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A Twisted Bard’s Tale by Selena Kitt
Synopsis: Did you ever wonder what started the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues? Check out this naughty version of Romeo and Juliet — you’ll be surprised and delighted by this twisted Bard’s tale!
Review (of the eBook via my Kindle’s text-to-speech function)
I’ve had this on my Kindle for a while and was looking forward to reading this story, not because I am a fan of Shakespeare (which I’m not – sorry if you are), but because I did Romeo and Juliet at school and wanted to see this take on it.
Other than the dialogue which felt authentic, the story itself is fairly modern, which I liked.
What happened throughout this story, which is hinted at in the warning at the beginning of the book, was a surprise indeed and I can see how it could have led to the events that we are all familiar with.
Apart from the love scenes, some of which were very Fifty Shades of Grey, it was well written.
And now for writers:
– Be careful with nouns. In this story we have, ‘The Lady Montague had come dressed for an outing – her long gown sweeping the floor, her full breasts pressed up as an offering in a tightly laced bodice. Their hands found one another…’ although the reader will know that their refers to the two women, because the author has just mentioned breasts (a noun), technically it could mean the breasts’ hands!
– I have mentioned this a few times in these reviews… in most cases there is no need to write ‘began to’ or ‘started to’ when something or someone is doing something, i.e. ‘began to unfasten’, ‘began to sink’, ‘began to lift’ when the action isn’t interrupted.