Author: Cate Ashwood and Nico Jaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/09/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
Since the death of his father, Trick Grigsby has fought to keep his head above water. Following in his father’s footsteps as a talented architect, he hopes to work his way up at the firm. Unfortunately, the company’s new owner barely resembles the man who was once Trick’s father’s best friend. Trick’s days are filled with drudgery and cruel remarks from the man who was supposed to be his mentor—along with his two sons, whose only jobs seem to be making Trick’s life miserable.
But all that is about to change.
Edwin Goodmaker struggled through his fairy godparent curriculum, but his mother—the reigning Fairy Queen—has a simple solution: Edwin will go to New York City and get some practical experience. When he meets Trick, Edwin knows he’s found a worthy charge, and he’s sure he can help Trick achieve all of his heart’s desires. Edwin falls for Trick, but with everything standing in their way, a fairy-tale ending might remain nothing more than a dream.
What a fun rendition of Cinderella! I loved this story. It was a bit over the top at times and some parts felt rushed, but in the end, this was a great tale.
I loved that the authors took a traditional tale and made it their own. Most of the hallmark story elements were present and easily recognizable. Yet at the same time, these elements were unique enough that this story did not feel like a carbon copy of the original. It had its own life and its own premise that was so full of wonder and awe that I just fell in love from the very beginning.
I also loved that not only was this a fairy tale, but it had character growth and a bit of depth to counteract the sweetness. Trick’s journey to discover his heart’s true desires was not easy but was well worth it in the end. And this journey felt natural. Even with a Fairy Godfather, Trick really had to do all the hard work. So when he had his “Ahha!” moment, it felt organic and real. I liked both Edwin and Trick, but it was Trick’s story that held my interest.
I don’t want to give too much away, because I feel like everyone should read this one on their own. But I do want to say I was a bit saddened that we did not get to see Edwin’s homeland. I also felt like a bit more could have been done in regards to the big angst at the end, but maybe there will be a sequel? I do hope so.
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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