Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Sleeping Beauty's Very Untimely Murder" by Cheri Schmidt & Tristan Hunt

This was a nice little twisted fairy tale. In it, a young maiden awakens alone in her bedchamber with no memory at all. She is wearing a medieval style of wedding gown but no ring. She also appears to be a ghost.

The estate she finds herself haunting belongs to Christian Sparks. His father had recently given him possession of the estate, however not the inheritance/funds to truly run it properly. Those funds, he learned, would be given to him once he married and provided his parents with grandchildren. Unfortunately, he isn't yet ready to wed anyone.

That is when he meets the young woman haunting his home. Needing to call her something, he starts referring to her as his Lady Fair. He sets his mind to helping her discover who she is, how she came to be haunting his home, who murdered her, and why. As Christian gets to know his Lady Fair better, he finds himself falling in love and wishing she weren’t a ghost so that he could court her instead of any of the living ladies of the court. There is one girl who appears to have set her sights on becoming his wife at any cost, even if it means entrapping him in an apparently compromising position and forcing him to wed her. It doesn’t help that she seems to have fooled his mother into believing that she is the right choice for him.

As is to be expected, there is a twist to the tale. Christian’s Lady Fair is under a spell hiding her from a Fey Lord who desires her. Unfortunately, she really can’t remember any of it. Can Christian avoid marriage to the human girl trying to entrap him? Can her rescue his Lady Fair and save her from the evil Fey Lord who desires her? And if so, will he be able to find a way to claim his Lady Fair for himself?

This was a nice, lighthearted story, though I found the plot a bit predictable. There were a few areas that could have been a bit better edited, but overall it wasn't bad. It was exactly what I was looking for after the intensity of the previous book I had read. While it wasn't anything spectacular, I did enjoy reading it.

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