"A Faery Fantasy that will sing to your heart!"
Nic Stone had left the faery realm behind a quarter of a
century ago when he had found his soul mate, a mortal woman
named Anna. He'd fallen for her at first sight, and his
love for her had been so deep that he could not bear to
lose her. Though he knew that Titania, Queen of the Fae,
hated mortals, he made a plea for immortality for his
beloved wife. Much to his surprise, Titania agreed with one
condition, or so he thought. Nic had become a renowned
painter in the mortal realm. It was a talent that did not
require his magic. Titania would grant Anna everlasting
life, for the price of a portrait of herself.
Nic should have known it couldn't be so easy. When he
returned home, he found his beloved Anna dying. Titania had
neglected to tell him that to become an immortal, his
dearest Anna would have to die and be reborn. Naturally she
would have no memory of their time together. He would have
to find her and win her heart all over again. Though it
broke Nic's heart, there was little he could do, but paint
the portrait and hope for the best.
It had taken him twenty five years to paint the portrait to
Titania's liking, enough time for his Anna to be reborn and
to have become a grown woman. The time had come to find her
and win her heart anew. He was certain he'd found her. It
had happened suddenly and quite by accident when he had
seen a famous young pop singer on television. Dianna
Fielding was the spitting image of his wife. Anna had
loved to sing.
He had arrived at Dianna's home under the cover of
darkness. Her vast estate was sprawled with gardens, a
sight which brought tears to his eyes. His Anna had loved
to garden. Using his senses alone, he made his way to her
bedroom and bestowed his kiss upon her lips. It felt like
coming home. He couldn't resist touching her. Surely she
would recognize his touch. But, no, something isn't right.
The woman's hair was short and curly, not long and straight
as was Anna's. This was not Dianna Fielding, as a punch to
the jaw quickly demonstrates before he can zap himself away.
Nic isn't about to give up. The next morning he arrives
through the front door. He is greeted, he assumes, by the
woman he'd kissed the evening before. Stacy Fielding,
Dianna's older sister and manager, assumes that Nic is an
applicant for a gardener's position. Stacy is always a bit
suspicious of new employees. People were always trying to
exploit her famous sister, but with the aid of some
Pillywiggins, Nic proves to be more than competent. Now
that he'd gotten close to Dianna, winning her should be a
snap. Wrong. Dianna is already in love, engaged to be
married in fact, and Nic can't shake his attraction to
Stacy. Dianna doesn't share many of Anna's loves, but does
have a fondness for Nic's paintings, which she has been
collecting ever since she'd discovered the one he'd painted
of Anna. It was a remarkable likeness. When Dianna brings
home his portrait of Titania however, he knows something's
is up. This time he's right. Apparently there's another
catch to contend with. Should he declare his love to the
woman, all bets were off. Nic would have to return to the
magical realm as Titania's slave. He knew he would have to
enlist Stacy's help if he was to win Dianna now, but could
he resist her own assault upon his senses? Titania had
definitely cast a spell upon him, but was it the spell he
thought it was? Stacy had lost her heart to Nic, but loved
him enough to help him find happiness with her sister.
Should he listen to his heart or to his head?
The plot of CUPID'S MELODY reminded me of another of my
favorite Magical Love titles, SILVER RAIN by Barbara
Sheridan. Of course Karen Fox has her own unique style, and
those who have read her previous Fae tales, PRINCE OF
CHARMING and BUTTERCUP BABY will no doubt be delighted with
the newest offering. Titania is up to her old tricks,
throwing every obstacle conceivable at poor Nic, often with
hilarious results. Who knew how much mischief pixies could
make? Nic is a delightful hero, more than handsome, sexy,
and talented, he has heart. Stacy has her own special
appeal. Though not as beautiful, or as talented as her
sister, she has far more depth and warmth. The reader is
sure to fall in love with them as I did. More to come, as
Ms. Fox has promised a new magical romance featuring two
children we are well familiar with -- Rose, the faery
daughter of Rand and Ariel Thayer (BUTTERCUP BABY) and
Brandon, the mortal son of Robin and Kate Goodfellow
(PRINCE OF CHARMING). What fun! I can't wait.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 9, 2002
Nic's search to find his reincarnated wife leads him to sisters, Dianna and Stacy. All he has to do is convince Diana, the spitting image of his long-lost Anna, to love him again. Easy for a sexy faery.
Except that Stacy is the one he keeps kissing.
Faery Nic Stone had no idea he was about to make the
mistake of his eternal life when he asked the Queen of the
Fae to grant immortality to his beautiful bride, Anna. To
become immortal, he discovered only too late, Anna first
had to die and then be reborn...
It has taken twenty-five years for Nic to re-enter the
mortal world to search for his lost love, but he is
convinced that he has finally found her. After all, Dianna
Fielding is the spitting image of his wife. Masquerading as
her gardener, he vows to seduce her heart all over again.
But why is it her sister, Stacy, who makes him ache with
that all-too-familiar longing? Either someone has cast a
spell on him, or Nic is falling in love with the wrong
woman. If he follows the stirrings of his heart, will he
find true love--or will his beloved be lost to him forever?