Book Review: Once Upon a Twist by Aimee Duffy and Michelle Smart

Once Upon A TwistOnce Upon A Twist by Michelle Smart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all love a happy ending. We also really enjoy an entertaining read which allows us to escape into the land of make-believe for a few hours and come back to reality sporting a secret smile.

This anthology, brought to you by romance authors Michelle Smart and Aimee Duffy, will tick the boxes. Based on the traditional fairy tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, these stories come with their own little twist. For once upon a time, in a land far, far away, monsters run amok. Zombie-like creatures are feasting on mankind throughout the kingdom, while elsewhere a big bad angry wolf is on the brink of wiping out the entire human population. Yet these heroines aren’t the swooning, dependent females you’d expect; Ella and Red are feisty, headstrong, smart and independent. They’re also a whole heap of fun.

With a big splash of horror (watch out, some scenes are a little gory!) a dash of humour and a healthy dose of good old ‘amour’, these fairy tales for Grown Ups will be sure to leave you with that ‘ahhh’ factor.

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Once Upon A Twist

When the sun goes down, guess what’s coming out to play… ?

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the creatures are coming…

In a land run by misogynists, where fair maidens are deemed liable to fall in a dead faint at the sight of blood, Prince Charming is worried – the creatures that have destroyed their neighboring kingdoms are coming for them. He judges it imperative to get all the females to safety, but first he needs to break the enchantment enslaving his One True Love to her hateful home. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Ball to get through too.

But when the creatures reach them ahead of their expected time, all plans are foregone. Can Ella break her wicked stepmother’s enchantment? Can she save her handsome Prince and the kingdom before midnight strikes? And can she show his soldiers what it really means to kick a monster’s butt? The clock is ticking…

Many, many years later…

When Ruby visits her grandmother in the deep, dark forest, she stumbles into a nightmare. Her grandma’s been attacked by a wolf-like creature, and an ancient disease that turned people into monsters is back… and so is the cold-hearted ex she walked out on a year ago.

Now she has to either accept Jeremy’s help or face becoming a monster herself. Fighting alongside the man she once loved isn’t easy, especially when she discovers there’s more to Jeremy than the cheating bastard she took him for.

As they fight to survive the disease and save those they love, can they keep from falling for each other all over again?


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