Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #2) by Kristen Painter

Jayne is enjoying her new role as the manager of the toyshop. She likes working with her best friend Juniper but the best thing about being in Nocturne Falls has to be her boyfriends, both of them. Greyson is a cute vampire with a sexy Irish accent and Cooper is a summer elf who was her first love back in college. She cannot possibly choose between the pair.

Her life becomes complicated once more when she opens a box and lets trouble out. What do you do when your cat starts talking?

Jayne is such a likable character that you can’t help but care about her but as for her love life I can’t help but wonder what’s on her mind. She needs to choose and my vote is on the vampire. Painter describes Jayne’s need for sweet treats too well, I can picture each and every dessert in detail and I’m not sure that’s a good thing because I’m now craving pastries, ice-cream, oh and a talking cat.

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Cinderella (Not Quite the Fairy Tale #1) by May Sage

When the king searches his kingdom for a wife Ella doesn’t take it seriously. She’s done with men and especially men like Daniel. She does her duty and sends in a picture of herself that sparks an interest he cannot deny. With a step-mother and two awful step-sisters, Ella doesn’t have time for the king and his wandering eyes so she does what any fairy tale creature does and calls in a favour.

This new spin on Cinderella gave me plenty to think about. Ella’s a woman with a strong mind and she isn’t about to let a man make a fool of her again. Her humour and defiance amused me and gave the story a quirky edge. The fairy godmother and Rumpelstiltskin were revamped for the book and worked really well bringing a little extra to the story.

The politics of the land begins and is set to continue throughout the interlinked series giving the reader something more than just a retold fairy tale. The book does need a polish, but it’s a good read, regardless.

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Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter

When Jayne’s father, Jack frost, sends her on a secret mission Jayne is thrilled to be outside the North Pole. She sees the job as a chance to improve her skills and her worth but the job gives her more than she bargains for. When she learns to care for the inhabitants of the strange town of Nocturne falls, she knows exactly what she could lose when she eventually reveals her true identity.

I was immediately drawn by the cover of this book and I’m glad I was. Jayne’s character is sweet and funny and the book sits between the fantasy, mystery, and fairy tale genres perfectly. Jayne made me laugh and the balance of characters worked well together. I also appreciated the mixture of fantasy and modern day technology and the Nocturne Falls setting was a good touch of both.

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Twist (Mageri #2) by Dannika Dark

Silver is suffering from boredom because as a learner mage she is kept protected and in near isolation by her guardian, Justice. Silver just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble and enlists Adam’s help to reunite with an old friend from her human life, Sunny. When things go wrong, she learns that she is stronger than she realised and more determined than anyone could have anticipated.

I took a while to get into this series but Dark has serious talent and I couldn’t stay away for long. The worlds she creates are so realistic and full of exciting potential that it makes sense to build an entire series from them.

Silver is a strong female lead, and this is something Dark does well. Powerful, sexy characters, alpha males who submit to females, and strong conflict and external dangers. The stories are full of energy and are great for a little escapism but they can become addictive.

Twist features a slow-moving, beautiful, romantic development, and the speed at which it moves forward is unusual but refreshing. It also serves to open up another branch of shifter breed that I can’t wait to get my teeth into.

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The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellan Alphas #1) by T. A. Grey

When Alicia is blindfolded and carted off to a new pack, she doesn’t know what to expect. Her first thoughts are of escape and her next are to uncover the mystery of the pack’s alpha but as the story unfolds, she finds her life is in great danger and not from the alpha.

Gavin is intrigued by Alicia, one of the women sent to be his prospective mate. She has more spirit than anyone he’s ever met and her beauty is beyond compare. Her attempts at escape are soon replaced by her desire to see his face and he will do anything to stop that happening.

This is the shifter equivalent of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Gavin is the honourable but destroyed beast and Alicia is beauty with a fierce independence and desire to be free. The external interruptions slow down the chance of romance, drawing it out and giving the story a depth that would have been otherwise lacking.

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The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery

Savannah returns to her hometown to lick her emotional wounds after being played by a man she trusted. Her career in tatters and her heart shattered she makes a plan and it involves the man everyone in town calls a monster. Her career back on track she pours everything into her new story.

This is a beautiful and emotional retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Savannah as Beauty is emotionally honest and complex but the Beast, Asher, is the real beauty. His character is charming and lovable while being extremely vulnerable.

Regnery tells the story slowly and beautifully. Her ability to create intense emotional conflict is astounding. The reader gets a full-on heartbreak as each event unfolds so have the tissues handy and don’t read in a public place.

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