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Once Upon A Time (A Broken Fairy Tale Book 1) by [Hartley, S.K.]
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"Once Upon A Time had me hooked from the first page and kept me hanging on every word after. A brilliantly modern twist to a fairy tale classic that will have us all rooting for a happily ever after." - NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, Harper Sloan.

"Once Upon a Time is sweet, hot, laugh-out-loud funny, and will have you wishing for your very own happily ever after." - USA Today Bestselling Author, Tara Sivec.

"Smart, fun and hilariously sexy laugh-out-loud brilliance."
 - Cassy Roop, Author of the Celtic Knot Series.

From the Author

Once Upon A Time is a modern twist on the legendary fairy tale, Cinderella, but this isn't your average fairy tale.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2350 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NPP6P0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow. All I can say is that I f**king LOVE this book! This was my first read from S.K. Hartley and, let me tell you, she has just added another loyal reader to what I am sure is already a long list. I will read anything and everything that she releases, it was that good! The twist on the fairy tale of Cinderella was so unique and well written, I couldn't put it down...scratch that, I didn't want to put it down. I even ditched my Christmas decorating so that I could read this book in one sitting.

This is a freestanding novel, but I wish that it wasn't. I need more of the swoon worthy Gabriel Black and the sometimes infuriating, but sweet and unlucky in love Payton Miller. Right from the start, S.K.'s version of Cinderella was thrust at us in such an interesting and contemporary way that I found myself guessing which characters represented the original tale. The author did not miss anyone and it was fun trying to figure out who was who. My favorites besides the h and H were definitely her two BFFs, Quinn and Kylie - hilarious!

Payton happens upon Gabriel after she, quite literally, falls at his feet and then things happen rapidly from there. Mr. Black is so sexy and the things he says made me wish it was me who found him. "I like my privacy, and you, Miss Miller, just compromised it with your blonde hair, electric blue eyes and a peach dress that should only ever be worn by the bedroom floor." Um, yeah, I was just as speechless as Payton with that line. I expected a hot tryst because who can tame an alpha like Gabriel Black? Well, apparently one woman can, but she isn't an easy one to catch and keep. This was refreshing for me because, in this genre, you usually see the h hopelessly pursuing the H, not the other way around. "I'm not the big bad wolf, Payton.
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2.5⭐️. I don't know but I was just annoyed with this book. I thought Kylie was too pushy with Payton. I hated how they made Quinn this stereotypical "gay" best-friend with the one dimensional personality.UGH...if I have to read one more time about how uncomfortable Payton is with Gabriel being rich I was going to scream (who cares!) The fairy tale analogies were corny. The whole book just annoying.
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Once Upon A Time there lives a “prince” and his name is Gabriel Black and he ruled Black Enterprises of New York City. In a city where thousands live, there was only one Payton Miller. This feisty blonde lost all hope on the idea of love and “prince charming” that is until she meets the one man who will rock and shake her world to the core. A man who made her finally see that Cinderella got nothing on her. Who needs a Prince Charming when you got Gabriel Black? As for Payton, she will finally see that maybe fairy tales aren’t for morons and that maybe the happily ever afters do exist.

In S.K. Hartley’s Once Upon A Time, she delivers a cute funny romantic comedy that puts a modern twist on Cinderella. Instead of the glass slippers, Payton got a major upgrade with Louboutins. And as for sidekicks, you got yourself two amazing best friends in Kylie and Quinn. And as for Prince Charming there is no need for one when all you need is Gabriel Black. Prince Charming has nothing on Gabriel. Mr. Black is what every women dreams of. He’s hot, domineering, caring, generous, and has a filthy dirty mouth. You won’t be throwing confetti but your panties at him because this man is swoon-worthy. How could you not swoon when Gabriel tells you this: "This yours, Princess. I'm your fairy tale. Stop looking for happily ever after and start looking at Once Upon A Time." <<swoon>>

Once Upon A Time was the HEA book that I absolutely loved. This book had it all from romance, friendship, a little angst, and comedy. You will laugh and fall in love all with this book. So if you are looking for a book, that will make you believe in modern day fairy tale, then go read Once Upon A Time. S.k. Hartley reminds us all, no one is too old for fairy tales. To the ladies still looking for love, don’t rush love. Remember that even in fairy tales, the happy endings takes place on the last page. <3
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To start off, I am so glad to say that this is a standalone, not a cliffhanger and it is a romantic comedy with a twist. I gave it 5 stars. I always start with a summary of the book and then explain what I loved, so here it goes.

Payton Miller doesn’t believe in fairytales, glass slippers or prince-freaking-charming. She has yet to kiss a frog that has turned into her prince. Mr. Right has not made himself known. In the meantime, she has met Mr. Wrong, Mr. Very-Wrong and Mr. Let’s-Not-Even-Go-There. She thinks fairytales are for morons up until she met Gabriel Black.

Gabriel Black is tall, dark and dangerous. He’s sexy and has something that he is hiding. Does Prince Charming really exist? If not, Gabriel Black does.
Will Payton get her happily ever after or do they only exist in fairytales?

Payton Miller is a stubborn, independent woman that when she sets her mind to something, she achieves it. She has worked hard to get where she is and make it in the big city life. She has an ogre for a boss. What is it about her boss that makes her so hostile? Why is Payton given lead to the one account she if offered? Something just isn’t right with her boss. Where would she be without her two best friends? She works her butt off and doesn’t have any life outside of work.

Gabriel Black is every woman’s dream. He exudes sex and masculinity and is the megalomaniac, multimillionaire of Black Enterprises. What is it about him? What is his secret? How will it affect Payton when she finds out?

This book had me all over the place. I was laughing, I was pissed off, and saying “OMG you have to read this.” There were so many emotions throughout this book.
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