Tag Archives: fairy tale

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.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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).

View all my reviews

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.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

View all my reviews

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.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

View all my Goodreads reviews

Review Tour: Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos

Honeythorn | Marina Vivancos

RTBANNER.jpg

Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Universal Link

Length: 58,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

READ MY REVIEW

Honeythorn-f

Blurb

Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed.

They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as artic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard?

What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late?

Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

TourGraphic.jpg

About the Author

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health.

She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

Marina tends to keep to herself unless prompted, so don’t be shy in approaching her!

Twitter | Facebook | Website

 

Release Blitz: Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos

Honeythorn | Marina Vivancos

RBbanner-2.jpg

Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Universal Link

Length: 58,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Honeythorn-f

Blurb

Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed.

They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as artic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard?

What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late?

Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

About the Author

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health.

She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

Marina tends to keep to herself unless prompted, so don’t be shy in approaching her!

Twitter | Facebook | Website

 

Another otherworldly romance from Marina

Honeythorn-f
Honeythorn
by Marina Vivancos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the way Marina Vivancos writes.

It’s difficult to describe but there is very much an otherworldly nature to it, as if you’re peeking through a veil into another land.

With this Omegaverse romance she takes the Alpha/Omega trope and gives it a fantasy setting which an interesting mix of a feudal type of society but with advanced steampunk machinery and an element of bonded mates to tie it together.

There’s no mPreg in this one, but there are heats and in the North – the land where Milan goes to wed his Alpha Raphael in an arranged political alliance – those heats can be dangerous when past hurts are allowed to influence the present.

For a while I wasn’t sure where this narrative was going, were we going to get a Jekyll and Hyde scenario? Was Raphael under some kind of curse?

I won’t spoil what the outcome is but I will say I loved Milan, his heart was as open as his nature was kind and there’s a great set of secondary characters in this world where the Alphas aren’t always the top of the chain and omegas are valued for their skills and abilities.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

View all my reviews

Book Blitz: Kissing Princeton Charming by C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love

Kissing Princeton Charming | C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love

Publication date: January 17th 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We have reputations for a reason.

His?

Spencer Beckett: Princeton Charming. Ivy League Playboy. Rich AF.

Hers?

Charlotte Hayes: Campus sweetheart. Virgin. Working her booty off to get through this last semester.

When a bet pushes these two together it’s fire and ice … and Charlotte is melting.

Fast.

But Charlotte has a chip on her shoulder. She doesn’t believe that fairy tales exist in the real world.

One kiss tells her this is a bad idea.

Two kisses tells her he’s too good to be true.

Three kisses and she’s royally screwed.

Spencer Beckett might be everyone else’s Prince Charming but can he sweep this princess off her feet.

Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:

Frankie Love writes filthy-sweet stories about bad boys and mountain men.

As a thirty-something mom who is ridiculously in love with her own bearded hottie, she believes in love-at-first-sight and happily-ever-afters.

She also believes in the power of a quickie.

Author links:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest

Amazon bestselling author C.M. Seabrook writes hot, steamy romances with possessive bad boys, and the passionate, fiery women who love them.
Swoonworthy romances from the heart!
Author links:

Website / Facebook / Goodreads / Twitter

 


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


XBTBanner1

 

« Older Entries