- Brook Ridge Press
- Release Date
- March 2017
Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.
Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today's most sought after historical romance authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables 2.
Apr 20, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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REGENCY EVER AFTER is an anthology of seven historical romances and while they don't begin with "Once upon a time," they do all have a fairy tale flare.
In Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower, Lady Elizabeth Kendall meets the Duke of Whitewood and is surprised to see that he looks very much like the man she once glimpsed through the looking glass. But then again, given her family, it really shouldn't be all that surprising. Really enjoyed the time travel elements, which were subtle as well as the Jane Austen references.
In Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel, we are treated to a Cinderella-esque story that in true fairy tale fashion gives us our happily ever after for both Lady Elianna and Lord Sinclair.
In The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt, we learn that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Gennalyn is a true swan in the eyes of Roarke.
A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron is a take on "Toads and Diamonds" and (like the other stories), it is filled with imagery that had me grinning. One of my favorite descriptions: "No need to ask who she was since Miss Milbourne continued to hiss and scratch like a feral cat sealed in a whisky barrel."
His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher was a lovely take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale" and I couldn't help but grin that not everyone is an opera fan. In this particular tale, the conspiracies run amok as many are eager to take the duke's money.
For me, The Fairy Palace by Sue London had aspects of the Mad Hatter in Lord William, who never liked to be bored and I adored Melanie.
Hunting for A Lady's Heart by Tammy Andresen had an instant comparison to Snow White made all the easier by Lady Eirwen White's name and Lord Fairfield who was quite skilled with the bow. Add in a wicked stepmother and cues music.
Often with anthologies, as I read, I find myself ranking the stories but in this case, I couldn't. The underlying fairy tale theme was utterly charming and the regency elements remained consistent throughout the stories. The romance and love interests (and naughty bits), in true fairy tale fashion, will make you happy for the characters as love triumphs. Every time. And, you might feel a bit of smug satisfaction at those who received their comeuppance. Justifiably so.
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