"fairy tale adaptation is clever and intriguing"
When the Middle Kingdoms are cursed by a very mean fairy
called Malady, an unexpected heroine sets out to make
things right. Susannah is the oldest of 12 princesses in a
kingdom where no boy babies are being born to any family of
noble blood. No princess has much hope of making it to
Queen status. While mortals are not supposed to be able to
perform magic, Susannah can and does. She discovers a magic
palace where dozens of handsome princes live. While she and
her sisters discover the princes are wonderful dancing
partners, and spend their nights waltzing their slippers to
shreds, there is a catch. These princes are romantically
impaired; the family jewels are simply out of order. Still,
the girls would like to help them escape from a life that
seems to be captivity.
When a detective applies for the job of being their royal
guard, Susannah doesn't think he'll figure out how they are
spending their nights, but John Tom is a very smart man. He
begins a serious investigation that gets him close to the
truth, and even closer to Susannah. Then there is the
sudden appearance of the mysterious Prince John. Where
could he possibly have come from, and why does he make
Susannah want to dance to a very different tune? Susannah
knows what she has to do, but magic and the human heart are
not always predictable. Will there be a happily ever after
if Susannah casts her spell?
This enjoyable adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses
fairy tale is clever and intriguing. Jody Wallace gives
the story a new face, adding some modern elements that
spark the plot and provide the reader with plenty of smiles
along the way. She has a great feel for her characters, a
nice sense of comic timing, and a contagious sense of
humor. There is a definite attitude that pervades the
story, and is most apparent in her female characters. Just
a touch of snark that makes things really interesting, and
adds to the charms of the romantic relationship. This is a
great read when you want something light and entertaining,
but truly satisfying.
Reviewed by Miranda Lee
Posted February 9, 2008
A not-ready-for-Disney fairy tale.
Princess Susannah's discovery that she can work fairy magic unlocks the door to a delicious secret: Beneath the castle where she and her twelve sisters live, there's an enchanted palace that has an edge over the Middle Kingdoms. It's chock full of princes who just love to dance. In a world where the nobility have been fairy-cursed to bear no more male children, it's a secret they enjoy to the fullest.
But without male heirs, the human lands are on the verge of anarchy. The King and Queen hire Jon Tom, a detective, to find out where their daughters are disappearing to every night. Susannah finds herself wanting to tell Jon Tom all her secrets - and give him her heart.
But if Susannah's secrets go public, her parents won't be happy. Worse, the fairies won't be happy. And the enchanted princes will be in danger.
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Warning: this title contains the following: hot sex, hot springs sex, hot-to-trot women and patriarchal hardheadedness.
Originally released in ebook format - January 29, 2008 (EAN-9781599988726)