By far, the best in the series. The last installment in the ‘Fairy Tales of New York,’ tells Faith Sullivan’s story – FINALLY! Faith’s been biding her time for quite a while as all of a close-knit group of friends found their HEAs; does it count that two of them were with her brothers? Her friend Merry (who’s not in a relationship with any of her brothers – thank goodness) has a friend/business acquaintance from Australia who ready to introduce his lager in the U.S. As a networking favor, Merry innocently asks her bestie, bar-owner, Faith to meet with him.
The thing is Faith never wanted to do what she’s doing – running a bar. Since she was a child, all she’s ever wanted was to create art. But when her father had not just one but two heart attacks, Faith’s love of family didn’t include leaving her father with a bar to run. So what does any good daughter do, she makes the sacrifice, sucks it up and handles the family business. It’s unfortunate for Faith that she never thought that helping her dad would take this long.
What I thought was great about Faith is that she never, not once, blamed anyone else for her actions. She owned all of them. She might have been a little too quick to take on the responsibilities that she did, but when she saw none of her older brothers doing it – she stepped up. I blamed her dad for a lot of that because he was being selfish not only in his grief, but in his love for the life he had with his dead wife.
Rafael Quartermaine, former pro-surfer, blond, good looking, tall, and… did I mention he’s from down under and so has the most wicked sex accent? Well he is and he does. And he loves a good beer. What’s not to fall for there? But the kicker is that he’s only in town for a month while looking for vendors for his lager. Ripe set up for the friends with benefits theme, as with the previous stories.
There’s a commendable showing of Faith and Rafael enjoying each other’s company outside of the bedroom. It’s not until a family emergency happens that things start really picking up and that’s when I started to enjoy this story. Faith’s feelings of guilt in that so just so… real. The self-loathing and ‘if only’ made me sad for her. It’s entirely plausible for that scenario.
If you’re in the mood for a Cinderella theme novella, including a trio of wanna be fairy Godmothers with a heroine who is very worthy of her HEA, give this one a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Seduced by the Baron
by Amy Andrews
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing