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A Warlock's Dance (The Cursed Princes) [Kindle Edition]

Marina Myles
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Book Description

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Giselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. That is, until a jealous enchantress strips away her talent and looks, transforms her into a mute and haggard old woman, and forces her to leave the man of her dreams at the altar on their wedding day. Now there’s only one person able to reverse the spell: Giselle’s warlock ex-fiancé, Lucian Ivanu.

But three years have passed, and the ever-dashing Lucian seems to have moved on?he’s inherited a vast fortune, forsaken his scandalous powers, and is even set to marry again. Will he recognize his former flame when she shows up at his engagement party and begs for help? Can she recover the powerful magic ring needed to break the curse before it’s too late? Giselle’s plight has a darker twist as she discovers just how far the enchantress’s grasp reaches…

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  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington eBook (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Written by Ancaraisa
Originally posted on confessionsfromromaholics dot com
Copy provided kindly by publisher for review

I like to think that the little girl in me will never grow up and will always love fairy tales, but the woman in me wants more than the sweet stories about princesses and happy endings, she wants adventures, passion, love, magic and of course, happy ever after.

“A warlock’s dance”, part of “A Cursed Princes” series is a short and sweet novella based on Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet “Swan Lake” (just my kind of fairy tale). The writer doesn’t waste time with an extensive introduction, moreover a useless action in this short story, but she let us in right in the core of the plot from the first lines.

On her wedding day, Giselle Swenov, the rising singer of Bucharest’s opera, suffers the jealousy of an enchantress of the Dark Arts, Ileana Zapada, and she is transformed into a mute old woman. Her soon-to-be groom, Lucian Ivanu, doesn’t recognize her and she is thrown outside, forced to become a servant for Ileana. After three years, Giselle manages to escape the witch and the only one who could help her, by way of his warlock powers is Lucian. When she finds him, he is on the verge to announce his engagement with another woman. They meet again and the truth will not change his decision about the announcement – he will go on with it (this is where I wanted to hit him over the head with Giselle’s cane). But his devoted servant and friend, Taur, is there to beat some sense into his head.

The action gets more complicated and when everything seems to end up very bad for both of them, help arrives and the evil characters are taking care of and our heroes get their happy endings.

This is a book about beauty and ugliness, forgiveness and trusting, and above all finding out what is most important in life when you seem to lose everything.

4 Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a shame July 24, 2014
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

This is definitely a novella that suffered from its short length. Maybe if the characters had had time to develop realistically, I wouldn't have found them so...well...awful.

Giselle seemed to be a rather typical damsel in distress, although I'll give her credit for getting away from the evil witch who turned her from a beautiful, young opera singer to a mute, old hag. She still loves Lucian after all their time apart and is heartbroken when she discovers he is about to become engaged to another. She's very sweet and forgiving to Lucian.

Lucian was just terrible. I get it, he feels utterly betrayed when he thinks that Giselle left him at the altar. But when she returns in dire need of his help, and it becomes clear that she never actually abandoned him, he acts like a huge a**hole. He doesn't even want to help her at first, and he plans to marry a woman he doesn't love even if he can turn Giselle back. Then when he sees her young and beautiful again, he practically falls over himself to declare his love. Humph. I kind of think that he didn't deserve Giselle.

Despite my...reservations about the characters, it's an enjoyable story. It's a quick read that holds your attention. I like the idea of the story, with fairy tales mixed with paranormal aspects, but the characters were a let down for me.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Every Second! May 13, 2014
A Warlock's Dance is a great novella. If you are looking for a quick read that is jam packed full of adventure, magic and romance, this novella is for you! This is the first book I have read by Marina Myles but it sure won't be the last!! She is a very talented author who will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting to get the next book right away. A Warlock's Dance is about a young couple who is head over heals in love and are about to get married. The day that was supposed to be their wedding day is turned upside down and changes their lives as they know them. I could not put this book down, I read it in just a couple of hours and went right online to buy the other books in this series. Thank you for the chance to read and review A Warlock's Dance. I am so excited to read the rest of Marina's work. Thank you for an amazing adventure Ms. Myles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! July 3, 2014
By LHanson
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I loved A Warlock's Dance! It pulled me in right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. As with Marina Myles' other stories, there is always unexpected twists, which I love. If you've read her other books, or even if you haven't, this is a must! It may be short, but it's well worth it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but with flaws June 7, 2014
Reviewed by Ashia

A WARLOCK'S DANCE has an exciting premise. I was interested to see how Lucien would react upon seeing the aged Giselle, and how their relationship would be resolved. Another plus is that it's a fairy tale retelling, and I love those!

Giselle was turned into an ugly hag on the day of her wedding by a jealous witch. To her dismay, her fiance turned away from her, unable to see her beneath the ugly and aged facade. Three years have passed, and Giselle has escaped from the witch. The only one who can save her now is Lucien, her ex-fiance...

Like I said, I was intrigued by the blurb. Plus, any fairy tale retelling is an auto-read for me. So, I went into this book ready to like it.

However, the writing felt choppy in places. I'm not sure if it's because it's a novella, but the prose didn't flow as I expected it would. Plus, the hero, Lucien, is hard to like. What kind of hero would not offer help to a woman in distress, especially a woman he professed to love before? That he had to be convinced by his valet speaks of a weakness in his character, which is not attractive. I am all for flawed heroes, but not this kind. (The valet seemed to make a better hero.)

Giselle's character is sympathetic, and I like how strong she had become, how determined she was to be free of the curse and to go on with life alone, as it seemed Lucien had moved on. While this novella may be read as a standalone, I think it would've been better to be read as part of the series, as some of the characters seems to have a meatier role in other books and readers may then be able to connect to this novella better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast and entertaining read for those who like a little beauty and...
“I greatly admire your vocal talent, Giselle. I also admire your extraordinary beauty. Unfortunately, I’m about to sabotage those exceptional attributes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lori Palle
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Cupcakes
This one is shorter than the other 2 books! But just as good! Giselle & Lucian are separated on their wedding day by non other than Ilena, oh how she finally got her due in the end... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sweets Books
4.0 out of 5 stars take a fairytale, add some pnr, twist it all together and call it a...
Originally reviewed for Tea and Book

There is just something twisted in the mind of Marina Miles and I love it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shauni
3.0 out of 5 stars No amount of time or curses could keep them apart.
A WARLOCK'S DANCE is loosely based off of Swan Lake. Giselle is a beautiful opera singers with an equally stunning voice. Read more
Published 10 months ago by StinaMadsMN
3.0 out of 5 stars Duck Soup vs. Swan Lake
In this fairytale novella, Gisele, a beautiful opera singer from a wealthy family is turned into a mute crone by a jealous witch on her wedding day. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Myrt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale Re-Imagined
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Giselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gigis
5.0 out of 5 stars loved but short
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 5 stars
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Published 10 months ago by A. Ostrow
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit short for me
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