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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Spinning Gold by Vivi Andrews

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No princes need apply.Juliana Ravel will do anything to save her innocent brother from the executioner, but what the supposedly charming prince demands is impossible. Spinning straw into gold? He might as well ask her to fly. Her only hope is a family heirloom - a gold medallion rumored to be the magic prison of one of the fabled golden fae. Trapped inside the medallion for hundreds of years, Rue isn't fool enough to trust Juliana, but he can’t help but be tempted by the feisty beauty. Even though she is the spitting image of the witch who betrayed and imprisoned him, Rue agrees to help her. For a price. Entranced by the exotic, golden-skinned man, Juliana agrees to his terms, believing her worries are at an end. But when the tyrannical prince finds her surrounded by riches, he isn’t about to let her walk away – instead holding her prisoner within the corrupt court. Juliana’s only freedom is her nights with Rue, where their negotiations turn to seduction, and together they construct a desperate plot to escape a life where they must keep spinning gold… or die.
The story I read as a child.


Not your childhood telling of Rumplestiltskin. The version I read as a child, Rumple was not a charming or handsome man. He was scary and odd. Juliana Ravel has much better luck. In this telling, our heroine is not trying to save her drunken, braggart father. Juliana is on a mission to save her brother from execution. He has been convicted of treason against the crown. *Gasp! I am not really sure why she said she could spin straw into gold. She needed to stall, but what she was hoping to happen I just do not know.

Side stepping that small issue, Juliana does find herself locked in a tower with mountains of straw. The necklace Juliana wears, a family heirloom, conjures up Rue. Another coincidence that lines up perfectly, thank goodness for the heroine. Rue, or Rumplestiltskin, was cast into the necklace by Juliana's ancestor. He isn't happy to be face to face with a Ravel again. Good news is, he can spin that straw into gold. Over the next two meeting they fall in love.

Once Upon a Time
As I am reviewing the book, I am coming up with some plot holes. Nothing major. They are a little bothersome because plot holes tend to bounce around inside my brain. I am familiar with this author. I like her work and will continue to read it. The first book in her Serengeti Shifters series is terrific. While this is not Ms. Andrews best work, it was entertaining. 

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