Title: Cursed Blood
Author: Kelly Apple
My Rating: A-
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Grimwood #1
Main Characters: Zel and Geneva
Release Date: December 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot
But fate has other plans and freedom can take many guises.
As a girl, Geneva devoured stories about the wild boy who lived at the highest point in the forest. A changeling, a prince, a forest spirit—all the tales tell a different story. Imagine her surprise when she stumbles across the cursed tower and the young man held prisoner there.
It’ll take all her cunning and courage to free him.
What she doesn’t know is that freeing him might doom them all.
I love, love, LoVe, LOVE the premise behind Kelly Apple's development of this series. They're twisted fairy tales, but instead of the normal characters you know, the male/female rolls have been reversed.
This particular story is a twist on Rapunzel. Zel has been trapped by the witch in the tower for hundreds of years. She uses his special blood and hair for her magical brews. She's also entrapped him within the boundary of her lands and he has no idea how to break that spell.
Geneva has her own magical abilities and those have enabled her to sneak onto the witch's land without detection. She instantly sees Zel's good heart and knows that he's being forced to do the witch's bidding and wants to help him. And even though Zel is entrapped, it does not mean he's a weak character. He simply has no options...until Geneva decides to help him.
I liked the story. It's a quick read and in typical Kelly Apple fashion is incredibly hot and sexy. Zel's never been exposed to anyone else besides the witch so I liked being able to see that discovery of real sexual awakenings with Geneva.
Kelly Apple did an incredible job completely re-interpretting the original fairy tale into something sexy, but also really interesting. My heart broke for Zel and what he's gone through. She also set up for an incredible series with the Grim family within this world of Grimwood Forest. I seriously cannot wait for the next book!