on 23 August 2014
A modern, grown up take on an old, childhood classic, delivered with class and style.
Red is escaping from an abusive relationship when she runs out of petrol in the middle of nowhere on the night of a full moon and ends up in the company of Ethan. The youngest of 7 brothers, they have been cursed with the attributes of wolves that gets stronger on the night of the full moon. Ethan's primal instincts take over and their relationship moves a little quicker than it probably should have.
Family tragedy, a curse that can only be broken by Ethan and Red, very protective brothers and a pack from another area trespassing on their turf and determined to get their hands on Red.
Little Red Riding Hood will never be the same again once the Big Bad Wolf has got his hands on her. While their relationship started under constrained and unusual circumstances, the time they spend together before declaring their love for each, they use to get to know each other and what makes the other tick. But they can only succeed if Ethan can keep his wolf tendencies under control.
on 12 August 2014
I loved this spin on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale! Before reading this I wouldn't have thought I would enjoy this kind of book but I thought the premise worked really well.
Samantha "Red" Wentworth is riding along the highway in Louisianna when her motorbike runs out of gas. Whilst moving her bike off the road into the woods to set up camp for the night she happens across Ethan lurking in the woods. With no other option of help on hand she accepts his offer of aid but the more time she spends with him the more she comes to realise he is different somehow, he seems to have certain abilities that make hime "special".
I'm unsure what genre to class this book as, it definitely has a hint of paranormal elements in it but it was not what I expected. I had expected another werewolf/shifter story but that wasn't the case with this book. I liked that I was taken by surprise with the storyline and I liked that the concept was new to me.
There is plenty of room for sequels from this book to make a series as Ethan has six brothers, six very entertaining brothers I might add. I would definitely read on if this story was to be continued into a series. I found it to be a very enjoyable read and would be excited to see what the author would have in store for the other six gorgeous brother.
on 20 June 2013
I was asked to review this book by an author friend and I am always extra nervous about reading the books of my friends because there is always that chance that I am not going like it and then having to tell them that. HOWEVER, thankfully this was NOT one of those times. Little Red was a fast paced, action packed sexy read that had me hooked from start to finish.
Little Red follows Sam, who on the run and trying to hide from her boyfriend. While trying to find a place to sleep she runs into Ethan Parker. And pretty soon, life as she knew it was torn apart. Sam or Red as Ethan calls her because of her red jacket, is pretty kick ass! Even though at times I wanted to slap her, overall she is a really strong main character. Ethan, oh deary, he is yummy. He cares for Sam and would do anything for her. At times he is pretty self centered but he always comes through to protect Sam. With the addiction of Ethan's 6 older brothers you get a very well rounded bunch of characters. There is someone for everyone to like and relate to.
Little Red is such a fast paced story that you are instantly pulled in. It grips completely and doesn't let you go until end. And I do love a good fast read. However, at times I did feel like sometimes it was going way to fast with certain parts of the plot. A lot happens in a short space of time, it just didn't feel realistic sometimes. That is my only negative. I adored the plot, it was different and exciting and sexy. But the sexy times fit in the story. I hate sometimes when authors put in sexy times just to fill pages but Trista has managed to create these scenes that they just flow beautifully.
As you as tell this a "Little Red Riding Hood" retelling. And lately, thanks for ABC's Once Upon a Time I am addicted to retellings and Red in that show is favourite character, so this just makes this book extra special. It is the only retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" I have read and it has really set the bar on future reads. Trista knows how to tell a story and she really has put her own stamp on the popular fairytale and brings it right up to date. I am really excited to see what else is in store for her new series "The Believe Series".
I highly recommend "Little Red" If you are looking for a fairytale retelling that is unique, exciting, gripping and just fantastic!! With a addictive story and lovable characters that is sure to be a bit hit among fans of retelling and those who just love a good paranormal romance read.
**Received from author in exchange for an honest review**
on 13 June 2014
I received a copy of Little Red in exchange for my review.
Samantha is on the run from her past and her present when her bike runs out of petrol and she meets Ethan, a man who claims that he is the big bad wolf. Nicknaming her Red because of her red leather jacket, Ethan takes her to the cabin used by himself and his sister before her death. Much to their surprises, Ethan and Red open up to each other in a way that they never open up to anyone and one thing leads to another and a moment of passion will change both of their lives forever.
I couldn't put Little Red down, its one of those that fairy tale re-tellings that was both original and engaging and like nothing I've read before. I particularly liked the twist on the wolf in Red Riding Hood, where the cursed men weren't actual wolves, or shape shifters, but their moods and 'rage' were controlled by the moon. It was such a well thought out and developed making Little Red different.
Something that I did find a little strange at first was the fact that Samantha didn't actually go by Samantha after the first couple of chapters, instead she went by Red. That means that the link to Little Red Riding Hood was always close to the forefront, and also made it clear who was being talked about. Linked to that was the switching point of views, between Ethan and Red. That gave insight both into the rage and the other things that go on in the story.
I'm reluctant to go into many more details because of the potential spoilers it could give, particularly as the story took several turns that I didn't expect, but also in some cases important parts of the story were resolved before another problem occurred. In a couple of places I thought that was a little unnecessary, but in the end I thought it all worked well.
I enjoyed Little Red a lot and definitely want to read more of the Parker brothers!