July 29, 2013

Love It: Along Came A Spider by Kate SeRine

Series: Transplanted Tales 3
Format: EGalley
Release Dat: August 1, 2013
Publisher: eKensington Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away.
Oh, man! Oh, man! Oh, man!

Transplanted Tales just keeps getting better and better! In fact ALONG CAME A SPIDER, the latest series installment, is better than Pringles! Once you pop open the book, it'll take a lot to make you stop! I know I sound like an advertising cliche but it's so true. I slept late last night not by choice but because I can't put the darn book down until I've reached THE END. 

Anyway, so here's what happened the Tales' neck of the woods in Chicago...

ALONG CAME A SPIDER is Beatrice Little Miss Muffet and Nicky Little Boy Blue's HEA and if you're following this series, you know that it's only a matter of time before these two hook up. Aside from their palpable chemistry and sexy bedroom gymnastics, Trish and Nicky's adventures are simply thrilling. For starters, Trish's nightmares and hallucinations thanks to Vlad Dracula were terrifying! Getting pulled under your bed, finding yourself in a grave, throwing up blood and hearing voices? These scenes gave me goosebumps! I don't like the idea of someone pulling my leg while I'm sleeping much less drag me into the darkness! And if that isn't enough, Trish and Nicky are being chased by corrupt Agency cops because they're close to discovering their shenanigans and connection to Dracula. Trish and Nicky have had one too many close calls complete with raining bullets and mangled Tales and these scenes are heart stopping! I felt my eyes going on overdrive trying to keep up with the story! 

The conflict is layered and I like how KSeRine started relaying the mystery on two different directions only to have it meld brilliantly towards the end. Trish and Nick's relationship issues coupled with seemingly numerous villains made the story fast-paced and a breeze to read. The dialogue is peppered with superb humor through funny catchphrases and self-deprecating remarks. All the characters, including the cameos and names dropped, are so fleshed out I can hear each of their distinct voices in my head clearly.

Speaking of other characters, I don't know how it's possible but Red Little is even more intimidating now that she's preggers with Nate Grimm's baby than before. Lavender Seelie and Seth are stronger than ever even if Seth is yet to win over her imperious mother-in-law. KSeRine also made new additions to the cast my favorites being the Soprano-like Three Little Piggs and Ulrich Rumpelstiltskin who's all Queenly spinning gold in his jewelry shop giving Sir Elton John a run for his glitter. Trish and Nicky's scenes with Rick and his lover, Truman, were LOL funny, I hope we see more of them in the future. Lastly I hope the next novel is Gideon's HEA. I don't know what is it about these fairies but Gideon has my heart right now. He's so noble and his heart so golden he needs a woman to give all that love to! I'd volunteer myself but I think he's not into Ordinaries.

Transplanted Tales is one badass fantastical amusement park I can't get enough of it! Not only are the tour guides iconic fictional characters but KSeRine's reimagined world is filled with so many bewitching stuff: gun toting heroes, nail-biting suspense, heart stopping close calls, terrifying villains, fairy magic, lots of sexy lovin' and everything else in between! ALONG CAME A SPIDER IMO, is the most action-packed volume in the series so far and KSeRine amped it up by adding a superhero element to the story in Nicky Blue. Everybody loves a vigilante and Nicky Blue is definitely someone I want to come to my rescue when I cry for help.

I don't know how KSeRine does it because she and her Tales are far from slowing down! The world keeps on growing and growing and its a gift that keeps on giving. If you haven't read ANY of the books yet, I'm sorry to tell you but you're MISSING OUT so do the right thing and catch up NOW.

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Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and The Emily (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency. 

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Along Came a Spider
Copyright 2013 Kate SeRine
           I woke slowly, gradually becoming aware but not sure what had awakened me. I opened my eyes and scanned the room, searching the heavy shadows. Birds chirped outside the window, alerting me it was morning, but thanks to the blackout shades, the room was still plunged in darkness. I also heard soft snoring. Frowning, I turned my head and saw Nicky lying on the pillow beside me. He was still dressed and on top of the covers, but his arm was lightly draped across me.

           My stomach did its little fluttery thing at the realization that instead of leaving once I’d fallen asleep, Nicky had stayed at my side while I slept, watching over me and keeping me safe. If someone had told me a week ago that I’d be in Nicky Blue’s house, sleeping in bed with him, I would’ve called her a liar—plus another couple of names that were even less complimentary. Then again, if someone had told me a week ago that I would be jumped by vampires, attacked in my apartment by a seriously pissed off ghost, and psychically invaded by Dracula himself, all in the same week, I wouldn’t have believed that either. Guess life was just full of surprises. . . .

             Feeling a sudden shift in the air, I shook off the last remnants of sleep and squinted into the darkness. There was a heaviness in the room that I couldn’t quite place. All the hairs on the back of my neck jumped to attention, and my blood went cold. No, wait—it wasn’t my blood. It was the temperature in the room itself that had plummeted several degrees. Next to me, Nicky shivered in his sleep.

          I swallowed hard, then whispered, Nicky!My breath came out as a frosty mist that curled before my eyes.

          Shit. Not good.

          In a panic, I tried to get up, but I was completely paralyzed. I tried to call out to Nicky again, but all that came out was a strangled rasp. As I lay there, completely helpless, the shadows swirled and shifted, slowly taking form as they moved toward the bed. A moment later, the silhouette of a woman took shape at the end of the bed. I felt the mattress dip down by my feet as the shadow-woman put one knee on the mattress and then another and began to creep toward me.

