“Do you remember Cinderella? Yes, well, that twit didn’t have to pay rent.”
Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father’s shop from ruin. If she isn’t trying to claw her way out of debt, she’s arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She’s not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate–fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw-all cute. (Curse him.)
The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother’s phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He’s beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn’t do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he’s bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that’s it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit…all right, she’s adorable. (Damn her.)
Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.
Reader Warning: This is a rather twisted retelling of Cinderella and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Expect an apologetic, rakish vampire prince, and a cake-eating troll with power to smite him to ash. Enjoy!
I must admit – I laughed hysterically at the readers advisory and thought ‘what the hell!?’ I have to say – this book had me intrigued just from that alone. The twist on the Cinderella storyline had me intrigued.
Elsa is a witch and she loves her cake! I love a woman who loves cake! We meet her as she is trying to drown her emotions in cake trying to hatch a plan on how to save her inherited business, Bits and Pieces. She has money issues and can’t just seem to conjure up a reasonable answer to the problem.
Marshall, a vampire, is in an instantly likeable character – I love the messages his mother leaves on the answering machine. He has his own bank of issues and never thought he would fall in love with anyone, let alone a witch and he hates himself for it.
The conversation between these two had me grinning – they are witty and make a great couple. There is an orgy of creatures in this book – witches – vampires – all kinds of monsters.
The language took me a little time to get used too but is executed well. Old world combined with the modern world sets this book apart. I’m keen to see what happens in the following book. A wonderful take on the two classic tales and weaving them to create something very unique. I can’t give too much more away for fear of spoiling it for the reader but this has a very powerful ending where their relationship is changed forever.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
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