Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cinderella meets Sleeping Beauty in THE CRYSTAL SLIPPER by Selena Fulton

The Crystal Slipper
by: Selena Fulton
Publisher: Entangled ~ Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Source: Entangled via NetGalley

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.

The Crystal Slipper is a modern day fairytale where Cinderella meets Sleeping Beauty.

Preston Chandler is desperately trying to save his sister who's been in a coma for several weeks.  A spell induced coma cast by Raven, the woman whose heart he broke.  You could say payback's a witch.  Time is running out, he needs to find the missing shoe he believes will break the spell, and his quest takes him from England to Florida where librarian Celinda Branham was given an odd shoe as a Christmas party gift.  And when Prince Charming turns up declaring that she has his missing glass slipper and they have to share 'love's first kiss', she's unimpressed at his declaration or his charm...

"I'm going to make you fall in love with me if it's the last thing I do."

She may have a sweet innocence about her, but underneath she isn't a pushover and is under no illusion that this will lead to a happy ever after. Particularly as Preston failed to charm epically when they first met.  But he is determined and channels his energy into wooing, poorly at times granted yet he and Celinda were good together.

Despite finding some of it a little drawn out in parts and there not being any huge surprises to the storyline, I enjoyed it and the combination of the fairytales with a modern day twist worked well.  With wicked step-mothers, fairy godmothers, talking mirrors, witchcraft, riddles and of course the magic shoes, The Crystal Slipper was a sweet, fluffy, easy romantic read.

Rating: 3.5

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