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Curse & Craving

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First things first, the setting is wonderful.  I have read many books of the Fae and never have I read one set in Ireland.  I could imagine everything there.  Becca is a strong female lead who knows her own mind and speaks up immediately which I love. I didn’t have to wait for thing to get “cleared up” because she addressed her problems head on.  Ashley is a fun character and it felt like she was my bestie as well. Ronan is a solid character and, although I knew something was different about him,  the way he revealed himself left me upset and, frankly, feeling a bit violated.  Lochlan is brooding, sexy, and sure.  I do wish  their feelings for one another were further developed.  Although Bec is loveable, I didn’t understand why he was so smitten with her so early.  It felt a bit rushed as did the action scene in the end.  Morgan was  all powerful and then it was over.  I could tell by reading last few pages the next book would be about other characters and this one didn’t feel finished to me.  I will, however, read the following books because the story flowed nicely and writing style was fluid.  Definitely a page turner.  I was never bored.
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I found Curse & Craving to be a really fun read!  I wasn't really sure what to expect based on the description, but it was an interesting take on if Fae existed in our real world.  It was a bit slower pace than is my usual preference, but while I usually get bored with slower paced books, I found myself entertained throughout.  The Female Main Character, Rebecca, did frustrate me endlessly but the cast of characters around her was really fun, and I do look forward to seeing what the next book brings.
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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!

This is my first time reading this author and I'll say I'm happily surprised. I love a good arthurian retelling! And this book is that as well as other myths. The writing is quite good and the characters and worldbuilding were really believable which made for an enjoyable ride. 

The romance was slow and so good! I think it was my favorite part about it. I wish some of the side characters had more development to them but maybe in following installments to the series we can get that. 

Overall, this was a good book and if you like fantasy and romance, you'll certainly enjoy this.
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Rebecca is surprised when she lands a job with a museum in Belfast Ireland. She is fresh out of college, has no experience but she hopes that this job will be the beginning of her dream career. Upon arriving in Ireland she discovers that the world isn't quite what she has always known it to be. Fae and other supernatural beings really do exist. 

Lochlan is a member of The Hunt. He and his warrior team of Fae work together to guard the boarder between the realms. Becca relies on Lochlan to teach her all she needs to know about her new world to battle evil forces. Unfortunately there are things about the Fae that Becca is struggling to come to terms with. Becca contemplates leaving Ireland and all her new troubles behind her but she is concerned that they will just follow her back to the United States and to her family.

Jill Ramsower has taken a very interesting fantasy trope and put a unique spin on it; at least unique to me. Ramsower has taken Irish folklore, merged it with Arthurian characters and storylines while throwing in a sprinkling of Norse and Greek mythology. With so many different backgrounds merged into one story there could be a concern that things would become muddied but Ramsower manages to balance all the different themes very nicely. The character development and world building was well thought out, we get a real feel for Becca, where she comes from, her painful past, and her battles to come. This story was original, easy to read, and was very engaging. There is resolution to Becca and Lochlan's storyline. The next installment of the series will focus in on two other characters who appeared in this first book. I look forward to Ashley and Casek's story.
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Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an arc. 
When I read the synopsis of this book i knew I was going to enjoy this book and of course, I was right. The author does a tremendous job at building up a flawless and engaging story, enabling me to enjoy a read with themes of Celtic Mythology, fae realms and Urban Fantasy. 

I simply adore reading fantasy romance and what sets this book apart from many others is the how creative the world building is! And who doesn’t love a Slow burn Romance with spice ?
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⭐️ Rebecca accepts a job in Ireland at a museum and pretty much immediately discovers that there is a whole lot more going on around her ( Fae, magic, a potential war….). This is a modern day, new adult fantasy romance book, with amazing mythology and folklore references. 

I love a modern day fantasy story and I am so happy that this took place in Ireland. Ireland is one of my favorite “book locations”. There were so many twists and turns as Rebecca discovers the magical world, and the suspense kept me intrigued throughout the book. 

I didn’t totally connect with Rebecca as a female MC, I was very intrigued however, by Lochlan, our male love interest🥵. Foreign, magical, rich, protective? Sign me up. The side characters were also all top notch. 

This is going to be part of a series of standalone books all happening in the same world. While I love a good standalone, I felt that this story was a little bit rushed and I wish there was going to be more than one book about the same MCs so I could have seen their relationship grow at a slower pace and really progress. 

