Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?
Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.
As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.
But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?
Having previously enjoyed Marie’s A Spell in Provence, I was looking forward to being back inside one of her novels, especially as I love the idea of romance blossoming in Paris.
For Cedric and Aurora life is not about fairy tales, it is about work, shutting out the past and discovering the truth at all costs.
Cedric Castel is no Prince Charming. He is rude and invasive; a journalist out to get information and a story before anything else. However, the more I got to know him as the story unfurled, the more he began to charm me. His charity work, his campaigning for the underdog and his troubled past all opened up a soft spot for him in my heart and I wasn’t the only one. Aurora Black felt it too. Tough and ice cold on the outside, Aurora is no ordinary heroine waiting for her Knight in shining armour to rescue her. Happier in her field of expertise (ancient illustrated manuscripts) than socialising with others, her knowledge and integrity are about to be put to the test with her contract at a Paris auction house. The manuscripts might come to life through her eyes and fingers, but what if the truth behind the one she is in Paris to study is not quite all it first seemed? Her journey of discovery will give her more than the answers she bargained for.
One of the things I loved about this book is that as well as giving us all the ingredients for a fairy tale set in Paris, Marie also plays with the fairy tale theme throughout the book. The references made to some of the more significant fairy tale moments were great fun. She also gives us passion, for their causes (amongst other things), the magic of music and the possibility of romance, all perfectly balanced with troubled childhoods, heartbreak and dealings with unscrupulous money launderers and traffickers. The more I read, the more entwined in the story I became and the more I wanted a happy-ever-after ending.
A Paris Fairy Tale is published by Choc Lit and available in ebook format. Links to Amazon can be found below. You can also read Marie’s Lazy Sunday in France guest post here, her France et Moi interview here and my review of A Spell in Provence here.
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!
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