Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Short story Length: 50 pages
Release Date: February 2014ISBN: 978-1-62266-478-8
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Every princess should be kissed. And by a man who knows what he’s doing. Beatricia had been enjoying just that with Farris Turner when she was caught.
But running only drives her into the arms of a stranger. A man who wants to offer her one night together, to offer her the experience her life and duties in the city of Sun-Airor–a place set out of space and time–have denied her.
It’ll be her only chance before she’s forced to enter a loveless marriage…but who exactly is her stranger? And what will kissing him reveal?
This short story is well-written and ethereal. There’s a back story, I think (I am not sure), in another series, but I am unable to discern that. It’s pretty easy to catch on though. The theme here is duty and love, and there’s ultimately a stroke of luck right around the stroke of midnight. It’s almost certainly based in kissing frogs or Cinderella or a bit of both.
I thought the concept of traveling through a point in time (here, New Year’s Eve) to different realities was really well done, and the attraction between Beatricia and a new stranger is quite hot, even as she is torn between lust, loyalty and duty. The melancholy Beatricia feels is palpable. It brought to mind that the duties of monarchs can be more than kissing babies and cutting ribbons. It’s an interesting quandary and an interesting short story. I give it a thumbs-up.
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