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Friday, January 8, 2010

Like a Queen Anthology

Like a Queen – An Anthology of Lesbian Fairy Tales edited by Cecila Tan and Rachel Kincaid
Publisher: Circlet Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (78 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Five lesbian fairytales that feature classic stories like "Cinderella" and "The Princess and the Pea" with a queer twist. What are the erotic possibilities of the enchanted princesses and forbidding queens that we learned about as children? Discover the love story between Gretel and the Witch and the intoxicating tale of Cinderella's seductively severe stepmother. It wasn't a pea in her mattress that kept the Princess up all night, and the story didn't end when the Prince found Snow White in the woods. Instead of competing for princes or beauty, the women in these stories are made more powerful by their desire for each other. Includes stories by ADR Forte, Michael M. Jones, Kaysee Renee Robichaud, Clarice Clique and Quatre Grey.

Fairy tales. We all grew up with them, but not these. You want to squirm while reading a tale of fancy, then you need to read Like a Queen.

Now there are some stories that need a second or third interpretation. I applaud these authors for taking stories we all know in directions we might not have guessed. But if the intention is to titillate and to scandalize, then these stories fit the bill. If you want soft and sensual, you might want to look elsewhere.

In Mirror, we have the story of Snow White if she was truly a witch and attracted to the evil witch. This is an interesting spin on the sweet story we know from childhood. I liked seeing Snow White for the woman she may have been and I liked seeing the HEA she ends up with.

In Queen’s Jewel, we meet a woman who’s about to be married, but she has to pass muster with her soon to be mother-in-law. If you want a story that’s sensual and erotic, then this is the one. But I wasn’t impressed with the relationship. The idea of reading about a woman who makes love with her future mother-in-law and then agrees to marry the man anyway isn’t my thing, but it may be yours.

Third, we have Gretel’s Dilemma. Imagine Hansel getting away from the witch only to find that his sister, Gretel is attracted to the green-skinned meanie? What impressed me about this story was the idea that you can go home and you can be happy in your own skin. Yes, she loved the witch, but she also loved her family. That made the story powerful.

After the Hunt shows that a platonic love between a man and a woman can be enough if the woman and another woman are in love. I liked the mind games and physicality of this story. The alpha is the woman and it’s interesting and different. I think this was my favorite of the collection.

The final story, The Stepmother’s Girl made me squirm in many ways and most of them weren’t good. I understand the idea of a Dom/sub. It’s exciting. But, I’m not a fan of intense pain and harm coming to the sub. Yes, she proved her devotion, but it didn’t come across as sexy or sensual to me. It seemed degrading with no love behind it. But if you want to be titillated, then this story is for you.

Like a Queen is not for the faint of heart. It’s fairy tales for big kids. You want sex and sin, then this is the collection for you. I give it 3 cherries.

1 comment:

Michael M. Jones said...

As the author of "After the Hunt", your comments about my story really tickled me pink. I'm glad I stumbled across this review. Thanks!