Category : Retelling

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When quiet, bookish Izzy Simon accepts a two-week assignment as an assistant for an author of children’s books, it seems like the perfect way for her to make some much-needed extra money, but the grumpy author claims he doesn’t want or need her services. He might be as handsome as a storybook prince, but his prickly personality and resistance to all things Christmas are sure to make for a chilly holiday season.

Derek Croft never agreed to the cheery temp his staff arranges for him while they’re on vacation. Izzy is his polar opposite, but Derek soon realizes she could be the perfect solution to his interfering family…if he can get her to agree to pretend to be his live-in girlfriend. Before long Izzy’s sweet disposition and unflappable optimism has him decorating a tree and looking forward to late night hot cocoa, but he’s all too aware their time together can’t last.

psyche-unboundTitle:  Psyche Unbound
Series:
Author:  Zenobia Neil
Genre:  Erotica
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing – Eros
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

The celebrated beauty of Roman princess Psyche has enraged Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. As punishment, Psyche is left naked on the beach to be sacrificed to a monster. When Cupid, the God of Love, swoops her up and flies her to the monster’s palace, Psyche mistakenly wraps her legs around his waist, looks into his eyes, and falls in love.

Blindfolded and tied to a bed, Psyche awaits the monster, vowing to be brave as she faces death. Yet when the monster arrives, he marries her on the condition she never see his face. As she grows to love her shadow husband, she can’t stop thinking about the God of Love. Consumed by curiosity, Psyche breaks her promise by lighting a lamp. Awaking in a rage, and furious with her betrayal, her husband banishes her from the palace.

Psyche begs Venus for another chance at love. Unmoved, Venus demands Psyche perform three impossible tasks. If Psyche succeeds, her husband will return. If she fails, she will be condemned to death.

Can Psyche satisfy Venus and win back her true love?

Mature Contend – Readers Over 18+

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Bella and the BeastTitle:  Bella and the Beast
Series:  Cinderella Sisterhood #4
Author:  Olivia Drake
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  November 3, 2015
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperback
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

OF ALL THE FABLED TREASURES
Bella Jones feels like a fish out of water in civilized England. Raised abroad by her explorer father, she’s amused by the very proper manners of the nobility. Nevertheless, to save her younger siblings from ruin, she must infiltrate a ducal household in order to find the map to an ancient treasure trove. Alas, the haughty, handsome duke stands in her way…unless she can tame his beastly temper, that is.

THE MOST PRECIOUS ONE IS LOVE
Miles Grayson, the Duke of Aylwin, prefers antiquities to, well, everything else. Especially prying females with their irksome questions. But Bella’s blue eyes and beguiling smile are improbably charming, and the temptation of her kiss is impossible to resist. As the pair is swept into a mystery that reaches back to their childhoods, Miles realizes that Bella has made the rarest discovery of all-the key to his heart…

Read on for my thoughts on Bella and the Beast.  No true spoilers, promise.

Sweet NothingsTitle:  Sweet Nothing
Series:  21st Century Bard
Author:  Alison May
Genre:  Retelling, Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 7, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Would you risk everything for love?

Independent, straight-talking Trix Allen wouldn’t. She’s been in love once before and ended up with nothing. Now safely single, Trix is as far away from the saccharine-sweet world of hearts and flowers as it’s possible to be.

Ben Messina is the man who broke Trix’s heart. Now he’s successful the only thing rational Ben and free-spirited Trix see eye-to-eye on is the fact that falling in love isn’t part of the plan. But when Ben’s brother sets out to win the heart of Trix’s best friend, romance is very much in the air. Will Trix gamble everything on love and risk ending up with zero once again?

Read on for my thoughts on Sweet Nothing.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Ugly StepsisterTitle:  The Ugly Stepsister
Series:
Author:  Aya Ling
Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Published:  June 12, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters!

Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt.

To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

Read on for my thoughts on The Ugly Stepsister.  No true spoilers, promise.

Midsummer DreamsTitle:  Midsummer Dreams
Series:
Author:  Alison May
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Published:  June 12, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything.

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.

Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.

Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Read on for my thoughts on Midsummer Dreams.  No true spoilers, promise.

Cinderella had it EasyTitle:  Cinderella Had It Easy
Series:  The Cinderella Body Club #1
Author:  Jennifer Conner
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Published:  March 23, 2015
Publisher:  Books To Go Now
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Story one from the a new romance series of the timeless Cinderella story re imagined where four girlfriends make a wish on a locket. They all wish they were beautiful, and look like the girls they’ve always wanted to be. The belle of the ball.

Cami works in the basement of a television station which airs history documentaries. With scars on her face that she acquired in a car accident as a child, Cami finds it easier to be by herself. She gets into a heated debate with the handsome new host of the show she’ll be working on. Is Lance the knight in shining armor who can drag Cami out of her safe zone? With no carriage and no helpful mice, she has to rely on the magic from her grandmother’s locket.

Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body, what will she do with it? Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?

Read on for my thoughts on Cinderella Had It Easy.  No true spoilers, promise.

Beauty and the RakeTitle:  Beauty and the Rake
Series:  The Rockery Rogues #3
Author:  Erica Monroe
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  April 21, 2015
Publisher:  Quillfire Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

ONCE SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL...

Abigail Vautille grew up in the heart of the London rookeries, toiling as a factory worker until one tragic night leaves her disfigured and unable to weave. Faced with starvation or prostitution, she strikes a deal with the rogue who owns her father’s gambling debts—if he excuses the debt, for two weeks, she’ll give him her body, but not her heart.

ONCE HE WAS CHARMING…

Inspector Michael Strickland of the Metropolitan Police has always had a way with women. Success comes easily to him, and he glides through life on his good looks and family name. But Abigail lights a passion within him he never knew existed. As he gets to know her, he realizes two weeks with her won’t be enough. He sees the beauty within her, not the beast she believes herself to be.

TOGETHER, THEIR LOVE IS BEYOND A FAIRY TALE.

Yet Abigail’s scars run more than skin deep. With the end of their agreement so close, can Michael convince Abigail she’s exactly who he wants?

Read on for my thoughts on Beauty and the Rake.  No true spoilers, promise.

Fairy Tale CollectionTitle:  Once Upon A Fairy Tale Collection
Series:
Author:  various romance authors
Genre:  Fantasy Retelling
Published:  March 8, 2015
Publisher:  Romantic Greek Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Join NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors as they invite you to explore the world of fairy tales in eleven exciting new ways!

Experience the story of The Nightingale through a steampunk landscape, or follow Rapunzel through sci-fi adventures. There is the modern woman who steps out of her front door and into the fairy tale realm, and there is the modern woman who’s life resembles a fairy tale – one involving a slipper. Maybe you’d like to find out just who that Big Bad Wolf was and why he was so interested in Red, or maybe you’d like to go behind the scenes and see what those fairy godmothers are up to while everyone is getting their Happily Ever After.

Read on for my thoughts on Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection.  No true spoilers, promise.

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