Grim and Sinister Delight
Aiden has known for years that his mother arranged a marriage for him. He's going to become somebody's trophy husband, living it up in wealth with some rich European.
Until his mother informs him that his betrothed is a fae king. Now he has to travel through the faerie realm to honor the deal his mother made. It doesn't help that the servant sent to guide him hates him, and Aiden's body is a hot commodity in the fae realm. Aiden struggles to find a place for himself in this world, because everything he does seems to lead to pain and suffering for himself.
This can't be the life intended for him. But in order to find happiness, he has to go through hell first.
This novel is a dark, kinky, m/m retelling of The Goose Girl. Be advised that the relationships are unhealthy and include possible triggering content. Read at your own discretion.
Hi hi! I’m Adara Wolf, author of False Feathers. I’m so happy to be able to share this novel with you.
When I first heard of a project for dark, m/m versions of fairy tales, I was so excited. I knew exactly which fairy tale I was going to remix: The Goose Girl, in which a young princess on her way to meet her betrothed is forced to switch places with her servant.
I used to listen to a podcast where they retold (and commentated on) the first editions of Grimm fairy tales. When they started recounting The Goose Girl, I was struck by not just the kink potential (because, hello, forced to switch clothing and obey her servant…) but also in how silly the characters acted, at least by my modern standards.
We’ve got the princess immediately bowing to the demands of the servant, agreeing not to tell anybody about the switcheroo. But it’s not just the princess: the servant ends up devising her own brutal punishment by not realizing that she was being led into a trap.
For my modern reimagining, I decided I would give my main characters a little bit more intelligence. I never understood why the princess kept the promise not to tell anyone, since as soon as she reached her future spouse’s castle, she could have blabbed and fixed things for her. That’s what made me decide to incorporate a little bit of magic in my version of the story, since I couldn’t imagine a young, selfish, and spoiled modern man not taking every opportunity to right things for himself.
And make no mistake: Aiden, the main character, is absolutely spoiled rotten at the start of the novel. He grew up rich and privileged, and never considered those beneath him. It’s a long, bumpy road before he realizes the mistakes he made.
Please enjoy my dark take on this Fairy Tale.
(For a full list of spoilerful content warnings, check out my website.)
“Throw all your clothes over my way,” Owen ordered. “And don’t make a show of it, you aren’t doing a striptease.” He held the whip up menacingly.
“Fine!” Aiden hurried to throw his coat, his shirt, his boots, and pants over to Owen. With every layer of clothing removed, his fingers shook more. He would have classified the weather as mildly warm before, but now it was downright freezing.
“Underwear and socks too,” Owen added. “Take it all off.”
So he really was going there. Aiden flushed in both embarrassment and anger, but he didn’t try to stall.
When he was completely naked, Owen grinned at him. “What’s the matter? I’ve seen you naked a million times before, remember?”
That was different. That was back in DC, in the comfort of Aiden’s home, with the knowledge that Owen wouldn’t do anything. Now he was unbalanced, unsure of what would happen.
Now he wasn’t in control.
“Are you happy? Take a good look, then. Or do you want me to bend over for you?” Aiden said snidely.
“Very much so. I actually watched you drinking earlier. There’s something very satisfying about seeing you on your knees, drinking from the river like a dog. So do that again, your highness.” Owen motioned towards the river. “Let me see you with your ass up.”
“Seriously?” Aiden tried to sound defiant, but his voice shook and his fear came through loud and clear.
Aiden slowly walked towards the river. He grimaced when his feet sank into the wet dirt. When he was there, he hesitated once more. He couldn’t do this. He couldn’t bend down for somebody like Owen. He’d slept with so many men, but never once had they made him feel dirty and worthless.
The whip cracked again, and this time it hit Aiden squarely in the ass. Without his clothes to protect him, the pain was sharp, making Aiden cry out. “Fuck!"
“Get on with it. We don’t have all day.”
Aiden rubbed his ass, and despite the pain it was still so hard to get down to his knees and expose himself. He could feel the breeze brushing up against his ass, reminding him of his nudity. He rested his head against his forearms and closed his eyes, trying to pretend he wasn’t here.
“Not bad. I always knew you’d look better kneeling.” Owen stepped closer. “Pull your cheeks apart and let me see that hole of yours. And if you don’t hurry, I’m going to whip your balls.”
Naked Ambition by Lisa Henry, With a Twist by Kate Sherwood, Bound by Sean Azinsalt, True Mate’s Kiss by Rorie Kage, The Elves and the Bondage Daddy by JP Sayle, Pied Piper by Emma Jaye, The Devil Told Me by Alexis Jane, Crimson Painted Snow by Brea Alepoú, Shards of Ice by R Phoenix, Beauty Bound by Megs Pritchard, False Feathers by Adara Wolf, The Rejiorling by Leona Windwalker, Consequences of Crying by Abigail Kade, A Merman’s Tale by MD Gregory & The Black Sea by Dora Esquivel
Adara writes almost exclusive m/m, but she has a fondness for bisexual protagonists. She enjoys a lot of darker themes, so you'll see a lot of that in her works.
When Adara isn't writing, she's reading, painting, playing video games, and rescuing cats. She also enjoys learning about languages and other cultures.
If you're ever curious about the kink content of her works, there are content notes for each story on the website. You can also find out more about her works and read some freebies there.
you should check out the readers group for this great collaboration. Along with some other things they have going on, they have this awesome couple of bingo cards, which has prompts for every book in the series.