Christmas at Thorncliff Towers by Marine Myles
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 caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…
Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…
Publisher and Release Date: EKinsington Books, November 24, 2014
Time & Setting: Regency period, Romania
Heat Level: 2
Rating: 3 Gold Crowns
Reviewed by Vikki
I received an ARC of this story for an honest review. 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, or 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 introduced, that did not have relevance to the story. There is a supposed villain in the story, but he's portrayed as a bad man, but with a love for his new wife. He even at one point, helps the hero get to the heroine, Karina. Everything just comes together so easily at the end with the hero and heroine falling into bed with each other. The scene is somewhat graphic and some of the explicit content actually turned me off, instead of exciting me. That's never a good thing.
I never enjoy writing a negative review, but I can't love every book I read. I personally never give a rating below 3*** stars, even if I probably should. The story does have a "Happily Ever After", which is somewhat satisfying. Happy reading!