Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[Pat's Review]: "The Crystal Slipper"

The Crystal Slipper by Selena Fulton
Publisher: Entangled: Covet (September 22, 2014)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... 

 Sometimes you just have to believe... 

A single crystal slipper. It was probably the weirdest gift librarian Celinda Branham ever received during a Christmas gift exchange. Who would even wear these in the real world? Not Celinda, wearer of sensible shoes and fairy tale naysayer. That said, she certainly has the requisite wicked stepmother, irritating stepsister, and empty bank account. Of course, if she actually believed in all that fantastical junk, she could wait for her Prince Charming... Only Prince Charming doesn't exist. But Preston Chandler believes in fairy tales. Oh, does he ever. All he did was spurn the advances of a certain witch, and now his sister is under a sleeping spell. And the only way to break it? Find the other glass slipper and give someone "Love's First Kiss." But when Preston finally tracks down Celinda, he's dismayed to discover that the shy librarian who owns the other shoe has no interest in anything remotely resembling magic—including love. Now he must find a way into his Cinderella's cynical heart, or lose his sister... and his only chance for true love.

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Pat's Review:

Celinda Branham is a young woman living in Jacksonville, Florida and working as a librarian.  She is very shy, quiet, and dresses accordingly. She often feels invisible.  She's comfortable in her life, but wonders if it could have been different.  Her mother died when she was very young, and her Dad eventually remarried. Her step-mother and step sister and brother were not very welcoming but she tolerated it.  When her father passed away, not only did she have to deal with the loss of his love and caring but her step-mother took everything.  So, she lives in a tiny apartment, works at the library where her boss, Mrs. Murphy, is always watching her every move.  Her co-worker Tamelia Parker invites Celinda to a Christmas exchange. The party was interesting, and she walks away with the most bizarre gift. A glass slipper adorned with pink feathers.

Preston Chandler is on a mission. He lives at his family's estate in London and thought he had a good life. When he rejected the advances of a childhood friend, Raven, who happens to be a witch, his life is changed. She casts a spell for revenge, but not on him, on his beautiful younger sister.  It's a sleeping spell, Doctors are stymied, and can find no cause. Preston is frantic.  She leaves him riddles that have brought him to the US searching for the first slippers!

This fairy tale story is a delightful mix of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.  Celinda learns she is not invisible and quite capable of attracting a very handsome man. Preston sometimes lets down his guard and actually sees Celinda as the beautiful, kind, caring woman that she is.  As they chase clues and try to figure it all out they both realize they don't want it to end.  A Black Magic spell is not easy to break.

I enjoyed this holiday romance with it's magic and romance.  A very fun read.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) It does sound like a fun read; who can resist a fairy tale?

Do you enjoy fairy tale romances, or new spins on a classic fairy tale? Do you have a favorite that stands out?


Until Next Time,


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Sophia Rose said...

It sounds adorable and I love fairytale retellings. Thanks for sharing, Pat!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

That sounds fab Pat! I love a bit of fairytale in my reads :) New author to me so yay thanks for the heads up!