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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. Whether it’s sad or scary, silly or sexy, I love knowing that one of my stories has given someone a good time. I hope this is one of those stories for you, too. Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to drop by my website for a chat.

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The same humor, romance and fun is in each tale.
Angela M. Richter
If you like Sherilyn Kenyon and Virginia Kantra you will love Jean Johnson.
CastleFan
Bedtime Stories is a sexy and interesting retelling of old fairy tales.
Tabitha D. Black

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Retelling old stories in new ways is as old as storytelling itself, and Johnson contributes nicely to this grand tradition. She also recalls that today's children's stories were once for adults, and can be again.

These eight tales have their ups and downs - "Princess on a Glass Hill" and "Beauty and the Beast" succeed best, I think. They succeed by taking only the bare bones of the story and fleshing it out in wholly new ways. The Princess, for example, is a research scientist, the hill is the gravitational potential between Earth and moon, and she's cloistered by the corporation making money from her discoveries instead of a jealous father.

As far as the "Erotic" part goes - well, don't get your hopes up. There's a pleasantly steamy scene in each of the retellings, but their brevity and mildness won't suit anyone looking for real intensity. Set your expectations properly and this can be a light but enjoyable read, even if not the one-handed kind the title might lead you to hope for.

-- wiredweird
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales is an anthology by Jean Johnson, who brought us the wonderful "Sons of Destiny" series. This time she takes a bunch of traditional fairy tales and turns them on their heads, giving them new contexts and an erotic twist. Or as the back of the book says, "an anthology of scandalous imagination that gives new meaning to the words happy ending."

The eight stories included in this anthology are The Frog Prince, The Courtship of Wali Daad, The Princess on the Glass Hill, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Puss-in-Boots, and The King Who Heard a Joke. Jean takes quite the liberties with them, including turning Glass Hill, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty into sci-fi tales, and gender-bending Sleeping Beauty. In some stories this works extremely well (Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorites); in others it doesn't really add much that's new (Beauty and the Beast). As for the Glass Hill, I felt that the story needed to be twice as long---the characters weren't developed well enough for me to buy into their developments and changes.

That said, there are some true gems in here! The frog's-eye view on things in the Frog Prince is charming; the Courtship of Wali Daad is delightfully entertaining and romantic; and Puss-in-Boots is hilariously fun! Fans of Jean's "Nightfall/Sons of Destiny" series will love "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." The erotic material definitely sizzles throughout, and Jean's sense of humor shines.

Consider my rating 3.5.

[NOTE: Review book provided by publisher]
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Rose on November 6, 2010
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This wasn't badly written, and a couple of the stories were amusing, but as erotica I thought it fell really flat.
The sex was mostly pretty vanilla and not all that titillating, and each and every sex scene was prefaced with vows of undying devotion and promises to marry,(or actual marriage), often during the couples first kisses. Most of these couples had met 2 hours or mere days before. I found this deeply creepy and off putting. I've got nothing really against romance, but this was so formulaic and weirdly conservative for a book with pretensions to erotica that I was thrown out of the story every time, I in fact began predicting when the marriage proposal was coming and groaning when it did. The author went through some major gymnastics in the plot at times just to make sure her protagonists were married before the act or at the very least sworn to monogamy. Depends on what you're into, of course, but I found this to be the opposite of sexy and just kind of sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazilee on May 30, 2011
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Jean takes a very different approch in her rewrite of each of the carefully selected tales she uses for her erotic set of stories for bedtime. Her writing style first brings forth a grand picture into the depth of each of her characters in her tales without boring the reader with too much information, and her erotic scenes tease and arouse the sences withoue delving into base porn or smut allowing the reader to personally interprut the nuaunes.

Also, unlike many other books of tales, each of the stories is aluded to in the story before hand, so the reader can be curious about the story before they see it, and yet even an unfamiliar story isn't too unfamiliar.

On of the few library books that is worth paying FULL price to add to my collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha D. Black on March 15, 2011
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Bedtime Stories is a sexy and interesting retelling of old fairy tales. It was so great to see a return to the world of the Sons of Destiny in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I thought that adding in a few lesser-known tales was a great touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Richter on February 21, 2011
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I loved this book. I will admit to loving everything I have read of Jean Johnson. She just has a way of telling a story that lures me in and I'm lost in the tale. Thank God for anthologies and finding her. If you liked her Sons of Destiny tales, you will like this book. The same humor, romance and fun is in each tale.
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By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2011
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I love erotica. The only thing I love reading more than erotica is fairytale erotica. I had high hopes for this book, and while the book didn't meet the expectations that I had, it pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting something along the lines of what Nancy Madore writes about. Instead, I received a handful of very creative stories that were expertly written.

Not all the stories actually had sex in them, yet did have something that made them erotica. Each story also had its own world, story line, and character to it that made it special. I particularly loved the Beauty and the Beast story which, while being exceedingly different from the original (and Disney) story, it still held true to the beauty is not only skin deep theme of the tale.

That is how all the short stories of this novel are. Some of them, I wish had become full on novels of their own because of their great plotline. As an erotica novel, it fizzled. But what it lacked in eroticism, it definitely made up for with creativity.
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Jean Johnson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she is busy struggling to unbury herself from the mountain of plot-bunnies swarming her office.

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