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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review, Author Guest Post (Casting Call) & Giveaway: Ever After by Kate SeRine


Title: Ever After
Author: Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales, book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?
Ever After is the fourth installment in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine.

Five hundred years ago Gideon Montrose lost the love of his life. Since that day he has been bound to the Seelie king as his protector. In the last centuries he has also become the king’s right hand man.
After some shipments of Fairy Dust are stolen, the king orders Gideon to investigate the robberies and apprehend the thief.
The investigation leads Gideon to an encounter he dreamt about all his life, but thought impossible. Seeing the woman he saw fall to her dead, the woman he has mourned for five hundred years alive and well is not easy to believe or to understand. Gideon has many questions for her, not only about her sudden appearance in his life, but also about the robberies.
Gideon has never failed his king, but knowing that the thief he is supposed to apprehend and bring to his king is the woman that owns his heart may be enough to go against his sovereign’s orders for the first time.
Arabella Locksley also known as Robin Hood doesn’t remember much of the last couple of centuries. She only remembers an event three hundred years ago when she tried contacting Gideon while he was still living in the Ever After (fairyland) and learned he was in a relationship with Lavender Seelie; not wanting to disturb his life she disappeared again without letting him know she was still alive. Couple of months back Arabella arrived to the Here and Now (our reality). Her arrival wasn’t a normal one and she is experiencing some physical difficulties, difficulties that made her keep her distance from Gideon, or at least, made her try to keep her distance, she has been following him around in secret successfully, until the day she was careless and Gideon caught her.
Having him again in her life is more than what she could have ever hope, but it won’t be easy for them, there are forces at work that don’t want the together.

I fell in love with Gideon in The Better to See You (second book) and my love for him has only increase throughout the series. Now, finally we get his story and what story it is. Kate SeRine has always gone the extra mile in her stories, mingling characters from fairy tales, classic literature and nurse rhymes and Ever After was not an exception. In this installment we get characters from the stories of Robin Hood, Arthur Pendragon, and a few others.

It was really nice to learn about Gideon’s past. Knowing everything he has gone through made me like him and admire him even more. From previous books I knew he was a swoon worthy hero, smart, strong, and loyal, but in this installment, being him with the woman he loves boosted all his qualities tenfold.

The case with Arabella was a bit different, on the beginning I didn’t like her much because she was secretive and wasn’t completely honest with Gideon. After a while I understood why she kept things hidden, but I would have preferred if she had been honest from the very beginning. Another thing she didn’t have in her favor was my love for Gideon. As I said before, I have loved Gideon since previous books and I wanted a perfect heroine for him, Arabella wasn’t perfect… for me… but she was perfect for Gideon.

Their relationship is one of second chances. Destiny separated them and brought them back together, they have loved each other for centuries and time hasn’t been able to change that. Now they have an opportunity to be together again and they will do what ever is necessary to accomplish it.

In this installment we see all the characters we love from previous books, we see where they are in their relationships and with their new families. This made Ever After feel kind of like a conclusion to the series. I really hope I’m mistaken because I love the Transplanted Tales so much I’m not ready to say goodbye. I hope we get more books in this fantastic world Kate SeRine has created.

The story is well paced, with the perfect balance of suspense and humor. Many things are happening at the same time and we don’t know who to trust or who to believe. Secrets, betrayals and unexpected surprises made of Ever After an impossible to put down book.

Ever After works perfectly as a stand-alone. I recommend it to paranormal romance and fairy tales fans. If you like the TV series Once Upon a Time I’m sure you would also like the Transplanted Tales series.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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Kate SeRine's Bio

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and will be releasing the TEMPLAR LEGACY series with Kensington and the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in 2015/2016.

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.



Kate is sharing with us her dream cast for Ever After and I couldn't agree more with her choices. If I didn't know better I would say she read my mind. 
What do you think? Do you like her casting call?

Kate is also offering a very generous giveaway. To participate you just need to fill the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all! 

Transplanted Tales – Casting Call

I am a very visual person, so before I even start writing a novel I spend a lot of time “casting” my characters. In EVER AFTER, the fourth book in my Transplanted Tales series, the characters’ faces were so clear in my head, I had no trouble at all this time around. And if someone was to make a movie of my beloved Tales, here’s how I would cast it:


Chris Hemsworth as Gideon Montrose

Hemsworth would be the perfect actor to capture Gideon’s rugged good looks, intimidating stoicism, and emotional depth. And he could definitely pull off raw masculine power one moment and incredible tenderness the next.



Jenna Louise Coleman as Arabella Locksley (a.k.a. Robin Hood)

Mischievous, spirited, and cute as can be, Coleman has an adorable effervescence about her that is exactly the way I picture Arabella. I can’t think of anyone better suited to play the lively thief. 



Benedict Cumberbatch as the Seelie King

It would take someone very special to play the Seelie King. Haughty, regal, imposing, and ruthless when necessary, but with a wry sense of humor and a very deep and abiding love for his family, the King harbors many secrets. Only Benedict Cumberbatch and his magnificent cheekbones would do in this role.



Tom Hiddleston as Merlin

I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had writing Merlin’s character. At first the fabled wizard comes off as a loveable rogue—charming, wry, hedonistic, and arrogant. But it’s all a façade, an illusion just as convincing as his Las Vegas magic shows that have made him a fortune. Beneath it all, he’s intensely loyal and extremely powerful. Those who cross him should beware. Tom Hiddleston would be my pick for this role.  



Rosamund Pike as Guinevere Pendragon

Guinevere has been through a great deal but tenaciously clings to her dignity in spite of her circumstances. And, of course, her story is more complicated than what you may think. For her role, I would cast Rosamund Pike. There is something ethereal and timeless about Pike’s beauty. And she has a way of being tough and vulnerable at the same time.



Alexandra Moen as Queen Mab

Alexandra Moen is the perfect choice for Queen Mab. Lovely and regal, she commands the scene even when she hasn’t a single line. I doubt the audience would have trouble believing she is the bitter woman married to the Seelie King.



James Marsden as Reginald Mann

Handsome and charismatic, Marsden is the perfect actor to capture the arrogant swagger of Reginald Mann. Conniving and manipulative, Mann has wormed his way into the Seelie household, acting as Mab’s attaché. But Gideon isn’t fooled by Mann’s brownnosing and makes no secret of his dislike for Mab’s minion.   



Vinnie Jones as The Huntsman

Vinnie Jones exudes “badass” when he walks on-screen. There’s no one else I could picture as the merciless Tale assassin, The Huntsman. 


You can check out more of my casting choices for characters from the previous books at http://www.pinterest.com/kateserine/character-inspiration


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10 comments:

  1. Oh yes that would be a perfect casting I agree. I love them all. And I'm glad you loved it Marcela!

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    1. Yes! Kate did an outstanding job casting her characters, they are just perfect!

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  2. I haven't started this series, but I want to real soon.

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  3. After reading your review, I now want to fall in love with Gideon too! All of the elements you mentioned in your closing paragraph fit me to a T, so I'll definitely be adding book 1 to my TBR. I'm going to have a hard time not picturing those actors though when I finally do get around to reading 'em. Oh wells. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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    1. Picturing those actors is not a hardship, they are all dreamy!
      I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did.

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  4. They should make a tv series out of this ;)

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    1. I couldn't agree more, This series would be perfect for a TV series.

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  5. Great review, and I love your casting - it's a good way to visualize the characters and attract the readers ;)

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    1. Yes, Kate did an excellent job with the casting.

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