My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I loved Jennah Scott’s retelling of the Brother’s Grimm tale “Old Sultan.” The original fairy tale, a very short but charming one, is about an old faithful dog that the farmer has deemed useless as the dog has lost his teeth and his ability to protect the household.
The old dog, Sultan, isn’t happy that the farmer is going to put him down the next day, and enlists the aid of his friend the wolf into tricking the farmer into seeing the dog still has worth. This succeeds, but the wolf demands a price Sultan refuses to pay, as this would compromise his loyalty to the farmer. The wolf proposes a dual to settle things. Sultan’s friend in need this time, his second, is a three-legged cat who is in so much pain all the time, he holds his tail high up in the air. The wolf and his second, a boar, mistake the cat as being armed and dangerous and try to run and hide. The boar tattles the hiding place of the wolf to the dog and cat.
One of those Grimm stories where “and then what happened?” doesn’t get answered, not here at least. These Beyond Fairy Tales published by Decadent are a great way to resolve that! I believe the underlying theme to Old Sultan is loyalty and the odd shapes and forms it can take yet remain the bedrock of so many relationships.
Jennah Scott’s story, Saving Sultan, is centered around Liam and Dillon and begins with a bucket list challenge. The kiss between them proves too much for the newly graduated high school seniors, and they go their separate ways despite their friendship and partnership on the rodeo circuit. Dillon tries to keep in touch with Liam, but he doesn’t hear from him, so he assumes the worst.
When Dillon Sultan returns home from college, he learns his father, after the death of his wife, pretty much gave up on the family ranch and is now in so much debt he is 30 days away from losing it. Dillon refuses to give up but has to scramble to save it. This includes going to the bank to do some begging, which is hard to do anyway, but the man he has to beg is the man who broke his heart, Liam.
Liam would do anything for Dillon and his father, but he can’t help them as a banker, so he helps them as a friend to raise the money to save the ranch. Together they go back on the rodeo circuit and fall in love all over again. Very sweet, hot, and touching—cowboys aren’t my thing, but I really loved these two.
Just when they’re about to save the ranch together, who comes along but the big bad wolf. You’ll have to read the story “Saving Sultan” to find out how it all ends.
And the cover by Syneca Featherstone rocks!
About the Author:
Born and raised in Texas, Jennah is a transplant to Missouri long enough ago she should probably consider that her hometown. But she will forever be a Texan. She loves to write any story that will make a reader smile, laugh, and maybe even cry (although you won’t ever hear her admit that she cries). Whether the next story she writes is contemporary, urban fantasy, LGBT, or whatever other crazy idea she comes up with, there will always be love and romance in the midst of trials and turmoil.