REVIEW – Red by Jacqueline Noir

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Title: Red
Author: Jacqueline Noir
Series: VonRouge #1
Release Date: May 10, 2015

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Synopsis

The first time those haunting gray eyes pinned her, they’d stared at her from the face of a creature that was supposed to only be a legend. A cliché.

When Sadie VonRouge moves to Casterton, Oregon to live with her aunt, she expected a sleepy little town; the perfect backdrop for her to start piecing back together her life. She wants nothing more than a normal start to her freshman year of college.

Normal is the last thing she’s going to get.

The night she was attacked, it’d been a wolf that chased her down. A wolf that tackled her to the ground. A wolf that began sniffing her. Then she’d opened her eyes, and she’d come face-to-face with him.

But she was delusional. She knew this. There’d been no man.

At least, that’s what she tells herself over and over, even while fighting back the memory of how sinfully gorgeous the man had been, or how viciously he’d growled out that one word:

Mine.

Sadie doesn’t know what is happening to her, or why she’s beginning to exhibit odd symptoms after the attack. All she knows is that her world has been drastically changed. She has no idea how much, or how serious that man’s claim was. Not until he comes back into her life, demanding the one thing that he owns above anything else.

Her.

Thrust into a new world, Sadie is going to be forced to deal with a reality she never expected.

And a dominating, scary, dangerous male that might just not give her any choice but to accept her new life . . . and the fact that he comes along with it.

“You belong to me. I own you. Forever.”

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Review

I’m generally not a huge fan of paranormal romance. It takes something special to catch my eye and convince me to give it a shot. I am however, a huge fan of fairytale retellings and modernizations so when I read the premise of Jacqueline Noir’s debut novella, Red, I knew I wanted to read it. I was completely and pleasantly surprised by this quick and enchanting novella. From the very first page, Jacqueline Noir had my attention, pulling me effortlessly into the fantastical world she has created. Red is all at once suspenseful, mysterious, and steamy. I adored the twists and turns Jacqueline Noir scattered throughout her story, keeping the reader guessing and ensuring total captivation. Her unique interpretation of this story made it something that is all her own and gave this novella a fresh feel.

“It’s those eyes that burned themselves into my brain; how they swirled with colors as if a storm brewed inside them. They held me transfixed against my will.”

Jacqueline Noir did an amazing job with Sadie. Every encounter with her felt enchanted and tentative, pulling me into the dream-like haze that the character can’t seem to work through. There were moments where I shared her uncertainty as to whether or not her nighttime encounters were real or imagined, allowing me to really grasp what Sadie was experiencing. Her mystery man is equally as interesting and unquestionably enthralling. His mysterious alpha bad boy vibe definitely got my attention. The dynamic Jacqueline Noir has crafted between this couple is intense and instant, cranking up the heat on this story in an absolutely delicious way. There also seems to be a shared stubbornness that proves to be endlessly entertaining, especially when their daily lives begin to merge.

“There’s a strange connection between us though. One I can’t describe but it resonates all the way down to my bones.”

The first novella in a serial is always more focused on providing the background information and developing character relationships than it is on the actual action, risking losing the reader with the seemingly slow storyline. Jacqueline Noir did a great job in both designing her characters and sewing the seeds of connection between characters, while also providing enough excitement and suspense to keep the story moving at the perfect pace, maintaining my interest and investment in the story. I have so many questions swirling around in my head after reading this novella in anticipation of the next one. I can’t wait to see where Jacqueline Noir is taking this story. I need to know the roles each character plays in the bigger picture, what’s real and what isn’t, and why these crazy things seem to be happening. Jacqueline Noir has certainly shown her talent with this novella, ensuring that I will be back for more of the VonRouge Series and promising many more fantastic stories as she continues to grow as a writer.

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