Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: There's No Place Like Wicked by Cherie Marks @CherieMarks


Magic and Mayhem:
There's No Place Like Wicked
(Kindle Worlds Novella)
(Wicked Hearts Book 3)
by Cherie Marks
Published: June 19, 2017
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Magic

Blurb:

Nothing pleases Toricellia "Celia" Henderson more than hanging out with her friends, giving brilliant snark, and hiding her true identity. She's a bobcat shifter who hasn't shifted in years due to the whole nobody-can-know-who-she-is situation, but she can't deny her best friend's request to locate a treasured stone while in her bobcat form. Unfortunately, now people know where she is, and a wild prince named Ethan is chasing her through the forest and looking too hot to handle--and he knows exactly who she is--his mate.

Even stranger, a powerful someone is steering them toward the kingdom of Wicked where an ambitious, warlock cockalorum is trying to take over. They'll have to work together to save the ones they love and to set things right. Magic and mayhem ensue as these two learn there's nothing like having a partner in crime and There's No Place Like Wicked.



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Excerpt:

Back straight as a pole, I asked, “Isn’t that a bit dramatic?”

He glanced up into the branches of the trees, releasing a deep breath. “You left, and I thought it best to let you go. I watched you float away and never thought anything of it. I knew, eventually, your parents would bring you home, and everything would be set right.”

“My parents never came. Nana Johanna said I should wait for the okay from them before I even attempted returning. So many times, I took a chance and called them with a burner phone, and I even sent a friend to their house a few times, but in all that time, they had never been home. I never knew what happened to them. At times, it was all I could think about.”

“They weren’t home because they were in a dungeon.”

Red-hot anger took over and filled my brain. I stood up and marched closer to him. “How could you? What did you do with them?” I stood with my hands on my hips. “I mean, how was I even supposed to know they needed me?”

He stood up in front of me and crossed his arms over his chest. “I did nothing to your parents.”

I closed the distance between us. “You just said they were in a dungeon. Did they put themselves there, asshole?”

“Maybe I should officially introduce myself, so you can stop calling me by such colorful nicknames. My name’s Ethan, and I didn’t put your parents into the dungeon, same as I didn’t put my own parents or myself there.”

I stared at him dumbfounded, unsure of what he was telling me. I glanced down at the ground, trying to unravel what he was saying. Had they been punished because of me? But who had decreed their imprisonment? Confusion filled my mind.

My gaze lifted to meet his, and I saw the heavy pain there. What had I done? 
“You…you were in prison because…of me?”

He shook his head back and forth quickly. “No. It wasn’t your fault in that way, Celia. We weren’t put there because you ran away. We were put there until you were found.”

“But, I’ve been in Assjacket the whole time.”

He stepped away from me, turned around until I couldn’t see his face, and scrubbed a hand over the back of his neck. “Turns out, it was the best place you could hide. Someone was strong enough magically to keep you hidden all these years.”

“What about when I trekked off to college or took trips?”

“All I know is that someone protected you. I don’t know why, and I don’t know how, but that protection was pulled when you shifted earlier today. You were completely helpless, and as soon as I sensed that was true, I escaped, and then, I came for you.”

His words sent electric energy coursing throughout my entire body, and exploded as starbursts in my lower abdomen. “You came because I was unprotected?”

He turned his head until our gazes met once more. “I came because I finally knew where you were.”

“And you’ve come to take me back?”  My spirits fell. Would I be thrown into the dungeon with my parents?

“I don’t have a choice. It’s the only way to free our parents.”

One thing continued to bother me, and I hoped he could put the last piece of the puzzle into place for me. It seemed to matter the most.

“Ethan, who is holding our parents? Who kept you prisoner?”

His face fell, and he stared at the ground. His nostrils flared as he explained, “Someone used the royal guard to capture and imprison us, but the identity of who it is remains a mystery.”

“How is that possible? How can you not know who is leading the rebellion?”

His nostrils flared again. “I have an idea, but until I get back and confirm my suspicions, it’s only conjecture.”

“And who do you suspect?”

“It’s clear to me who it is. My father’s brother is the only one who benefits from our disappearance. I’m almost positive my uncle is to blame.”

