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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For by Nick Howard

Be Careful What You Wish For by Nick Howard
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (59 Pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Fairy Godmothers don’t always know what’s best. Or do they?

“If love is pain, I want to be hurt!”

It must have been her distress over being dumped by Sir Justin that made Princess Lilly less than precise expressing her wish to her Fairy Godmother. Otherwise, she would not have ended up the indignant prisoner of Sir Gawain, a vile knight who wouldn’t know how to properly treat a princess if the instructions whacked him upside his armored helm.

She should be angry, but she has no one to blame but herself, and no way out. The Kidnapping of Damsel Laws are very specific—once she is taken, she has no choice but to submit to his seduction. Every kiss, caress…and spanking.

Still, she’s determined not to make it easy for him. If he thinks he will bend her to his delicious…no, barbaric intentions, he has a serious flaw in his logic. Yet as he carefully executes his plan of exquisitely pain-laced pleasure, she finds her body responding quite against her will. And her mind racing with immoral thoughts that threaten her jealously guarded virtue.

Until there is a very small, tiny, remote possibility that Sir Gawain might win her hand…

Princess Lilly learned the hard way that, when wishing to your fairy godmother, you must be precise. Who knew that when she said, “If love is pain, I want to be hurt!” that her godmother would take her literally. After all, she had just been dumped by Sir Justin, for another Princess.

Enter Sir Gawain, kidnapping her in the middle of the night in accordance with the Kidnapping of Damsel Laws, and whisking her away to his castle. Also in accordance to the law, once abducted, Princess Lilly must submit to any and all demands made upon her by Sir Gawain, whether she enjoys them or not. Although she puts up a very good front of disinterest, inside, Lilly finds that she enjoys being dominated and punished, enough so that when Sir Justin kidnaps her from her abductors castle, she schemes for a way for Sir Gawain to end up as her rescuer.

Will Princess Lilly get the one she wants-Sir Gawain? Or will the Damsel In Distress Law be invoked, giving Lilly to the Dragon? If so, can Sir Gawain reach her in time to claim her and defeat the dragon?

Nick Howard has written a funny and, at times, ridiculous version of the classic Damsel in Distress fairy tale. But this is definitely not one for children. This is hot, and funny and sexy, and just a joy to read. The characters are all stereotypes of the classic tales: the self centered princess, the two knights, one the barbarian and one the civilized but spoiled rich boy.

Princess Lilly is the spoiled and self-centered royal. But as this story goes along, there is a hidden bit of her that comes to the surface, and she is as surprised by it as I was. I loved how she not only faced her situation with determined aloofness, but also was soon ‘suggesting’ to Sir Gawain other ‘punishments’ he might employ.

Sir Gawain is the rough but rich hero, handsome and determined to win Princess Lilly’s acceptance. He realizes that she wants what he offers, but has to follow the ‘rules’ concerning Kidnapping of Damsels and other bureaucratic nonsense. And when Sir Justin abducts the kidnapped Princess Lilly, Sir Gawain is up to the challenge.

I found this to be a humorous and delightful satire on fairy tales, with several hot and interesting twists and turns. There is a happy ever after here, but it is found only after much laughter and fun.

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