MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
A Twisted Fairytale Collection
by Madeline Martin, Rebekah Lewis, Amanda Mariel,
Dawn Brower, Sandra Sookoo, & Tammy Andresen
AN ENTWINED FAIRYTALE
File Size: 11856 KB
Print Length: 662 pages
Publisher: Monarchal Glenn Press
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Become immersed in tales that take on a new twist as fairytales become entwined together. Magic, mythology, legends—anything imaginable can, and will happen. These SIX, all new, stories from USA TODAY and bestselling authors will leave you mesmerized, enthralled, and romantically enchanted…
- Her Highland Beast by Madeline Martin
- Rescued by a Sea Nymph by Rebekah Lewis
- Scandalous Liaison by Amanda Mariel
- Infinitely My Marquess by Dawn Brower
- It Must be Magic by Sandra Sookoo
- Luring a Lord’s Love by Tammy Andresen
Her Highland Beast
by Madeline Martin
Cursed by a witch, Duncan Maclean watches his life pass as leaves fall from the great rowan tree, indicating the trickling end of his mortality. Only a special woman can break the curse, one who will be identified by the cut of an ancient spear under a layer of mattresses. Evina MacGregor cannot be injured in battle, even as her comrades fall around her, yet she cannot remember her past. After years of wandering the world in search of answers, she stumbles upon an enchanted castle and a beastly man who may hold the secret to her identity. She may be the one to break the curse, but time is running out for both of them.
This is my favorite of this collection. A mixture of fairytales, Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the Beast this tale is not to be missed.
It is remarkable how this couple got their HEA against all odds.
This one gets 4.75 of 5.0 stars.
Rescued by a Sea Nymph
by Rebekah Lewis
Captain James Harlow loses his hand, and nearly his life, in an encounter with a group of young miscreants. When Ione, a mermaid, saves him from drowning, she decides to trade her fins for legs and leave her old life for one on land. They are given only three days to determine if they are meant to be together, but a sociopathic young Earl endeavors to ruin it all.
I had not read anything by this author before. This tale is a spin off on The Little Mermaid. We have James who a disturbed young man attempts to get rid of, a mermaid who rescues him from the sea and promptly falls for the injured man. With only three days to decide if she will return to the sea or live the rest of her life as a human Ione has a difficult decision to make.
I gave this tale 4.25 of 5.0 stars. It is also very well written and I will look for other books by this author.
by Amanda Mariel
In her youth, Grace Stratton, the Duchess of Abernathy, gave her heart to Lewis Duffield, an American plantation owner. Family duty tore them apart as she was required to wed another man. After years of being widowed, Grace finds herself alone with Lewis and their old flames rekindle, but can they recapture the all consuming love they once shared?
This is a typical second chance at love scenario. Unlike the other novellas in this collection it lacks the magical element that draws the reader in. It is still an enjoyable story though.
I gave this one 4.0 of 5.0 stars. Amanda Mariel has quickly become a favorite so I know I will read more of her books in the future.
Infinitely My Marquess
by Dawn Brower
The Marquess of Cinderbury and Lady Annalise Palmer are two lost souls in search of salvation. Together they can help each other heal, if they can believe in love, and in each other long enough to escape the torment they’ve both suffered; as well as, uncover an unimaginable devotion.
This is a reverse Cinderella story with the Marquess being our Cinderella like character. He has an evil stepmother and equally despicable step sisters.
Can Annalise and Ryan heal each other and find love? Well when magic is involved anything is possible.
I gave this short read 4.5 of 5.0
It Must be Magic
by Sandra Sookoo
When Averell Woode, a huntsman’s daughter hidden away in an enchanted tree, meets Quinn Lansdowne, the spare prince of Annanvale as well as a wolf shifter, sparks–and arrows–fly. Perhaps it’s fate or even destiny, but love blooms between them. Too bad an evil queen holds Averell’s life in the balance unless she kills Prince Charming, who is Quinn’s brother. Only the heart and freewill can decide the future… and a little magic won’t hurt either.
I liked this novella but none of the others measure up to Madeline Martin’s offering.
This novella is the typical shapeshifter scenario with the hero and his brother being cursed, human by day and changing to wolves by night. Love between Averell and The Prince of Annavale seems to be destined however our hero and heroine have much to overcome to get their HEA but it does eventually happen for them as in all good fairytales.
