Category Archives: Fairy Tales

#Paranormal #FairyTales #Dark #AgeGap #bestfriendsdad #novella #steamy #FriendstoLovers #Nanny #BestFriends #SingleDad #EnemiestoLovers #SmallTown #Audio -Twinsie Angie Top 5 from July – December 2023 – Beastly Tales Trilogy by MJ Haag, Beekeeping Age by Sophie Stern, Confessions of Ti,ber Creek by S.J. Chaynie, Perfect Risk by CA Harms, and Worth the Fall by Bria Quinlan

These are my favorite books the 2nd half of the year.  The first half of the year favorite’s can be found here

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Here is my top 5 in no order

Beastly Tales Trilogy by MJ Haag

From Book 1: ** Adult Romance **
Benella is concerned with two things–avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.

When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity.

Intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is part 1 of 3.

The completed Beastly Tales
Depravity, Part 1
Deceit, Part 2
Devastation, Part 3

My favorite is book 2 so here is the review –HERE

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Beekeeping Age by Sophie Stern

He’s older. Wiser. Hotter.
More mature.
And he’s my best friend’s dad.

Remington West is the kind of guy who can get me into a lot of trouble. He’s twenty years older than me, for one thing. He’s Anna’s dad, for another.
Still, there’s an electric energy between us that I just can’t push away.
My body doesn’t seem to care that he’s all wrong for me.
It only seems to care that he’s of beekeeping age, and I…
Well, I’m ready to be kept.

Beekeeping Age is a standalone age-gap contemporary romance.

My review HERE

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Confessions of Timber Creek by SJ Chaynie

Elle Andrews is my best friend. The one I let slip away, and now, she’s my four year old daughter’s new nanny. I may have had ulterior motives when I convinced her to take the job, but she needed work, and I needed a replacement. The plan was easy. Get her into my space, and prove to her that despite the past, I’ve always been hers. But when disturbing news about her parents surfaces, and four years of buried tension comes out, the plan takes an unexpected turn. There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth.Book 2 of the Timber Creek Series. Series will contain interconnected standalones.

My Review HERE

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Perfect Risk by CA Harms

Perfect Risk (Book #1 in a 12 Book Series)

Mason Creek, Montana is my home. It always has been and truth is, there is no place like it.

I can hide away in a big city, pretend as if I’m not drowning. I can ignore the sadness inside my heart that is begging for a change. But if I’m being honest, my sense of belonging has disappeared. I thought I wanted the big city life, the fast track and all the glamorous things. Turns out, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than home.

Coming back to help run my mom’s business gave me the perfect escape.

But there is one problem.

An unresolved past has a way of haunting anyone. Things can sure get complicated when the man that broke your heart all those years ago is now your new landlord.

It may get a little messy, I may regret my decision to stay…
But then again, this might just be the Perfect Risk.

My Review HERE

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Worth the Fall by Bria Quinlan

Who could possibly lose her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one day?

This girl.

I won’t lie. When my boyfriend took me out for a fancy-shmancy dinner, I was thinking jewelry not “please return your security deposit” the weekend I was moving in. Which, can we just talk about the fact I was going to move in with a long-term boyfriend who wanted a security deposit?

Instead, I got a lecture about not being able to pull my weight and a breakup. In public.

I’m over it. I’m over the good-paying job that kept me trapped in the wrong spot, the fear of moving on…and men. New rule: World Domination Without Men.

Period.

There’s only one thing slowing me down. That cop.

Yeah. Okay, so I may have accidentally broken some laws this weekend. Nothing big. But that hot cop has shown up everywhere. Now he’s living across the street from my new place and doing super hot cop things like cooking and salsa dancing.

I can’t help but wonder: Can I do the Single Girl Takes on the World thing and let Mr. Hottie Officer in or do I need to put him in the slammer of my big picture plan?

Now I just need to decide: Take over the world solo or risk another heartbreak with Officer Hottie?

My Review HERE

Beastly Tales

Beekeeping Age

Confessions of Timber Creek 

Perfect Risk

Worth the Fall

WOTR24 #FairyTale #Beast #Beauty #trilogy – Devastation, Beastly Tales book 3 by MJ Haag

**Adult Romance**

The Beauty and the Beast saga ends with Devastation…

Abused and rejected, Benella strives to regain a purpose for her life, and finds herself returning to the last place she ever wanted to see. She must learn when it is right to forgive and when it is time to move on.

