Series: Masterpiece Duet #1.5, Consequences #5.5,
on July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy
This is an anthology of eight romance stories each based upon a fairy tale. This is an excellent anthology. Each of the stories is good and many of them were fascinating enough for me to read more of the author. Highly recommend this if you are looking for hot and well written novellas.
MUSIC BOX GIRL by Sierra Simone (Twelve Dancing Princesses): An erotic story which involves a 39 year old private investigator who gets involved with the 19 year old subject of his surveillance. This is a super hot, super erotic fantasy story which means that one has to suspend disbelief. The story is hot and there is one orgy depicted and others suggested. I enjoyed the story but the story was more about the hot sexual situations than the characters. I wish there was more of this story because I think the characters could have been really been interesting with pages to flesh them out. Rating: 4 stars.
BEDTIME STORY by Skye Warren (Sleeping Beauty): This novella is apparently connected to THE KING (which I haven’t read). Jessica who has a small child is on the run from a dangerous man. She runs into Finn, who is sheriff in a small town. The novella depicts their encounter which is filled with tension both dangerous and sexual. The story ends up being a sweet one and this is a novella that I really liked but wished that there was much more to the story. It did make me want to read more by this author. Rating: 4.5 stars.
RIPPLES by Aleatha Romig (Prince and the Pauper): Natalie struggles against the expectations of her parents. When she travels to visit them for Christmas an encounter with a stranger on the plane changes her life. I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a spin-off of the Consequences series so readers of that series will know to expect a dark and twisted romance. I was fascinated with the story but didn’t quite get it in the end. I think it would have been better if I knew about the heroine’s parents’ story. Rating: 4 stars.
ROYAL MATTRESS by Nicola Rendell (Princess and the Pea): Dave is a mattress millionaire who also happens to be a prince in a defunct country. He also has terrible luck in love although he is looking for that magical connection with a woman. On the night of an amazing storm, Lisa arrives at Dave’s home seeking shelter. From the moment they meet, the connection between Lisa and Dave just sizzles. Although the length of this novella means that everything between these two happens almost instantly, I really liked Dave and Lisa and their connection. Rating: 4.5 stars
IN A STRANGER’S BED by Sophie Jordan (Goldilocks): Thea is left behind in the Highlands of Scotland by her tour group. Caught in a rainstorm, Thea finds a house which is lived in but the occupant is absent. (It’s a Goldilocks story, you can guess what happens from there). Thea ends up being found by a grumpy Scotsman Niall. This story I really enjoyed. Yes, there is insta-love, but the two are so sweet together along with some arguing and oh-so-sexy times. I really appreciated the epilogue of this story because it gave the story a finished quality. Rating: 4.5 stars.
BROKEN HARP by Nora Flite (Jack and the Beanstalk): As a young man, Jack is swindled by a club owner and almost killed. Years later he is now back to get his revenge. He meets again the woman who saved his life who is working as a stripper and raising her sister. This story is dark and exists in a seedy existence, but I really liked the characters and this was a very enjoyable story. Rating 4 stars.
RED HOT PURSUIT by AL Jackson (Little Red Riding Hood): Lili Redd is engaged in protecting her adopted grandmother from the Big Bad Wolf aka Brody Wolfe. Brody, a real estate developer, wants to purchase the shop and Lili, as an attorney, is determined to do whatever she has to do in order to stop him. Things heat up as the two correspond and when they meet, the temperature rises even higher. I absolutely loved this story. The characters were strong and independent and their conflict was hot, hot, hot. I loved their conflict and banter as the two struggle with their business conflict and their personal attraction. This is a prequel novella and introduction to the upcoming Fight for Me series. I will definitely be checking that out. My favorite of the anthology. Rating: 5 stars.
KNOT by Lili St. Germain (Rapunzel): A woman is kept captive in a tower by a Mexican crime lord before a mafia doctor comes to save her life and rescue her. This is one dark story on so many levels. I was creeped out by Seraphina’s Stockholm Syndrome attachment to her jailer and rapist, even as I understood her dependence upon him. I liked that the story didn’t flinch from that complexity. I also liked that the characters had an incredible amount of complexity in such a short novella. I saw at the end of the story that there might be more of Seraphina and Xavier in the future and I would definitely read more. Rating: 4.5 stars.