Say My Name

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Say My Name

Anna Miller had a problem, her father’s constant bragging about her beauty and talent had piqued King Thomas’ attention and now the King was requesting their presence at the castle. Anna agrees to go to the castle for her father Henry’s sake and because she hopes that King Thomas will remember the time they spent as teens in the forest and his previous declarations of love. At the castle, Henry Miller continues to brag about Anna’s skills which result in King Thomas imprisoning Anna in a room full of straw with a spindle. The King expects her to spin the straw into gold and her failure would result in the death of both her and her father.
The Goblin has been watching Anna from the forest and when he realizes that the Millers are going into the castle he uses magic to become invisible and follows them into the throne room.  The Goblin falls in love with Anna and offers to help her with the straw if she will give him the most precious gifts she can give. At first Anna is reluctant but faced with her father’s death she realizes that she has no choice. She soon finds herself torn over her attraction to the Goblin and in order to save all that she loves she must guess his true identity.
This is an adult adaptation of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. The author did a good job of developing the characters of Anna and the Goblin and making them the heroes in the story. Anna showed great patience with her father, whose bragging put them both in danger.   The Goblin’s willingness to help Anna showed his true character and enabled Anna to see him for who he really was. I also liked the twist that the author wrote into the story and because I don’t want to spoil the surprise all I will say is that “identity” is a component of the mystery. Overall this is an enjoyable short story and I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

Book Blurb for Say My Name

You’ve never heard the fable Rumpelstiltskin told like this …

Due to her father’s constant bragging, word of Anna Miller’s beauty and virtue piques the interest of King Thomas. Upon taking the boasting of her father too literally, the king of Grimbros imprisons Anna and threatens to kill her and her father if she fails to spin straw into gold.

A mysterious and sensual magical being finds himself drawn to the castle—and the beautiful Anna. He offers his help in exchange for the most intimate, precious gifts she could possibly give. Soon Anna finds herself wanting far more than just his help. But he threatens to consume her and all she holds dear.

Unless she says his name.

NOTE: This is ebook is a novella, not a full-length novel. It is an erotic re-telling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 3.50