Sally's review Oct 02, 2018
I love fairy tales. I mean, what girl doesn't? They are classic stories where love wins out, the villain gets what they deserve, and there is always a happily-ever-after. Of course, we only get one side of the story, and sometimes the perspective can be a bit biased, sanitized for a young audience. As it turns out, the real story is most definitely for adults only, and the facts are even more exciting than the fables!
With Setting the Record Straight, Trina Spillman puts her sexy reporter - Maggie McCullough - on the case, investigating the stories of Fablecastle for The Daily Mirror newspaper. Armed only with her good looks, her natural charm, and some enchanted pastries, she sets out to meet with those fairy tale characters who want the real story told.
The first fable to be exposed is that of The Big Bad Wolf who, it turns out, really did eat Grandma . . . just not in the way kids are told. This was a fun, frantic, scandalous tale, told beautifully through Maggie's wide-eyed questioning and her excited scribbling. It is erotic, adventurous, and even a bit sad in places as true love battles prejudice and private truths challenge public perception.
Next up is the story of Cinderella, which exposes the truth about the evil stepsisters (they were not all as bad as we have been told), their mother (she really was horrible), the fairy godmother (what he really did is so not suitable for children), and Cinderella herself (a less-than-innocent lass who truly won her love). There were some laugh-out-loud moments with this one, along with some erotic twists that I daresay are more interesting than magic slippers, and a happily-ever-after that makes Maggie a celebrity.
There are so many more stories to be told, of course, with one of the biggest teased at the end. While fairy tale reinventions can be difficult to do well, Setting the Record Straight shines because of Maggie, who is the perfect storyteller for exposing the erotic truths. I quite liked this and cannot wait for more!
Julie's review Sep 29, 2018
It was amazing.
Laughed and loved the book. If you need a break from reality here you go!!!
TRULY posted the following review on Goodreads:goodreads.com/book/show/41720839-setting-the-record-straight
"Setting the Record Straight: The Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella by Trina Spillman is a fast-paced read that is sure to draw you in from the very beginning and will captivate you with each page you read. The characters are vivid and creative with intriguing backstories that help to mesh with the storyline and create a truly captivating read. Spillman has written a story that is truly unique, scandalous, and romantic. A steamy read that is sure to fog up your glasses and may require an oven mitt to hold onto the pages when reading. It is that hot! Setting the Record Straight is perfect for anyone who loves a good romance novel with lots of spice."