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Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods: FAIRYTALES AND MYTHS FOR THE MODERN GAY by [Idonea, Asta]
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The modern age is devoid of magic.
Or is it?
How else could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?
What but magic could spark romance at a workplace assessment?
Or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?
Six fairytales and myths are given a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, proving that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

When Theo’s landlord steals a prized guitar in lieu of rent owed, he informs Theo he will return the instrument on one condition: he wants a date with Theo’s twin sister.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)
Andre must pass the examination if he wants to keep his job.
However, he is distracted by his unspoken love for fellow programmer, Eren.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)
Sasha told a little white lie in his job interview and it won him the role.
Only now he is faced with a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)
Hunter and Ross are in love, but Ross’ father keeps trying to set him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men, the latest of whom happens to be Ross’ boss.

LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)
Cillian is dreading the work masquerade ball, but once there he finds himself romanced by a dashing stranger, only to flee when he discovers the man's identity.

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)
Dunstan Griffin is not a man to let a debt slide, so when debtor Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4349 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (18 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance 21 May 2016
By Katie Pizzolato - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4 of 5 Stars

I love a good fairytale retelling. I love even more when they are not all fairytales I am familiar with. I had to look up several of these to get an idea of the original tale the author was twisting and in the process learned something new! I love when that happens.

All of these stories center around DunGriffinCorp, a financial institution, and its employees. While each story was unique, they were all connected.


For those of you who don’t know, this is the legend of the time Thor pretended to be a woman to get his stolen hammer back. In this rendition, Theo was a musician whose guitar was taken as collateral by his landlord until Theo could pay his rent, or persuade his twin sister to spend the evening with his landlord. I am sure you can imagine how this one played out. I will warn you that there was surprise, though many of you may see it coming.

This one was fun and surprisingly sweet. I found myself laughing quite often as well as ‘awwing’ over the cute bits. I wish it would have been longer but overall I enjoyed this short snippet.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)

This was the story of how Eren(Ariadne) secretly helped Andre(Theseus) pass his job performance test aptly named ‘The Cretan Labyrinth’ and defeat the Minotaur. It was a very creative way of weaving a twist on a legend into a modern idea while also very clearly displaying the actual legend within the test itself. It was another short tale, but it was cute and entertaining. The romance was very rushed though I supposed it was in the original legend as well.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)

What does a person do when he lies on his job application and can’t actually perform his required tasks? Why, he makes a deal with his very own Rumplestiltskin to do the work for him in return for “spending one evening together doing anything he asks.” There is absolutely no way that could go wrong, right?

Well in the end, the wager proceeds just as the original tale but with a bit more of an erotic twist. Again this short story was mischievous and fun. I enjoyed reading it.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

I had to look this one up. It was…strange and after reading it, I was unsure of exactly how the original could be twisted into a modern gay tale.

The author did a good job of following the path of the original tale and executing the same strange vibe. This one was definitely odd for me. I was glad the author took liberties with this story and the ending was not as tragic. In the end, I don’t really know if I can say I enjoyed this one, but I can definitely say it made me think and I learned a new folk tale from a new culture.

LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)

How does Prince Charming find his Cinderfella, when Cinder would rather not be found? This was a fun twist of the Cinderella story using boss/employee interactions as the prince/cinderella setup and company’s fraternization policy as the evil stepmother. It was short so the romance itself was rushed, but this story was cute and a bit sappy. I enjoyed it.

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)

The final tale in this collection wrapped things up nicely by introducing the beastly CEO of DunGriffinCorp and chronicling how one young admin assistance brought out the real man behind the beast. I struggled a bit with the magnitude of the beast’s transformation because this story was too short to support enough growth to make it believable. On the other had, I still enjoyed this story and was very happy with the way it was presented.

I’ll wrap this review up by saying I loved the idea of a collection of fairy tales and myths twisted and interwoven so well. These stories were well done and I had a great time reading them. My only real complaint was that they were not longer. I would have loved each story to be a fully realized novella, but alas it was not my decision, LOL.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable! 4 April 2016
By Bayou Book Junkie-Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***
This was a fascinating collection of short stories all based in legends and fairytales with a modern twist. Each of the stories is interconnected in some way in the small universe of DunGriffinCorp.


Theo's landlord takes Theo's guitar since he's late on the rent, and when Theo confronts him he tells him he'll return the guitar on the condition that Theo's twin sister has dinner with him.

This was a fun story. At first I wasn't too sure where it was going, but the 'date' twist was pretty neat and the only thing I would've liked more was to see more of Graham and Theo.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)

Andre has to pass the 6-month exam if he wants to keep his job at the IT department at DunGriffinCorp, although he has more than one reason to want to remain there, as he's in love with his co-worker, Eren, even if he's never spoken with him. But that may be about to change!

This was a sweet story. I really enjoyed the test as a whole and how the author integrated the myth into it. Andre and Eren were amazing together, too.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)

Sasha didn't think telling a white lie in his job interview would blow up in his face, but when on his first day he's informed that he was solely hired because of that, he's beyond stressed. When a mysterious young man offers to help him out with it, he jumps at the offer. But is he prepared to pay the price "Jack" will ask him to pay?

I adored this take on Rumplestiltskin! It was one of my favorites. Sasha and the mysterious Jack were awesome and it was a nice way to give a modern twist to this fairytale.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

Ross is in love with Hunter, but while his parents know he's gay, he's not had the courage to tell them of his lover. When his father makes another attempt at setting him up, and the man turns out to be Ross's boss, he finally stands up to his father, with some dire consequences.

I really enjoyed this little story, it was very intriguing and had some pretty neat twists!

LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)

Cillian is happy being nearly invisible at his work place, and he's not too excited over the upcoming mandatory Masquerade he'd have to go to. Once there, he finds a dashing knight that dances the night away with him. When Cillian discovers who the man is, he escapes from the ball.

Mark never imagined he would find the man of his dreams at the Masquerade and sets upon finding him, even if it might mean he risks losing his job.

Very enjoyable, with many surprises along the way!

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)

Dunstan Griffin, the very powerful CEO to DunGriffinCorp, wants to set an example after Alfred Siskin is unable to pay his debt. To gain some time, Alfred offers the services of his son, Wynn. As Dunstan starts to know Wynn he realizes the man is just what he's always wanted and Wynn learns there's more to Dunstan than his "Beast" nickname might suggest.

I love Beauty and the Beast, and while this was a bit of a condensed version, it was a really good one.

All in all, the stories were very well-written and while some felt more complete than others, they were all very enjoyable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!