I gave this tale 4.25 of 5.0 stars.
Luring a Lord’s Love
by Tammy Andresen
When Arianna is attacked by men dressed as wolves in the forest, she is sure no one will help her and she dives into the icy ocean rather than be captured. Lord Nicholas Fairfield is a sailor at heart, and he can’t help but wonder about mermaids when he fishes a red-haired beauty from the sea. But the trouble engulfing her village is no myth and it’s up to him to save Arianna, her family, and the Scottish people who are under attack. But can he protect his own heart?
I have read and reviewed Tammy Andresen books before. Fantasy and loads of magic abound in this title.
We have a mixture of fairytales here that includes Little Red Riding Hood and The little Mermaid scenario emerges again in this novella that ends in a cliffhanger. You will need to read the sequel to get the full story. I didn’t like this story enough to read the next book when it comes out.
I gave this one 3.75 of 5.0 stars. It was my least favorite of the tales.
The overall rating adds up to a 4.25 of 5.0 star rating.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I also pre-ordered this title before I discovered the ARC on Booksprout.
Another New Release Anthology
Rogues to Lovers
Legend of the Blue Rose
by Catherine Kean, Elizabeth Rose, Amy Jarecki,
BJ Scott, Collette Cameron and Lauren Smith
File Size: 3825 KB
Print Length: 729 pages
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
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“He who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” – Anne Bronte
The blooming of the rare and mysterious blue rose heralds great change, for when the buds open to full blossom enemies become lovers. Some fear this omen, some desire it. All respect it. Follow the journey of these brand new historical romance tales from USA Today and Bestselling authors and discover the power–and the promise–of the blue rose for yourself.
Featuring fabulous USA Today and Bestselling authors Catherine Kean, Elizabeth Rose, Amy Jarecki, BJ Scott, Collette Cameron and Lauren Smith. This set features these ALL NEW novellas –
A Knight and His Rose by CATHERINE KEAN –
When Lady Violetta Molineaux is injured falling into an underground tunnel, she’s rescued by her enemy, Lord Osric Seabrook. Afraid to reveal her identity to him, Violetta maintains her ruse of being a commoner. Yet, when she and Osric discover a secret in the tunnel, one that involves the rare blue rose, they must acknowledge shocking truths that could change their lives forever.
Scottish Rose by ELIZABETH ROSE –
Coira MacDuff agrees to marry an Englishman to make an alliance with her clan. But she never expects her new husband, Sir Lance de Selby to take her back to Liddel Castle where the English held her as a prisoner, locked and hanging in a cage three years earlier. (Coira was first seen as the sister of Effie MacDuff in Aidan – Book 2 of the MadMan MacKeefe Series.)
A Knight Amid Thorns by LAUREL O’DONNELL –
When the murderer of her brother is welcomed into her castle as a friend, Lady Ella Rames vows to make his life as miserable as hers and to avenge her brother. Struggling to fulfill an oath and find the elusive blue rose, Sir Graden Dumount’s final hope rests with a woman who despises him. Can Ella and Graden overcome their animosity and let the power of the blue rose heal them and turn enemies into lovers?
Highland Knight of Dreams by AMY JARECKI –
Two generations after the massacre of Dunoon, will the power of a single damask rose be enough to break the hatred of a clan feud that has gone too far? When Alice Lamont crosses paths with the notorious Quinn Campbell, she readies for battle. But as tensions rise, so does passion…until the enemies must choose—love or war.
A Rose Among Thistles by BJ SCOTT –
When an unprovoked raid on his clan’s stronghold means that Logan MacAllen must assume the position of laird, he is bent on revenge. Determined to take and destroy the one thing that means more than anything to his sworn enemy–his only daughter–Logan must harden his heart to the beguiling lass, or risk losing it to the rose he discovers among thistles.
A Rose for a Rogue by COLLETTE CAMERON –
What’s a future duke to do when the most unsuitable woman possible captures his heart?
Not only is Eden the by-blow of his father’s arch enemy, she’s also sister to the man who killed Chester’s elder brother. Dare he risk all for the only woman to ever bring peace to his soul? Can he convince Eden to put aside her wariness and to trust him with her heart and love?
The Gentleman’s Seduction by LAUREN SMITH –
Martin Banks can’t resist a chance for revenge when he buys Livvy as a companion in exchange for her father’s debts but he never planned on falling in love.
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