“So, what’s our plan?”

He looked up at me again. “Our plan? You’re mistaken if you think this is a two-man operation. You’ll stay out of the way. I’ll find him and confront him. And if I’m right…I’ll kill him.”

“And I’m just supposed to sit around, twiddling my thumbs, while you get to have all the fun. I don’t think so.” I stepped closer to him. “I’m tougher than I look, and I’m all you’ve got. Might as well give me a shot. Besides, my parents obviously need me. I haven’t been there for them when they were in trouble. I want to be there for them this time.”

Rather than pull away, he stepped closer still, until there were less than five inches between us. He wrapped his arms around me as if to reassure me, and I didn’t hate it.

“I’m not saving your life just to turn around and risk it on nothing but a gamble.”

My breathing picked up and my heart pounded as he tipped my chin up and his gaze dropped to my lips. He dropped his hand and brushed the back of mine now resting between us on his chest. I licked my tongue along the inside of my teeth to keep my nerves in check, but I couldn’t seem to look away from him. 
Something like electricity fired between us, and I was sure he wanted to kiss me. I wasn’t so sure I’d say no to that, which confused the hell out of me.

Voice barely above a whisper, I said, “Maybe it’s not your decision.”

He leaned closer, his mouth next to my ear, sending a shiver down my back. 
His lips tickled the fine hairs on my skin as he asked, “What help could you possibly be? You can’t even shift.”

I reacted by using my hands on his chest to push him as far back as I could. Unfortunately, he didn’t go that far, but when he pulled back so I could see his face, his mouth split into a wide grin. Though I was irritated with the way my body was reacting to his closeness, I couldn’t help but admire his smartassery. I respected a fellow smartass, so he got mad props from me on this one, whether I wanted to admit it or not.

He ran his hand over his mouth before asking, “Too much?”

I couldn’t speak at first. He’d surprised me, but I wasn’t angry. Quite the opposite. My attraction to this man seemed to grow and grow, and that scared me more than anything. He was a stranger to me, even as he felt so familiar.
Despite the chemistry, I couldn’t let down my guard, though. “Bring it on, Ethan. Throw whatever you got at me. I can handle it.”


His smile broadened as he shook his head and strode away. For just a moment, I wasn’t his captive and he wasn’t my captor. For an “nth” of a second, we connected in an unexpected way, and, surprisingly, I wanted more.


My Review:

Toricellia "Celia" Henderson a bobcat shifter who just so happens has not shifted in ten years or so. Why? Well because then the one person she has been hiding from all these years will know where she is and she can’t have that. Celia is in hiding because she is supposed to marry a prince and live in a castle and have people waiting on her not only that she will be under the control of a man. Celia doesn’t want to be forced into marriage no she wants to be teacher. So when she is asked to shift by her dearest and best friend she can’t say no, no matter what the cost to her.

So needless to say after she shifts her location is discovered and she is left being chased through the woods by none other than the prince himself. The prince says Celia belongs to him and he is taking her back to Wicked with him. But Celia soon learns that her parents are being held against their will in a dungeon in Wicked and she must go there to rescue them. So now the prince Ethan and Celia have decided to team up to rescue their parents.

I just love reading about the girls and their guys in the Wicked Hearts books. I have enjoyed reading Celia and Ethan’s story and watching them fall in love the first time they looked into each other’s eyes. Celia is one smarta** girl with some really witty comebacks. I don’t really enjoy many romantic comedies or hardly any comedies as far as that goes but I do have to say that I do love reading Cherie Marks’ comedy she will have you rolling on the floor laughing. If you are ever down and out and in the need for a little pick me up then give the Wicked Hearts series a try they will have you laughing your butt off.


Other Books in the Wicked Hearts Series:




Buy Link:
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Read my Review for Wicked is as Wicked Does HERE!





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Read my Review for Show Me the Wicked HERE!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, I knew what I wanted to do. All those stories rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys were satisfying in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I’ve graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.

I’m a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning—a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, I love to make people laugh, smile, and have “a-ha” moments. My goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating. The battle wages on.

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