Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: His Fairy Godfather
AUTHOR: Cate Ashwood & Nico Jaye
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 230 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 9, 2016
Since the death of his father, Trick Grigsby has fought to keep his head above water. Following in his father’s footsteps as a talented architect, he hopes to work his way up at the firm. Unfortunately, the company’s new owner barely resembles the man who was once Trick’s father’s best friend. Trick’s days are filled with drudgery and cruel remarks from the man who was supposed to be his mentor—along with his two sons, whose only jobs seem to be making Trick’s life miserable.
But all that is about to change.
Edwin Goodmaker struggled through his fairy godparent curriculum, but his mother—the reigning Fairy Queen—has a simple solution: Edwin will go to New York City and get some practical experience. When he meets Trick, Edwin knows he’s found a worthy charge, and he’s sure he can help Trick achieve all of his heart’s desires. Edwin falls for Trick, but with everything standing in their way, a fairy-tale ending might remain nothing more than a dream.
I can’t even tell you how much I enjoyed this cute modern retelling of the Cinderella story. These two ladies took the age-old story, and rethought it…complete with a gay Fairy Godfather. It was a fun read, and I honestly didn’t put it down once.
Trick Grigsby is the Cinderella character in this story. His father’s business partner took over their architectural design firm when Trick’s father died, without a will and leaving Trick nothing. The former business partner and his two troglodyte sons have lorded it over Trick ever since. They’ve stolen his designs, they treated him like crap, and they’ve made his life hell. He is reduced to living in a tiny run down studio apartment above 125th Street in Manhattan, a questionable neighborhood at best. But what can he do. He doesn’t make enough to do anything else. He refuses to quit his job and go elsewhere. It is his Dad’s company!
Then one late night on his way home from work, Trick rescues a man who has just stepped out into the street in front of a speeding NYC cabbie.
The man is Edwin Goodmaker, who we, the readers, already know is the son of the Fairy Queen. He is in our realm as a Fairy Godfather in Training because he just can’t seem to get some of the spells right. And you did catch that I said he was the son of the Queen…as in a Fairy Prince?
The tale builds from there. No more spoilers. I really liked the story. I really liked the characters and their interactions. I’d have to say that I highly recommend this one. If you’re into a modern-day fairy tale, you’ll love it.