Series: A Fairy Tale Escape
Author: Piper Whitney
Genre: Anthology/Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Length: Short Stories/Anthology
Publisher: Silver Publishing (June 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: A prince asleep for a century, a young chef traded to a beast for his father’s life, a step-son gets a chance at a better life, and a lost man meets seven snow boarders as he runs for his life from the people he should trust. Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White–Welcome to the twenty-first century.
Fairy tales can come true, right? Join Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White as they are rewritten for a modern era
Review: Sleep, Beauty, Glass, Snow are the titles of the four fairy-tales that have been re-written with a unique modern day twist. In Sleep, we have Prince Tristen cursed to sleep for a hundred years until his true love (Jae, a photographer/journalist in a sports car) re-awakens him and his kingdom. In Beauty, we find Finn who loves to cook, traded to a beast for his father’s life who discovers the heart beneath the beast, Prince Samuel. In Glass, we have Payne who is sick of being treated like a slave and wishes for a better life and meets his very own prince, Hayden. In Snow, we have Mason who loves to snowboard, his stepmother tries to be rid of him, Mason discovers seven snowboarders, and one of them is his knight in shining armor.
Each story we read gives us a unique modern twist, each story is changed slightly to fit more into modern times but sticks to the fairy-tale love. With Sleep it begins in the traditional setting with the birth of the much longed for child and the curse that was uttered at his birth celebration, fast forward and we have Jae who is sent to discover the truth about a sleeping kingdom. It’s a very sweet story, although you have to question the stupidity of someone trusting a stranger who promises to make you ‘feel good’. The sweetness of the story comes from Jae and Prince Tristen getting to know each other before getting their happily ever after.
In Beauty, it really stays with the traditional story with the generous youngest sibling Finn, the more selfish older brothers and sisters and the slightly bumbling father, and the horrific beast. So not much to add to it other than it was sweet.
In Glass, we have a thoroughly modern update including mouthy fairy godfather, foul-mouthed CinderFella, Payne, hunky Prince Hayden and very selfish stepmother and stepsisters. Very fast moving storyline in this one with Payne and Hayden discovering an instant attraction and connection.
In Snow, the story is twisted with Mason’s prince charming being one of the snowboarders, the evil stepmother not giving a damn about anything but herself and Mason’s father, James, just wanting the pair of them to get along. It’s a good story that has its bones in the original but swerves away from the original enough to give it a fresh twist.
Each story has sweet lovemaking in it, happy endings and perfect couples, so this is one you want to read if you want modern twists to your fairy-tales but some originality laced through them, with loads of hot men and sigh worthy endings.
Review: A fun and unique twist on classic fairy tales. The author not only successfully turned the main characters in to m/m romances, but did an interesting and sometimes humorous, sometimes edgy job of weaving contemporary settings and scenarios into our favorite classic childhood stories. You’ll never think of Snow White the same way again!