Monday, July 24, 2017

Release Blitz: Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage

Will you dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses?

Fairy Tale Quartet #1
Linda Kage
Releasing July 24, 2017

“Do you know how to
get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go
there. A monster lives there.”

Hollander is desperate.

unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good
graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion
in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by
lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to
the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.

This Beauty
and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the
element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel
are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride
with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare
to gaze upon the monster among the roses.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I loved this book.  Monster Among the Roses is a contemporary take on the fairy tale Beauty and Beast.  It has bits and pieces that remind me of the beautiful fable.  But it has been modernized in a way that makes you relate with the characters.  I loved watching Shaw and Isobel’s story unfold.  They way it was told, the way they learned to love and open up together.  It was just a beautiful story.

Shaw has fallen on desperate times.  His mother lost her business, her health is declining, she has bills that have gone unpaid for far too long and his brothers and sisters are useless when it comes to helping him out.  He will do anything to help his mother and take care of her.  He schedules a meeting with Mr. Nash, one of the people that his mother owns money to, and hopes that he can find a way to convince him to forgive his mother’s loan.  He offers up his services in any way that he can in exchange for his mother’s debt being wiped clean.  So Shaw has just become Mr. Nash’s new handyman around his beautiful mansion.  But Shaw soon finds out that he has been hired to be more than just a handy man.  He hired him because of his daughter Isobel.

 When Isobel was seventeen she lost her mother in a fire, the same fired that completely scarred one side of her body.  Aside from doctor’s visits she has not left the house in 8 years.  She spends her time in her library and her rose garden, the two things that give her joy in life.   Her father wants her to feel alive again and not be the hermit that she has become.  Which is part of his reasons for hiring Shaw.  When Isobel first meets him she has no idea who he is, why he is here in her rose garden and lets him know it.  She is bitter and angry and most of the other help try to stay away from her.  But Shaw treats her differently. He doesn’t see her scars, he sees a beautiful woman who he is completely intrigued but and wants to get to know better, but she has no desire to talk to him.  So he comes up with a plan, one that was adorably cute I may add.  And so their friendship begins.  But will anything more come out of this new friendship?  Can two people from two different worlds be together?  Can someone like Shaw fall in love with a woman who is as scarred as Isobel is? 

What I loved about this story the most was Shaw and Isobel and they way they fell for each other.  Shaw was this really sweet and caring guy who only saw beauty when he looked at Isobel.  He was an amazing guy who would do anything for those he loved.  In the beginning Isobel was a little rude and sounded bitter but I could totally understand why.  She was so self-conscious about the way she looked and was so afraid of how she would be treated that I think caused the bitterness and confrontational side of her.  But once you see her open up and start to really feel alive I loved her.  She had a sarcastic side to her that I loved and that just made her and Shaw even cuter together. 

Linda Kage did such a fantastic job with this story.  I loved how Shaw reached out to Isobel, giving her an olive branch so to speak.  I loved the way they started their friendship.  they faced a few obstacles and there was a twist here and there but that is what made this story great.  The Beauty didn’t just fall in love with the Beast and they quickly lived happily ever after.  There were moments of doubt on both ends.  And that is what made it feel real and more relatable.  I loved these characters.  This was a beautiful and at times emotional story.  This was the first book in this series and I cannot wait for the next one.  A great start to a new series by Ms. Kage. 

I grew up
on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in
Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named
Holly. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love.
Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share
some of my stories with other romance lovers.

I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, and I've been through a writing
correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's
Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English
with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State

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