Intended for adult readers only due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

I am here to tell you when book 2 ended I was frantic to get to book 3.  I have never been so happy to have the series complete in my LIFE!!  For all of you that had to wait, I am so sorry!!

I was desperate to see what happened.  I mean Alec is ALEC but he was with Rose!!  WHAT!!  And our poor girl, Benella, was a mess.  I don’t blame her at all for running home to her father and staying there.

Of course you know Benella ends back at the house with Alec after he offered her father a position with his staff.  My heart was all fluttering to see Alec and Benella together. *Snicker* her tantrum with him in the kitchen did have me laughing so hard.

Then the book slowed down…like way down.  I felt like I wanted to throat punch Benella for not listening to Alec about what happened THAT DAY.  I also was really over the party planning.  It was a little too long for my taste BUT when the party happened things really picked back up and off we went.  Alec and his overreaching but dang did I love him for it!!

Of course, we see a lot of disagreements with Benella and Alec.  We see her father trying to give fatherly advice. We see Benella’s sisters being HORRIBLE. We, of course, deal with Tennen being the douchbag he is 1000%.

But at the end of it all, I was so smooshy with love and the satisfaction of the completion of their love story.

MJ Haag is the bestselling author of the Beastly Tales and the Resurrection Chronicles. Writing as both MJ Haag and Melissa Haag, she has sold more than three hundred thousand copies worldwide and authored several other series, including the Judgement of the Six and Of Fates and Furies.

She thinks bios written in third person are hilariously pretentious and doesn’t take much in life seriously, including her author photo.

She lives in Wisconsin with her three children and husband.

#WOTR24 #FairyTale #Beast #Beauty #trilogy – Deceit, Beastly Tales book 2 by MJ Haag

**Adult Romance**
Safely hidden within the estate’s enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She’s too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella.

In order to gain her freedom, she must find a way to break the curse, but first, she must help him become a better man while protecting her heart.

**Intended for adult readers due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.  Because I listened to the story I am not 100% sure of some of the character name spellings so bare with me…coolio!!

GAH!! The stress of the way book 1 ended I had to jump right into book 2.  It literally picks up right where book 2 ended.  Benella is staying with the Beast.  She isn’t sure what she is to do.  She starts cleaning and is annoyed that the Beast stays with her and watches all she does.  

Slowly she starts to talk to the Beast and make demands after of his demands on her.  They slowly start to make a connection.  He stops being the Beast and being himself.  We learn his name and why he is the way he is.  Benella starts to see the Beast for more than just a grumpy beast but a man trapped for 50 years by an evil enchantress.

The time they spend together grows and develops into so much more.( Cue the music from the movie)  We can see them both falling so much in love.  Benella had befriended a couple of ladies she sure should not have but they are telling her how to “Calm” him which gets her to asking questions about her own sexuality.  The Beast is very happy to help her explore these newfound questions.  LOL

When we see the couple are happy, a light goes off in Benella’s brain and it helps her solve the end of the curse.  

The end of the story made me a hot mess. Do we want Alec or the Beast?  Will Benella be ok after what happens to her at the hands of the baker and Tennen?  GAH!! Off  I am to download book 3!!!

MJ Haag is the bestselling author of the Beastly Tales and the Resurrection Chronicles. Writing as both MJ Haag and Melissa Haag, she has sold more than three hundred thousand copies worldwide and authored several other series, including the Judgement of the Six and Of Fates and Furies.

She thinks bios written in third person are hilariously pretentious and doesn’t take much in life seriously, including her author photo.

She lives in Wisconsin with her three children and husband.

WOTR24 #FairyTale #Beast #Beauty #trilogy – Depravity, Beastly Tales book 1 by MJ Haag

**Adult Romance**

Benella is concerned with two things – avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately, the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.

When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet, the fate isn’t one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

A classic fairy tale with a new twist, the Beauty and the Beast saga begins with Depravity.

Intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and moderate language.

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book based on a friend’s suggestion.  Because I listened to the story I am not 100% sure of some of the character name spellings so bare with me…coolio!!

I am a big fan of fairy tale retelling so when my friend said she enjoyed it 3 months after she had finished reading it, I burned an audio credit to listen to it.

I will say the beginning of the book is slow.  So I was initially like maybe this isnt for me??  BUT there is alot of world building with Benella, her sisters, dad, the town, and their circumstance.   THEN all of a sudden his book was rolling right along.  I had definite feelings for her sisters (snarl) and her dad (flittery eyes and hearts).  The townspeople were generally kind to Benella and her family but some not so much….yeah I mean you Mr. Baker and Tennen.

