By Christine Danse
Pub Date: March 5, 2012
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Summary from Marketing Copy:
Journeying by steam-powered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter-and wants one thing in return. Stories.
The travellers are glad to oblige. Their host, Rolph, is especially captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, and aware of an electric pull between them, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.
When the veil between the mortal and spiritual worlds is parted, and danger threatens, will Tara make the ultimate sacrifice to save Rolph?
Okay so this was my first Netgalley. It was a short book and I was a little reluctant about the story after reading the first couple of chapters, but plugged on. I’m glad I did.
The author did an excellent job of weaving the story telling into the main story of the book. The short stories were fun and very different, from one another. During the story telling, Tara finds herself attracted to Rolph and then encourages him to tell a story.
After his story telling, Tara finds herself in various parts of his home and begins to really wonder if his story if fiction or not. It was at this point that the whole book took off for me. However, because it was a shorter book, it was over too soon. Even though it was a short story, it didn’t have any loose ends or lack any excitement. I hope to see more from this author.
Verdict: 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the book and the story telling. It’s a fantasy/romance type book with a little bit historical or steampunk with the machines.