In the next moment she was straddling me, her face just inches from mine. I was trembling so violently, I couldn’t believe the shaking hadn’t woken Nicky. As if the phantom had heard my thoughts, she glanced over at where he lay, then ran a ghostly finger from my forehead down along the bridge of my nose until she reached my lips. “Don’t bother trying to call for him,” she said, her voice edged with amusement. “He can’t hear you. It’s just you”--her finger continued down my chin and along the edge of my throat--“and me.”

          I wanted to look away, close my eyes, pretend this was just a dream, but I couldn’t. It was as if she was controlling me.

          She chuckled, a low, throaty sound. “No, silly girl, it’s notme controlling you.” She bent forward until her lips were near my ear. “It’s the master,” she whispered, her breath an arctic blast on my skin. “You tasted the blood of one of his children. And now you are his.”

          My eyes went wide, remembering how, in desperation, I’d bitten the vampiress the other night, how her blood had flooded my mouth when my teeth had broken her skin.

          “You weren’t the one he was hoping for,” she giggled, “but after meeting you face to face last night, he thinks you’ll be a lovely addition to the family.” She shifted and pressed her lips to mine in a slow kiss, then grinned down at me. “Oh, we’re going to have so much fun. . . .”

          She turned her head to regard Nicky for a moment, her blonde hair sweeping across my face. “What do you think,” she taunted, “should we bring Mr. Blue into the family, too? He’d be such a delightful plaything for the other girls. So handsome and strong.” She giggled again and gave me a lascivious wink. “They’d enjoy sucking him dry in more ways than one.”

          Fury so powerful engulfed me, it shattered the hold over me. My arm shot up and grasped her throat, and I flipped her onto her back, now sticking my face into hers. “You and whatever vampire whores Dracula has recruited will stay the hell away from Nicky Blue, or you’ll have to deal with me.”

          The ghost merely laughed, her eyes twinkling with amusement before she dematerialized and reformed beside the bed, safely out of my reach, proving just how empty my threat was. She adjusted her fluffy pink sweater and pulled her mini skirt down a notch before giving me a patronizing grin. “I’ll be seeing you soon, sweetie!”

          “Don’t count on it,” I hissed. “I’ll take on that son of a bitch Dracula any day, any time. You tell him to bring it on.”

          She suddenly swooped forward, her face morphing into a horrifying replica of Sebille Fenwick’s rotting corpse, somehow knowing about the nightmares that had plagued me for the last few months. Then she grabbed my throat and squeezed. I clawed desperately at her ghostly hands, doing nothing more than scoring my own skin with my fingernails.

          “Do not underestimate the master,” the phantom warned, her breath rank, making me gag. “You are his, Trish. And you’ll be joining him very soon.

          With a parting cackle, she flung me backward, but instead of hitting the mattress, I kept falling, the darkness growing deeper. Screaming, I threw my arms out to my sides, desperately grasping for anything to stop my descent. My nails dug into something soft and foul. Was it dirt? Just when it felt like I would fall forever, I suddenly hit bottom, and the air was forced from my lungs.

          “This isn’t real,” I panted, squeezing my eyes closed with relief. “It’s just a dream. It’s all just a dream. Wake up, Trish.”

          But when I opened my eyes again, I was still lying at the bottom of a freshly dug grave hundreds of feet deep. “It’s just a dream,” I ground out, balling my hands into fists. “Wake up!”

 ​I suddenly felt an arm snake under my back and around my shoulders. With a gasp, I rolled toward my unexpected companion in the grave and found myself lying on top of him, his blazing red eyes burning into my soul. “What the—”

“Hello, little one,” came the low, hypnotic voice, the tendrils of sound wrapping around me, drawing me closer.

          I was still screaming when his fangs plunged into my throat.


  1. Wow--thanks for this awesome review! I'm so glad you loved ALONG CAME A SPIDER! And, yes, indeed, Book 4 is Gideon's HEA. I have a very special woman planned for him. :)

  2. Gideon has my heart too and sadly he's not into Ordinaries, I already asked Kate. :)
    Great review.

  3. Great review! I had my eye on this one, glad to hear it was good :)

  4. Holy moly, Braine! This is a great kinda got my heart racing. ;) I've read about this series but haven't started it yet. But I'm definitely gonna now! Better than pringles, you say?!? I'll go ahead and one-click these...lower in calories and much better for me, right?? :)

    1. Yes, better than Pringles, Sour Cream 'n Onion! LOL

  5. I'm not familiar with this series, but it sounds great! Your enthusiasm has me excited to put ACaS on my tbr.
    Thanks for the review!

    1. Yes add it and Kate is so fun to interact with too :D

  6. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt This sounds like a great series. evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Wow, Braine, you've got my mind on overload with this review (in a good way, of course)! I'm not familiar with this series but I'll for sure be adding it to my TBR list--it sounds very addictive! =)

    1. Oooh you'll enjoy this, Shanon. Let me know, I think I can lend out Red via kindle.

  8. lmbo...pringles huh? I have the first book on my NOOK to read. Great review Braine. Can't wait to start this series :)

    1. Oh gosh, don't let RED stay sitting on your Nook, READ IT NOW!!


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