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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,069 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Allow yourself to be drawn into a fantasy world like no other...where a beautiful princess is seduced into a love triangle with a handsome prince and her winsome maid...where a mysterious gentleman's young bride is deliciously disciplined for her unchecked curiosity...where a naive daughter is married off to a beast of a man whose carnal appetites awaken her budding desire ...more
Paperback, Spice, 256 pages
Published July 2006 by Harlequin Spice (first published November 28th 2004)
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Jasmin
Warning: This review is PG-13 or rather R-18.

This is a serious collection of all my favorite fairy tales gone naughty and bad.

What have I learned?
1. Size matters over performance. (Beauty and the Beast)
2. When your husband asks you to not enter a room, do not enter it. It is just a room full of kinky sex stuff. If you still decide to enter, face the consequences of being punished in the same room. (Bluebeard)
3. Never challenge a cat you are attracted to. You are most definitely to lose and end
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Stacie
It tried so hard to be sexy that it was hilarious.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
From "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Goose Girl", "Bluebeard" to "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", Madore has rewritten some classic fairy tales to capture and express some of the most popular sexual fantasies women have.

Written simply and tastefully, there is an ulterior motive at work - one that comes across more strongly in some stories than others. As Madore says herself in her foreword,
"It is my belief that to empower women sexually (or in any other part of their life, for that matter)
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Bitchin' Reads
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, the preface of this book explains that the stories contained are about empowering female sexuality, which I was pretty excited about up until each story exhibited uncomfortable situations in which a woman was dominated in some fashion, told what to do, what position to assume, how to do it all...To say the least, my skin crawled and my stomach flipped (not in a good way).

I've never been a huge lover of smut, but I did my round of romance in high school reading Christine Feehan, Christine W
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
In some ways Enchanted isn’t too different from The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter – reworked fairy tales with an adult and somewhat feminist twist with a background commentary on gender roles (i.e. wife, career woman, princess, maid etc).

If I had stopped reading at the end of Mrs Fox I would have given Enchanted four stars due to the simply written and tastefully woven tales with clever and sometimes amusing twists. Lessons learned were truly learned rather than lectured on as they were in th
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Sovotchka
First thins first, if you're reading this book story by story for the sole purpose of spicing up your love life a little, maybe by reading this out loud to your bed companion, "Enchanted" works quite well.

That being said, there are a lot of things you could read or do instead, that would have the same or even a better effect.
Since this is a book however, there is the point of the writing. And that is not all that convincing.
With some stories, Nancy Madore tries to create a real world with rea
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Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I got this as a bargain from amazon and despite its low price I happened to like it a lot. The book takes old fairy tales and give them an erotic twist. I thought this was a good idea, a nice way of reading the old fairy tales, something for the woman in all of us.

Even though I didn't like all of the stories -based only on the type of twist they had- I found myself really liking this. Who wouldn't love the "Beauty" from "The Beauty and the Beast" to miss her beast? Or Snow White finding her happ
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Joanne
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I liked some of the stories in this book. Some weren't very good. I also don't know if I would classify them as erotic. There are some situations that would be considered more erotic than a basic romance but the author uses very mild, almost 'Harlequinesque' language which, in my opinion, swings it back to just romance.
Vanessa Wu
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I couldn't decide whether to give this two stars or three.

The stories were not bad. But they didn't turn me on. If an erotic story doesn't turn me on, it should at least be interesting.

Is it asking too much to want some sensual language as well?
♥Xeni♥
I think what I loved most about this book was less the erotic appeal but rather more that it was about cherishing what it means to be a woman.

The author found so much more truth in these classic fairy tales than the brothers Grimm seemed to have done. Albeit, it's all based on a woman's point of view, but since we're the half of our race that's pushed down and beaten and subdued overtly, I think it's definitely more than fair play.

I was really looking forward to each and every tale. Mainly to
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Sharon
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance
Interesting twists on the fairy tales - especially when it contradicts the current ones. I have to say some of the stories are not that erotic in terms of steamy scenes. The ideas and suggestions may be erotic, but most of the scenes aren't hot enough to be good erotica for me! I'm greedy, I know ;)
Christie
Feb 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romantica, 2009-read
Could not get past her writing style and did not enjoy this one at all. The allegory left me feeling flat and the sex was not, and I mean NOT, engaging. I do not recommend this for anyone, especially if you are looking for sex scenes that jump start your libido.
Irene
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Kind of boring actually. If you like "this kind of stuff" go to the Victorian bookshelf....hint hint.
Alexa Steierlein
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love the stories! And yes I got some great idea what to play with my boyfriend ;-)
Diana Prince
I unironically adore this book because it totally got me into romance novels after I discovered it on my mom's bookshelf years ago. I'm so glad it's on Goodreads.
Caroline
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really haven't finished reading it though so far my favorite would be Cinderella, Cat & Mouse and Beauty and the Beast :) so far everything's good and sizzling and sometimes kinky and impossible(like the sex in Cat and Mouse) but of course it is a 'fairy tale' and suppose to be based on fantasies but then I wouldn't view it as if it's for children's bedtime stories anymore lol and it DEFINITELY CHANGED MY VIEW ON MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALES I have to remember to choose a different bedtime stor ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This book had potential, but it sputtered out. Many of the tales contained therein were told, not shown. Some of the stories were better than others, but a couple left me rather disappointed. The stories and ideas had potential, but ultimately fell flat.

