Diamonds and Toads

Diamonds and Toads

by K. E. Saxon

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Sugar and spice and everything nice...and, oh yes, naughty--times twice.

Together, sweet Delilah and wicked Isadora make the perfect woman. But the Perrault family fairy is a troublemaker and imbues diamonds upon one sister and toads upon the other. Now up is down and down is up in a world where no good deed goes unpunished.

Leather, blindfolds, and handcuffs purge sweet of all reserve.

A few misspoken words of lust gives wicked a whole new meaning.

Once upon a time, there were two sisters, one cursed and one blessed by fairy magic...

Bibbidee-bobbidi-boo, They're naughty. Are you?

For readers who like a good chuckle, can relate to moments of having 'foot in mouth' disease, Bewitched reruns, adore the JFK and Marilyn story, enjoy reimagined fairy tales with a modern twist, fantasy romance, big diamond rings, singing parrots, houseboats, and romances that sizzle.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013398979
Publisher: KE Saxon
Publication date: 09/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She has two cats and a funny, supportive husband. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swore that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. never believed her). She likes to write humorous, sexy family saga adventure romances with lots of twists.

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Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
"Once upon a time, there were two sisters, one blessed,and one cursed by fairy magic...." If you love contemporary fairy tales with lots of hot, steamy romance, then you're going to love this book! There are two sisters in a family one who is very kind and thoughtful, and one who is very selfish and rude. Can you guess which one is blessed and which one is cursed?! The first half of the book tells the story of the kind sister, Delilah Perrault, who "is blessed with riches beyond her wildest dreams and the man she's had her eye on for ages--even though he secretly has designs on her newfound wealth instead." Unfortunately, Delilah doesn't know that Chas Regan is only after her money, and when the fairy who blessed her tells her she can't let him have it, he will have to decide which is more important - his family's company or Delilah. Oh, and Delilah has a nice little secret that she's keeping from him, too! In the second half of the book, we get to hear the story of Delilah's half-sister, Isadora. The same fairy who blessed Delilah curses Isadora, so that every time she opens her mouth she says something awful, usually obscene, that she had no intention of saying! Her mother kicks her out of the house after one such scene, and she takes refuge with a man from her past, her ex-fiancee Sam. She is forced to cook and clean for him until she can find out how to break the curse. This book is a very quick read because it is fast paced and more often than not hilarious! I read it one day because I couldn't put it down! I totally blamed K.E. Saxon for my lack of sleep and not getting any work done the next day! This is a really fun, really HOT book, full of magic and romance, and I can definitely recommend it :D
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: The book starts out with this: Once Upon a Time there were two sister, one blessed, and one cursed by fairy magic... The story then begins with the blessed sister, Delilah. Midway through, it moves to Isadora, the cursed sister's story. This was an interesting book. I liked the way that it gave a modern, and at times erotic, twist to a fairy tale. There is a true fairy in the book who is trying to guide the two sisters to their true loves. The story takes place in modern day Texas. Delilah is the blessed sister, but she is involved with a man who is using her, for her good fortune, without her knowledge. On the other hand, Isadora is the cursed sister and she is involved with a man who truly loves her, but she is too caught up in her mother's schemes to see it. It's an interesting dichotomy and overall, I truly enjoyed that about the book. It's interesting...the woman who is loved is the cursed, while the one who is not is the least at the beginning of each story. Both stories take place at the same time and intertwine within each other, but they are truly separate stories. I really liked that about the way that it was written and understood some of the events from the first story much better after having read the second. All of the characters are interesting. Chas is a jerk who is truly taking advantage of a friend in Delilah. But he knows that and is regretful of that at the same time that he is starting to fall in love with Delilah. Delilah is an interesting character who has a hard time asserting herself so is taking Domme training (yes, there is some light BDSM in this book) to help her self-confidence. I really loved that completely unexpected twist to her personality. It made for some really fun and sizzling scenes. In the other story, we have Sam & Isadora, who were engaged to be married 8 years ago. Isadora broke his heart though in deference to her mother's wishes. I found Isadora to be the least likable of all the characters, but I wanted to like her. I think that if there had been a little more insight into her inner thoughts, that she would have ended up enjoying the entire book overall more. I did absolutely LOVE her and Sam's story. My heart just broke for Sam as he is dealing with trying to keep his heart from becoming crushed again. It's definitely an interesting book and was great for an afternoon's escape.
thunderbird63 More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting to find something that breaks away from the mainstream, and K.E. Saxon's DIAMONDS AND TOADS does. There really is something different here. It gives you the same sparkly, wish-upon-a-star feeling as you read it that you had as a child hearing the story of Cinderella, but with loads of laughs and lots of hot sex thrown in as well. I grinned at the whole Superman-like twist of the "goody-two-shoes" Delilah (the blessed sister) who is shy and retiring by day, and vamped up and working as a pro-domme by night (this is her assertiveness training!). You can only imagine how the sparks fly when her conservative, image-conscious, fiancé, Chas, discovers her secret. Of course, this is a romance, so Chas actually likes her alter-ego a little more than he wants to admit at first. Then, there's Isadora, the "bad sister." She starts out, just as in the original fairy tale, as a self-centered, self-serving social-climber, who is rude to everyone she deems beneath her. Unfortunately, she's finally rude to the wrong person (the fairy) and the curse she gets in return is a doozie. Warning: don't read this at your desk at work--you'll be laughing so hard at what comes out of Isadora's mouth that your boss will know you're not working. I loved how the curse turned out to be a means of forcing Isadora back into the arms of her long-lost love, Sam. I won't tell you, but Sam has a funny little sideline himself. Buy this book if you like romantic, sexy fairy tales that aren't gothic, or if you just like to laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
anonymous015 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's got humor, intrigue, sex, and a great cast of characters. Loved the matchmaking fairy godmother, and the evil stepmother is evil fun, too.
ConfuciusCat More than 1 year ago
Diamonds and Toads manages to blend the sexy romance with wit and humor for a fantastic and fantastical modern fairy tale.
BeaBattersea More than 1 year ago
Author KE Saxon promises steamy romance and dreamy heroes with a side order of laughter, and she delivers in Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale. But this fast-paced, engaging two-part novel dishes up a lot more than that! Like the original 17th century fairy tale by Charles Perrault, the story follows two sisters, one who is blessed by a fairy with an agenda of moral instruction, and one who is cursed. Although set in modern times, Saxon's rendering of the tale is metaphorically faithful to the original early on, but quickly diverges into creative byways as each girl becomes romantically involved with a man. Isadora, the "bad" sister, is reintroduced to one of her former flings, and must struggle with her completely non-PC fairy curse as their relationship develops, which leads to horrifying and hilarious social situations that appear to be irresolvable. Delilah, the "good" sister, tries valiantly to accommodate her fairy blessing without stepping on masculine toes. The stress of it leads her to a novel and, shall we say, **interesting** way of releasing her tension, which has it's own horrifying moments. The girls' struggles with their budding relationships in the context of their situations makes for a highly entertaining and satisfying read. I'm already looking for the next fairy tale from this talented new author!