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Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance Paperback – May 15, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
"Lustfully Ever After is a book of fairytales with a sinful twist. You'll become engrossed in fantasy world of magical, forbidden love. Erotic fairytales that will keep you in a constant state of anticipation, never able to predict what's coming next. You've never heard a batch of fairytales quite like this before!" –Night Owl Reviews
"I love fairy tales and enjoyed reading this book as it took the fairy tale characters that we all know and love and shows us their erotic side. If you are familiar with the original tales I think that you will enjoy Lustfully Ever After as much as I did. It is an intriguing look at the darker side of fairy tales." ―Fresh Fiction
"I recommend this to anyone looking for bedtime stories that are more mature than Andersen or the Grimm brothers ever imagined." ―San Francisco Book Review
"I loved this book. The authors spend a lot of details into reinventing the characters. The book was very imaginative. There are some bondage and spanking in the story but all of the characters submit willingly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a nice erotic break from reality!" ―Kissin Blue Karen
"Every story is wrapped up in erotic elements and twisted from the original just enough to inspire a different grown up fairy tale." ―Paranormal Haven
From the Back Cover
Even grown-ups need bedtime stories, and this delightful collection of fairy tales will lead you down a magical path into forbidden romance and erotic love.
In Michelle Augello-Page's naughty "Wolf Moon," Little Red Riding Hood herself is the big, bad wolf, while Kristina Lloyd reimagines "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" with a scorching hot threesome in "The Last Dance." Shanna Germain's "Mirror Mirror" reveals the Sapphic side of Snow White's stepmother and Lisabet Sarai's Rapunzel captivates us with her wanton ways in "Shorn." As editor Kristina Wright notes in her introduction, "the authors of Lustfully Ever After know your heart's most wicked and secret desires."
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I went through the rest of the stories in search of more shining gems like "You" and I found a few: "Real Boy" by Evan Mora was a thorougly modern telling of Pinocchio with a delightful twist that I didn't see coming. In Andrea Dale's "Steadfast," it was easy to put a familiar face on the pain and healing of a couple physically and emotionally crippled by the horrors of war. This was a story that I feel warranted the B&D that it contained. "Garden Variety" by Lynn Townsend was cute and kinky; her naughty use of vines added a titillating touch of taboo, without a foray into Lovecraftian creepiness. Finally, "A Sea Change" by editor Kristina Wright made my heart ache and soar at the same time, closing out the book on a high note, leaving me fairy-tale fulfilled with images of lovers erotically entwined, not bondage bored by reruns of heatedly paddled rear-ends. Again, I had to ask myself: why did so many of the stories incorporate B&D when, clearly, the editor, in her own story, did not equate eroticism with pain? Maybe it's just me. But to each his/her own.
For the mostpart, I could identify the retelling of many of the Grimm tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rose Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Match Girl, etc. The big ones were all in there. There were a few that I did not recognize, but that could be lack of familiarity on my part with the Grimm stories. In no way did that detract from any of the tales. Disappointment came in the shortness of the short stories. I was left, many times, with a lot of questions that could have probably been answered if the book had included only 10 stories of longer length instead of the 17 somewhat abbreviated ones we have here.
All in all, it's not a terrible read, just a little tedious in places. My biggest piece of advice for reading this book is to jump around. Pick a tale from the table of contents, one that piques your interest instead of reading straight through, from beginning to end. It will leave you more happily ever after.
Reviewed by Ashleigh
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While going into this book I had quite a few high hopes, and yet it felt as though each of these stories just left me wanting. Going through each of the 17 stories, by several authors that I have read and loved in the past, the majority of the stories rarely made sense and most of the time had me rereading them to try and keep track of what was happening where and to whom.
By the end of the book I found only 3 of the stories that I would read again in the future, especially if they were books of their own. "Gretel's Lament" was a nice spin on Hansel and Gretel and made me think from the beginning that she is with the witch. The ending was something that I didn't expect at all. My second favorite would have to be "Steadfast". While I still haven't been able to place the fairy tale that this one is based off of, the under lining themes made me think of the soldiers coming home from our war in Iraq and one way for their spouses to try and "heal" them. And finally "You" by Charlotte Stein, was probably my third favorite out of the bunch. While it took a reread or two to get my head around the main character as a Minotaur (or what I would imagine a Minotaur to be described as) in the end the story was quite well put together and it is another one that I wouldn't mind reading again in the future.
Working within the confines of the fairy tales from our childhood I was able to discern most of the tales and which ones they were loosely based on but I just can't see this book making me want to come back for more anytime soon. I had such high hopes and yet I am walking away with a sense of sadness and a general bad taste in my mouth.
Below is a list of the title included in this publication, and in parenthesis is the fairy tale that I believe it is loosely referencing.
"Rosa Redford" - Anya Richards
"Gretel's Lament" - Jeanette Grey (Hansel and Gretel)
"Matches" - Anna Meadows
"The Beast Within" - Emerald (Beauty and the Beast)
"Wolf Moon" - Michelle Aurgello Page (Red Riding Hood)
"Mirror Mirror" - Shanna Germain (Snow White)
"The Last Dance" - Kristina Lloyd (Jon and Kate + 8)
"Name" - A.D. Forte (Rumpelstiltskin)
"Sensitive Artist" - Donna George Storey (Princess and the Pea)
"You" - Charlotte Stein (Three Billy Goats Gruff)
"The Long Night of Tanya McCray" - Michael M. Jones
"Kit In Boots" - Sacchi Green (Puss in Boots)
"Shorn" - Lisabet Sarai (Rapunzel)
"Real Boy" - Evan More (Pinocchio)
"Garden Variety" - Lynn Townsend (Jack in the Bean Stalk)
"Steadfast" - Andrea Dale
"A Sea Change" - Kristina Wright (Ariel)
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