Christmas at Thorncliff Towers

Christmas at Thorncliff Towers

by Marina Myles

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Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what's inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive. . .

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina's dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart. . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601832863
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Series: The Cursed Princes
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 144,249
File size: 783 KB

About the Author

Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to a degree in English Literature. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife, a mother, and a member of Romance Writers of America, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers. Visit her at

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Christmas at Thorncliff Towers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Karina Petri has gypsy magic that always seems to get her into trouble. Constantine Stocia is always getting wrapped up in her OOPS & even has a limp from his broken leg she caused by falling out of a tree & landing on him. One Christmas she talks his brother, Viktor, into stealing food from Thorncliff Towers & was totally busted by the Lord of the manor. So to get his brother out of trouble, he volunteers to be the Lord's newest servant & he can never leave Thorncliff Tower ever again. Years later, Karina is back with all her gypsyNESS & she has a plan to get him back to the gypsy camp to save his dying dad, armed with a backup potion & her magically ring, but all she causes is magically mayhem! This is my first Ms. Myles romance & I loved all the gypsyNESS & magically ruckus. I started the tale by really disliking Karina with all her ME, ME, MEness, but by the end I did love her gutsyNESS & spunk. Constantine was a great good guy hero with his eternal Boy ScoutNESS, but he did need Karina's troublemaking to make his life interesting. The little girl, Grace Ann, was the perfect Fairy Godma-in-training with her SPARKLINGLY LOVE PIXIE DUST & gave this tale a extra dash of fairytaleNESS! Ms. Myles gave her h/h a night of tangled sheets, tongues & limbs that gave this quickie romance a UNDIES SCORCHING scenes! I must give Ms. Myles my score of 4 fingers up & 8 toes for this holiday quickie of NAUGHTINESS! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Thorncliff Towers is a sensual paranormal twist on a classic fairy tale. The story was magically charge. Karina is a gypsy witch who is trying to win her man. Constatin is the man she is trying to win, but he is locked into a life of servitude from a rash decision made by Karina. This story is quick and written as a short story. I enjoyed the telling but wished it was longer with deeper character development.
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars – rounded. A twist on a Hansel and Gretel, Brothers Grimm tale, the entire story takes place on Christmas Eve, and ties in with the others in the Cursed Princes Series.  It does stand alone with reasonable ease, but having the familiarity of the worlds and the information from the earlier installments in the series it will be more enjoyable. Missing a touch of the falling down the rabbit hole feel of many fairy tale reworks, this story is based on two gypsy children: Karina and Constantine.  Karina has loved only Constantine for her entire life, but a bad choice earlier had him cutting her off, and living with a curse to his family.   The twists and turns in this short novella mix slightly unformed and wooden characters within the maelstrom that will return them to one another.  The depth and darkness of Draven’s world contrasts nicely with the vibrancy of the gypsy life, and against the opulence of the ‘titled classes”.  This is the first I have read in this series, and will be going back and reading earlier titles to get background and the feel that is hinted at, yet just missed in this novella.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
raareviews-n-such More than 1 year ago
I loved the twist Ms. Myles put on the classic story, Hansel and Gretel! Karina is a mischievous Gypsy witch who's determined to capture the love of her childhood sweetheart. But Constantin Stoica, though he thinks Karina is beautiful, cannot afford to give in to her wiles. When Karina arrives at Thorncliff Towers where Constantin is a servant, she is intent on using all her powers to gain his love. But a magic potion, an enchanted ring, and a curious child get in the way. I found this novella to be the perfect antidote to the busy holiday season!!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the dark world of the Cursed Princes so I was excited to get an early copy of this for review. For some reason this story didn’t resonate with me as much as the others.  The story didn’t flow as smoothly.  As with the others the main characters have their flaws that they have to overcome to find their HEA.  I got a kick out of Constantin and could see him getting frustrated with Karina.  The interaction between Constantin and Grace Ann made the whole book for me.  Not a bad story just not as good as the others in this series. I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting twist on Hansel and Gretel. Let me say that this isn't the children's version in any way, shape or form. Constantin is upset with Karina for putting his brother in trouble. Spoiler here. He must work for a cruel Lord to get his brother released. Constantin is not allowed back to his gypsy camp. So Karina is sent to tell him his grandfather is sick and dying as she needs his permission to cure him. There is a spoiler concerning a child with too much curiosity. You need to read this short story to learn all the spoilers. It is set at Christmas time. It starts a bit slow but plows forward after that. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.