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August 15, 2012

Early Review: Fifty-One Shades of Blonde + The Enchanted Truth: A Moden-day Fairy Tale

Series: Serialized story from Cosmopolitan Magazine
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Purchase: Amazon 

Christopher Reiss is the handsome and extremely intimidating CEO of a major financial firm. Megan’s nothing but a lowly assistant. But when she stumbles upon some incriminating evidence that could threaten Christopher’s career, she finds herself on his radar . . . and eventually his desk, his kitchen counter, his bed . . . you get where this is going, right?

This serialized story from Cosmopolitan is hot. Right off the bat Jessica Knoll didn't mince words and scenes and had her couple defiling office desks. Christopher Reiss, CEO of J.S. Taylor, is very reminiscent of Christian Grey and Gideon Cross. Domineering, straightforward and shameless when it comes to sex, this sexy businessman is caught in mob business that sets a conflict of interest with his lover and ex-assistant Megan Altman. An aspiring journalist whose job assignment is to expose Christopher's link to the mob and other criminal activities done by mob boss, Martin Gradiano, under the legit business banner of J.S. Taylor.


Personally I am growing weary of these stories that are obviously inspired by Fifty Shades, surely there are other types of Alpha males people can write about right? In any case, this is more of a sampler, the writing is steadfast and JKnoll can write explosive love scenes. At five chapters I was left wanting as far as this mob business is concerned as the story is not yet complete. I want to know if Christopher and Megan can get away with their planned expose and what lengths Gradiano will go through to silence them. I'd hope that JKnoll develops this mystery-crime angle with the same earnestness she exhibits in writing Megan and Christophers toe-curling scenes.


Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young royal soon discovers that the person who could make her life everything she dreamed it would be has been with her all along.
A quick read at 40 pages, this little fairy tale story was inspired by the classic The Frog Prince is a parable of sorts about finding empowerment within ourselves. There are fairy godmothers, magic wands and a conflicted Princess to complete the formula. I like the moral of the story but I wish it was a little bit more grown-up and I wouldn't mind a little dialogue to further depict the Princess' dilemma and how her eye-opening experiences with different suitors led her to find self-confidence, self-love and self-respect before seeking the same from others. This is a very suitable read for girls who are in their pre-teens.




15 comments:

  1. I saw the title & by passed this one. I feel like you do Braine, I need a new Alpha male type..

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    1. It's incomplete so I hope she gets to finish the stoy. I am interested in the mob angle

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  2. Mhm, I gotta agree with you, it seems all authors want to write about are alpha billionaires w/ the same air as Gideon Cross and (unfortunately) Christian Grey. For me, there is only ONE Dominant Alpha Billionaire, and that's Mr Cross himself >.<

    As for the Enchanted Truth, doesn't sound like the story for me, especially if it leans more toward preteens than anything.

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    1. I like the shark in a suit but lately it's all starting to blend together like vampires and werewolves...

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    2. Definitely love the shark in a suit as well, but like you said it's starting to blend... it's prob one of the reasons I can hardly get into reading about Vamps >.< It all seems to be the same story over and over.. *sigh* xD LOl

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  3. The millionaire/billionaire alpha type has been around for a while but has only been escalated since the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey. I personally like these type of Alpha's. They're like the new Prince Charmings of modern times, they al just happen to have darker and kinkier preferences in the bedroom :D I guess the same adage could be said for the PNR genre too. All PNR series have one thing in common, the hero is always some kind of dominating Alpha male. Only differences between them is the type of species they are (vampire, were, shapeshifter, zombie, etc..)

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    1. Yeah they have but these recent books have used Grey as the blueprint for their heroes. Kink and all the bad assery is fine and I think it'll never grow old but surely there's more than one type of Dom out there. And like the story above "Fifty-One Shades of Blonde", obviously Cosmo & the author is riding James' wave. So I hope she makes it into a full book so Christopher can be his own king of kink.

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  4. I just discovered FSOB a few minutes ago. It doesn't sound bad, but I am with you, I get apprehensive about books that now do their own rendition of Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read Bared to You yet, but I hear Cross is to die for. But there needs to be a different alpha male. Cimmaron said it, at least with PNR, we get a different species LOL! The Enchanted Truth sounds very cute. although I am with you, a little more grown-up would be nice. But it says fairy tale, so what can you do LOL! Thank you for the great reviews hon :)

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    1. FSOG isn't as bad as other people think. Grey is actually a fascinating character but Cross is something else, I think you'll love him plus I know you're a SDay fan yourself.

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  5. The Enchanted Truth sounds kinda cute - I like my fairy tales. I'd prolly skip the other - I haven't even read FSOG yet!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. Well you at least have to read book 1 to know what the fuss is about. I want 50 shades of Blonde but this is more of a primer hence the 2 star rating. I think once the story is complete I might like Reiss better.

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  6. Fifty Shades of Blonde - *sigh* I've been seeing a lot of titles with 50 shades of SOMETHING! I haven't read 50 Shades and it's not on my TBR list.. I just don't think it's for me. The storyline of this one does sound promising though, but a bit too cliche. But, that's just me >.< Great review :)

    The Enchanted Truth - this one sounds like a cute, short read. I've never read or watched? The Frog Princess, but I <3 me some fairtytales ^_^ Laawd I'm getting old.

    Ana♥

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    1. 50 Shades - I think if she invests on the mystery/crime part it'll be super interesting like those John Grisham films or that Cinemax series Strike Back.

      You are not alone, we're all growing old.

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  7. I am so so sick of everyone jumping on the Fifty shades bandwagon! It is so played out! Plus personally for me, I like my alphas on the paranormal side. lol

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    1. PNR Alphas are something else. They dominate you emotionally but they submit to their women in bed... most of them anyway.

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