I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series when it comes out!

Thank you The Next Step PR for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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"ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴅᴀʏ ɪꜱ ᴀ ꜰᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʀɪᴘ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ."
An extremely well written book, filled with LOTS of information and world building, while incorporating Arthurian legend and mixed with Fae! I mean what more could a fantasy lover want?! I'm not usually a huge fan of modern fantasy, but this was really well blended! 
The characters were very enjoyable, I really liked Rebecca and I loved the fact that she seemed to have such a support system and their are so many different personalities involved. Ashley was a great character and i'm looking forward to reading her story! 
"𝘿𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙩'𝙨 𝙪𝙣𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙣. 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨."

I'd definitely give it a medium-high slow burn rating (Lochlan and Rebecca have a tumultuous relationship) and the spice is included really well. 
"𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓭𝓸𝓷'𝓽 𝓰𝓮𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓪𝓽 𝓶𝓮 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓰𝓮𝓽𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓴𝓲𝓼𝓼𝓮𝓭."

Using the ratings I usually use, I rated the book at a 3.75, but have rounded up to a 4. 
The main reasons being:
I feel like Lochlan's character could have been developed more, I definitely wanted to see more from him, maybe even a POV would have been nice. I also would have liked them to have discussed certain incidents more, I feel the communication sometimes was a little lax. The score for the book would have a been ALOT higher if the MMC was a little stronger. 
The other point that hindered my score was the fact that sometimes the information was a little too much all at once, and I found my self skimming or stepping away from the book and getting distracted. The book could have probably been changed into a duo, rather than have the time skip, this could have been where the second book started.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this to any fans of fantasy and myths, the romance isn't as heavy as some of the books i've read, and their is a lot of focus on the friendship aspect. 
My scoring system: 
Readability: 3.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 3/5 
Spice: 3/5
Slow burn: 4/5 
"𝔹𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕠𝕣 𝕟𝕠𝕥, 𝕪𝕠𝕦'𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕓𝕝𝕖 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕒𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕣𝕖."

In the copy I was reading I found some errors at the following locations (unsure if these have been addressed in the official publication):
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The plot of this book attracted me in the first moment. 
English/Scottish/Irish folklore?? It's an absolutely yes for me. 
In the first few pages I wasn't very sure about the plot, but after the first chapters I was OBSESSED. This book is incredibly good. 
Many elements reminded me of Shadowhunters (and it's not a negative think!) 
The world building is good, same for the plot. The various twists and hidden information made you want to keep reading.
I really liked the characters (not you, Ronan) and I can describe the ship's dynamics as a slowburn (?) with a lot of sexual tension. 
The only critique that I can make is for the finale battle: with months and months of preparation for Rebecca, I would expected something more "dynamic" and "long" (?). 
In conclusion I appreciate this book and rate it 3.75 stars ✨
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As noted in a few reviews, Karen Moning's Fever Series inspired Jill to begin a series in a Fae and Human world. For about the first half of the book , it felt too similar to Moning's series - yet I'm glad I continued on.
Jill does an amazing job building her characters, including the smoldering heat between the lead male and female, Lochlan and Becca. I loved them both - enjoyed their backstory as well at their slow burn relationship. The tension. The interference from another Huntsman just added to the heat - and I loved it. 
I felt the battle was somewhat anticlimactic, after all it brought Becca to Ireland - leaving behind her loving parents and her life. I wanted to see more of an epic battle.
The inclusion of Merlin as a key figure was very creative - added more depth as well as mystery for the upcoming books. I cannot wait for the next.
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Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy of this book! 3.5 stars!  This was a fun read. It was nice to see other fae legends incorporated.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed the way old English, Scottish & Irish folklore was tied into the Faery realm and this fantasy adventure and the politics of the Faery Realm.

I did struggle a bit however with some of the logistics and side characters. For me, I didn’t connect with Ashley as much as I think we are meant to and having Knight come and go distracted from any connections being formed. 

The pacing was good and there was plenty of action and slow burn romance but the info dumping did make some chapters a challenge.
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I am a sucker for a fantasy-romance, it is by far my favorite genre and this book delivered!

Becca recently accepted a position at a museum far away from the U.S. in Belfast, Ireland.  Almost immediately upon her arrival with friend Ashley weird things happen!

