A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Aurora is woken from her cursed sleep after 100 years. Everyone she knows and loves is long dead. And the man who kissed her awake is a complete stranger, who she’s being forced to marry. Aurora is a relatable young woman who longs for freedom and adventure, but feels that it’s her duty to help keep peace in her land. There are actually three young men begin to form relationships (or try) with Aurora, instead of the usual love triangle. Thankfully, there is no insta-love here. The relationships form naturally and believably.
A Wicked Thing is first in a new fantasy series that gives a new twist on the “Happily Ever After” of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. This first installment introduces some interesting characters and builds a captivating story of intrigue, suspense, drama, and a bit of magic. Events builds to an exciting climax and an ending that will leave readers eager for the next in this promising series.