I accidentally requested Evangaline by Gwen Williams by mistake, believing it an innocent retelling of the cross of fairy tale between Snow White and Rose Red as well as Bluebeard. But boy, when I received this ARC and read it, was I in for a huge pleasurable surprise. Evangeline is not exactly an innocent retelling of a fairy tale. Far from it. It’s an erotic fiction with fairy tale-like setting.
I was extremely baffled and aghast when I flipped though this book. It brought blush to my cheeks. Well, I seriously was expecting something else, but this is such a wanton surprise. 😀
Evangeline is loosely inspired on Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, Snow White and Rose Red. You know, the one about two sisters who tend a sickly bear one winter, and the bear turned out to be a prince who was under a curse. One of the sisters married the prince-bear while the other ended up marrying his brother.
Well, in Evangeline,the ‘Snow White’ incarnation finally finds out why her lover can’t get his father to agree to let them marry. It happens that she is considered not pure and a damaged goods because the rumor has it that she, her sister and mother had a winter-long orgy with a black bear. Gosh, talk about beastiality!
Then enter a mysterious older man shows an obvious interest in her at the market, she doesn’t do anything to deter his interest, even when she’s told that he’s had four wives die under strange circumstances. After some consideration, she finally marries him and went to live with him. Think this is a happily ever after when they got married? Well, not quite, not yet. Things got ugly afterwards. Somehow, after their marriage, she was left in the care of Paul’s housekeeper, Mathilda, who is in charge of everything.
Mathilda sees to everything, from disrobing Evangeline to arranging her on the bed for her deflowering. The tale got darker then, and her husband became a different person that she thought she knew. He was distant and refused to make any emotional connection to her.
Evangeline was left completely to Mathilda’s care, except the time he shows up in her bed for the expected sexual performances. Evangeline is terrified, of course, but little did she know, her husband had some dark story of his own.
Okay, what do I have to say about this story? Well…this is a dark, erotic fairy tale, and it left me wanting more. i couldn’t put down this book, and if you’re looking for a high quality erotica, Evangeline is just the right book for you. Guaranteed to leave you breathless and bring you to a world you never thought could exists. Very sexy and intriguing read.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
From the back of the book:
Paul Rumsfeld, a lonely, rich, widower, seeks Evangeline’s hand in marriage. He is her first real marital prospect, as the entire village considers her damaged goods. Rumors abound about the way Evangeline and her sister Rose Red, serviced the Black Bear who resided at their hearth during one particularly hard, bitter winter. Evangeline did no such thing, but no man pays her court. She accepts Paul’s offer to marry him, while trying to ignore the vile gossipmongers’ talk in the village that Paul’s last four wives died under bizarre-and troubling-circumstances. Is Paul a Bluebeard, or is he an innocent man? Evangeline trusts her husband implicitly, but the rumors are hard to ignore.
They marry and she travels with him to his marvelous villa on the sea. Once there, she is introduced to the household servants, including the grim and reproving Mathilda. Mathilda is a formidable opponent, and it takes all of Evangeline’s guile and resources to outmaneuver the imperious maidservant. Evangeline soon finds herself with child, and with the support of the midwife, she begins to exert her will. Out with the restricting corsets and stays! Evangeline has no desire to confine her body to the dictates of fashion. She wants her baby to be healthy and strong, and the only way to do that is to ensure her own comfort. Mathilda is horrified, but cannot bend Evangeline to her will.
At the same time, Evangeline is attempting to breach the citadel that is her husband’s broken heart. Paul honestly cannot say how it has come to pass that he is the widower of four deceased wives, each one expiring under odd and distressing circumstances. As a result, he has locked down his heart to any further intimacy. He is half-convinced that Evangeline shall also die, and it would be unbearable if he were to allow her into his heart.