Friday, June 26, 2020

Release Blitz ~ #Review ~ Starlet by Cora Kenborn

Title: Starlet
A Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Standalone
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 25, 2020


They call me America’s Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.

I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.

But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.

Author note: This book contains dark themes, graphic and violent content, and sensitive subject matter that while essential to the storyline may make some readers uncomfortable

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“Angel, I’m…” The word sorry is right there on my lips, but instead of saying it, I slam them against hers before either of us can react. Angel’s muffled protest is trapped between our mouths, and her palms fly to my chest as if to push me away. Only she doesn’t. Her fingers curl into my shirt, those sharp nails digging into my skin.
My control breaks. My hand dives into her hair, twisting it around my fingers. We kiss harder, ignoring the fact we’re in a public parking lot. And when she moans into my mouth, I lose it and push her against the car.
“Stop.” Angel breaks the kiss, her chest rising and falling with labored breaths as she pulls away. Her fingers press against her swollen lips as if they will somehow erase the feel of mine.
They won’t.
Because like it or not, when I want something, I get it. I wanted out of this mess, so I made her an offer that would make history.
But now...
We’re going to rewrite it.
However, Angel has to be handled carefully, so I play the apologetic asshole role with gusto. Stepping back, I rake a hand through my hair. “That was out of line.”
She crosses her arms over her chest. “You think?”
Sighing, I press my thumb against my temple and throw out a final Hail Mary. “Look, what do you have to lose? A crappy apartment and a worthless job?”
For some reason, that seems to get to her, and she relaxes the grip her arms have on her chest. “What’s in it for you? And be straight with me this time. No more of this half-answer crap. I want the truth.”
“A story.”
Angel raises her eyebrows and glares at me.
I roll my eyes. “And money. Look, I don’t care how much a man has, five-hundred-k is five-hundred-k.” It’s the truth, something I didn’t mean to throw out there, but my master plan is going down in flames pretty fast.
“That’s another half-answer,” she accuses, and then twists around to walk away, but I catch her arm and spin her back around.
“Fine, you want the truth? You don’t get to where I am in life and not step on a lot of toes along the way, sweetheart. Some were by accident, and others were very much on purpose. Somebody didn’t like what he saw in the mirror I shoved in front of his face and decided to take it out on my ass. If I don’t get some cash flow soon, I’m going to lose everything.”
An awkward second of silence quickly turns into five. Then ten. Just as I’m about to do something drastic like speak the name of a man who should never be used as a bargaining tool, she sighs.
Wait, what?
“I know I’ll live to regret this, but I can’t argue that half a million would change my life.”
“So, that’s a yes?” I ask, slowly. “You’ll do it?”
“Yes. Provided you guarantee the DNA test will prove I’m Alexandra Romanov, you’ve got a deal.”

Another Sinister Fairy Tale and this time this is the retelling of Anastasia, which interestingly I have never seen. I did go and look the movie up of course and this does seem to be a dark and twisted retelling of the "original." Having no point of reference made this book more intriguing. I had no idea where it was going and I am not sure that even if I know the tale I would have seen all the twists and turns that this book had.
Angel was just a waitress attempting and failing, to make ends meet after her failed attempt at Hollywood fame. Until the right person walk through the doors and causes her blood to boil. She is a feisty and quick-witted but Hollywood spit her out once so going back a second time was not in the cards for her. But when that right person makes an offer she'd be silly to refuse, headfirst into a messed up, and mindboggling adventure she goes.
Dominic is a bit of hustler, bit of con-artist, and a bit of a seeker of truth. When he stumbles upon Angel all of his frustration and deadends finally come an end. Or so he thinks. With an offer she almost resists, Dominic brings the Queen back to Hollywood. Dominic is a bit harder of a pill to swallow than I thought he would be. He is very hot and then freezing. He has a quick temper which could get him killed given the circles he runs in. And he has a soft spot for Angel, but the why is part of the intrigue of the story.
There were number of players in this book and at times I was a bit lost. There was a lot going on and a lot that didn't make sense until the end. There were somethings that I just knew but other pieces that I did not see coming. With a wildly interesting twist at the end, this book was well worth the frustration you felt trying to figure it all out.
Author Bio

Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before delivering a twisted happily ever after.
Cora believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on his toes, and she draws inspiration from the strong country women who raised her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
Oh, and autocorrect thinks she's obsessed with ducks.

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