Friday, December 20, 2013

Let It Snow by Erica Ridley

Lance Desmond has a problem.  He's an adventurer who travels the world and lives large.  Unfortunately, he's lived so large that someone has put a bounty of his head.  His only hope is to get enough money to buy his freedom.  But where?

Net Galley and the author allowed me to read an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It's available both as an ebook and as a print book.  Check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Lance is willing to chance his life for the reward he needs.  After all, just being alive is a chancy thing right now.  So he heads out to Castle Cavanaugh.  The castle is icebound.  All those that go after the treasure never return, but he's going.  When his friend in crime gives him an odd necklace to wear to keep him safe, he thinks it's useless.  He appreciates the thought, though and wears it.

When he finally manages to breach the castle doors and get inside, the treasure he finds is not what he was expecting.  There is one person in the castle.  It's an attractive medieval Princess.  She's stuck in time and she knows her time with Lance will be short.  The magic of the castle stops interlopers short and she can't fix it, nor can she leave the castle.  He's a non-believer until he sees that the figurines on the Christmas tree are all people.  People who used to be alive.

Midnight is the witching hour.  He can't get out.  What can he do to pass the time and make his last moments worthwhile?  Oh yeah, there's a princess...

I enjoyed this read.  It's not a traditional fairy tale and I couldn't be sure how this one might end.  I can tell you that Lance and the princess had a good time, but will they ever get out of the castle?

Happy reading.

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