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A quite different fairy tale with a bite to the romance

A Faerie StoryA Faerie Story by Barbara Elsborg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was different and nothing at all like what I was expecting – and in a completely brilliant way.

What I’d been expecting was a Christmas-themed MMM romance with a sweet ending. What I actually got was an amazingly complex, beautifully developed world in which Faeries are real and where three men find happiness after fighting hard for it.

On the way there was magic, there were dastardly deeds, there were acts of heroism, a cute kid and dog, a bit of a creepy Westworld-style village in the Scottish Highlands and secrets galore.

Each of the three main characters was unique, with their own faults and flaws and I liked each of them for different reasons, but Aiden was my favourite. A soul burdened with a hard life but who had never given up hope.

This book isn’t your typical Christmas romance but it’s a wonderful story of love all the same and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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SPOILER NOTE:

There should be trigger warnings imho, as this book contains some serious subjects including an incident of domestic violence (short but on page).

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Beth Bolden hits all the right notes with this compelling fairy tale

yoursforeverafter ebook smallerYours, Forever After by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a complete departure from her usual writings, Beth Bolden visits the world of the fairy tale.

With Yours, Forever After, she gives the reader an utterly compelling and truly delightful romance between a naive young Prince and a world-weary jaded man who’s long given up on his royal birth.

Throw in a sarcastic and snooty unicorn and this has all the makings of a wonderful tale of heroes and villains, great adventures, slow burn romance and that’s what you get.

From Gray’s initial scepticism and unwillingness to get involved, to the sly manipulation that the King of Unicorns performs on his unwitting heroes, to the great bunch of side characters who appear along the way, Beth delivers.

I will declare an interest here, as I was once again lucky enough to be a beta reader for Beth, but there were very little suggestions to make because the pacing of this book takes the reader through from the hesitant first exchanges and into an exciting ride which sees all the hallmark moments you’d expect from a fairy story.

I do hope there’s more in this world as I’d love to see what happens next for Grey and Rory and I rather miss the imperious tone of Evrard telling everyone what to do and how to behave as they head off into the mountains to find a hidden treasure which turns out to be something rather more than just that.

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A lovely retelling of a classic fairy tale

44416064.jpgForever Moore: A Gay Fairy Tale by Riley Hart & Christina Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do love me a good fairy tale and this twist on the classic Snow White is as lovely as the cover which graces it.

Riley Hart and Christina Lee write magic together, whether it be contemporary or this somewhat whimsical reinterpretation in which the Huntsman doesn’t just leave his captive in the forest, but instead takes him home and falls in love.

Their interpretation of the seven dwarves of fairy tale fame make up a disparate family who are all bound together by the Huntsman’s kind heart and unfailing devotion to justice.

In Ansil and Orien we get a classic slow burn, frenemies to lovers age gap romance with a little bit of a medieval feel in this world which isn’t quite total fantasy but isn’t urban either.

They are two quite different characters but eventually see inside each other, deep into the souls of what makes them special, and it’s super sweet.

The bad guy plot works well, it’s the typical evil stepmother scenario only switched genders and an extra complication added and it works to bring the necessary tensions into what had been a fairly even-keeled narrative.

I hope they carry on with this series and look at some of the more obscure fairy tales.

And, as a PS: This gorgeous illustration by Sarah Jo Creene is just as lovely as the one which Jay Aheer did for Ever After. They both fully represent the lovely stories inside the cover.

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