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FIERY TALES SERIES BOOK 1

Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist….

Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…

Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother’s house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger…

Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he’s every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her…

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Deliciously hot and spicy is how I’d describe Lila DiPasqua’s AWAKENED BY A KISS. It’s a collection of three steamy love stories each inspired, although rather loosely, by a popular children’s fairy tale.

Sleeping Beau

I love the cat and mouse game Adrien plays with Catherine to force her to admit that she’s his mysterious temptress. It certainly heightens the sexual tension between them! How satisfying to see Alex, who always prides himself on being in control, completely losing it when he’s with Catherine. He certainly earned a place in my heart when he tells Catherine how wonderful her painting is, much to her surprise and joy.

I love Catherine’s spirit and it’s so funny when Adrien sets down his conditions for their affair only to have Catherine counter with her own! How refreshingly honest she is in admitting that she wants the affair because she desires Adrien. Five years ago, Adrien opened up the world of sexual pleasure for her and now she wants to explore it to the full. Bravo, Catherine!

Catherine’s maid, Odette, provides some welcome comic relief. I love the scene where she finds Adrien in Catherine’s bed and covers her eyes in shock; then proceeds to peek at his naked chest through her fingers!

Little Red Writing

This is the longest of the stories and the most emotionally compelling.

Nicholas is all for combining business with pleasure. An affair with Anne is going to be a very pleasurable way of passing the time while searching for evidence to uncover Leduc’s identity. I loved watching him struggle with his growing feelings for Anne, and the guilt he feels about lying to her. Then to compound his problems further, he discovers that Anne is Leduc! He’s in a real dilemma and there seems no way out without losing Anne.

Hurt by past experiences, Anne has built a protective shell around herself which Nicholas finally breaks through to discover the passionate woman beneath. I so admired her bravery in championing women’s rights through her writing, risking imprisonment or worse, if discovered.

I liked Ms DiPasqua’s resolution to Nicholas’s dilemma and his reconciliation with his grandmother. The final resolution of Anne’s predicament did, however, seem a little too easy. Oh, Ms DiPasqua! I really, really wanted to be privy to Anne’s conversation with the King. I was dying to know what was said.

Bewitching in Boots

This is my favourite story of the three with its sharp repartee and sizzling sexual tension.

I have to confess that, despite his initial rudeness and brusque manner, I couldn’t help but like Tristan. He sees Elizabeth as spoiled and self-indulgent and dislikes being the object of the little game she’s obviously playing. I enjoyed watching him gradually change into a doting lover as he discovers the real Elizabeth.

I love Elizabeth. She’s charming, beautiful, intelligent, determined but also caring. Everyone believes her scheming at court is simply to retain her position as the King’s favourite daughter, but her real motive is really to protect her younger sister, Claire. She truly cares for Tristan and knows him to be a man of honour who deserves to be re-instated in his former position. She’s not above using a little deception to achieve this!

Overall Thoughts

The French court of Louis XIV, with all its political maneuvering and sexual intrigue, provides a refreshingly different setting. Those who like their love scenes steamy won’t be disappointed and Ms DiPasqua excels in combining the erotic and the romantic perfectly. Oh là là! If the heroes of these stories are typical of Frenchmen, then it’s no surprise that they have earned the reputation of being superb lovers!!

If you’re looking for a super sexy and entertaining read, I can definitely recommend AWAKENED BY A KISS.

RATING : A DELICIOUS ★★★★★

WARNING: This book contains sexually explicit love scenes which may not appeal to everyone.

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