Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale

Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale

by K. E. Saxon

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BN ID: 2940013398979
Publisher: KE Saxon
Publication date: 09/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 1 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 is a member of the West Houston Chapter of Romance Writer's of America and is a devoted subscriber to the Romance Divas online forum. She has two cats, a 24-year-old cockatiel, a funny, supportive husband, and a garden that's been fried by the recent drought. 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 swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write funny, sexy romances.

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Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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.
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FaeRhiannon More than 1 year ago
I view this book as two short stories put together.  I love fairy tales and when I saw “A Modern-Day Fairy Tale”, I had to request it. Two sisters, Delilah and Isadora, are part of a family heritage whereupon they have one chance to make a first impression on their Fairy Godmother, so to speak. If they are good and true, they are blessed. If they are wicked and bad, they are cursed. Delilah, ironically, is the good girl (biblical reference here). She is truly a good person, caring and kind…. and in love with a man who can’t possibly love her back.  Isadora is a spoiled brat, and is cursed.  I love her curse more than I love Delilah’s blessing, honestly.  When a woman who builds herself on lies, is forced to speak the truth — or some version of it — whenever she opens her mouth, something hateful comes out, especially when she meant to say something completely different. To me, this is more amusing as this is an every day happenstance for myself — little-to-no filter is my disclaimer. However, Delilah takes part in an interesting kind of therapy — to help her learn to stand up for herself and be proud of who she is, she has an interesting little side therapy that involves a flogger instead of a couch. One of my favorite lines? “It smelled of leather… and fear.” Again, they’re both short stories, so I can’t write too much without giving something away, but I loved how the books intertwined — they take place over the same time period, and you get to read about one sister for a week, and another sister during that same week and how they saw each other, what directions their storylines took at the same time, etc. I enjoy books that link together like that. There was a bit of confusion about the heritage of the Fairy Godmother — Delilah and Isadora are half sisters, supposedly sharing the same father — but their mother speaks of a time when she was visited by the family —- if this were true, then they would share the same mother — but Isadora’s mother is Delilah’s step mother…. There’s a bit of explanation or cohesion that needs to be worked on there. Past that, they were cute short stories, able to be read in less than a day.  If you like fairy tales, the girls falling for the right guys (or the guys falling for the girls), humor and a little bit of naughty, this is going to be great for you.
TrinaAfterDarkRendezvous More than 1 year ago
Diamonds and Toads was a wickedly spicy quick read.  This is a short book so I don't want to give away too much.  There are two parts to the book, the first half deals with a romance between Delilah and Chas; the second book is between Isadora and Sam.  Delilah and Isadora are stepsisters; Chas and Sam have been friends forever so the stories are well intertwined.  Delilah and Isadora have lived in the shadow (and fear) of their stepmom/mom, who's just downright evil and selfish and only concerned about how high she can get on the social climbing ladder.  In different scenarios Delilah and Isadora encounter a fairy; but who if either will be blessed?   Will the sister's dreams of finding Mr. Perfect and wealth come true?  For such a short book, K.E. Saxon has packed a lot of details on the backgrounds of her characters and their stories.   My favorite characters were Delilah and Sam.  Who were both charming with a dash of sexy wickedness.  The fairy scenes were very comical and I enjoyed her wit. In one scene she appeared as Endora from Bewitched which I found hilarious.  I loved watching Bewitched while growing up.  I felt the book really touched on peoples character and how to not judge a book by it's cover so to speak.  There's a few steamy sex scenes and some have BDSM involved. Blush factor is 5 out of 5. Not a book for anyone under age 18.
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!