Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Review: 'Fairy Tale Bad Boy Box Set (Books 1-5)' by Erin Bedford

Nebraska author Erin Bedford is a computer programmer with a wild and delicious imagination. Relatively new on the scene she writes fantasy and paranormal romance who loves to combine her wild fantasy stories with lots of erotic overtones (and acting out!). Her series of UNDERGROUND books is highly successful, then came her Vampire series, and now her Bad Boy Fairy Tale series – HUNTER, PIRATE, THIEF, MIRROR - allow us entry into another of Erin’s specialties.

One reason Erin’s odd novels catch us so quickly is her complete absorption in the setting of her story, showing us her characters as though we have just met them after a too long absence. Each of the four novels reflects) or references) old fairy tales – hence the series title. But Erin takes a seed of concept and lets it bloom in her own inimitable fashion. For instance, she sets the tone of her first novel HUNTER from page one – ‘It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. The mousey kind of women with their nose buried in a book, day in day out, not paying any mind to the real world. The ones waiting for Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet…. But in Jason’s experience, those were the women who were the most fun. Isabel was that kind of girl. It was one of the many reasons his eyes tracked her slender form as she made her way down the aisles. Her brown hair pulled up high in a ponytail so that with each step it bounced just above the shelves. Jason’s hands gripped the counter in front of him as he fought to restrain himself. Patience, man. Patience. You don’t want to scare her away. Like with any good quarry you had to know when to watch and wait. Some of the best catches were the ones who came to you. Then when they were right where you wanted them, that was when you went in for the kill. A wicked smile curled up onto his face as he watched the ponytail lose its peppy bounce and became more of an aggravated jolt. His breath caught as the ponytail paused in the middle of the rifle cleaning supplies. After a moment, a frustrated growl came from the aisle, and it was like music to his ears. He leaned forward on his elbows, anticipation curling in his stomach. He could just picture the anger that would fill Isabel’s chestnut eyes when she realized he was working the counter. All those images did nothing to prepare him for the electricity that shot down his spine when those eyes finally landed on him. Her brows scrunched down and her eyes narrowed as she stomped up to the counter.’

You get the idea – and the same parody ideas in the other three of the series - PIRATE, THIEF, and MIRROR – work equally well. This is excellent writing and shows an appreciation for the past (as far as fairy tale longevity goes. A new style of fairy tales and Erin makes them steam! Grady Harp, March 17
This set of books is free o Kindle Unlimited.

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