Isabella Starling-Breaking Belle

Isabella Starling decided to surprise us all with another wonderful, twisted, filthy fairy tale. Now if you are thinking to yourself, “Self, didn’t Isa just write an adult fairy tale?”, you would be right, she did. Last week we got Isabella’s take on Cinderella. Today we are getting Beauty and the Beast with Breaking Belle. Isabella’s version kind of combines the Disney version and the classic story. When you’re reading it, see if you can find all the mentions that reference the Disney version. I thought it was fun to do that.

Arabelle is the only girl in her family. She has 4 older brothers who she has little to do with, and one younger brother. She’s also got a father who is in deep. He owes more money than he will ever be able to scrape up. When it comes time to be paid, he’s proper fucked.

Dom lives high in a castle with his few loyal men. He’s been hiding from his enemies while planning his revenge. However, he keeps being betrayed by his people. When it comes time to collect money from Belle’s father, Dom decides that he’s going to do it in person.

Dom gives her old man all kinds of chances to pay up and threatens him. Too bad the  man doesn’t have any money. Belle doesn’t know what to do, all she knows is that she has to keep her younger brother safe. To that end, she decides that she will volunteer to go with Dom. She figures that he will kill her, but at least her dad’s debt will be paid off and her youngest brother will be safe. However, when he sees her, other ideas pop into his head. Or, would that be heads? Why yes, I am a 12 year old.

OK, this is where we part ways. This is a pretty quick read, with some really great sex. Of course, being an Isabella Starling story, it isn’t necessarily sweet. There are some pretty dark moments in this one. I got mad on Belle and Dom’s behalf more than once. But, if Beauty and the Beast is your favorite fairy tale and you have always wanted to see what an adult version would look like, this is definitely the story for you to pick up and check out.

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OK, so the rose garden. Oh man, my heart breaks for Dom. And the way that he has his house set up with the rose garden where it is? Wow. But, I’m glad that he’s able to change his associations with that particular area.

I love all the epilogue story we get. It was nice to get that glimpse into Belle and Dom’s lives. I also liked the little reference to Collaring Cinderella. I snerked just a little bit. I was also endlessly amused by all the Disney references that I was able to pick up. I thought it was very clever on Isa’s part to get all of them in the story, but mostly not in any overt, shove it in your face kind of way.

I enjoyed the story a lot. I enjoyed the sexy, sexy sex scenes. I even liked the dark parts, even when I got mad. So, go do yourself a favor and get a fairy tale to read to yourself before bed. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Jane Henry-Mafia Daddy

Today we are back with Jane Henry and her fairy tales for adults. Totally the best kind of fairy tales, if you ask me. She’s already done Beauty and the Beast, with Beauty’s Daddy, which was hot, and now she’s brought us Cinderella with Mafia Daddy. Yeah, I thought BD was hot, but MD was on fire. I mean, heat waves rising up off my Kindle hot. I could not put this book down if I had even wanted to, and frankly, I didn’t want to.

So, Prince Charming is really named Dante and Cinderella goes by Gabriella.

Dante is the heir apparent to the head of the Villanova crime family in Las Vegas. His father wants him to follow in his footsteps, which means that Dante needs to find a bride. There is no woman in Dante’s life and even if there was, he wouldn’t want to drag her into the shitshow that is his life. But if he doesn’t pick a bride, his father will do it for him, and Dante doesn’t want that either. After having a fight with his father over it, Dante storms off grabs his motorcycle and goes for a ride.

Gabriella is a loyal and hardworking young woman who has never even been kissed let alone been out with a man. She spends her life working every hour of the day in her family’s restaurant, for her step-mother Agatha. Before her father died, he made Gabriella promise to take care of Agatha. Gabriella and Agatha have a mutual loathing society, but unlike Agatha, Gabriella believes in loyalty and familial duty. One night, Gabriella goes out to a concert with her step-sisters, who end up stranding her. When she is trying to figure out how to get home, Prince Charming rides up on his trusty iron stallion. He loans her the use of his phone and then tells her that he would help her, all the while thinking that if she were his, he’d be taking care of her.

They have a wonderful dinner, with Dante listening to every word out of Gabriella’s mouth, which leads to a delightful interlude in a hotel, where he tells her to call him Daddy.

So, since we see a picture here, we know what time it is. I wasn’t kidding about how hot I thought this story is. There’s just something about this one that pushed the buttons the right way. On top of the whole hotness and romance, there is intrigue and treachery. It’s definitely an excellent retelling of Cinderella. As you may have guessed, this is a Daddy Dom story, so there is spanking and sex. There is lots of bad language and some violence, but a perfectly wonderful HEA. It’s altogether awesome and I really can’t wait for the rest of Jane’s fairy tales.

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Christian Laboutin Cinderella slippers. Probably worth more than I’ll make this year, but aren’t they hot?

I always knew not to trust Agatha, of course, you never trust the evil step-mother, but she is really bad and really not to be trusted. Gabriella’s and Dante’s families were wound up super tight even before our heroes get their HEA. I’m glad to say that Agatha got no more than what she deserved.

Dante’s mother is pretty cool. I really liked her, especially with what she told Dante at the end of the story. He wouldn’t have been able to do what he did without her.

One of my favorite bits in the book is actually in the teaser that Jane put out. It’s when Gabriella has sneaked into the masquerade and Dante says that he doesn’t want to have to put a girl in a ball gown over his knee. I mean, that was just a wow moment. A serious wow moment.

I am really looking forward to how Jane brings the rest of the fairy tales into her version of the world.

That’s all I have to say about this book, other than go out and grab your copy today.

Tomorrow, we have the newest Anna Zaires book, Obsession Mine. This book killed me dead and I’m still trying to recover from it. Wednesday we have a pair of books from Candace Blevins, followed by a new Callie Hart. It looks to be an intense week that you don’t want to miss. Meanwhile, happy reading!