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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Valentine’s Fae by Emma Shortt

The Valentine’s Fae by Emma Shortt
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lily

A Valentine’s Fairy who doesn’t believe in love, a human who can’t let go... can one wish change them both?

It’s her first year as a Valentine’s Fairy and Amelia has been given an impossible task. Gavin Peters wants his ex-girlfriend back but Fae magic can’t make people fall in love. If Amelia is to complete her task she’ll have to get creative, and that creativity will have to include ignoring her own rapidly developing feelings for the human she’s been tasked with.

Gavin has pined for his ex for months so when the mysterious Amelia offers him a wish he knows exactly what to request. But when his ex returns Gavin begins to wonder if what he’s wished for is really what he wants. Can his Valentine’s Fairy grant him another wish and if so will he be able to ask for what he really wants?

How can anyone not like a fairy who grants wishes? Gavin Peters doesn’t – he doesn’t like his secretary one bit; he scowls and shouts at her, tries to hold his temper, fails and wishes with all his heart his old secretary – and ex-lover – would return. But then he doesn’t know that Amelia, who wears tortoise-shell glasses (yes, tortoise….), boring brown or beige ruffled blouses and sexless skirts, is a fairy.

And he is also unaware that she’s in disguise. OK, Amelia might not be the most beautiful of fairies but to a human, her dainty figure, pointed ears, silky white-blonde hair and sparkly wings should be irresistible. Fairies and humans can marry, didn’t you know that? Amelia might be the Valentine’s fairy but she can’t make someone fall in love. All she can do is grant a wish, which is a shame because she – yes, Amelia who doesn’t believe in love – is finding herself more and more smitten by her boss. And when she finally gets him to make his wish, she’s appalled to find that he wants his ex-lover back.

Ms. Shortt creates a beautiful fantasy world of faedom with sparkly fae dust, dainty naked flying fairies and a fragrant wishing pool. This is where her creativity came to the fore – she has created a world that I personally would like to read much more about and these seemingly fragile creatures are full of delightful sass. The humans are, to my mind, less three dimensional: Gavin behaves like an ass from the start, making it difficult to warm to him, although he is obviously a hottie; Kerry, the ex-lover, turns out to be a caricature of a screeching harpy. I was also a little disheartened by the unnatural dialogue between the two fairies near the beginning.

The plot is simple, as it should be for a story of this length, and gently paced. I kept on reading because I was curious about the outcome which the author keeps you guessing about right to the end. The sex scenes (I won’t reveal between which characters) sizzle enough to keep the most rampant satisfied and humor glitters like fairy dust throughout.

This is a delightful read with a “feel-good” factor and I recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read. In the meantime, I’m currently on the look-out for any disguised Valentine faes lingering about.