Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on May 1, 2013
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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Once Upon a Crime…
Melanie wants to get incriminating information on her evil stepfather and she’ll get it —even if it means giving in to an odious toad’s demands. Cole is undercover, and when theopportunity arises for him to get closer to the criminal he’s investigating, using the man’sbeautiful stepdaughter, he grabs it.
Esmerelda is a Fairy Godmother Enforcer charged with getting the Frog Prince fairytale backon track. But fate has saddled her with a partner, and Rumpelstiltskin — with his sexy badboy swagger — has a hidden agenda of his own.
In the Fairy Isle, nothing is as it seems…
As a short novella, it’s absolutely crucial to hook the reader in and deliver a story in a short length, and unfortunately Enamoured didn’t captivate me enough throughout this time.
Melanie is a daughter of a powerful, corrupt stepfather who she’s determined to prove guilty, so she can get his abusive ways away from her mother. She’s so set on her path that when she encounters Cole, a construction worker who poses an interest in her from the very beginning, she labels him as The Village People. Cole is almost aggressive in his approach to her and seems to have an agenda of his own. The two have a strong chemistry to each other as they each work on the case.
Unfortunately for Esmeralda (Essie) the fairy godmother and Rumpelstiltskin (Rump), Melanie belongs to The Frog Prince fairy tale which has become off track. The two work together to try and influence things to go their way, but with a spanner in the works as Melanie and Cole hit it off, it proves to be more difficult than they thought.
While reading Enamoured, the scenes with Essie and Rump were sort of confusing in the background. They were obviously operating to their own agenda and because this was a novella, it wasn’t really explained too much. It clashes with the contemporary setting and did not weave well with the story. had no idea who the actual Frog Prince was until the end of the book, so it didn’t make much sense to me until the end.
Enamoured, while featuring a smart, sassy heroine, was forgettable at best. Melanie was great at self defence but for some reason the way she looked down at blue collar workers and had contempt for Cole from the beginning – and suddenly started getting attracted to him when he was in a suit was way too superficial for my liking. While there were some sensual scenes between Cole and Melanie, there were no sex scenes as promised which was kind of disappointing.
The mystery is quickly solved and the ‘romance’ a tease at best but I think Enamoured could have been so much better. The strength was in the contemporary setting with Melanie, and with the fairy tale focus taken out, could probably have been a more enjoyable novel.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review by Harlequin Enterprises Australia via Netgalley.
Rating: 2 out of 5
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