Benella is a bright, smart, and kind girl who does everything to help her family even if she could get hurt doing it.  She sneaks around the Beast’s estate looking for food and trapping game to eat.  She knows the history and to not get caught.  The first run in with the Beast was scary but she escaped.  When her 2nd run in happens she was stunned to be allowed to go on with her life.  But she has questions as to why the Beast is asking her to stay.

The Beast is…a beast.  He is rude, arrogant, haughty, sirly, and lonely????  We see glimpses of him and wonder how this is going to play out like the book!! LOL  I know I did.  There were scenes in the story that I could envision like the Disney cartoon. 

This book does a great job leading up to the cliffhanger when everything changes for Benella and the Beast.  When I finished I immediately downloaded book 2 for the next book.

MJ Haag is the bestselling author of the Beastly Tales and the Resurrection Chronicles. Writing as both MJ Haag and Melissa Haag, she has sold more than three hundred thousand copies worldwide and authored several other series, including the Judgement of the Six and Of Fates and Furies.

She thinks bios written in third person are hilariously pretentious and doesn’t take much in life seriously, including her author photo.

She lives in Wisconsin with her three children and husband.

#WOTR23 #ReleaseDay #FairyTales #JasmineAndTheBeast #YA #ForcedProximity #enemytolovers – Protect Me Not, Tangles Web Series, Book 1 by Danielle Keil

At Fairview-Teller High, light mixes with dark. Good with evil. And heroes with villains. But there’s a reason the students call it Fairy Tale High. They’ll get their happily ever after, even if they have to fight for it.

What would you do if the guy you hated moved into your house?

Queen bee Jessa had it all—money, beauty, happiness, popularity.

At least, she did, until the school’s bad boy– the guy she can’t stand– became her live-in problem.

Adam had his own demons to deal with and didn’t need Jessa’s stuck-up rich girl drama added to it.

They tried to stay away from each other. But the more Jessa learns about Adam, the more she loses her grip on her hatred of him.

When her best friends and the rest of the student body suddenly blacklist her, Adam is the last person Jessa thought she’d turn to.

He can’t stop himself from wanting her. But his problems are just beginning.

Not even fate can save these two from their curses….

Protect Me Not is a young adult, enemies to lovers, forced proximity contemporary fairy tale retelling mash up of Aladdin/ Beauty and the Beast.

Goodreads

Danielle Keil grew up in the Chicagoland area. A recent transplant, she is enjoying the Mississippi life, especially the pool in her backyard.

Danielle has been happily married for over 10 years, and has two young children, a daughter and a son, who are exact replicas of her and her husband.

Her love language is gifts, her Ennegram is a 9w1, and she loves everything purple.

The way to her heart is through coffee, chocolate and tacos (extra guac).

Learn more at www.authordaniellekeil.com

#CoverReveal #Preorder #EnemyToLovers #FairyTales-Protect Me Not, Tangled Web Series by Danielle Keil

At Fairview-Teller High, light mixes with dark. Good with evil. And heroes with villains. But there’s a reason the students call it Fairy Tale High. They’ll get their happily ever after, even if they have to fight for it.

What would you do if the guy you hated moved into your house?

Queen bee Jessa had it all—money, beauty, happiness, popularity.

At least, she did, until the school’s bad boy– the guy she can’t stand– became her live-in problem.

Adam had his own demons to deal with and didn’t need Jessa’s stuck-up rich girl drama added to it.

They tried to stay away from each other. But the more Jessa learns about Adam, the more she loses her grip on her hatred of him.

When her best friends and the rest of the student body suddenly blacklist her, Adam is the last person Jessa thought she’d turn to.

He can’t stop himself from wanting her. But his problems are just beginning.

Not even fate can save these two from their curses….

Protect Me Not is a young adult, enemies to lovers, forced proximity contemporary fairy tale retelling mash up of Aladdin/ Beauty and the Beast.

Goodreads

Danielle Keil grew up in the Chicagoland area. A recent transplant, she is enjoying the Mississippi life, especially the pool in her backyard.

Danielle has been happily married for over 10 years, and has two young children, a daughter and a son, who are exact replicas of her and her husband.

Her love language is gifts, her Ennegram is a 9w1, and she loves everything purple.

