Once Upon A Time by S.K. Hartley: Review

Once Upon A Time by S.K. Hartley: ReviewOnce Upon a Time by S.K. Harley
on December 1st, 2014
Genres: Romance
Pages: 247

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 a little rough around the edges.
But, there's a dark secret deep inside, I can see 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.

A modern twist on the legendary fairy tale, Cinderella, but this isn't your average fairy tale.

* Intended for audiences over the age of 18. Contains sexual situations, adult language and one hot alpha male who stops at nothing to get what he wants. The heroine? Well, we'll just call her stubborn... for now. *

Stacia says…

This is my first book from S.K. Hartley, but I know it won’t be my last. Her writing is so enjoyable. Between the quick wit, the sarcasm, the sexual innuendoes, the supporting cast, and then of course the hot, sexy, Gabriel Black, she really knows how to hook a reader in! One of her opening lines grabbed me right away–

“I believed that I would one day grow into a princess and Prince Charming would rescue me on his white horse and whisk me away into the distance… And they lived happily ever after. What a crock of shit.”

Peyton has pretty much been unlucky with love. The one guy she was sure was her very own Prince Charming, turned out to be a cheating douche. Rather than keep getting hurt, she has decided that “flings” are easier to deal with. That’s until Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Dangerous (Mr. TDD) walks into her life.

Gabriel Black (aka Mr. TDD) is sexy, domineering, demanding, and very brash. He says whatever he wants, no matter what the outcome is. Plus, he is used to getting what he wants this time, just so happens to be Payton.

“My name is Gabriel Black… and I’m going to fuck your now.”

I kind of thought that Payton’s expectations for love, were a little unrealistic. She wanted the happily ever after, even though she didn’t believe in it anymore.

“I don’t need saving, I’m no one’s Princess.”

But, honestly she is really just afraid of love and after being hurt and that is understandable. Plus, when you think about it, fairy tales and these perfect love stories are drilled into little girl’s heads from a very young age; which makes it hard for women to expect anything less than their very own Prince Charming.

“There’s no such thing as Prince Charming or Mr. Right. There’s no fairytale adventure, dramatic once upon a time love and there certainly isn’t a happily ever after.”

I absolutely LOVED Payton’s best friends Quinn and Kylie. Quinn has been her friend since high school and he is seriously the “sexual innuendo” master; which makes for some very funny one-liners. Kylie and Payton met in college and her at times “airhead and bad ass attitude” made for lots of laughs. There were so many funny and memorable scenes with these three, but one of my favorites was all the DEFCON’s they called- hilarious!  Even though this is a series, Payton’s story is wrapped up and you aren’t left with a cliffhanger. I believe the next books in the series will be about some of the secondary characters… my vote is for Kylie and Luca to get a book.


About S.K. Harley

S.K. Hartley is a wife and mother to an oil soaked husband and a tomato sauce covered son by day, by night an International Bestselling Author whose first novel, Finding You, quickly shot up the charts in fall 2013, winning blog awards for the tear inducing writing and breath catching ending.

Since releasing her first novel, she then went on to release two more books in the series, Finding Me & Finding Us, proving that New Adult is vastly popular among readers and writers a like.

Located in the not so sunny North West of England, UK, S.K. Hartley deals with daily battles against Microsoft Office Word translations. Working as a British author who writes in American English is a challenge that’s both frustrating and fulfilling.

When she’s not doing all the above, S.K. Hartley spends the rest of her time interacting with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and also via her newsletter.