Shear Heaven by Katy Regnery ~ 5 Stars
“Love is a battlefield”
My God! I’m crying my eyes out. I am a sucker for fairytales and I love this book so much – the characters, their love story and the happily-ever-after. For such a short story, this novella is packed with all the feels. I cried, laughed, swooned and cried again. I have been a fan of Katy for a long time and I cannot even begin to tell you how much all her stories touched my heart in some way. It does not matter if the book is contemporary, fairytale inspired, or a paranormal – each story and their characters bring a special meaning or a message that stay with me long after the last page is turned. I am not surprised I once again fell in love with Nico and Bella in this beautiful piece.
Nico is an Italian prince, also a lawyer in Florence. Nico is visiting NY to celebrate his sister Valentina’s engagement. Bella is a hairstylist who is slaving away in her Godmother’s salon. Bella came to the rescue when Nico could not find any salon open to help style Valentina’s hair. I adore Bella. She is sweet, innocent and sheltered so she does not realize Nico is a real prince. When they first meet, Nico is immediately intrigued by Bella – a breath of fresh air compared to all the greedy ladies who are always vying for his attention. The problem is Nico is as good as engaged to a princess – he will not be married for love. Nico wants to stay away from Bella but there is something special about Bella that he cannot resist. Nico convinces Bella to spend a week with him – promising no kissing and no falling in love. After a week whirlwind romance, will Nico have a change of heart? Can a prince and a country girl find their happily-ever-after?
“She was discovering, minute by minute, that it wasn’t his love for her that would hurt her in the long run. No. It would be her love for him that could destroy her, that could leave a lasting and agonizing mark on her soul.”
I mean what can I say? This is a romance based on Rapunzel. Who does not love a good fairytale right? Nico and Bella are both trapped in a life that has been set forth by their family – “Chattel in velvet chains. Property. A slave. A pet. Cared for in luxury, but far from free.” Nico is about to marry for status and money and Bella is slaving away for the witch godmother with no prospects for a future. Bella wants to give Nico all of herself even if it is temporary but she is scared her heart will shatter after Nico leaves. But in the end Bella realizes that she would rather have a week full of love than a life time of nothing. Geeze! Like I said I cried on so many occasions … This story is full of heart and feels.
“I heard this in a movie once: I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special. That’s how I feel about you. About us.”
I also love Nico’s sister “Serene Highness” – OMG! She is a sassy little thing who does not take no for an answer. She is feisty, spirited, but also sweet. She deserves happiness as well. I would LOVE a story on her.
Shear Heaven is gorgeous guys – beautifully written. Katy continues to amaze us all with her talent for storytelling – another stunning, heartfelt modern fairytale I won’t soon forget.
“I didn’t fall in love with your hair, cara mia. I fell in love with your heart.”
I know I am a little crazy with all quotes but come on! They are all so romantic. This novella is just flawless!
~ Available Aug 22 ~