Review: Tales of the Huntsman by M Palmeri

huntsmenMarie, a poor merchant’s faithful daughter, offers herself as payment of a debt to a mysterious but charming Count. Taken to his remote castle, she meets his terrifying wife and the other “noble ladies” of his court, who have conspired to secretly create a safe haven in a dark age for orphan girls, abused maidens, former whores and runaway brides. As the Count and the Ladies proceed to educate Marie sexually, they take turns telling their own stories (and sometimes acting out the erotic scenes for Marie’s benefit).

I can’t believe no one else has reviewed this book yet… it was fantastic! It’s easily the best adult take on fairy tales that I have ever read. The characters are amazing, the writing is strong, and the story is excellent.

The Huntsman in question is the one and only from Snow White, and Snow herself, as well as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and other fairy tale characters take center stage in this exquisitely hot and tasty story. Each of the women has a tale to be told that ease Marie into her new life as well as introduce her to their kinky lifestyles.

It would have been so easy, in lesser hands for the framing device of the tales to appear clumsy and forced, but M Palmeri makes it all work effortlessly. You may think you know the story of Cinderella, but this novel has you slavering to hear the real story behind the fairy tale. And damn is it hot!

Just a word of caution that bdsm is a major theme in the book, and it’s application can seem quite severe and painful at times, but it’s never malicious or there just for the sake of being there. It all plays its part in the story and adds to the richness.

I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who wants to see Snow White and Cinderella get down and dirty as Disney never imagined they could.

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