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Monday, April 6, 2009

Bedtime Fantasies by Marty Rayne

Bedtime Fantasies by Marty Rayne
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Historical, Contemporary, Fantasy
Length: Short (57 pgs )
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Why snuggle up beside the fire, when you can warm up to this fantastic trio of bedtime stories? Join three sensual heroines in a quest to live erotically ever after!

Cyn-Ful Night of Pleasure: Down on her luck Cynderella has one chance to live out her wildest fantasies. With a bit of help from a wild fairy godmother, Cyn's sinful fun just might be the beginning of something "charming", and kinky!

Red Hot: Who's afraid of a big, bad, wolfish hunk? Vivacious Red learns the consequences of wandering alone in the forest, and lives to enjoy it.

What's in a Name? A mysterious enchantress rescues Tristan from an evil queen. Their love is threatened by a curse that can only be broken if Tristan can guess his beloved's true name.

Marty Rayne’s erotic retelling of popular fairy tales is definitely hotter than fairy tales from childhood.

In “Cyn-ful Night of Pleasure,” the story of Cinderella gets an erotic twist when Cyn finds herself forced into servitude in the royal palace, but with the help of her fairy godmother she sets out to have a night to remember with the prince. As the prince searches for a bride, he is entranced by the mysterious beauty that shared his bed for one passionate encounter and sets out to find her. This was a highly passionate take on one of my favorite stories. One thing I didn’t care for though was the high volume of backstory at the beginning. It got the story off to a bit of a slow start, but things began to pick up once Cyn meets her fairy godmother leading to one very satisfying read. An interesting mixture of modern references mixed in with a historical feel make it hard to know when this fantasy story was set, but overall it was quite enjoyable and different.

The next entry in the anthology is a very short erotic retelling of Red Riding Hood, “Red Hot,” in which Red meets a sexy and mysterious man as she traipses through the woods on the way to her cabin. Passions explode as the mystery man follows Red to her destination. This was a hot and fun read, but it was almost too short. At times it felt more like an excerpt from a story rather than a complete story and I wish there would have been more.

“What’s in a Name,” the last story of the anthology, provides readers with a unique and erotic retelling of the classic Rumplestiltskin as a young man finds himself imprisoned and forced to turn sour wine into water. A mysterious young woman agrees to help…for a price. To secure his freedom and win the hand of the woman he grows to love, he must guess her name. This was definitely an interesting take on the classic story with a very unique and fun twist. I really enjoyed reading this one as it had interesting characters and a fun plot and I wished it had been longer. It had the potential to be an interesting full-length story.

Bedtime Fantasies, as a whole, was a very fun and passionate anthology providing adult versions of some classic fairy tales. While each story may have been a bit short with little time for true character development, they were nonetheless entertaining and fun reads. This one is definitely a hot escape read if you are looking for a quick read that is different.

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