➦I’ve picked this anthology up because I love Sierra Simone and I’ll pick up any book she releases. There are some authors in this little set that I have never read before and I was pleased to be able to read little samples of their writing.
➦So what will you get here? 8 novellas, all pretty short but some a bit lengthier than others. Modern re-tellings of fairytales about naughty ballerinas, damsels in distress seeking refuge, captives needing rescue and more. Some of these stories are your standard contemporary reads or romantic comedies, some are more erotic and taboo, there’s even a couple of darker ones for lovers of all things twisted.
➦My favorite novella in this set is a re-telling of a Goldilocks story. It follows a pretty straightforward formula for a contemporary romance read but it has a perfect balance of humor, steam and angst. It was also the story that gave me the most feels. A hot broody Scottish hero might have had something to do with it. lol
➦There are a couple of stories with a captivity theme, which is generally not my cuppa. One of them I liked (RIPPLES) and one I had to drop (KNOT) after the epilogue because it was a bit too graphic for my taste. I’m generally not a big reader of crime books and this was not for me. I’m sure a lot of lovers of dark romance will enjoy it just fine though. I recommend this anthology if you are looking for short reads from various romance genres.
My ratings for each novella individually:
MUSIC BOX GIRL by Sierra Simone (A Twelve Dancing Princesses story) ✯✯✯✯
BEDTIME STORY by Skye Warren (A Sleeping Beauty story) ✯✯✯
RIPPLES by Aleatha Romig (A Prince and the Pauper story) ✯✯✯
ROYAL MATTRESS by Nicola Rendell (A Princess and the Pea story) ✯✯✯✯
IN A STRANGER’S BED by Sophie Jordan (A Goldilocks story) ✯✯✯✯✯
BROKEN HARP by Nora Flite (A Jack and the Beanstalk story) ✯✯✯
RED HOT PURSUIT by A.L. Jackson (A Little Red Riding Hood story) – ✯✯✯✯
KNOT by Lili St. Germain (A Rapunzel story) – no rating, didn’t finish
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