I was entranced from page 1 and could not wait to pick back up the book everyday after work...or early in the morning while getting ready for work. Note-to-self, putting on makeup while simultaneously reading does not work. I ended up really enjoying the book! It gave me serious Karen Maire Moning vibes along with a strong enemies-to-lovers trope that I am always a sucker for.

I don't want to mention the love interest to our heroine in this book and give it away! But I shipped her eventual hero from the beginning.  They are alike in some ways, but the ways they are different really compliment each other.

Aside from the romance, I absolutely loved the secondary characters. From Ashley, to the huntsman, Merlin, the druids, Fenodree and even sweet Knight!

Very long story short, add this to your TBR list ASAP. You won’t regret it.

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Curse and craving by Jill Ramsower.
Of Myth and Man Book 1.
My new job landed me in another country, but it might as well have been an entirely different world.An underground world of magic and secrets ruthlessly guarded by an elite group of Fae warriors.This place has brought out a power buried deep within me.A dark and monstrous power.I have no choice but to turn to the Fae for help.Lochlan is the leader of those warriors meant to guard the border between realms.
He’s secretive and arrogant yet undeniably alluring.I have no reason to trust him, but he’s the only person who can teach me to protect myself.He pushes me to my limits and threatens to unravel me with every husky command.More than anyone, he has the power to undo me.Because with every lesson, I lose more of myself to him and this new world I never asked to be a part of.
I loved it. Great story and characters.  The cover was amazing.  5*.
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Fun romantic romp set in Ireland and riddled with Irish and British folklore brought to modern day.  The right amount of mistrust and tension to get you there, a bit of deceit, and of course Merlin prodding things along.  Definitely fun and a great weekend or vacation read.
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Rebecca gets a new museum curator job in Ireland and heads off to start a new adventure. On her first day there, she runs into three mysterious men who say cryptic things and make her question what her new life will be like. She quickly starts seeing things disguised as people, but that definitely aren’t. Rebecca gets caught up with the group of mysterious men who happen to be Fae warriors, fighting to guard the boarder between their realms.  When Rebecca’s powers start coming to the surface, she realizes that she has to turn to the Fae for help and discovers that she is the key to helping them fight a mysterious being that threatens both their worlds. 

While Rebecca is definitely a 20-something adult, this is a coming-of-age type story where the FMC comes to terms with her past trauma and learns to cope with things that are out of her control. She seems naïve and too trusting when the story begins, but it’s wonderful seeing how she thinks through things logically as the story progresses. Her gains in strength seem naturally progressed through the story, not only physically but mentally as well.

Can we talk about Lochlan?! Irish men get to be the exception to my normal love of tall, dark, and handsome. Lochlan is tall, blonde, and blue eyed, with a lovely Irish accent and a bad boy persona. I love that you don’t know his true intentions for a good while throughout the book. 

This book was so much fun!! It mixed some English and Irish history into its Fae lore, while keeping true to some of the Fae “norms” we know and love. The fact that it’s set in Ireland for the most part is a definite bonus. I would definitely listen to this on audiobook if the men and women (other than the FMC, her best friend, and their parents) would be Irish speaking. **Swoon** 

Curse and Craving is for readers who like Alessa Thorn: it wasn’t too heavy on world building, as we got to discover the Fae world with Rebecca. It has great character development, it’s an easy read, and things wrap up nicely. There’s 4 books planned for this series, with the next two coming out in May 2022, and the 4th coming out in June! Those follow of their characters that showed up in Curse and Craving. 

Overall, this was a fun book that I couldn’t get off my mind! I devoured it in a couple days and I’m so happy I did! There was a little bit of spice, and I did wish for a bit more.  My one complaint was that the spice scene felt a bit rushed. It was borderline YA, giving some detail and while it wasn’t fade to black, it wasn’t quite enough.  I wanted a bit more payoff when Rebecca finally got what she wanted. Otherwise, I felt like her development felt natural, showing her growth throughout and her acceptance of what life was throwing at her. Definitely worth a read!
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Thank you to the publisher, the author and NetGalley for allowing me to read this masterpiece!
Wow this book surprised in a great way. The growth and development of simple girl Rebecca into a badass was incredible. Ashley is that friend everyone should have. And what to say about Lochlan... A mysterious man with so many layers that you love to unveil into the sweetest and raw fearless warrior in both love and war.
Those were the main three who stand out to me but there's more characters that added greatness to this book like Merlin, Fenodree, Knight... 
Gotta say I expected more of the big battle but, at the same time, I love the intelligent way Rebecca outgrew her enemy. So well done!
Gotta say this gave so many Shadowhunters vibes 👌🏻
Definitely a 4.5 stars for me.
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3.5 stars- Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. 