What could have helped was to use more fairy tales, such as Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and what have you. A couple of the tales weren't really interesting or magical to start with, and didn't excite me. Frankly, I didn't feel that
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Phaedra
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook, 2013
I like fairy tales. I like it when people mess with fairy tales. I'm wary of things dubbed 'erotic' because if it has to tell me it's erotic, it probably isn't. Once again, I was proven correct in my theory because there wasn't anything in this that caught my fancy. There are some stories I feel are supposed to be shocking in what women enjoy sexually, but it came off flat and sometimes sanctimonious. I might be jaded from my time in fanfic. I think the author wanted these stories to sizzle with ...more
Mariah
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An amazing collection of fairy tales for adults. I liked the interesting twists taken by the stories. My favorites were Snow White as well as the Empress' New Clothes. They gave me some real new insight as to how these childhood favorites can be interpreted. I also liked how all the stories empowered women instead of belittling them.

Also, I know this review is short but I want to give nothing away. This book is worth that freshness of looking at beloved stories with new eyes and new, unbiased m
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Cristina
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read_in_2012
Really it was a 3.5 because there were some concepts/stories that I really liked. On the other hand, I felt that the "adult/feminist" parts could have been woven into the story better. While I love the ideas, some parts just felt tedious to read...

Also, I have mixed feelings as to the "erotic" part... maybe it was just my inner writer screaming for a little more detail. Source for ideas, I'd say.
Jennifer
Very positive, steamy stories for women. At times the feminist soap-box overshadows the story. The stories are mainly re-tellings of fairy tales with a semi-erotic spin. A quick read. Some stories are better then others. This book tries to be empowering, romantic & sexy; so if that is what you are looking for this is a perfect find. ...more
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
Well, what should I say about this book? Erotica is not normally my thing, but this one was okay. The retelling of the fairy tales were really clever, the Beauty And The Beast one being my favorite. The sex scenes tended to be a bit redundant at times, but still very entertaining.
Arianny (ariiswriting)
This was a funny read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Carly
Well known fairytales with erotic twists and little bit of female empowerment. Some of the stories are better than others but overall a quick entertaining read.
Cindy
Fairy tales reimagined with an erotic / feminist slant. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but these were less than I thought they'd be. The writing tried to capture the flavor of fairy tales, but somehow fell short. It was a little too stilted, a little too flowery. The themes itself, as alluded to in the foreword, had dealt with gender roles and expectations, and from that aspect, I thought they achieved their objective. Some of the stories were very good, others were a struggle to read and th ...more
Rohini
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure who this was erotic for. It was quite hilarious and juvenile. I have read fan fiction better than this. It's an okay no brains needed read . Sort of like the movies for which people recommend you leave your brains at home go get your money's worth
Alice
This is a collection of fairy tales with an erotic spin. The author states in the foreword that she deliberately framed them as common female fantasies, which sets it apart somewhat from other such collections. Overall, it has hits and misses, and is ultimately repetitive and forgettable.

"Beauty and the Beast" posits that Beauty prefers the Beast to his human form, because the Beast is more enthusiastic and well-hung. (It also contains the cringe-worthy, "It's not going to fit!" nonsense.)

"Blueb
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Kazen
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I love what Nancy Madore is setting out to do. From the intro:

"It is my belief that to really empower women sexually... we must accept them exactly as they are.... We need to feel safe being sexual without the fear of being exploited, changed, categorized, punished, shamed, or degraded."

Amen!

She says she wrote these erotic bedtime stories for women, about women, based on the real fantasies of women. "Do not be alarmed if you find a fantasy or two that is not quite 'correct' from every point of v
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Robin
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I want to say I liked "Mrs. Fox" best, but I suspect a girl's favorite story might reveal which particular fantasy scenario appeals to her most. :)

I quite liked the opening of Mirror On the Wall though:

Once upon a time, in a kingdom known far and wide for its beautiful women, there lived a sorcerer who fell in love with one of the maidens who dwelt there. This maiden was untrue to the sorcerer, however, and shortly afterward, he died of a broken heart. With his last breath he cast a spell upon
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Kay
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
Enchanted is a collection of thirteen fairy tales – Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Cat and Mouse, Cinderella, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Goldilocks and the Three Barons, Mirror on the Wall, Mrs. Fox, Snow White in the Woods, The Empress’ New Clothes, The Goose Girl, The Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing, and The Ugly Duckling. These are very much written as fairy tales with some words of wisdom hidden between the lines. I found these stories to be wonderfully written, some more erotic than ...more
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