Christmas at Thorncliff Towers
Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was cauSERVANTThorncliff ...more
It’s only 60 pages or so, so I was kind of excited to read this one before bed the other night. I’ve been in a PNR mood and this looks perfect for me.
But then I started it. It’s bad. Like really bad. Like I’m surprised this is a Kensington book bad. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish it once I saw how amateurish the writing was, but then the heroine is going to take away the hero’s will so she can make him do what she wants. I’m out. ...more
Karina was tempted to use magic for her own gain but in the end she didn't and used it when she had too, to save someone's life! She harbored alot of feelings for Constantin, but in the end she was willing and did walk away from him.
Constantin let his stubbornness and pride cost him. Even though he ...more
There are some days my brain just can’t handle the heavy books. So I dug this out of my ARC archive and gave it a go. It was a mere 65 pages but I was intrigued by Constantin and Karina enough to let their story settle my uneasy brain.
This story really grabs you. Karina is only looking to take a bit of food from the overabundance in Lord Draven’s house. But when she is caught, Constantin’s brother ...more
Leave it to Marina Myles to take a sweet fairytale and twist the plot and switch the characters into something completely different and obtain an amazing story. This short story is part of “The Cursed Princes” series and is based on the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel fairytale. Don’t try to find the original fairytale here, because you won’t. What you will find is the witch; a curvaceous woman who stirs trouble without meaning to, and all in the name of ...more
Last week, I was able to read Christmas at Thorncliff Towers by Marina Myles. I'm kind of glad the story focuses on Katrina Petri and Constantin Stoica, and not the rest of the series. If you couldn't figure out why, you really don't know me. Anyway.
Well, Constantin is stuck at Thorncliff, because of Katrina's mischief which got his brother stuck there. However, Constantin was able to convince the lord of the manor for him to trade places with his brother. He's been ...more
The only problem I had with this story was it was too short. Sometimes when you’re reading a good novella you wish the extra 'la' would go away. I wanted more of this supernatural fairytale holiday love story, but enjoyed what there was.
Another delightful installation in The Cursed Princes saga, hopefully with more to come.
Something different for the holidays, a differen ...more
I enjoy reading the Cursed Princes series by Marina Myles and when I heard about this novella I was excited.
The characters, Karina and Constantin, are easy to like. They both are rather stubborn but sensible. This novella is a sweet love story with some witchery on the side.
Marina Myles is at it again! Christmas at Thorncliff Towers is her second novella in the ever edgy and unique Cursed Prince Series. As the series brings the amulet ever closer in time, Christmas takes us back to the first book, Beauty and the Wolf.
A sweet and charming story about forgiveness Christmas did lack that fairytale fallen down the rabbit hole feel to it. Which in some ways made it less. I admit, I find most of the charm ...more
The story was magically charge. Karina is a gypsy witch who is trying to win her man. Constatin is the man she is trying to win, but he is locked into a life of servitude from a rash decision made by Karina.
This story is quick and written as a short story. I enjoyed the telling but wished it was longer with deeper character development.
I received this ARC copy of Christmas at Thorncliff Towers from eKensington - Kensington Books in exchange for a honest r ...more
A twist on a Hansel and Gretel, Brothers Grimm tale, the entire story takes place on Christmas Eve, and ties in with the others in the Cursed Princes Series. It does stand alone with reasonable ease, but having the familiarity of the worlds and the information from the earlier installments in the series it will be more enjoyable.
Missing a touch of the falling down the rabbit hole feel of many fairy tale reworks, this story is based on two gypsy children: Kar ...more
So many characters are intro ...more
It 's a quick read but fascinating, well written with a fluent pace. It is part of the series "The Cursed Prince" that are paranormal retelling of fairy tales: this is a twist on Hansel and Gretel.
It 's set in 1820 in Romania. Karina is a friend of Constantin and has always been in love with him. Only that gypsy is an endless source of trouble. In one of these involves in a theft Constantin's brother Viktor. Unfortunately, the boy is discovered by the lord of Thorncli ...more
I have come to really like this series so far, and it has been a unqiue take on fairy tales. I have admireed this author, and seeing the way she weaves a story togther, in a way that enchants you. I first fell in love with Marina Myles when her first book came out. Even though I enjoyed this very short book--took me about 20 minutes to read, so it just breezed by, and if you are looiking f ...more
A very enjoyable companion Novella to the wonderful Cursed Princes series. This installment takes place during the first book, Beauty and the Wolf and focuses on two of the Gypsys, a servant at Thorncliff Manor Constantin, and Karina, a gypsy witch.
Filled with the delightful touches of unique twists on classic fairy tales, sizzling romance and in depth characters, (Hansel & Gretel in this case) the novella is very enjoyable, and a quick read. The ...more
*** Got eArc from NetGalley ***
This is the first book by Ms. Myles I have read. I didn't find out till after I had read it that this book is part of her series, The Cursed Princes. While not having read previous books in the series did not really distract from enjoying this book I do believe that if I had read them I would have enjoyed this book even more. It would have given me a comfortable familiarity with some of the characters and may have added depth to the story l ...more