Book Blitz - Once Upon A Time (Fairy Tales are for Morons #1) by S.K. Hartley ~ Includes Ava's Review!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I liked the idea behind Once Upon a Time and the “Cinderella can kiss my ass” tagline pulled me in.
This book started off really strong for me, no time was wasted introducing Payton’s character, her two best friends appeared and hilarity ensued. I even caught myself laughing out loud and this excited me, as it’s been a while since I read a witty book.
Payton had lots going on, she was work focused and determined to live a better life than the one she grew up with. After having her heart broken she was sworn off love, hell bent on not following the norm and waiting for her Prince Charming because he didn’t exist. That was until she met the sultry Mr Black of course.
“Why did I get myself into these predicaments? I mean, seriously, I’m twenty-five and I’m still yet to settle down and get married, pop out two-point-five kids and live in a house with a white picket fence. Ahh, the American dream. You know the one, where the husband is bending over his secretary and the kids are pushing the mother to drink while the paint on the fence flakes off with every martini the mother ingests? Yeah, it sounded more like a nightmare than THE DREAM to me”
When Gabriel was first introduced, I liked him a lot. A powerful man with boatloads of money and a dirty mouth, what’s not to like?
“Is that what’s really running through your pretty head, Miss Miller?” he whispered, his lips still achingly close to my ear. “Because your head and your pussy are in battle right now and the smell of that battle is fucking intoxicating.”
“Will that be all, Mr Black?”
“No.” He growled. “Sit.”
I dropped to my seat without protest.
“I want your Pussy, Payton. We need to discuss that.”
Once Upon a Time was shaping up to be a fun, sexy read. But sadly, the humour fizzled out for me and Gabriel took a back seat whilst Payton had work troubles and best friend shenanigans. I wanted more of Payton and Gabriel. As the book was told solely from Payton’s point of view, I didn’t get to know Gabriel at all. I felt it difficult to believe his instant and incessant need for Payton; they had only shared a handful of run-ins before feelings were declared and they entered the I-can’t-live-without-you phase.
“Is that what you want? To starve me, not only of something I crave, but something I unequivocally need just to fucking function?”
At times, the book bore some strong resemblance to another CEO with a colourful name, I wasn’t sure if it was intentional in a tongue in cheek way, but it didn’t really work for me. I was too busy thinking about that book than the one I was currently reading.
This was my first book by S.K. Hartley and I’m glad I gave it a go. This series has potential, I liked the reference of fairy tales and happily ever afters, I just wish I felt the connection between the couple to really believe in their story.
Gabriel’s past was revealed late on, and I felt this was a missed opportunity. If the seed had been planted earlier in the book, he would have became more than the flashy CEO, I would have empathised with him and would have been rooting for him to get the girl.
Once Upon a Time is a quick, flirty read. It’s perfect to escape with for a few hours and I know many will devour Mr Black in one sitting, so you must check it out for yourself.
S.K. Hartley is a wife and mother to an oil soaked husband and a tomato sauce covered son by day, by night an International Bestselling Author whose first novel, Finding You, quickly shot up the charts in fall 2013, winning blog awards for the tear inducing writing and breath catching ending.
Since releasing her first novel, she then went on to release two more books in the series, Finding Me & Finding Us, proving that New Adult is vastly popular among readers and writers a like.
Located in the not so sunny North West of England, UK, S.K. Hartley deals with daily battles against Microsoft Office Word translations. Working as a British author who writes in American English is a challenge that's both frustrating and fulfilling.
When she's not doing all the above, S.K. Hartley spends the rest of her time interacting with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and also via her newsletter.
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