A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson and Matthew Lloyd Davies (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

betrothed-a-faery-tale audiobookFaery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

This is a delightfully sweet and fun faery tale romance between two royal faeries: one full-blooded, one half-human.  Prince Chrysanths is half-human because, in her youth, his mom escaped the kingdom in a fit of temper and crossed through to the human world where she met a handsome stranger one day.  The result was the prince, or Puck, as he likes to be called. His parents never married because his grandparents forbade it, but Puck has been allowed to go visit his dad occasionally and has a nice relationship with him. 

When Puck finds out Prince Sky Song of the Clouds is on his way to marry him to fulfill a commitment to unite the sky kingdom with Puck’s earth kingdom, he shows his inherited temper by fleeing to his father’s home in the human world.  Bound and determined to go through with the wedding, Sky asks Puck’s BFF to show him the way, and he arrives on Puck’s doorstep to Puck’s great surprise.

With Puck’s father’s support, the two hang out together and become friends. Though Puck continues to see a girl he once slept with, it’s more as a friend—at least from his perspective. But Sky doesn’t know that, and jealousy rears its ugly head. Then when Sky becomes ill, and Puck is mired in his own mess, things go from bad to worse. The good news is that this is indeed a faery tale, and our princes eventually make their way to a happy ending.

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis, this audiobook version feels very genuine and flows smoothly in his beautiful UK accent. 

The cover by Anna Sikorska is a striking depiction of Sky, complete with faery wings and the sky-blue tattoos on his arms.

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Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio, 7 pages, 6 hrs 25 mins
Published June 30th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published September 23rd 2015)
ASIN B01HQFCNJ2
Edition Language English

A Stella Advent Story Review: Hapless (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Therese Woodson

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RATING 4 out of 5 stars

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryAll Ty wants is to propose to his boyfriend, Micah, before Christmas Eve. He has the perfect ring, the perfect setting, and the perfect plan, but the universe has other ideas. A sprained ankle, a choking woman, and a crying sister are just the tip of the iceberg as Ty stumbles toward his happy ever after.

Now, as Christmas Eve looms before him, he has to figure out how to ask the biggest question of his life without his perfectionism getting in the way or he might lose the person he wants to spend the holiday, and every day after, with.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

The cuteness of this story! Ty and Micah are together from three years and Ty is thinking is finally time for him to ask his lover to marry him. But he wants to do it in a magic and unusual way. It was funny and hilarious following him in his unbelievable misadventures with his various attempts at propose to Micah.

Maybe the ending was a little predictable but I don’t care cause it was perfect for this story.

I particularly liked how the author, Therese Woodson, was able to put a focus on the MCs’ qualities, two young men so different in their characters but so alike in their strong love for each other.

Hapless was a very well done story about this established couple I would love to know more about.

The cover art by Paul Richmond is so cute and his style is unique and lovely. He’s one of my favorite artist so of course this one is a winner to me.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 49 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ASIN B018RSHDPQ
Edition Language English

A Paul B Review: Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars             ★★★★★

Betrothed A Fairy Tale coverAfter the war between the faery kingdoms ended, it was decided that heirs to the three victorious kingdoms would intermarry to prevent another war from occurring.  When Prince Chrysanths of the Earth kingdom is informed of his upcoming marriage to the prince of the Air kingdom, he runs away preferring to marry for love.  Will he change perform his duty or will this lead to the next faery war?

Prince Chrysanths is the heir apparent to the throne of the Earth faery kingdom.  However, some in the kingdom believe he is not fit to sit on the throne, as he is actually also half human.  One day while he taking lessons on the history of the great faery war, he is summoned to meet his mother.  She informs him that the marriage clause is being invoked since the announcement of the engagement of the Water prince and an Air princess has been announced.  Chrysanths is to be wed shortly to the prince of the Air kingdom.  Chrysanths, who prefers to be known as Puck, sees this as an interference of wanting to marry for love and decides to run away to the human world and visit his father to wait out the engagement period and marriage date.

Prince Sky of the Air faery kingdom takes his duty seriously.  While he is not thrilled with his impeding marriage, he sees no option but to go through with it.  He figures that it could be worse…he could be marrying the Water prince.  He travels to the Earth faery kingdom for the three-week engagement period to learn more about his betrothed. When Sky finds out that Puck has run away to the human world, he decides that he must go after the wayward prince and convince him to perform his duty and come back for the wedding.  However, he finds that Puck is less than enthusiastic about the arranged marriage.  The one bright spot seems to be Puck’s father Jim.  He overhears Jim giving Puck advice about the situation and Sky is somewhat encouraged that things might work out after all. When Sky gets ill like his deceased father, will he be marrying Puck just to leave him a widow a short time later?

I found this modern day fairy tale thoroughly entertaining.  It hits most of the themes of both a good romance and fairy tale.  In a twist to the classic fairy godmother helping out the main character, it is Puck’s human father who fills that role.  Sky fills in the character that is out of their element when he travels to the earth realm and finds things not totally to his liking.  The Fire faeries, which were defeated in the faery war, also make their presence known.   The only disappointment with that part of the story is that they seem to give up too easily once it becomes clear their plans did not work out.  After working so many years to try to retake the faery kingdoms, you would think that their leader would do more than the equivalent of “Oh well.  I tried my best” and give up.

The cover art by Anna Sikorska shows a shirtless man in blue jeans with dots where his missing wings would be.  The young man has blue marking on his upper arms.  I assume that this is possibly Sky with those markings but I’m not sure.  It’s a nicely done cover for the book.

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Book details

ebook, 200 pages
Published September 23rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634765168 (ISBN13: 9781634765169)