Once Upon A Time
by S.K. Hartley
I don't believe in fairy tales.
I don't believe in glass slippers.
I don't believe in Prince-Freaking-Charming.
Cinderella can kiss my ass.
I kiss frogs, sometimes even toads.
I've given up on meeting Mr. Right, instead it seems all I meet is Mr. Wrong, Mr. Very-Wrong and even, Mr. Lets-Not-Even-Go-There.
Fairy tales are for morons.
Well that's what I thought until Gabriel Black barged through my life,
turning everything upside down.
He's hot, sexy and a little rough around the edges.
But, there's a dark secret deep inside, I can see it, taste it and smell it.
Now I'm left wondering if he's my Prince Charming or my fairy tale villain.
Will I ride away safely into the night, dreaming of happily ever afters?
Or, will I stumble and fall in ridiculously high heels only meant for women with a death wish?
Once Upon A Time...
I met Gabriel Black.
Once Upon A Time is a fun romantic comedy with a modern day twist on a classic fairy tale. But this isn't your everyday fairy tale... It's so much sexier!
It starts out with our heroine, Payton, in a bit of a Coyote Ugly predicament and it's so freaking hilarious to watch the scene unfold. I could tell right from the beginning sentence that Payton was going to draw me into her little fairy tale and I was not disappointed.
After landing an important job at the PR firm she works for, she goes out to celebrate with her friends, and this is where we meet our hero, Mr. Tall, Dark, & Dangerous. He's dark, he's mysterious, he's sexy, but to me... He's kinda just an ass throughout most of the book.
After their romp in his office, as what was supposed to be a hot one night stand, they come face to face yet again and that's when the real fun begins. Gabriel pursues Payton with everything he's got, and of course, Payton pushes him away with everyone she's got. They banter back and forth with so much sexual tension it's a wonder they don't spontaneously combust.
Payton has been hurt in the past and doesn't believe in fairy tales and happily ever afters, but eventually Gabriel manages to woo her just enough to get her to agree to go to the "ball". Unfortunately this is where their fairy tale takes a turn for the worse, and I'm back to thinking Gabriel is an ass again.
Not to worry though, there's a pretty great grovel scene that gives us a better look at Gabriel and why he is the way he is, which leaves me thinking maybe he's not such an ass after all. I wouldn't go so far as to say he's Prince Charming, but he's absolutely perfect for Payton and I'm so glad she finally gets her fairy tale ending.
Of course I have to mention that Payton has two of the coolest best friends ever and I really hope that S.K. Hartley decides to give them their own HEAs. I generally don't read M/M romances, but Quinn is such an awesome GBF that I would love to read more about him! And Kylie and Luca's story is so not over, I just know it!
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.
Connect with S.K. Hartley
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Once Upon A Time in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.