Tales of Enchantment
Author: Kai Andersen
Book Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Red and the Huntsman
Red has turned eighteen, yet her mother (and everyone else) persists in seeing her as a little girl. She doesn’t know if it is because of her petite stature or something else.
When the man she is attracted to doesn’t see her as a woman, it’s the last straw. She will show them that she’s all grown up, and woman enough for her man.
The Question of Royalty
A lush, sensual, wet beauty arrives at his hunting lodge, seeking shelter from the ferocious storm. She claims to be a princess, but so many things about her don't add up. Despite his intense attraction to her, Frederick can't help but be suspicious.
Serena is running from a terrible fate, and she has no wish to linger, even when one look from her host makes her feel things she's never felt before. Not to mention the touch of his hands, his lips... Fires burn hot and bright between them, despite the questions in his eyes, questions she cannot answer.
Unbeknownst to them, villainous forces are at work, seeking to keep them apart. Will Frederick be forced to let her go, especially if she can't answer The Question of Royalty?
Giselda of Mithirien is a fake, and she knows it. When Prince Michael of Ermont offers for her hand, she's overjoyed. Michael can give her everything her heart desires--wealth, security, status. So why is she attracted to Rodin, son of the palace gardener?+
Rodin knows he's nothing and no one in Giselda's eyes, but he can't help hungering for her. Brought together by a desperate mission, Rodin can't resist awakening his princess to the sensual arts. Much as he loves her luscious body, he wants her heart even more.
Their desperate quest is fraught with peril--from monstrous beasts and rough terrain to the wild longings and forbidden hopes of their unsuspecting hearts. It may bring them destruction...or their greatest prize.
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A series of heavy thumpings from the direction of the door.
Frederick strode toward the door, opened it ...
And fell in lust.
Blood roared in Frederick’s ears, blood hurried through his heart singing a fast thump-thump-thump-di-da-thump-thump-thump, and blood rushed to his groin. He experienced the most pleasurable ache.
Rain blew in his face, but he was unaware of it. His world receded, containing only the two of them.
The girl who stood before him wasn’t the most beautiful he had ever seen, with her hair in dark, wet, scraggly lumps about her head and her face chalky white from the cold.
But there was something about her enormous, beseeching green eyes that touched him. Or maybe it was the way her wet clothes were plastered about her full-bodied figure, molding each rise and hollow of her charms. Whatever it was, Frederick swallowed as he saw her dark nipples, pebbled from the cold and thrusting against the thin material. Her arms were about her small waist, as if to ward off the cold. And she was shivering uncontrollably.
“S-sir?” Her voice trembled. “Can I . . .would you . . .would you be kind . . .let me stay for a night? Just for one night . . .”
Frederick shook his head, coming out of his trance. “Of course. Come in out of the rain; you must be cold.” Because he couldn’t help himself, he took hold of her hands as soon as he had closed the door behind her. He rubbed them, enjoying their cool and silky texture.
The girl looked at him wide-eyed, her entire body trembling.
“Frederick! You’re back --” He was barely aware of his stepsister Giselda, running into the middle of the hall. “Who is she?” Stalking to them, she swiped his hands away. “Don’t touch her! She might be a tramp and have a disease or -- or -- something!”
The girl cringed away from them.
“Stop it! You’re scaring her.” While Giselda pouted, Frederick turned to the girl and spoke softly, one hand outstretched. “It’s all right. We’ll help you get warm, then you can take dinner with us and stay here for the night.”
Frederick was about to usher the girl up the stairs when Giselda intervened. “Now, Frederick, I’ll take care of her. It’s not suitable for you to help her. After all, you’re a prince.”
Frederick wanted to protest. So what if he were a prince? It was his pleasure to help.
And what was wrong with him showing the girl to the guest room? He hadn’t only been showing bar maids, chambermaids, and all kinds of maids to his room for years, but he had also been helping them out of their clothes. In fact, he’d probably make a better helper than Giselda, who needed a maid to help her with her clothes each day. Just as he opened his mouth, she beat him to it.
“Don’t worry, Frederick, I’ll take good care of her. I’ll even lend her one of my dresses to wear.”
He saw Giselda poke the girl sharply in the ribs to get her to move in the direction of the stairs. Before he could rebuke her, they were gone.
Tales of Enchantment is a collection of fairy tale retellings, so I thought it would be fun to do a Top Ten list of my recommended fairy tale retellings. These titles are straightforward retellings, like my stories, in the sense that it's a retelling of one particular fairy tale. For example, Red and the Huntsman is based on Little Red Riding Hood, The Question of Royalty is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, and The Quest is patterned more or less after The Firebird.
So, here's my list:
- Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (The Six Swans)
- Silk and Scars by Cassandra Dean (Beauty and the Beast)
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Polish fairy tale?)
- The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt (Sleeping Beauty)
- Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Little Red Riding Hood)
- Once Upon a Time series by Kay Hooper (several fairy tales)
- Charming series by Andi Lawrencovna (Cinderella)
- The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James (The Princess and the Pea)
- A Perfect Fit by Naima Simone (Cinderella)
- Isn't She Lovely by Lauren Layne (Pygmalion and Galatea)