and Petal” by Jo Atkinson
Handsome is a construction hunk with a big sweet-tooth who
falls for Lily, the Junoesque beauty working in the bakery
he frequents. When his Petal, Lily, gets the chance to make
her dream come true, Handsome will stand by his lady love
against a vicious termagant determined to use any means to
destroy their happiness.
and Greta bursting with delicious culinary imagery and warm
fuzzy humor and romance at its sweetest. The witch was so
darn sour I wanted to replace the “W” with a big capital
“B.” This story is so adorable it’s fattening.
the Seven Rossetti Brothers” by Kelly Wade
actress Sasha King is caught in a power struggle with her
father’s widow, Moira. Moira is a former model backing a
play to move her career to Broadway. Sasha gets a shot to
star in the production and the best part is that her crush,
Aidan Prince, is the male lead. Sasha’s forced to battle
her nasty stepmother for Aidan’s heart and her place in the
work and true love prevail over a vain and vicious woman
intent on destroying talented Sasha and her future
there’s no disguising the fact that this is Snow White and
the Seven Dwarves set in New York on Broadway. I was
dazzled by the originality, cheeky humor and revamped
characters in “Sasha and the Seven Rossetti Brothers.” This
story deserves a toast for its charm, wit and sparkling
by Charlotte Boyett-Campo
Kenyon gets stranded on a lone country road, miles and miles
away from the city life he’s used to. Suddenly, he’s
abducted by a creature with brilliant green eyes. Right
now, rain is the least of his worries. He’s crossing his
fingers and praying that he won’t be eaten. Maybe he’ll
wake up and discover it’s all a wild dream?
is picturesque Beauty and the Beast tied into an unusual
twist accessorized by humor and sex. Ms. Boyett-Campo is an
excellent author yet after reading her wonderful writing, I
felt as if I'd read the ending already.
Tamed Her Wolf” by Holly East
Alex Wolf but not everything is perfect. Alex calls her
“Little Red,” a nickname she despises, constantly breaks
dates and expects her life to revolve around his. Her best
friend tells Ruby she’s a pushover and that Alex is taking
her for granted. It’s time for Ruby to put her big, bad
wolf in check, and with a few tips from her gal pal, she and
Alex will come to a mutually satisfying understanding
Riding Hood is all grown-up and raring to out-bad the wolf.
This very contemporary tale is completely delightful and
totally naughty. “How Red Tamed Her Wolf” is a special
treat for all the Little Reds out there needing to tame
their own misbehaving wolves.
by Devon Salerno
wanders the bitter cold New York streets on New Year’s
alone. Her life is empty without Graeme. The decades of
love letters from him weigh her down as she recounts every
moment together. Now it all seems a lie. In the desolate
night, she recounts everything she has lost.
bittersweet variation on the Little Match Girl, it didn’t
make me cry like the poignant Hans Christian Anderson
story. My heart was warmed by the hope and the memories of
Elle and Graeme. “The Match” was a reminder of how
valuable every moment spent with our loved ones is.
Her Hair Down” by Ashlyn Chase
lets her hair down for Prince Wunderkind. The moment he
enters her tower, he tutors her in the ways of pleasure.
Her Hair Down” is an 18-and-over Rapunzel retelling.
Rapunzel and the witch are modern in their speech and
attitudes. Our damsel in distress has a very flip and
snarky mouth and is totally assertive. The running joke is
that the Prince uses courtly language until the clothes come
off. Maybe this is a sly commentary on chivalry versus the
modern day guy or the expectations of women when it comes
down to sex and relationships.
Schumacher and the Elf” by Chase Jeffries
Schumacher is descended from a long line of German
shoemakers. He decided to make his living as a broker on
Wall Street. At 32, his life is empty and when he inherits
his father’s shop, Elfriede, the shop employee welcomes him
back to the family business and into her bed.
the spicy sex and leather fetish, there’s not a lot else I
could recommend about “The Schumacher and the Elf.” It’s a
good story but terribly unremarkable; this type of tale that
would appeal to people much like Royce and Elfriede. For
the record, there’s plenty of them out there, which proves
drops her Noni’s heirloom into a pond and a park maintenance
man offers to fish it out. His price? He wants to spend
time with Cassandra, for her to get to know him. The froggy
man is not her ideal; still a promise is a promise. After a
while, Jason starts to look less reptilian as his inner
beauty shines through and touches her heart.
best points in “Frog” is the message about beauty and love.
It’s a fabulous take on the Princess and the Frog that I
truly dived straight into it.
Falling” by Victoria Lake
her brothers are aerobat performers under circus manger
Hooke’s thumb. Fellow performer Peter has a plan to claim
her for his own while saving everything they’ve worked so
Falling” is without a doubt one of the best stories in this
anthology. I wouldn’t change a thing about it and I’m
totally impressed by Ms. Lake’s ingenuity in how she handles
Barrie’s classic. Stupendous.
A whole new
world opens up for a mermaid when she discovers that her
legs are for more than just function. They are the means
to everlasting spine-bending pleasure.
cute is the perfect word for the perfectly cute story. It
was fun, sweet and happily rendered with a delightful HEA
that gets the blue ribbon for tender, quixotic endings.
Spellbound is an anthology loaded with good
hits, lesser misses. It’s got frills for romance, thrills
to make the brain tingle and erotic spills for less cerebral
pursuits; a pleasurable and sizzling read for all the fairy
tale fans out there.