Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Blog Tour: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen - Review + Giveaway

Just EllaTitle: Just Ella

Series: N/A

Annette K. Larsen

Published: 14th August 2013 by Hidden Falls Publishing

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review

A Proper Romance

Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.

I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me.

I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.

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My Review

Just Ella is fantastic! I love historical fiction, and I love romance, and though I don't mind a sex scene or two thrown into books I think that clean, light romances are probably my favourite. I feel that clean romances give just that little bit more insight into the development of the love and it is that love story, that build up to the first kiss, that really gets to me and makes me swoon! Just Ella had all the things I love about romance novels and the places it describes, such as the maze, intrigue me so much I can't help but want to be there.

I wasn't sure how to feel about Ella at first. I was worried she'd be ridiculously naive and silly, but she wasn't. She may have been a little naive at times, but it felt to be more an innocence, of being too sheltered from the outside world, than a major character flaw. In fact, I quite liked Ella and the way she challenged the world and dared to be herself even when her parents frowned upon it. She was adventurous, fun and her character was downright lovable!

Gavin is such a wonderful character. He knows what will happen if he befriends Ella, even if she is oblivious to it, yet despite the risks he cannot turn away from the lost, lonely princess. He is such a sweet, caring man and within a few lines I had fallen for him completely.

The relationship in this book, between Ella and Gavin, was so delicately done. It was something built up over time and you could feel their perceptions of each other changing. While you grew to know the characters, they grew to know each other and you got to witness all the little things that turned the spark of interest, into a burning flame of love.

I loved everything this book offered me. It was sweet and tender streaked with excitement and humour! Though I would've been happy to have read this book for hours more, it's length and plot were perfect. I am so glad I read this book!

4.5/5 Whales

Praise for Just Ella

"I fell in love with this book. Treat yourself to something wonderful. You can't go wrong with Just Ella!"
~Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

"By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well."
~Jana Miller

"Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page."

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Author Bio - Annette K. Larsen

annetteI was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.

I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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 Just Ella Tour

Tour-Wide Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

-Ends 5th November 2013

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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