Damsel Not by Kristina Circelli Book Review and Giveaway – Ends 12/7

DamselNotbannerDamsel NotIn the days of old, one knight fought to save the maiden he loved – a battle that ended in a bloody promise for the future.

In the days of the 21st Century, Izz doesn’t believe in prophecies. A recent widow, she struggles to find the passion that once fueled her life – a passion that is reignited the day a knight in disguise cuts into her life in a flash of swordplay and seductive grins.

Izz doesn’t want to love him. The guilt of moving on nearly crushes her, yet she finds herself unable to resist the touch, the feel, the scent of the man who leaves her breathless with just one look. But each day Izz finds herself drawn to Cade, the more danger she finds herself in, for someone believes Izz to be at the center of an ages-old prophecy – and will do anything to stop it.

When threatening messages turn even more dangerous, Izz must rediscover a part of herself she’s never known before and fight to save her knight in shining armor. With only a sword passed down throughout the generations to guide her, Izz must prove to her adversary that unlike maidens of old, she will never be a damsel in distress.

Kristina Circelli’s first contemp romance with a slight touch of fantasy, for readers 18+

My Review

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Modern day knights, fantasy, adventure, and romance are all wrapped up in one fabulous story from Kristina Circelli. Damsel Not isn’t your typical lost woman romance, but a well-rounded tale full of twists and turns that will hook you from the start.

Nothing will lose me faster than a fluffy romance starring a gal who’s in desperate need of the right guy’s assistance to lift her back up. Blech. That’s why I fell in love with Isabella’s story. In the very first chapter, I was gripped with emotion when tragedy strikes her life. The scene was a heartbreaker, but how Izz handles her loss felt real and relatable rather than over-dramatic and hard to believe.

When Cade comes into her life, Izz is swept away into a suspenseful adventure, not in just in plot, but in heart. While still recovering from the loss of her husband, she’s not looking to be saved and can certainly hold her own. She’s not immediately in love with Cade, despite being drawn to him. The progression of their relationship is well-paced and realistic without losing any of that charge you want from a romantic story.

Plus, romance isn’t all the story has to offer; there’s a meaty plot that even had me guessing along the way. Sword fights and murder, revenge and triumph. There really were no disappointments. If you’re a fan of books with strong female leads, emotion, drama and modern day fantasy, I highly recommend Damsel Not.

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Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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