The way to her heart is through coffee, chocolate and tacos (extra guac).

Learn more at www.authordaniellekeil.com

#WORT22 #CaptiveRomance – Ever After Series by Measha Stone

Ever After Series
Author: Measha Stone
Genre: Captive Romance
BEAST
Ellie came to me with a bargain. Her life for her father’s, but I didn’t build my empire by letting debts go unpaid. You owe me, you pay. End of story.
But this girl didn’t just walk in shaking and begging for mercy- no, Ellie charged in demanding her father’s freedom.
I take her deal, adding my own conditions, of course. I’m not a good man. I’m a beast, and my hunger for her will be fed. I will possess her.
But there’s more at play here than just the love of a daughter, the possession of a beauty. Secrets that won’t stay buried. Dangerous desires needing to be explored.
Outside forces want in, want to take what’s mine. And when Ellie finds out the secrets of her own past, she’ll need to decide. What exactly is she willing to risk for love.
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
TOWER
I took Azalea from her tower. She didn’t come willingly, but she’s not going anywhere. She’s staying right where I have her – no matter her demands for freedom.
Azalea thinks the world outside is full of wonder and beauty. She has no clue about the danger that lurks within every shadow – and hell if I don’t want to keep her from finding out.
She’s sheltered but not stupid – and damn is she gorgeous. That long stark blonde hair and those crystal blue eyes – hit me in the gut every time I look at her.
The fire in her spirit only makes me crave her more. But, there are secrets in her world – secrets I intend to uncover and protect her from.
What’s not a secret? Azalea will belong to me.
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
RED
Collect the girl.
Speak some vows.
Inherit the fortune.
Nowhere in the requirements did it say anything about falling in love.
Melinda thinks she’s just coming to grandma’s for dinner, but she’s wrong. She’s wrong about a lot of things. None of which is my business.
The only business I have is to settle the open accounts on my uncle’s books, so I can collect my inheritance and move on with my life. Collecting Melinda in order to cross off her grandfather’s debt wasn’t hard, but she’s not exactly marching gracefully up to the auction block for me.
I’m not the monster here.
I’m not the one who sold her to my uncle, I’m just the collector. My hands are as bound as hers thanks to the whims of our families. But with her red hair, and fiery spirit, Melinda’s giving me more trouble than I anticipated.
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
HOUND
Jackson has always been like a hound on the hunt when he sees what he wants.
When he caught her scent, he knew she had to be his.
This little fox doesn’t know what’s coming for her, but he’s going to get to her first.
To keep her.
To train her.
To own her.
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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
AUTHOR BIO
Measha Stone is an international bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s had #1 top-selling books in BDSM, and suspense. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children, who are just as creative and crazy as her. Her vanilla writing has been published in numerous literary magazines, but she’s found her passion in erotic romance.
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#Review The Witch’s Lair by Jennifer Daniels

The Witch's Lair by [Jennifer Daniels]

Greta Lieder was amazing in the bakery. She excelled at it and her success was almost her downfall. Thinking she had it all including her own business and her hunky boyfriend, life had gone to her head. Who better to knock you down a peg than your boyfriend’s wife?

In a blink in an eye Greta’s life is turned upside down. She maybe cocky but she was not a homewrecker. But try telling that to a distraught witch who was hell bent on getting revenge.

The witch took the one thing Greta absolutely loved, her baking. She made a mockery of her house and turned it into a gingerbread house. For six years Greta has lived her life as authentically as she could until a handsome new logging contractor shows up into town and starts up his own business. Axe is taken with Greta from the first time he laid eyes on her.

How will Greta explain to him that she was cursed by a witch. Yup, that would earn her a one-way ticket to a padded room in no time. What a great first impression.

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Review by Kelly

I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. This is a super cute twist on Hansel and Gretel. Greta was living life to the fullest, was very confident in a vain sort of way when one day, her boyfriend’s wife cast a spell on her. She went through all sorts of emotions and really tamped down her high opinion of herself. She works on her business and keeps everyone at arm’s length ensuring to not get too close to anyone, because boy oh boy, that spell is a doozy! Her business is booming, she has a wonderful best friend and a new boyfriend that she is completely smitten with. She has to tread lightly because she cares deeply for this people and doesn’t want them to think she needs to be committed, it’s kind of hard to bake while wearing a straight jacket, haha! As the story progresses some secrets unfold, and people aren’t always who you think they are. The story is witty but with some very sweet moments. This is a quick sweet story that will put a smile on your face.

