SYNOPSIS: Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.
Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?
1. Samantha - "Red" lead female p.o.v.
2. Ethan - Cursed by the full moon, youngest brother of 6 also cursed brothers and one deceased twin Sister, lead male p.o.v.
3. Parker Pack- Ethan's older brothers
4. Josh- Sam's abusive, rich, awful ex boyfriend
I love fairy tales . I'm finding that I enjoy some retellings... this is one of those moments. It's no spoiler to say that Sam is "little red riding hood" & Ethan is "the Big Bad Wolf". That's as far as this story resembles the original. Sam, who Ethan endearingly calls "Red" due to her beloved Red leather jacket, roars into the story well... She actually stumble's into the story riding a rebuilt motorcycle with no gas gauge. Due to the fact that she is fleeing an abusive and obsessed boyfriend she has left Kentucky with all her possessions fitting in the bikes saddle bags & a very limited amount of money. Sam has no choice but to stop in the middle of no where in Louisiana and camp for the night. Dragging her bike off the road she plans on camping through the night at dealing with her need for gas when the sun comes up.
As the petite, dark haired, blue eyed Sam is trudging into the woods to set up camp she encounters Ethan. That's when the story really takes off! Not only is there instant, steamy , unrealistic , attraction to each other it seems that Sam could be the key to releasing Ethan and his brothers from the curse of the moon.
I liked the switching point of views. Certain chapters were told through Sam's overly weepy eyes and others were told through Ethan's Silver sexy wolf eyes . The story is unique in that way. The wolf / moon curse is different as well.
I found myself rooting for them to succeed , feeling tense when things weren't looking good and being absorbed in the story. I read it non stop and was happy that the ending was a solid ending. I'm very tired of cliff hanger endings and the next book not even having a release date. This was the full package. There is also enough depth to the other character's that it being titled the first book in the "Believe" series I'm counting on more stories about the Parker Pack.
The book has adventure , emotion, and a good old fashioned Happily Ever After. This book is gender friendly , guys can relate, not to chick lit or soft. The romance was there but not explicit. Same goes for language and violence. It being in the genre of a fairy tale retelling allows for some current day changes and fun throw backs to childhood stories that everyone can appreciate . I will definatly be reading the next book in the "Believe" series!
Great author, great series! Make sure to add to your Goodreads To Be Read list! You won't be disappointed :)-
Trista Jaszczak (jazz-ick) is the author of the Believe series (fairy tale re-tellings), and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside and the Darkness Falls series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds endless inspiration in the pure Alaskan wilderness. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar or working on self improvement in the gym. She loves the outdoors, the moon, old movies and music.