Series: Fantasyland #3
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Also in this series: Wildest Dreams, Golden Dynasty, Broken Dove, Midnight Soul
Also by this author: The Gamble, Ride Steady, Wildest Dreams, Golden Dynasty, Broken Dove
Cora Goode has woken up in a fairytale world where she can understand what birds are saying to her, men ride horses and have fluffy feathers in their hats and furniture zigs, zags and whirls in miracles of construction.
The problem is, she thinks she’s in a dream but she’s actually taken the place of the parallel universe Cora and without realizing it, our Cora does something that starts a centuries old curse that will sweep the land if she gets captured by the evil Minerva.
At this point, her dream world becomes a nightmare.
Luckily, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno is there to save her from the clutches of the grotesque vickrants sent by Minerva to capture her. Unfortunately, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno doesn’t like the Cora of his world all that much (to say the least) and he thinks our Cora is her. And no matter what our Cora says or does to try to convince him, he won’t be convinced.
But Cora needs Tor to keep her safe and guide her through this fantastical world as she hopes one day to wake up in her not-so-great apartment in her not-so-great life in her world. The problem is, the more time she spends with the gorgeous warrior Tor, the faster she falls in love with him.
On the third day, it hit me what he was doing. He was taking his time. Allowing me to chat with townsfolk, window shop, smell the flowers, taste the foods and drink in the landscape. He was giving me his world.
Another installment in the Fantasyland series and another couple for me to love. When I first started writing this review it took me at least an hour to pick out the quotes I wanted to use, and then another hour to STOP myself from re-reading each page that I landed on. It was tough y’all. Especially since I love me some Cora and Tor. Their story starts out many of my favorite love stories often do. With a jerk-face hero that is set on hating the heroine.
In this world you were the only thing I had but you were the only thing I needed.
Of course, it wasn’t actually Cora that he hated but her evil twin from his world. If you have read the series than you know that each heroine is from America and is somehow transported to this completely different world, usually replacing the twin from that world and vice versa. I promise, it’s not as horrible confusing as I kind of made it sound. Hah! I feel that as this series goes further along you get a better sense of the worlds and what could be the endgame. I mean there is no coincidence as to why these ladies from America keep ending up in this world with magic and adventure but that’s a discussion we can get to at another day. I want to talk more about Cora and Tor ::hearts in eyes::
It took a lot but I forced my eyes to his face to see his were moving around the room. I shouldn’t ask. I really shouldn’t ask. But I asked.
“Only me, what?” His eyes came to me.
“Only you could put color in a colorless world.”
Again, this was another couple and another story that really got to my emotions. There were quite a few times that I got a little teary eyed with this onslaught of emotion that Cora was feeling. I love that Kristen Ashley makes heroines that are so easy to root for and so relatable. I mean, it’s not as if me and Cora have a lot in common but by the end of the story I cared so deeply for her and her journey. But lest I not forget that the star of this story is Cora and Tor together. Not only was it incredible romantic, but the sexy times were on point and well deserved. Fantastical was sexy, sweet, and another favorite in this series!