Awakened by a Kiss

Awakened by a Kiss

by Lila DiPasqua
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Awakened by a Kiss 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gincam More than 1 year ago
Oh, what wonderfully fantastical romantic stories are told by Lila DiPasqua in "Awakened by a Kiss", book one in her "Fiery Tales" series. Erotic, hypnotic and lushly written, these bold tales are a sensual blend of love and passion. Historical detail, well-developed characterizations and elements of surprise will have you enthralled until the very last page. Exquisitely erotic romance! I very much look forward to the next book, "The Princess in his Bed"!
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
AWAKENED BY A KISS by Lila DiPasqua is a collection of three "cleverly retold" fairy tales containing elements of the classic stories, but with new, creative and steamy interpretations. Each story is approximately one hundred pages long which made them quick, yet seductively satisfying reads. The first book "Sleeping Beau" was adapted from "Sleeping Beauty" and is a great beginning to this anthology. Adrien d'Aspe, the Marquis of Beaulain, is commonly known to the women of the French court as "le Beau" for obvious reasons. He's the bastard son of the King (who has an enormous brood of illegitimate, though acknowledged children) and was cursed at birth. He was given into the care of his three rakish bachelor godfathers to raise, and follows in their legendary footsteps until he is reunited with the one woman who awakened his passion and his heart to the possibility of love. "Little Red Writing" was my absolute favorite of the three tales. Nicolas de Savignac, is one of the kings trusted musketeers and is known as "le loup" or "the wolf" to his peers because of his hunting skills, as well as for his relentless and cunning pursuit of threats to the crown. He finds himself faced with the dilemma of being true to his strict personal code and how he defines himself by his occupation, or to protect the woman he loves from uncertain danger by revealing her as the scandalous author who attempts to provide justice through her writing to women who have been wronged by the men in their lives. "Bewitching in Boots" I think was the weakest of the three fiery tales and centers around Elizabeth (the favorite, though illegitimate daughter of the king) and Tristan (the former Captain of the Musketeers). She has loved him from afar and is determined to seduce him while at the same time proving to both him and his father that he is worthy of her love. This particular story didn't seem to hold the same magic that the other two did, and I found Elizabeth's machinations to be selfish, and Tristan's acceptance of her potentially deadly scheming to be too easy despite her altruistic yet self-serving motivations. Despite my feelings about "Bewitching in Boots", many things about this collection of stories appealed to me. I loved that the stories weren't exactly what I expected. While the stories contained elements of the originals that were recognizable, they were not just rewritten with more explicit love elements. That for me would have been wearisome. Instead each variation on the original contained interesting and captivating twists that were imaginative, fresh.and yes steamier. I loved that this collection of historical romance short stories was set in France, and that French terms were used within the tales when appropriate. I have to admit I think it made it sexier...especially since there was a handy glossary at the back of the book that explained the meanings and terms that were used. I also appreciated that an excerpt from the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault preceded each story. While I can't say that I learned a moral lesson from Lila's stories, one thing I did learn was that her next collection of "Fiery Tales", The Princess In His Bed due out November 2010 can't come soon enough.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Sleeping Beau". French Marquis Adrien d'Aspe is awakened by a kiss. He spends the best night of his life with his rescuer, which his being a rake says a lot. However, she vanishes. For the next few years he searches for his beloved until he finds his Catherine. "Little Red Writing". Assigned by the king, ambitious French Count Nicolas de Savignac believes if he uncovers the identity of the popular infamous political satirist Little Red he will receive an award and a promotion. That is until he meets the outlaw writer Anne de Vignon as he prefers to incarcerate her in his bed. "Bewitching in Boots". The French king's illegitimate daughter Elisabeth de Roussel has her choice of almost any man at court. However, the only male she covets Tristan de Tiersonnier rejects her. She mounts a campaign to get the injured former King's Guard commander into her bed permanently. These are three enjoyable erotic romantic rewrites of classic fairy tales. The stories are fun with their adult makeover though none of the cast is very deep. Readers will enjoy Lila DiPasqua's sexual twist turning children's tales into heated adult romances. Harriet Klausner
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