Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Source: book provided by the authors for review
Once upon a time nine historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world…
Resisting Romeo by Samantha Grace
Enchanted by the Earl by Amanda Mariel
Wish Upon a Kiss by Meara Platt
A Duke Worth His Salt by Allison Merritt
Masquerading as a Miss by Ari Thatcher
Searching for My Rogue by Dawn Brower
The Enchanted Cave by Sue London
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron
Stealing a Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance in the limited edition box set Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables!
Review: Anthologies are always a treat to read. Whether you have a favorite author or just want something different you usually can find it within the pages of an anthology.
Enchanted by the Earl by Amanda Mariel held magic for Rose and Hunter. We find Rose living with her grandmother in a small cottage in the woods, trying to just live their simple lives. I liked this story as it seemed to be loosely based on Red Riding Hood. There was even a big bad wolf appropriately named Mr. Wolfe. He forged documents that said that a mortgage was still owed on the cottage and for payment he would or wanted to marry Rose. Rose knew that her father had paid the debt she searches for the proof but things keep happening to hinder her getting the proof. In comes Hunter who is enchanted with her from the start.
Ms. Mariel gave us some very charming characters that had spunk and courage. Rose was willing to give up the cottage she loved to stay with her grandmother but, this strong woman wasn’t going to give up without fighting. She would even do it by herself if needed. Hunter played the hero to a ‘T. I liked how Rose stood up and wasn’t going to let a man tell her what to do…the wolf or Hunter. I liked this but I think I would have liked a bit more story.
Resisting Romeo by Samantha Grace was set in the theatre, which was an interesting change. Claudine and Russell meet in the theatre that Russell has inherited from his father. He has theatre in his blood and ends up filling in when an actor gets hurt. Claudine gives him lessons to help him learn his lines.
Ms. Grace added twists and turns to this story that kept me interested. I didn’t expect it to end as it did I was surprised. I liked all the characters they were well thought out with each having a very strong personality even if they weren’t the main character. I enjoyed being there on stage acting along with the characters visualizing each scene. I liked this story.
Wish upon a Kiss by Meara Platt –I liked the dotty godmothers yes all three of them. What I wouldn’t have given just for one when I was growing up. Winnie has been hidden and kept sheltered. But she would soon find out the truth. I kept waiting for Maleficent to show up. And she did well not really Maleficent but very close.
Through all the running and hiding I found that I like Ms. Platt’s take on Sleeping Beauty. She may not have actually fallen into a deep sleep but she was sheltered from truth only to find in the end that she was a princess of sorts and not a commoner after all. And…who wouldn’t want a handsome Duke falling for her. I liked the story and the godmothers more than the Duke and Winnie.
Duke Worth his Salt by Allison Merritt was a rather different twist on Cinderella. Eleanor was raised by her Uncle. She was under the impression that he was her father. Her biological mother was actually her aunt in this story. Her father/uncle has an accident which leaves him with a bit of a head injury. This leaves him being mean towards Eleanor. He wants nothing to do with her. She leaves to go to their country home where learns the day to day running of said home and falls in love with Goodwin Duke of Greenebuck who lived next door.
Ms. Merritt’s twists were fun and full of adventure for Eleanor and Goodwin. She showed that there is a hero in almost everyone despite how they were brought up and everyone has their price. I was so glad that they got their HEA. The end was not was expected but everything ended just the way I wanted it to.
I think that I shall start using: ‘I love you as much as the salt on my food’, because I don’t want life or love to be bland.
Masquerading as a Miss by Ari Thatcher –A storm at sea. A wreck and…being washed ashore. Where is Captain Jack Sparrow? Well Ms. Thatcher gave us Cassie and Lord Spalding instead. Cassie grew up in Jamaica with her mother and knows very little of her family. She was told her father had died long ago. Know headed in search of her Aunt in London she ends up in the care of Spalding (makes me think of Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway’). I enjoyed this journey that Cassie with the help of Spalding (and his family) went on. Ms. Thatcher showed that there really is good in the hearts of people. Some are willing to help even if they don’t know everything about you. I enjoyed the friendship between Cassie and Spalding.
Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower -I couldn’t help but wonder about this story a little; I liked it well enough but found it a little bit of a struggle to get a grasp on the characters. It was okay but not one of my favorites and I love Alice in Wonderland etc. Just left me wanting more.
The Enchanted Cave by Sue London was taken from an Irish Fairy Tale. I was excited as I have read a lot of different Irish Fairy Tales. I enjoyed the strong Irish women in this story that show that you can make it in a man’s world. They were boxers generally fighting against other women however; towards the end a least one fought a male fighter.
The name seemed misleading at first but I soon got that. The characters were easy to associate with and I found that I truly liked them and enjoyed each and every one of them. However I found that it seemed to drag on to the extent that I almost wanted it to end. For me there was somethings that just weren’t needed.
Overall I loved Maeve, Galen and well just everyone. I just found my mind wondering a bit from time to time.
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron –How far would you go to help out your family? Imagine having at the beginning of the story five daughters by the end six…you have to marry them off finding suitable husbands for all while hoping to gain some kind of funds in return for giving away your daughters just to survive. Lilith wasn’t picky she just wanted what every girl wants someone to love her for who she is.
This was a twist on taming beauty; instead of the beast. I think that Lilith’s dad had this figured out all along. He knew she was would fall for Jasper. Having set it up for one of the other daughter’s to marry Baron Malleville (Jasper).
Things took an ugly spin for a while. I didn’t like where this was headed but when everything was said and done, it worked. I liked that all the dirty laundry was aired and it just didn’t matter. Love is love and it is much better when it ends up being unconditional. Everyone deserves a chance despite their past.
Ms. Barron did a great job writing characters with a heart. I enjoyed all of them and wanted so much for Lilith and Jasper to make it. As much as I enjoyed Lilith and Jasper I simply fell in love with the devilish antics of Meg, Charlie and Henry. They were just the most precocious… Just way too cute.
Stealing a Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andersen –I liked this fairy tale. Set in Scotland for me it held not only a pure romance but the simple magic that goes with it. I was enchanted with this story from the beginning until the end and I didn’t want it to end. I wanted it to go on.
There was an instant connection between Graham and Charlotte. I liked it. It was warm and hinted of passion. Each character had their own role to play and were so entwined that they just worked magic. I would love to see more of little Ewan.
Ms. Andersen shows us that marriage is a union and when you find that perfect mate working together is the only way to go. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Andersen.
I really enjoyed Once upon a Regency. This anthology gave a somewhat different take on your classic fairy tales. As with all anthologies there are some that you will really enjoy and others that aren’t exactly what you thought. But, as always there is a little something for every romantic.