Rebecca is just your average 20-something girl working 3 jobs to stay afloat in NYC when finally an offer for her dream job comes her way the catch is it’s in Ireland. Nervously, she accepts the offer and sets of for Belfast accompanied by her best friend Ashley. 

Upon arriving in Belfast Rebecca quickly learns that not everyone and everything is what it seems. Rebecca is quickly thrust into a world of magic, secrets, and deceit. 

I’d put this story on par with a Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey readability. Nothing groundbreaking but enjoyable. There definitely were parts that felt rushed and some relationships and plots could have been developed more but I would recommend this for anyone who wants a fluffyish read with some fae and some sexy times. 

TW:rape; death of a child
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Let me preface this review by admitting that, while reading the initial description of the book, I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

To begin with, it is a well-written story which successfully blends old English tales of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin along with the Fae magic world and it all unfolds in modern times. Furthermore, the whole magic system is well-structured and the mythical creatures employed in the story, add to the whole mythical element of the story. Additionally, the pace with which Rebecca’s adventure unravels is very smooth. 

My interest and attention was captured from the start until the end and I believe that the balance between action and romance in the book also contributed to this.

As far as our female character is concerned, we readers become witness of Rebecca’s growth and evolution throughout the book. The author, very cleverly, allows Rebecca to change not only physically, by being a human who slowly turns into a Fae, but most importantly, emotionally. Rebecca, throughout the book, evolves from a guilt-ridden, hesitant and reserved girl to a strong-willed, independent woman, driven by purpose and love. Even though it wasn’t her choice to become part of the magic world and its conflicts, she decides to grasp the reins of her fate and chooses the direction her life will take from now on. However, Rebecca had people who supported and urged her through her journey of change. Lochlan is the typical morally-grey, grumpy, irresistibly charming male character that challenges and pushes Rebecca to evolve, while he also discovers his role in this entire story. The romantic tension and the slow burn way their relationship is built is really well-written and the intimate scenes are described with the perfect amount of sensuality and romance.

Finally, the author introduced our next main heroine, Ashley, in a very elaborate and clever way, giving us readers some hints of her personality but not nearly enough, so as to look forward to further explore her character and her evolution as a Fae in the next book.

All in all, this was a solid 4 star read for me and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
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The world building was artfully laid out.  She beautifully weaves Norse Mythology, with Celtic Mythology, and Arthurian legends and more to give us a deeper understanding of this mysterious world that most people can't see.  The slow burn romance always keeps the pages turning for me, with twists and turns that I did not expect. If you enjoy fantasy romance, strong independent heroines, beautiful world building be sure to add this one to your TBR list.
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ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Whenever I read that a book as Fae in it, it is a must read for me so here I am. Plus, I love myths and this book is full of them, especially myths linked to King Arthur and Merlin (I'm sucker for them if you couldn't tell).

Rebecca is a young woman who moves from New York to Belfast and she starts working in a museum, yet as soon as she arrives some weird stuff begins to happen around her. She soon finds out that she can see the Fae and that she is in danger, without knowing the reasons. She meets Lochlan, a broody Fae, and she must ask for his help. Here she learns that she is not just a normal human due to a necklace she always wears, which was given to her many years prior by no less then Merlin, and that she might have to leave everything she has known until this point. 

This book was great! Once I started, I couldn't stop reading it, I had to know what was going to happen after every chapter. The writing style is on point: the author knows when to put cliffhangers, she gets into details when needed and goes faster or slower depending on the times.
I appreciated all the details given throughout the book, especially in the beginning. However, the only thing which doesn't really sit right with me is the war at the end: I hoped for it to be more detailed and better explained, I felt like the author was in a rush to get over with it. 
But all in all I really liked it, especially the relationship between Rebecca and Lochlan. However, the one character I truly loved was Merlin, he's my fav!! Now, I am looking forward to read the next book with Ashley as the mc, even though I know I'm gonna miss Becca and Lochlan.

My rating: 4!

Review published on Goodreads on April 2nd,
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