Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/19/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy
Modern day fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: he’s Sleeping Beauty, the most useless princess in existence. Throw in his true love, Corentin Devereaux, a huntsman descended from child-eating witches, and Taylor’s younger brother, Atticus—this generation’s Snow White—who tried to kill him. That didn’t go so hot.
For two years, Taylor and Corentin live their Happily Ever After. But Corentin is cursed to lose his memory every seven days, including his life with Taylor—a painful reminder that he can’t provide for the man he loves. Taylor insists Corentin has the strength to succeed, and when Taylor discovers a way to break the curse, he is more than willing to pay the cost.
When an enchanted blizzard devastates Corentin’s hometown of New Orleans, Taylor is convinced Atticus is to blame and grows desperate to find him amid the Big Easy turned frozen wasteland. Corentin believes Taylor is chasing a ghost while he chases the ghosts of his own past. Old tensions scratch open scars, leaving both to wonder if they have each other’s best interests at heart. The clock is ticking until Corentin loses his memory and the rabbit hole goes so deep they may never come out.
Bayou Fairy Tale finds us two years after the defeat of Idi and the incarceration of Atticus in a mental facility. On the surface, things seem to be going well, but we soon see that all is not a perfect as desired.
I loved the story and the setting, but must talk about what annoyed the heck out of me first, just to get it out of the way. Taylor and Corentin DO NOT TALK. They do not talk about what is going on with each other, they hide secrets and both feel they are not worthy of the other. There are some major self-esteem issues going on, as well as the SECRECY! This does not make for a pleasant home life for either of them. It is one of my biggest pet peeves when people decide they know best and act without consulting their partner, especially by hiding truths.
Now that that is out of the way… You’ll see I still rated the book 4.5 Stars out of 5. Why? Because the rest of the story is vivid, compelling, and unique. I loved Idea and the concept behind it. I loved how even bleak and desolate frozen New Orleans was depicted in such rich atmosphere. I could see the ice shrouded streets and the life that lay beneath.
I loved Ringo and Honeysuckle as the sidekicks. I also appreciated the other story book characters that were introduced. Even with Taylor and Corentin’s problems, I still adored both of them.
The book ends on very shaky ground. It isn’t really even a HFN, but there is hope and a burning desire to read book 3!
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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