"When Prince Alexander spied the glowing tip of the witch's wand, he knew his day was about to be shot to hell."
Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale
Author: Cate Rowan
Published: July 2012
An artist agrees to frog-sit her niece's pet, "Toad." In a moment of whimsy, between cricket feedings, she kisses the frog. A short while later, she finds a handsome man in Regency clothing in her living room.
"The magic recipe thing is interesting and all, but I won't even have a stove in Colorado - just a hot plate and a microwave. Which is fine, since you know I boil toast and burn milk." - Jessica Walker
Flirting with the Fireman
Author: Cate Rowan
Published: September 2012
When Jessica Walker escapes the city life in Atlanta to pursue her dream of being a successful sculptor in Colorado, she departs with a gift: her best friend Lily's magical recipe for a "Get a Husband" Brunswick stew, guaranteed to work even though Jess recently drop-kicked her two-timing dirtbag boyfriend.
Skeptical Jess is sure the Rocky Mountains hold all the "magic" she needs, until a wildfire threatens to drive her from her new home--and a sweet and studly fireman comes to her rescue.
Oh, my goodness. Could these short stories get any cuter? I came across Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale one night on Netgalley. Since I enjoy a fun fairy tale inspired romance, I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle. Love the cover and it sounds adorable. If that wasn't enough, I searched the author on Amazon and saw that Flirting with the Fireman was free. Score! So I added it to my Kindle and settled into bed to read these two short stories.
Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale was adorable. It is very short, but I actually liked the length. Just long enough to explain how Prince Alexander was cursed and let me tell you, that was the funniest part of the story. It quickly explains how he came into Sofia's care. At first she's repulsed by Toad, but she quickly starts talking to him and eventually gives him a little peck. Well, you know how the story goes.
Flirting with the Fireman was a cute "how we met" type of story, one that you'll tell your kids and grandchildren. It is romantic and very sweet, but it ends quickly after they meet. I liked it, but if you are looking for the whole dating and falling in love, then this one isn't for you. If you just want a sweet short story of how these two characters met, then pick this up.
If you are ever in the mood for two stories that you can finish in about twenty minutes, these are perfect. They lifted my spirits while I was reading a pretty dark romance. Plus the covers are adorable. :)