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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671001574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671001575
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Fairy Tale" is sheer magic!" -- Teresa Medeiros

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I howled with laughter all through this novel starting at page 1. The blurb on the back cover made it sound like the standard romance I love - Highlands of Scotland, impertinent heroine, handsome "devil" hero - the works! But what it did not give me was a clue of how hilarious it was!! But besides all those truly funny situations and characters - the chemistry between hero Duncan and heroine Marsali was touching as well as exciting. I can't say enough good things about this book. A big 10+ ! I'm checking out what else Jillian Hunter has written! She's SUPER!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Price on 11 Aug 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read 'Fairytale' just after finishing 'Daring' in the hopes of finding a funny yet hot romance, instead I found one of the most irritating heroines in literature. She is brattish, arrogant and petty beyond belief, it makes you wonder if Duncan (the 'hero') is some sort of masochist. When Duncan returns home to find the rag-tag clan he was ostrascized from he finds more than he ever expects. The Clan manage to be annoying yet throughly unlovable and unamusing, it gets to a point where you wish Duncan would just let them be beheaded for treason (plot point). You contine reading the book in the hopes that our heroine matures and becomes a fitting mate for the hero. It doesn't happen, instead you get an increasing feeling of forboding as the hero discovers his love for the pain in the ass. I found myself wishing that Duncan would just tell them to go screw themselves. This story manages to side-line the anglo-scotch friction of the period by making the heroine so very very annoying. I loved 'Daring', but this book is truly heinous, hopefully Ms Hunter, who is otherwise an outstanding writer, will return to form and not inflict another book like this on her fans.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Definitely Not My Fairy Tale 31 May 2006
By V. Seaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me begin by saying I love Jillian Hunter's writing. Her trilogy on the Boscastle family is wonderful: Humorous, Passionate, and Fast Paced. If you read my lists, you'll know that I absolutely adore romance novels (especially historical ones). Those focusing on the time period (in Fairy Tale) are among my favorites! However, Fairy Tale fell far beyond the standard set w/ Ms. Hunter's other novels. It's obvious this must have been one of her earlier (if not her first) novels.

Fairy Tale was EXTREMELY slow paced. The heroine was an irritating, ignorant, and crass little pest. I like a hard headed and independent heroine. However, Marsali was simply stupid and not at all likeable. The hero was a bit boring and his back story was extremely predictable and anticlimatic. The supporting characters were just as frustrating as Marsali. I tired of reading an entire novel in which 90% of the characters were working against the hero, Duncan, for the majority of the book. I thought Jillian Hunter did a wonderful job in showing why the characters resented Duncan, but she did a horrible job in showing how the characters evolved to accept him. Throughout 85% of the book, Duncan is resented, feared, and disrespected by his clan, then suddenly they don't hate him anymore. It was ridiculous.

The book is littered with material that does very little to advance the plot or develop the characters. This took attention from the romance between Marsali and Duncan. If you didn't know you were supposed to want them together (by reading the back cover), there was very little in the book that made you actually care for Duncan and Marsali as a couple. They had very little chemistry and their "love" story was completely underdeveloped. In addition, several "suspense" elements were thrown into the book. However, because the characters were so one dimensional (an not at all endearing), I found myself not caring what happened to them.

I think Ms. Hunter does a better job writing Regency romance than she does Highland/Scottish romance. I will continue supporting her. However, if you want a good Scottish romance, read Julie Garwood's Ransom, Saving Grace, The Secret, or The Bride. Fairy Tale is an utterly boring and unsatisfying read.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Jillian Hunter - where have you been all my life????? 31 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I howled with laughter all through this novel starting at page 1. The blurb on the back cover made it sound like the standard romance I love - Highlands of Scotland, impertinent heroine, handsome "devil" hero - the works! But what it did not give me was a clue of how hilarious it was!! But besides all those truly funny situations and characters - the chemistry between hero Duncan and heroine Marsali was touching as well as exciting. I can't say enough good things about this book. A big 10+ ! I'm checking out what else Jillian Hunter has written! She's SUPER!!!!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Be Prepared to be Totally Charmed! 24 Jun 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Duncan MacElgin, had a reputation the devil himself envied. Hot-headed and ornery as a young boy when sent away to the army to learn discipline and find an outlet for his anger, he rose swiftly as a warrior then a battle hard general and minister of war. As the rightful heir of the clan MacElgin, he was ordered home to whip his clansmen into shape and stop them from raiding the British. Riding into the glen, he was attacked, beaten and stripped naked - not that he was expecting a hero's welcome, but this was ridiculous! - This band of misfits, were tarring him with honey and chicken feathers - and their leader was a woman!
Marsali Hay, was convinced that the man riding into the glen was an enemy, she had no idea that the beautiful specimen of manhood - now that she'd had a really good look - was the infamous "Black Duncan". Once he made it known who he was, their bloody chieftain after all - he would make Marsali pay dearly for her impertinence. Duncan would find though that the impertinent and darling of the clan, would have him at her knees as she and the band of mis-fits and characters that made up his clan would drive him to total distraction.
Be prepared to be totally charmed, from the dark and deeply guilt stricken Duncan to the innocent and spritely Marsali who gave him the redemption and love he needed as she and her band of misfit clansmen worked magic into his life. You will belly laugh through the antics of the supporting cast in this delightful novel from the battling ghosts, to the inept wizard uncle and the twin piglets! This was a totally outstanding read that I chuckled through and found so difficult to put down. Solid Gold!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
life and love in the Highlands 24 Feb 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One decade and five years ago, Duncan MacElgin fled his Scottish
Highland home to avoid the whispers that he killed his mother and
step-father. Those rumors added to his well-earned darker reputation
for a vile lifest
yle. Now, as the clan chieftain, the English crown has sent him back
to "civilize" his clan or else. To his chagrin, he is ambushed by
Marsali Hay and a motley band of the clan, who thought he was an
English soldier. T
hey are shocked to learn that he is the infamous "Black Duncan", who
everyone thought died on the continent. Duncan's second reaction to
this mob is that he might be better off defying the throne and fleeing
the country.
However, Duncan soon finds being enchanted by Marsali, the rest of
the clan, and the land. Marsali, who sees the good inside his soul, is
determined to love him forever. Duncan has other thoughts, including
marrying h
er off to someone else. However, his allegedly heartless soul has
other ideas and soon he finds he cannot resist her highlander charm.
However, though Duncan knows that he loves Marsali, he still believes
that he is not
really good enough for her. It remains for Marsali and her band of
misfits to persuade him that he is foolishly wrong.

Jillian Hunter is one of the best historical romance writer's today
because of her ability to bring a freshness to often overused eras.
Her latest novel, FAIRY TALE, enhances that deserved reputation because
the novel
is a jocular romp through the Scottish Highlands that, like Marsali
and her wizard relative, will bewitch the reader with its charm and
humor. This reviewer strongly recommends that fans of the sub-genre
take a FAIRY TALE to the Scottish Highland via MS. Hunter's fabulous novel.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
just loved it... 4 Dec 2009
By Zina Borovsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
i loved this book. it's very funny. very well written and so much fun to read. Duncan is a tortured soul in need of redemption and Marsali is there to help him to achieve it.
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