Collection: The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling Release Date: February 20, 2020
Cover Design: Black Widow Designs Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet. After the death of her father, his empire became hers and the princess became a queen. Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet. Her fortune was sought after and deception and deceit had a ring around her finger. But with the ring, came the accessories that money can’t buy. At the hands of the new king, the empire began to crumble as Jaslyn’s world spiraled out of control. Through the bars of her prison, she watched life pass her by. Hope was fading quickly… until she met him. Axel was the glimmer that she needed to survive. From the wrong side of the tracks, Axel’s life was never easy. He worked his way through the blood and sweat and went from rags to riches. When you’re on top of the world, one mistake is all it takes to lose it all. And getting back up is always harder than the fall. Getting his life back came with an offer he couldn’t refuse and he would pay the cost. Jaslyn wasn’t part of the deal, but she was a temptation that he couldn’t escape. She was his endgame and he would fight to the death to get to that finish line. Together, they roll the dice and risk it all for love. But when you gamble in the game of life or death, you pay a price. And sometimes, that price could cost you everything.
Mirage by C.M. Radcliff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So this is a darkish contemporary Aladdin retelling, it’s the first part of a duet but there’s not long to wait for the conclusion, April I think. It’s also not a very long read about a couple of hours. We have Jaslyn the pretty princess in her tower and Axel is the fighter street rat who wants to rescue her from her abusive fiancee Jasper Lafar. Jasper is an evil and abusive man who controls Jaslyn completely, he is also physically and emotionally cruel and this story does have some dark triggers because of this so please do be aware. So although this was quite short there was still incredible chemistry between Jaclyn and Axel and I did find this an enjoyable read. I also really liked the finale here and I will definitely be reading the next part after that. I think the length did let this down slightly as this was quite short which did limit the connection for me somewhat but I am still invested enough to anticipate where this will be going next.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of Mirage (Veiled Love Duet #1).
C.M. Radcliff lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two demon children. Known as the Psycho Queen, she speaks fluent sarcasm, dark humor, and has the mouth of a sailor. If she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably on an adventure with her little family.
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