11 February 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: : Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance, Clean Read.
Publication: January 18th 2016 by Wicked Sassy.
For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title.

At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but "trying" is the operative word. It's been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV.

If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire's it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop.

So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?

Reviewed by Kelly

You want intrigue, magic, mystery, some twists, maybe even a little romance than this might be for you.

I had a hard time understanding and keeping up with the events in the beginning. I was really confused. It went for a while, I’m sure to set you up with information about the bad guys and Claire. You aren’t sure if Claire is also bad but you kind of know she can’t be. The reason I say this is that, it was a hard start for me to follow and I really just wanted to give up and stop reading it. I didn’t obviously and I am glad I didn’t. The story picked up and I got into it and wanted to know what would happen.

I have never heard of the word Pimpernel until this book. The word doesn’t come out until over halfway through the book. I actually had to look up the word. It's a little embarrassing to admit though.

Jack is a magician and the Pimpernel. He fixes things and does it quick and moves on. He is a master of disguises. He doesn’t let people in. He can’t because his job requires him to keep moving and this keeps him safe. He does harbor some fondness for Claire. He doesn't seem to want to admit it though. He works with Margot who is a right scary, beautiful and a no nonsense woman! He also works with Ren and sometimes Kali. I hope the author writes their own stories too!

Anyway, Claire is a genius. Sometimes geniuses aren’t very street smart and Claire isn’t. She got into this investment scheming because she was working on her thesis for school and her professor got her into it. She knew it was wrong but was blind sighted by her infatuation with her professor who is now in jail because of it. Claire is blackmailed into continuing to do the scam and get millions of dollars off of rich investors. She does it out of fear. She is very good at it and she can keep numbers in her head. She is also OCD and has gone off her meds to keep those numbers in her head in hopes of helping her professor when he gets out of jail.

When she is picked up by the Pimpernel and asked if she can change alliances and right her wrongs she is hesitant at first. But she starts to learn who she can and can’t trust. At times, she doesn’t even trust the Pimpernel. She is also scared but does what she is told. She begins to feel things for the Pimpernel. She learns her family’s secrets and my heart goes out to the things she learns of her family.

So, if you like mystery with twists that you didn’t see coming, magic, uncovering family secrets, first kisses, unrequited love, blackmail, high IQ’s, a little violence, clean romance then this might be for you.

The high-pitched scream from the other side of her apartment door shattered Claire’s thoughts.

“Daniel?” That shriek had been way too high to come out of a man.

“Help!” Daniel’s voice cried out from the other side of the door.

Claire unlocked the door and pushed it open, finding Daniel cowering on the couch in sailor-themed boxer briefs. Classical music played from his bedroom, indicating Daniel had been sewing before he ended up on the couch. On the ground between them lay the lounge robe Daniel had made in his fashion design class along with his house slippers. They looked like they’d been flung at random.

“Move!” he shrieked at her, stabbing his finger at the ground like a mad man. “Take the high ground and leave the door open. Maybe it will go back to the gates of hell, where it belongs!”

Claire followed the direction of his manic gesturing, freezing when her eyes locked on something the size of her fist with eight hairy legs. “Daniel? Please tell me that is a toy.”

“That. Is. NOT. A. Toy!”

The spider chose that moment to make its move—which happened to be sprinting her way.

Claire shrieked as Daniel motioned for her to join him on the couch. “High ground!”

Was he insane? She would have to leap over the tarantula to get to him. Why in the world would she do that when she could just run away and go to a hotel for the night?

“Voldemort?” a man’s voice said from behind her a split second before Claire backed into a male body blocking her retreat. Not only did Claire scream, but her body was suddenly possessed by an Olympic hurdler as she scampered across the living room and flung herself into Daniel’s arms on the couch.

“You found her!” a flagpole of a man from the doorway said as Claire latched onto Daniel, hiding her face against his shoulder. If she didn’t see the spider, maybe it would cease to exist.

“Found it?” Daniel scoffed. “That thing tried to duel me for my sandwich before I batted him off my kitchen table.”

Claire shuttered, only vaguely realizing that the shoulder she was hiding her face in was bare. I’ve never hugged a guy who was only wearing underwear before, she thought a moment before Daniel pulled her keys out of her hand and flung them at the ground to join his slippers and robe.

“Don’t chase it this way!” Daniel yelled at the other guy.

“Come on, Voldemort,” the spider guy cooed. “Let’s get you back into your habitat—Don’t run!”

Wait, it was running? Claire didn’t want to see that, yet something compelled her to turn and look anyway.

People always said that horrible things seemed to happen in slow motion, but Claire could have sworn the giant arachnid was coming at her in fast-forward mode. In a heartbeat, she had climbed up to ride piggyback on Daniel while he responded by flapping his hands in panic as if he could fan the thing away with a light breeze.

Not only did the spider keep running, it was sprinting like an arachnid with a plan—heading straight for the couch. When Daniel backed away, Claire felt her back thump into the wall. Before he could move again, she pushed off his back to stand on the back of the couch, dropping her purse when it threatened her balance. On the way down, it ended up in Daniel’s hands and he wasted no time finding items inside and tossing them at the spider while its owner moved in to act like a human shield.

“No!” the tall guy cried as he tried to corral the beast. “Don’t throw things at her. You might hurt her.”

Just then, Claire’s favorite lip gloss bounced off the hairy spider, stunning it.

That lip gloss was dead to her—not just the tube, the actual brand. She’d never be able to look at it the same again.

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Ends 2/28/16

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Some describe Sheralyn as a girl who’s been around the block and worked at every shop. This isn’t far from the truth. Writing is what she loves most, however. There’s a magical power in stepping into new perspectives time and again, and seeing the world through different eyes. Few things increase empathy more than walking in another’s shoes for 100,000 words or so. At least that seems to be the trend so far.
Some random things to know about Sheralyn:
* She’s a wanderer (geographically)
* She can write a novel, but doesn’t have the attention span for one page in a journal
* She vehemently disagrees with Stephen King’s stance that authors should not watch TV
* She is pretty much incapable of sleeping before midnight

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