Jennifer Daniels

Hello! I’m Jennifer Daniels, I live in Upstate NY with my husband and son. I’m a nurse by trade but, my arthritis does not allow to do my nursing anymore. My arthritis is called Ankylosing Spondylitis, it is a autoimmune disease with no cure. Anyways, one day I just started to write and then I went to the Writer’s on the River book signing. It was absolutely amazing and inspiring. So, a year later my debut book Opalla was released. My little family loves to be outdoors fishing, camping and going to the lake.

#wotr #attendingauthor #standalone An Unexpected Brew : a Cinderella Story ( A Fairytale Adventure) by J.E. Mueller

A modern magical retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.

After years of working at the family coffee shop under her step-mom’s rule, Arnessa longs for something more. She dreams of leaving her small town to attend a bigger college where she can really learn her magic. As hope slowly seems to fade, a charming stranger offers to help her with her studies, and turns her fears into a reason to stand up for herself.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40799093-an-unexpected-brew?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MQqqH5QsG1&rank=2

Amazon https://amzn.to/3eaFB6Z

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

What a great retelling of a beloved classic Cinderella but with a modern day twist. Arnessa is just your average girl working her way through college trying to get away from her evil step mother and step sisters. They want nothing more then to see her unhappy and do so by only way they can keep her unhappy is by keeping her working in the family coffee shop and letting her go to class. Well that was until Vincent came into the shop and well step sister had her eyes on him and Arnessa couldn’t care less she just wanted to raise money to move away from them far away. Well Vincent didn’t want Diamond her step sister she wanted to learn more of Arnessa and who she was magic and all. This was a great retelling with a twist I didn’t see coming but you will love this story and the strong will of Arnessa.

J.E.Mueller is known as the storyteller among her friend group. Telling tales and weaving plots was always second nature for Mueller growing up. After college Mueller decided to go from telling and dabbling in plots to actually getting a novel out there in the world. After many cups of coffee later, and several dead red pens, there was success.

Aside from writing, the author also enjoys reading a wide variety of books and has even joined in helping others with the writing process by alpha and beta reading. When not part of the written world, Mueller can also be found playing action/adventure games, rpgs, sandbox, and nonsense games. Some of her favorites include. Skyrim, Alice: Madness Returns, Splatoon, Fat Princess, Stardew Valley, and the Legend of Zelda series.

#WOTR21 #Review – An Unexpected Brew: A Cinderella Story by J.E. Mueller

An Unexpected Brew: A Cinderella Story (A Fairytale Adventure #1)

A modern magical retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.

After years of working at the family coffee shop under her step-mom’s rule, Arnessa longs for something more. She dreams of leaving her small town to attend a bigger college where she can really learn her magic. As hope slowly seems to fade, a charming stranger offers to help her with her studies, and turns her fears into a reason to stand up for herself.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

Delightfully charming! This was a super sweet twist on Cinderella. Cinderella and the prince both have a little magic of their own. All of the Cinderella elements were here but it was very modern and made it fun to read. Arnessa works at the coffee shop but so does one of her evil step sisters, Diamond. And she is a peach, NOT! Diamond lays claim to a guy who wants nothing to do with Diamond and everything to do with Arnessa. And due to said claim, the other evil step sister and evil stepmother come rearing their ugly heads. Since this is a retelling, it runs its natural course and there is the wonderful HEA. However, I really liked this retelling because they got to know each other. It wasn’t one night and then we have to match a shoe to a foot and that whole fiasco. This has a truly great “getting to know you” love story and it was adorable! If you need something super sweet that will lift you up, you should definitely give this a try.

J E Mueller

J.E.Mueller is known as the storyteller among her friend group. Telling tales and weaving plots was always second nature for Mueller growing up. After college Mueller decided to go from telling and dabbling in plots to actually getting a novel out there in the world. After many cups of coffee later, and several dead red pens, there was success.

Aside from writing, the author also enjoys reading a wide variety of books and has even joined in helping others with the writing process by alpha and beta reading. When not part of the written world, Mueller can also be found playing action/adventure games, rpgs, sandbox, and nonsense games. Some of her favorites include. Skyrim, Alice: Madness Returns, Splatoon, Fat Princess, Stardew Valley, and the Legend of Zelda series.

Updates on future books, events, and giveaways can be found at https://linktr.ee/j.e.mueller