Who doesn’t love a good contemporary spin on classic fairy tales? Especially when they are all tied together with common threads and elements?? Be it an exclusive brand of shoes (Jiminy, like the cricket maybe?) or a massively gorgeous apartment building (Grimm Apartments)… each of these tales has a taste of fairy tales, romance, humour and of course characters you love to love, complete with evil stepsisters and stepmothers and all!
Once again Lisa Scott has hit the spot for me with her bite sized contemporary romances. I am hard pressed to say which in this anthology is my favourite. Is it the rather bright and cynical Rose with her red hood or the adorable Cyndi with her borrowed “glass” slippers? Maybe Belle the carpenter or Shawna (Snow) White with the 7 children to nanny? Or Goldie with her unfettered lifestyle (was her coffee just right after 3 tries??)?
As with all of the Flirt series, Fairy Tale Flirts! is a wonderful series of 5 individual stories about 5 different couples. Of course they are all linked together but still you can read them one at a time or all at once and still enjoy. You can read my other reviews on her works HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. After all it all started with a pair of magical slippers… this time!
Here I am back to the Lisa Scott gems. Beach Flirts is another anthology of wonderful and refreshing short stories. In this series half the fun was figuring out how the stories tied together… be it knowing someone from a previous, a lost shoe…. or even helping cause the next scenario…. they are all wonderful, engaging, hilarious and best of all …. ROMANTIC!
Of course, as the name suggests, Beach Flirts are all romances that occur on or around the beach. This leaves us open to beach parties, bikinis, swimming and other fun in the sun. Each of the installments are full of interesting people, silly situations and end with a heartfelt love you absolutely cheered along the whole way.
As is common with the Lisa Scott books (you can read my other reviews HERE, HERE. HERE, and HERE), I really don’t have a favourite coupling, each one quickly becomes my new favourite as I read along. And the final story ties everyone together with a terrific bang ending. I don’t want to spill too much of the story but there are all sorts of loves… at first sight, unrequited (only to become more), broken (waiting to be fixed)… and it all begins with a family holiday at the beach.
Again I cannot suggest these books enough… if you want bite sized romantic fun that is contemporary in nature this is so for you!!!
One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE Lisa Scott’s romantic short stories is that they are like little nibbles of love, laughter and mischief. I was given the opportunity to read and review THREE of her anthologies and chose to begin with the stand alone Reunion Flirts! 5 little shorts with a taste of reunion in each one.
The characters are lovable faults and all and you are ready to root for your girl from the very beginning of the story. The common thread in this anthology is the class reunion for The Central High Class of 2002. The 10th anniversary… we start with the planning committee and go from there. There are second chances, lost romance, facing your fears and proving you are more than you were… and at the end of each nibble you feel the joy of success of a romance realized.
What I loved about this anthology is that you get a taste of truly facing your past and being AMAZING in your future. For anyone who felt less than or belittled or like they were pushed into a role in high school this is the feel good book for you! I think this is why I sat down and read this anthology in one night… these feel like real people who have gone through the wringer and gone on to become stronger. You see yourself in them and though our time with each pairing is brief it feels like you know them well when you are done. Thank you Lisa Scott for an amazing feel good series of beautiful and heart felt romances that included a few giggles along the way!
Be sure to check my OTHER reviews on some of her work HERE, HERE and HERE. I cannot rave loudly enough for these terrific contemporary romance short stories… perfect afternoon read… or all at once for a larger helping!