Title ~ Bayou Fairytale
Author ~ Lex Chase
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 19th October 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy: Book Two.
A Fairy Tales of the Open Road Novel
Modern day fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: he’s Sleeping Beauty, the most useless princess in existence. Throw in his true love, Corentin Devereaux, a huntsman descended from child-eating witches, and Taylor’s younger brother, Atticus—this generation’s Snow White—who tried to kill him. That didn’t go so hot.
For two years, Taylor and Corentin live their Happily Ever After. But Corentin is cursed to lose his memory every seven days, including his life with Taylor—a painful reminder that he can’t provide for the man he loves. Taylor insists Corentin has the strength to succeed, and when Taylor discovers a way to break the curse, he is more than willing to pay the cost.
When an enchanted blizzard devastates Corentin’s hometown of New Orleans, Taylor is convinced Atticus is to blame and grows desperate to find him amid the Big Easy turned frozen wasteland. Corentin believes Taylor is chasing a ghost while he chases the ghosts of his own past. Old tensions scratch open scars, leaving both to wonder if they have each other’s best interests at heart. The clock is ticking until Corentin loses his memory and the rabbit hole goes so deep they may never come out.
Bratty but lovable 'Princess Dude' Taylor Hatfield and his true love, ex dark magic assassin, Huntsman Henri Corentin Devereaux, are back again. Only this time there's no road trip on the cards, as two years after the cataclysmic events of Americana Fairytale, (you really need to read in order to fully appreciate the intricacies of the plot), they're now pretty much settled in the town of Sullivan, Maine with their trusty pixie sidekicks, Taylor's tiny but spunky be-winged Fairy Godfather, Ringo (Love Ringo!) and his equally tiny but feisty wife, Honeysuckle...and things are...well...let's just say things are as normal as they can be for a quartet of Enchants (fairytale beings) living in a town of Mundanes (non magical peeps) blissfully unaware of the true nature of their neighbours!
It's not all sparkly rainbows and Disney happy times! Taylor is constantly trying to control Zee, the sleeping dragon inside him, and Corentin completely loses his memory every seven days. A continuous loop, broken only by the ever growing magical journal that holds the on going story of his life. A mammoth task now taken on by Taylor, who painstakingly and lovingly catalogues the book for his cursed lover; recording every minute thought and action that Corentin has and does...because without it, their life together won't ever have existed!
But it doesn't take long before unwanted things and questionable characters from the life they think they’ve retired from, arrive on the scene and upset the status quo; putting their Happy Ever After in danger of being blown to smithereens, when Atticus—Taylor's demented brother and THE ultimate Princess: Snow White—disappears from the mental hospital he's been held in since his and Taylor's last battle, and the whole of New Orleans becomes a frozen wasteland overnight.
The hunt for Atticus begins, but soon becomes a cluster fuck of major fairytale proportions, as a host of wicked Enchants conspire to not only tip the world into icy chaos and madness but also destroy the true love Corentin and his 'Princess' have found together, by trying to shake the hard earned foundations of trust they've finally reached in their relationship.
Is it the work of an insane Snow White or could a certain person have returned from the dead? Will Taylor and Corentin's true love bond hold fast enough to weather the oncoming Snowpocalypse Now? How does the mystical "Library" and it's mysterious, shady members fit in the scheme of things? But most perplexing of all…why is Rapunzel an oldish guy with a bald head and a crappy attitude! *Snort*
Hahaha...this is pure Lex Chase magic and mayhem! Her fun, wacky, unique personality shows completely in her writing style and if like me you enjoy all things quirky, you'll quickly get pulled into her weird and wonderful imagination. Throwing alternative shades on well loved tales like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White... Lex puts her own inimitable kooky stamp on the world of Once Upon A Time and spins a fast paced tale that goes from zero to sixty in ten seconds and never lets up till the very end. I just love Lex!
Fast, frenetic and full on, there's a lot to keep up with in this series so don’t look away for a second or it's easy to miss stuff that later down the line could be crucial to the plot, but that's also what keeps me gripped by this contemporary, urban fantasy storyline. It swings from snarky, giggle worthy fun to all action suspense, and the sort of dark creepiness, and touches of Brothers Grimm grusomeness, that’s always been an inate aspect of most of the childhood tales we all know and love,. Muahaha....What's a fairytale without a good old child eating witch or two!
I thoroughly enjoyed the pace and vibrancy of the second in this trilogy which again ends, not so much on a WTF! cliffhanger, but a definite "this needs to be continued ASAP" vibe. Threads are left open and I'm still pondering certain outcomes, so thank ‘The Storyteller’ this is a trilogy with more to come from Corentin, Taylor and the gang.
What’s in store next for these guys? OMG…anything could happen, so please make it soon Lex!
Book One : Americana Fairy Tale
Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: his perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit.
When word reaches Taylor that Idi the Witchking has captured Atticus, Taylor is determined to save his brother. He enlists the help of rakish and insufferable Corentin Devereaux, likewise of enchanted lineage. A malicious spell sends Taylor and Corentin on a road trip through the kitschy nostalgia of roadside Americana. To save Atticus, they must solve the puzzles put forth by Idi the Witchking. As they struggle, Taylor and Corentin’s volatile partnership sparks a flash of something more. But princesses have many enemies, and Taylor must keep his wits about him because there’s nothing worse than losing your heart… or your head.
Meet Lex Chase
Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
She is grateful for and humbled by all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.