A twist on a Hansel and Gretel, Brothers Grimm tale, the entire story takes place on Christmas Eve, and ties in with the others in the Cursed Princes Series. It does stand alone with reasonable ease, but having the familiarity of the worlds and the information from the earlier installments in the series it will be more enjoyable.
Missing a touch of the falling down the rabbit hole feel of many fairy tale reworks, this story is based on two gypsy children: Karina and Constantine. Karina has loved only Constantine for her entire life, but a bad choice earlier had him cutting her off, and living with a curse to his family.
The twists and turns in this short novella mix slightly unformed and wooden characters within the maelstrom that will return them to one another. The depth and darkness of Draven’s world contrasts nicely with the vibrancy of the gypsy life, and against the opulence of the ‘titled classes”. This is the first I have read in this series, and will be going back and reading earlier titles to get background and the feel that is hinted at, yet just missed in this novella.
Title: Christmas at Thorncliff Towers
Author: Marina Myles
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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THE WEREWOLF’S SERVANT
Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…
Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…
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