meant to live but luckily has great people to support and help him.

The way this story was written didn’t allow much connection to the characters.  We do see parts of the story from different points of view it just seemed as if from a distance.  In the end I am not totally sure how I feel about Ji-Sung and Kyung-Soon’s relationship and how it seems to be hidden.

The cover art by Melody Pond is nice and gives a nice view of Ji-Sung’s new home.

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Book Details:

ebook, 11,000 pages

Published: October 25, 2018 by MLR Books

ISBN: 978-1-64122-2013

Edition Language: English

A Stella Review: If Ever I Cease to Love You by Shawn Bailey

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RATING 2 out of 5 stars

Winston James falls instantly in love with bartender Jacobi Griffin one night when he is in the French Quarter club entertaining some clients. To get to know Jacobi he asks Jacobi’s boss to recommend a good bartender for Winston’s upcoming party. Of course the man recommends Jacobi after giving Winston the four-one-one on him. Winston has never been one to beat around the bush. Not only does he ask Jacobi to work for his party but also tells him to bring an overnight bag because the two of them would be spending the night together.

Bartender Jacobi Griffin didn’t fall for cheesy come-ons or sleep around. Although the city of New Orleans is teeming with tourists for the Mardi Gras season Winton and Jacobi find the time to spend together getting to know each other by blocking out everything around them and falling in love.

I’m a huge fan of insta-love stories and reading the blurb, If I Ever Cease To Love You sounded really good, that’s why I jumped at the chance of reading it and I was really curious about it.

From the beginning I understood this review would’t be a positive one, at the end I settled on 2 stars (and not a lower rating) because I found the writing good and the characters well defined, two basic elements I need in my reads.

I repeat, I love insta-love/lust plots, but they have to be supported by a reality and a credibility that were so missing here. I read romance because I want to dream about love, I want to believe that love stories can happen to everyone in RL. I want to connect with a character and I can’t do all these things if the plot is so unbelievable it makes the reading  truly a pain.

This was the first book by Shawn Bailey, although there’s a bad review, I won’t give up on her and will surely read more of her works in the future.

The cover art is lovely, clean and fitting. I like it.

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 67 pages

Published February 8th 2018 by MLR Press

ASIN B079Q3XQWG

Edition Language English

A MelanieM Review: Pop Tart (Asian Idols #2) by Shawn Bailey

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Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Taemin Park was once a member of the hottest K-Pop group in South Korea, but he isn’t a cute kid anymore and he hasn’t been on a stage in four years. Taemin has been blacklisted in the music world and labeled a trouble-maker for standing up for his rights. But after two years of military duty and two years of soul searching he decides to go back into show business. He offers his services to his old friend entertainment mogul Ace Reign, who jumps at the chance to put Taemin back at the top of the charts again and knows just the guy to manage him.

Aiden Reign is very popular with both the ladies and the men, but he’s never held down a legitimate job in his life. So when his father suggests he take on a job of manager of a pop-star turned R&B singer, Aiden freaks out. He’s used to his father giving him an allowance and he is perfectly okay with that. But now faced with the dilemma of growing up, Aiden decides to do give it his all, especially after he meets the gorgeous young man his father wants him to manage.

I had  such high hopes from reading the blurb but to be honest I barely made it through the story.  So many elements here made it feel like a dry, emotion free tale instead of one sweet romance of pop stars in South Korea.

One definitely was the style of writing here.  It felt entirely too talky.  Everything was over described from their meals to the main characters daily routines, dress until it felt like a checklist of things the author wanted to get into the story…over and over again.  Secondly, the romance or relationship or whatever you want to call it between Aiden and Taemin is weirdly a turn off.  Instant sex that is very all sorts of non sexy, a instant love on one character’s part that’s never really explained or given adequate background, and again just a lack of connection between the two characters so vast that the whole story came across more like a business deal than a love story.

What did I like?  The cultural elements.  I got an excellent exposure to the world of K-pop, the Korean music scene, and Korean culture.  I did enjoy how that aspect of the story made a very solid foundation for what could have been a sweet romance.  But it’s not enough to save the love story which is the main focus here.

Cover art is wonderful.  It definitely drew me to the book.

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Book Details:

ebook
Published August 17th 2017 by Painted Hearts Publishing
Edition Language English

An Alisa Review: Under the Mistletoe (Happy Hollowdays) by Shawn Bailey

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

under-the-mistletoe-by-shawn-baileyBest friends Henry and Alan Grayling and Triston Lee decide to play a trick on Henry’s uptight younger brother Morgan, by having Triston kiss Morgan under the mistletoe at the yearly Christmas party. But the joke is on them when Morgan demands that Triston marry him and make an honest man out of him.

 

Triston has always been in love with Morgan, but Triston never wanted to ruin the friendship he had with Henry by putting the moves on the man’s brother. Triston never blinked when Morgan went away to college for four years, but now that he was back, all Triston wanted to do was get to know him better. Yet, he still hadn’t been prepared for Morgan to lay a heavy guilt trip on him just because he gave him a friendly peck on the lips.

 

So what if a couple of other drunken employees saw them kiss? Triston didn’t think any of them would remember the next day, and it certainly was a stupid reason for them to get married!

 

This was a nice short story, but I felt at times that I was missing something.  Triston is in love with his best friend’s brother, but has never told anyone and Morgan has always been attracted to Triston, but kept his secret also.  Both of them fight each other in their own ways, but it takes some time for them to see how they could work out.

 

I got confused by the characters actions in this story, one minute they were compassionate and then snippy and then acting spoiled.  It isn’t until the very end of the story that I could see them finally giving way to the other and not holding something back.  I had trouble connecting with these characters as it always felt like they were holding something back or there we other things going on in the background that I didn’t know about.

 

The cover art is nice, setting the Christmas setting with the decorations.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 41 pages

Published: December 3, 2016 by Dark Hollows Press

Edition Language: English