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Christmas at Thorncliff Towers

(The Cursed Princes #3.5)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  25 reviews

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 cauSERVANT

Kindle Edition, 65 pages
Published November 24th 2014 by eKensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog


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.
Marilyn Rondeau
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS is short novella about Karina Petri, a gypsy witch who dearly misses her best friend and love Constantin. Some years ago, when hunger had led her to try to steal food for the starving Gypsy camp she involved Constantin’s brother Viktor in her scheme. As a result, the supposed werewolf master of Thorncliff caught Viktor and demanded he pay by working for him. As a result, Constantin was finally able to have Viktor released and he would then pay off the debt owed by ...more
Sweets Books
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm still loving this whole series, whether it be a short story with secondary characters or a novella with the main characters. So far I love all the characters of this series!

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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book three and a half of the Cursed Princes series by Marina Myles.

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
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, review
Written For Confessions From Romaholics

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
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
If there is one thing I love most about Myles it is her interchangeable writing flow when providing readers with a new, paranormal twists on classic fairytales. To be fair I love the classics of Cinderella to Snow White but there is just something captivating about Myles's ideas on fairytales. Whether you are a fan of paranormal romances or you or not these stories such as Christmas at Thornville Castle quickly become beloved stories that you want to share with fellow readers.

Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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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
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series my Marina Myles and Christmas at Thorncliff Towers was a no different. I loved that it included the aristocrats but was based on the gypsies who lived close by and worked for the aristocrats. I love Karina! She is a stubborn, head-strong and feisty gypsy witch who lives in the present and goes after what she wants. She has been in love with Constantin for many years and will do whatever it takes to make him fall in love with her. Constantin is determined to follow the rul ...more
Donna Parker
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Take a pinch of romance, a smattering of the paranormal, a handful of Christmas and you have a wonderful romantic brew.
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
Lisa Dess
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
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.
Lauren Belk
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It was so sweet. I loved it just as much as each of her other books, and hope that she'll write more!
Originally reviewed for Tea and Book.

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
Christmas at Thorncliff Towers is a sensual paranormal twist on a classic fairy tale.

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
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Karina Petri has gypsy magic that always seems to get her into trouble. Constantine Stocia is always getting wrapped up in her OOPS & even has a limp from his broken leg she caused by falling out of a tree & landing on him. One Christmas she talks his brother, Viktor, into stealing food from Thorncliff Towers & was totally busted by the Lord of the manor. So to get his brother out of trouble, he volunteers to be the Lord's newest servant & he can never leave Thorncliff Tower ever ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Christmas at Thorncliff Towers by Marina Myles. It is different from what I expected when I saw the cover but enjoyable no less. I’m really not sure who is supposed to be on the cover but it cannot be Constantin so maybe it is the Lord Winthrop of Thorncliff Towers. This light paranormal historical Christmas novella (I read it in an evening) could have taken place almost any time of the year. The focus is not so much on the holiday as it is on the connection between the characters. Tw ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars – rounded.
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
Vikki Vaught
This just wasn't a book I could get into. I normally enjoy books based on fairy tales, but this just seemed a bit superficial to me. I did love the little girl Grace Ann, but it felt as if she were thrown into the story without much forethought. It's a very short novella and because of that, there is not very much character development. I never felt connected, nor vested in the hero/heroine. Also some of the phrasing is just too modern for a book set in 1820 Romania.

So many characters are intro
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
£ stars and half
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
Lover of Romance
I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books.

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
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

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
Margaret Sholders
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting twist on Hansel and Gretel. Let me say that this isn't the children's version in any way, shape or form. Constantine is upset with Karina for putting his brother into trouble. Spoiler. He must work for a cruel Lord to get his brother released. Constantine is not allowed back to his gypsy camp. So Karina is sent to tell him his grandfather is sick and dying as she needs his permission to cure him. There is a spoiler concerning a child with too much curiosity. You need to r ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy the dark world of the Cursed Princes so I was excited to get an early copy of this for review. For some reason this story didn’t resonate with me as much as the others. The story didn’t flow as smoothly. As with the others the main characters have their flaws that they have to overcome to find their HEA. I got a kick out of Constantin and could see him getting frustrated with Karina. The interaction between Constantin and Grace Ann made the whole book for me. Not a bad story just not as ...more
3 stars

*** 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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Constantin Stoica

Karina Petri

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher thru NetGalley for an honest review.
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just couldn't finish it. This book is bad and I just didn't feel like continuing it because it really couldn't get into it at all.
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Marina Myles
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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