"Breathless A Short Story" by Yvette M Cailleiro


What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after?

Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?

On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.

I found the characters of this book interesting and loved the twist on the usual fairytale. Silena's weakness in using her magic selfishly makes her human and relatable. Her curse harms not only herself and William, but innocent and unsuspecting women. This tempers your sympathy for her character. A good balance between sympathy and dislike. The author mentions a full-length novel coming to complete Williams tale, and I look forward to finding out if and how he breaks the curse. Well done!

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