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Enamoured: A Novella by Shannon Curtis

Enamoured (a novella)
by Shannon Curtis 
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Format: Kindle, Netgalley
Published: May 1st 2013, by Escape Publishing
Genre: YA, Mystery-Thriller, Fantasy

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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 theopportunity arises for him to get closer to the criminal he’s investigating, using the man’sbeautiful stepdaughter, he grabs it.

Esmerelda is a Fairy Godmother Enforcer charged with getting the Frog Prince fairytale backon track. But fate has saddled her with a partner, and Rumpelstiltskin — with his sexy badboy swagger — has a hidden agenda of his own.

In the Fairy Isle, nothing is as it seems… -Goodreads


"'We have a fairy tale off-track.'" (loc. 228)

A novella of trust, promises and love.

“Fairy tales were necessary. They taught lessons. They charted destiny.” (loc. 237)

It all happened so fast. Granted this is a novella, but I wasn’t all too fond of the insta-love concept. I also felt like the fairy tale aspect was pointless and unnecessary, which just jumbled the plot. I liked the initial plot-line with Melanie trying to get dirt on her step father, and I believe that this take could have been expanded and developed, which would have been more pleasing. This story felt like a mystery-romance-thriller want-to-be, wrapped up in a cocoon of faux fairy tale modernization. The book should have either chose to build on the modern fairy tale with Rumplestiltkin and Esmerelda, or build on the thrilling suspense of Melanie and her mission, but should not have tried to combine them, because they didn’t mix well.

“‘You allowed Fate to step in to a Fairy Tale. We can’t have that.’” (loc. 1683)

The writing style is great, and I love the author’s emotional descriptions, as well as their inner thoughts and struggles. I really wouldn’t mind reading the author’s other regular books, if they are more developed than this novella, because she has a wonderful imagination and ability to write.

First Line: “Melanie rifled through the papers on the desk.” (loc. 47)
Last Line: “Their kiss was amazing.” (loc. 1914)

“Life is what it is, her father used to always say, and you have to make the best with what you’ve got.” (loc. 960)

“This is why we are here. Melanie needs to learn her lesson. Gabriel needs to find his princess.” (loc. 776)

Galley provided by NetGalley via Escape Publishing

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

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