Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ARC Review: Enamoured by Shannon Curtis

Title: Enamoured
Author: Shannon Curtis
Genre: Fairytale, Mystery & Thriller (Novella)

Goodreads rating: 3.50 out of 5.00 (2 ratings pre-release)
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Once Upon a Crime…

Melanie wants to get incriminating information on her evil stepfather and she’ll get it – even if it means giving in to an odious toad’s demands. Cole is undercover, and when the opportunity arises for him to get closer to the criminal he’s investigating using the man’s beautiful stepdaughter, he grabs it.

Esmerelda is a Fairy Godmother Enforcer charged with getting the Frog Prince fairytale back on track. But fate has saddled her with a partner, and Rumpelstiltskin – with his sexy bad boy swagger – has a hidden agenda of his own.

In the Fairy Isle, nothing is as it seems…

Review by Chantelle

Imagine HBO meets 'Once Upon A Time'. 

After reading a few heavier novels, Enamoured was the perfect guilty pleasure. It was short, sweet and sexy delivered with a happily ever after. As it turns out, reading about your favourite fairytale characters come back and kick ass is basically the perfect escape from normal boring stuff. It had me addicted from the blurb, I mean, who doesn't love a good fairytale? The added spice of bad boys, and contemporary dangers had me hooked. 

Shannon Curtis brings a myriad of fairytales into our everyday world with Enamoured being the first installment. Melanie belongs to the Frog Prince fairytale but she's too busy scavenging evidence to incriminate her evil stepfather to fall in love with her designated Prince. Esmerelda is the Fairy Godmother Enforcer assigned to get her fairy tale back on track. However, she doesn't count on being partnered up with the notoriously shady Rumpelstiltskin, or having the handsome undercover cop, Cole, take an interest in Melanie. 

Like I said earlier, Enamoured is a guilty pleasure sort of read. You're not going to gain insight into the human condition nor be overwhelmed by the power of the written word. However, you will devour this novella in a matter of hours, and come out smiling and a little flushed. 

That being said, the only minor criticisms I had of Enamoured were that the mysteries were solved a little too easily and didn't hold much suspense, but basically, who cares!! one, this is a novella, and two, this is a fairytale. Curtis' efforts were focused on creating a whole lot of sexual tension throughout the story, and honestly, it was time better spent. If I wanted a proper thriller, I wouldn't read a novella, but if I wanted a short, fun, sexy read, I'd read Enamoured

Which I did. 

And I loved it. 

Thank you to Harlequin Enterprises Australia for sending me this ARC through Netgalley, by no means did this influence my review. 

Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 4/5