A novella – 106 pages
Once Upon a Crime…
Melanie wants to get incriminating information on her evil stepfather and she’ll get it —even if it means giving in to an odious toad’s demands. Cole is undercover, and when the opportunity arises for him to get closer to the criminal he’s investigating, using the man’s beautiful stepdaughter, he grabs it.
Esmerelda is a Fairy Godmother Enforcer charged with getting the Frog Prince fairytale back on track. But fate has saddled her with a partner, and Rumpelstiltskin — with his sexy bad boy swagger — has a hidden agenda of his own.
In the Fairy Isle, nothing is as it seems…
The Urban Book Thief Review
Described as a series that mixes suspense, sex and just a sprinkle of fairy dust – my book addict siren started to scream at me: ding-ding, yes please sailor! This sounds like a challenge, and I accept. Thank you very much.
When I first opened this eBook I was surprised to see that there were twenty chapters. Good lord! For a novella!?! The chapters were short and sweet… and somehow strangely worked for me.
The underlying plot involves a Fairy Godmother Enforcer called Esmeralda who is called upon to stop a fairy tale from going off course. The Frog Prince to be exact. For if a fairy tale doesn’t go the way it should, the very fabric of the Fairy Isle could be compromised.
What if Little Mermaid ended up in the Goldilocks tale? Esmeralda shuddered. Anarchy. No, Little Mermaid had her tale, Goldilocks had her three bears, and never the twain should meet.
Esmeralda, along with her sexy side-kick Rumpelstiltskin, decide to disguise themselves as an estate agent and his yarn knitting wife to put this stray tale back together. Rump is fun! He does have a heavy hand with the fairy dust though… poor Gabe, the Frog Prince. Poor, poor man.
Our book heroine, Melanie is involved in a rebellious plot to take her evil step dad down. He’s a nasty piece of work, an abusive man with slippery fingers and a smarmy smile. She’s trying to get her mother to leave him for good and put a stop to his years of torment and abuse. In order to do this, Mel decides to steal some data from her step father’s computer about his illegal activities. Unfortunately, as soon as she leaves his office she accidently drops her memory stick down a hole on a construction site. Here we meet Cole (using his undercover name Colin), our dreamboat novella hero, dressed as one of the village people. Mel bargains with him to retrieve her data stick in return for a date, a dance and a kiss.
Cole, with his green eyes and dimples is just what the doctor ordered for Melanie – and boy, do I love a boy with dimples. Meow. He secretly works for a special investigations unit and is scouting for a dubious work offer from Melanie’s step father so that he can take him down too – all the way to China town baby.
“I like you, Colin. Don’t ask me why, because you’re a rude, arrogant, blackmailing sonovabitch, but you hold a certain charm. Just… walk away.”
This throws a hammer in the works for Esmeralda and Gabe, the man with a hard on for turtles who should be Mel’s Frog Prince.
There’s a good fight scene at the end at the story, and frankly there’s nothing sexier in my opinion than a healthy dose of fisticuffs on board a boat. Though, I’m not sure about Cole’s competency as an undercover cop, considering that he says:
“[…] you’re under arrest,” he said, waving the gun between Dunn and Lowry. “For… oh, loads of stuff that I’ve still got to figure out.”
But it’s all tongue in cheek and we like a bit if fun in our books every so often!
This is an easy read for those times when you just want to casually dip into a sweet, lighthearted romance without too complicated a plot line. I read the novella on a short plane journey to Sydney and it was perfectomondo – which is also coincidentally where this book takes place. I think that the author has plenty of potential and would like to read more of her work in the future. Though, I must say that the front cover was deceptive, not fitting with the murder mystery vibe of the story. Not one princess gown was mentioned throughout the whole thing – sob.
Plus, I didn’t get why a single, successful, sexy lady was still living with her parents. The recession?
Anyhoo, The Urban Book Thief has awarded Enamoured a kiss factor rating of three – wowsers!