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About the Author
Kristina Wright (kristinawright.com) is the editor of over a dozen published and forthcoming Cleis Press anthologies, including the best-selling Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women. Other titles include: Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance; Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance; Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance; Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance; xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance, and the Best Erotic Romance series. She is also the author/editor of the cross-genre Bedded Bliss: A Couple's Guide to Lust Ever After for Cleis Press. Her fiction has been published in over one hundred anthologies and her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, both print and online. She holds degrees in English and humanities and has taught composition and world mythology at the college level. Originally from South Florida, Kristina is living happily ever after in Virginia with her husband, Jay, and their two little boys.
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In the Palace of Gods and Monsters
Long ago, in a forgotten time, a princess awoke, startled by ink-black darkness, grasping for where she was. She was blindfolded. She was naked. She couldn’t move; her arms and legs were stretched out, bound with rope to wooden posts. She pulled and twisted her body, but her movement caused the ropes to pull painfully on her wrists and ankles. She cried out, and an unfamiliar voice, dark and honeyed, filled the room.
“You truly are beautiful, princess.”
His hand traced the outline of her body, and she shuddered at the whisper of his touch. She struggled again, fear rushing through her, as the full weight of her situation grew clearer in her mind.
“Be still, my bride,” he said, hushing her as he advanced towards the bed. “I have come to welcome you. I am not going to harm you.”
The princess cried, barely able to process what was happening. Just that morning, she had awoken in her own bed, in her own home, safe and happy and cared for. Now, she was held like a prisoner by a man who assumed to be her husband. The arrival of the messenger had turned her world upside down. Her mother and father had thrown her away, ignoring her pleas, and forced her into the marriage in exchange for all the wealth they had hoped she would bring.
The family had fallen in nobility, and depended upon her marriage to restore their fortune. Tales of her beauty spread far and wide, and the princess was shielded from the world, sheltered in a remote castle tucked into the craggy cliffs overlooking the sea. Those who braved the journey were rewarded by her other-worldly beauty, but the princess had kindly rejected all offers of marriage.
“I will recognize my love when I see his face,” she had insisted.
Her fate changed when the messenger came to the castle. He brought an offer from the king of a faraway palace, and enough riches and jewels to reclaim the fullness of the family’s royalty. Her mother and father were desperate. They tried to persuade her. They tried to reason with her. But the princess had been raised on fairy tales; she believed in love.
The offer stood until the sun went down. There was nothing to pack, nothing to bring; the messenger said that the master of the kingdom would provide all and more for the princess. The king and queen would not, could not, allow her to refuse.
Her dreams shattered, the princess was betrothed, sight unseen.
“You have had a long journey. You need rest. You need some time to acclimate. I am not a monster.” He cleared his throat, and continued. “But I am not ordinary man either, and there are rules to be followed, now that you belong to me.”
Table of Contents
ContentsForeword Cathy Yardley, ix,
Introduction: Bind Me, Whip Me, Call Me Princess, xi,
Sealed Laila Blake, 1,
In the Palace of Gods and Monsters Michelle Augello-Page, 13,
The Dancing Princess Elizabeth L. Brooks, 26,
The Smith Under the Hill Kathleen Tudor, 35,
The Seven Ravens Ariel Graham, 47,
Black of Knight Victoria Blisse, 66,
The Silence of Swans Kannan Feng, 79,
The King's Cousin Catherine Paulssen, 88,
Need and Permission Benjamin Creek, 104,
Locks Tahira Iqbal, 112,
Out of the Waves Rose De Fer, 128,
Your Wish L. C. Spoering, 142,
Thorn King Jane Gilbert, 151,
The Witch's Servant Michael M. Jones, 158,
Mine Until Dawn Valerie Alexander, 172,
Red and the Big Bad Wolf Poetic Desires, 183,
The Last Duchess Kristina Wright, 198,
About the Authors, 217,
About the Editor, 221,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm an English major and have studied fairy tales and their persistence in our society. I had not come across this book during that research. The stories in it are entertaining as well as fairy-tale worthy. I love that some still use the conventional beginnings of "once upon a time" and "in a land far, far away." But beyond the literary stuff, the sex is hot. I particularly enjoyed "The King's Cousin" with its f/f sexy times. Great read for erotica and fairy tale fans alike!
Seventeen naughty tales of submission, otherworldly pleasure and a little pain. I recognized the inspirations behind some of the tales, and the naughty twists were done very well. As for the rest, they were completely new to me but still managed to capture my interest. If you love the classics, old folklore or just want some new stories written the old way but with a very sexy twist, then this is a lovely collection to lose yourself in. The majority of the stories were M/F, but there were also two F/F. **My top favorites (5 stars):** The Seven Ravens by Ariel Graham - Cecily breaks a curse her father had placed on his once best friend's family. Whoa, hot, hot, hot! Black of Knight by Victoria Blisse - A fair maiden with snark, a bit of a tom boy, BBW, a handsome Black Knight who yells “Cheerio”. This was funny and sexy hot! Need and Permission by Benjamin Creek - Beauty and the Beast – the adult version, and boy did this deliver! Marienne misses Andray's wild side. To distract herself from the stale bedroom activities, she writes all her dark desires in her private journal. Then he finds it. Dun dun dun. Locks by Tahira Iqbal - Cara, is a descendant of Rapunzel. An ounce of her hair is highly coveted. Her hair is used in sex rituals, and she feels whatever the “users” feel. Something her newly hired bodyguard is bound to notice. So hot! Out of the Waves by Rose de Fer - The mermaid Naiae is fascinated by a fisherman; it's love at first sight. She allows herself to be captured by him in the hopes that he'll keep her. A mermaid and a sexy mortal. Need I say more? Mine Until Dawn by Valerie Alexander - A Cinderella type story. Cynthia works as a janitor in a corporate building and she's in lust with the CEO, Justin. She uses a spell that will make her beautiful long enough to make him notice her. All she wants is to control him for one night. This was so sweet and sexy. I loved the twist at the end with the photo replacing the "glass slipper". In the Palace of Gods and Monsters by Michelle Augello-Page - Beauty and the Beast-esque. In order to help her family restore their fortune, a princess was married off to a king from a faraway castle, sight unseen. She was never allowed to look upon her new husband's face. He never came to her unless she followed his rules. Over time she had come to love him and the wicked pleasures he bestowed upon her. But one night, her curiosity got the better of her. Who doesn't love a twist on that particular tale? This story was probably the hottest one and blended pain and pleasure very well. Sealed by Laila Blake - This was interesting as I'd never heard anything similar before. A little online research brought up The Seal Wife, The Seal Woman, and/or The Seal Pelt. This romantic tragedy left me with tears by the end of it. Heartachingly beautiful. Thorn King by Jane Gilbert - A woman stumbles in the woods and is met by a dominating man who brings her painful pleasure. I loved this dark, mysterious, and very hot tale. But be warned, there's blood play involved. Red and the Big Bad Wolf by Poetic Desires - Red is a spitfire - hot-tempered, strong, untameable. Her parents fear she'll never be able to find a future King with that attitude. They turn to the Grandmother of the forest, a powerful mage, for help. At the same time, Wolfe was sent to kill the mage, but she had other plans for him. *Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review*
If kinkily-ever-after is more your style than a cliche happy ending, this is the book for you. I love the reworkings of classic tales, picking up on the darker, kinky elements present in fairy tales. A definite yes from me!