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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Goldilocks by Selena Kitt

A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale: Goldilocks by Selena Kitt
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Contemp, Sci-fi/Fantasy, paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed By Lilac

In this modern retelling of a fairy tale classic, Goldie Lax is a safecracking prodigy who learned her craft from her father and her grandfather before him. When she pairs up with Richard Campbell, who can hack any system, together they make the perfect team, mixing both business and pleasure.

When Goldie’s grandfather, who survived the holocaust only to end up a nursing home in his eighties, tells her about a horrific crime that robbed a good friend of his family’s inheritance, Goldie enlists Campbell’s help to recover the diamonds.

The three Behr brothers have stolen something too precious for words and Goldie, safecracker extraordinaire, and Campbell, their head of security, have hatched a foolproof scheme to get it back, but the long, involved plan may just complicate their relationship beyond repair.

Once the children are tucked away in bed for the night, Mommy now has her own fairy tale to go to bed with! Selena Kitt has revised the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by altering the story into current time with real life situations but maintaining key points of the original fairy tale within the story.

Goldie is a third generation locksmith who is the best at combination safe cracking while stealthily testing large corporations' security systems. The three Behr brothers own one of the largest businesses around with top security measures to protect their priceless jewels. So what harm could come from pitting their head of security against Goldie's talented skills? But Richard Campbell risks losing everything through this challenging proposition - his employment, his home and his heart.

This had absolutely exciting action sequences that lead very smoothly into the love making scenes. The heat between the main characters is so intense that it might give heart palpitations to even the healthiest of readers! The only thing that could have made the book better is if the storyline did not feel like the ending was rushed in order to fit into the last several pages, but instead had been expanded on by just adding a few more pages to the novella.

Through the classic tale has been altered, I was very impressed by how Ms. Kitt used the star constellation “Ursa” as an undetected yet subtly reference to "The Three Bears" along with her play on words to fit in the story line. The moral of the story stays the same, however: a person will go through a lot of hassle to get to the right fit eventually! But being an adult tale, instead of finding comfort in a bed that 'feels just right', Goldie finds a man who fits not just her personal needs but her every need in and out of the bedroom!

I know that I will be keeping my eyes open for more of these fairy tale stories after enjoying this classic yet delightfully naughty book by Selena Kitt!

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