Beyond Fairytales #9
Author: Anastasia Vitsky
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Born to a destitute woodworker who wanted a son to carry on the family business, Talia grew up with one phrase on her lips: “If I had been born a boy.” If she had been born a boy, she would have been cherished, supported, and launched into the world with her father’s legacy. As only a worthless girl, she toils all day long to earn her handful of inferior grain.
Far away in the heavenly palace, Queen Vina receives a mysterious coin necklace from Nicodemus, teller of stories. Compelled by the throbbing heartbeat, she scours the earth to come across Talia, enslaved to a family who never wanted her. Rather than admit her motives, Vina purchases the girl with a sack full of gold. Furious, betrayed, and homesick, Talia endeavors to share her misery with the entire palace. Vina, afraid to confess her love, allows herself to become trapped in the role of brutal slave owner.
A note of disclaimer: I consider Anastasia Vitsky a friend, and I think she’s a delightfully witty, kind and talented person. She reminds me a bit of my own sweet daughter, and I genuinely like her. Contrary to popular opinion, my relationship with the author actually makes reviewing her work more difficult, rather than easier. However, all she asks is my honest opinion, so here goes …
This is only the second lesbian romance that I’ve read, and I must say that I am simply astonished by this powerful story. Vitsky’s writing has a rare elegance, and I was swept away while experiencing this lovely fairytale. When I finished the story, I sat still for a few moments merely to absorb all of the emotions this remarkable tale evokes.
I feel so sympathetic for Talia. She is convinced that her worth to Queen Vina amounts to nothing more than property purchased from Talia’s parents. Talia understandably wallows in her feelings of betrayal and hurt, and doesn’t allow herself to trust her growing feelings for Vina, nor to believe in Vina’s affection. She then easily falls prey to evil around Vina. I also feel empathy for Vina. She knows how truly special Talia is, and that she sought out Talia with the aid of magical forces. However, she is reluctant to tell Talia the truth of their meeting, and wants Talia to love her as an individual rather than as a Queen, despite the fact that she purchased Talia from her parents.
Their love story is fraught with mistrust and misunderstanding. However, they share a passion that is sensual and enticing. Although Talia is also conflicted that she desires Vina’s touch while simultaneously resenting Vina, together they weave a tale that is deliciously romantic.
I highly recommend this beautiful story. If you don’t usually read lesbian romance, this is the perfect story to introduce you to this exiting genre.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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