Once Upon A Time (A Broken Fairy Tale #1) by S.K. Hartley

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I don't believe in fairy tales. 
I don't believe in glass slippers. 
I don't believe in Prince-Freaking-Charming. 

Cinderella can kiss my ass. 

I kiss frogs, sometimes even toads. 
I've given up on meeting Mr. Right, instead it seems all I meet is Mr. Wrong, Mr. Very-Wrong and even, Mr. Lets-Not-Even-Go-There. 

Fairy tales are for morons. 

Well, that's what I thought until Gabriel Black barged through my life, turning everything upside down. 
He's hot, sexy and little rough around the edges. 
But, he's hiding something, something deep. I can feel it, taste it and smell it. 

Now I'm left wondering if he's my Prince Charming or my fairy tale villain. 
Will I ride away safely into the night, dreaming of happily ever afters? 
Or, will I stumble and fall in ridiculously high heels only meant for women with a death wish? 

Once Upon A Time... 

I met Gabriel Black. 


Oh Once Upon A Time was so much fun to read! I feel like I have been reading a bunch of not so good book recently so this was such a breath of fresh air. Oh how I loved it! Payton was hilarious! Go read this book right now! I was a bit iffy on it based on the synopsis and such, it could have gone a way that made me annoyed, but the author is amazing and made me just love everyone and everything in the story. Amazing. 

Payton is a girl who has a lot of hang ups about love. And money. And fairy tales. Which normally I think would annoy me, but she was awesome. She grew up poor, she doesn't like people who are rich as that means they will be unhappy, she doesn't want to fall in love again after she did once and got her heart broken, she just wants to work. She puts her job above everything, even her family. She lives in New York with her bff and just does whatever she has to to keep her job and that is it really. Sure they go out drinking sometimes, but Payton is all about work. She will not jeopardize her job for anything. 

The story drew me in right away and I couldn't put it down. I mean it starts with Payton waking up to find herself in bed with a random guy who she does not even remember. 

"Mr. Not-So-Charming [who] lived up to his name. Literally. He couldn't even charm the pants off me." 

Oh it was fun. The way she thinks, the way she talks to herself, just the way she is was a hoot! And her friends? Oh I loved them! Hilarious. 

Then we have Gabriel. Phew was he hot! It started off with this intense scene in his office that oh my goodness! He was....I just loved him. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. That whole first meeting scene between them? Oh, so so good. Payton is still a goof, she still is hilarious, but it is also incredibly scorching hot and oh I loved it. There is just this insane attraction between the two of them and as much as Payton wants to dismiss it Gabriel won't let her. It was fun. Payton can't risk being with him even if she was able to put aside her love issues because it could cause her her job. And as I said above that is just a no go. Oh, but Gabriel is amazing. He pushes her, but not too much. Not too far, just enough to get to know her more and for them to fall for each other. He pursued her, but at the same time tried to make it seem like she had some control over the situation.  He was really sweet as well and wasn't always just the dominant alpha male type. I loved seeing all his many sides and the two of them together.

Try as she might right from the beginning Payton is in a losing battle with Gabriel. When there is that much of a connection between two people you can't help but fall. Oh I loved it. I loved the tension between them, I loved how amazing they are for each other, I loved how fun Payton was, I just loved this story. Highly highly recommended.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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