Book Review: Cherry Lips by Lacey Dearie

Cherry Lips coverTitle: Cherry Lips
Author: Lacey Dearie
Genre: Chicklit/Fairytale
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Cerise is not a witch. She’s an apprentice herbalist whose father is a wannabe warlock and fairy godmother is a madame. But Cerise has a closely guarded secret – the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to the richest and most powerful women in the land is a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Of course, with such power comes responsibility, something Cerise did not consider while she was testing each batch of the product on the men of her home town.

Soon, word of the magical make-up reaches the childless Queen Merewald, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the lip-stain herself and use them to seduce her ageing, impotent husband, King Palen. Her best chance is to send her feline brother-in-law, Blaxton, to befriend Cerise and spy on her. What the Queen didn’t count on was her nephew falling for Cerise without the use of magic or her niece using their jester as bait to uncover the secrets before she did.

Cherry Lips is a chick-lit fairytale about a medieval amateur cosmetologist, a nymphomaniac witch, a kinky jester, an unconventionally handsome prince, a wizard with magical healing powers, a castle made of sand and crystals, magical lip-stain that makes the wearer irresistible and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

Cherry Lips is a whimsical, romantic, hilarious fairytale with the strangest bunch of characters you could’ve ever imagined. Our main character, Cerise, is an apprentice herbalist who happens to be the manufacturer of a cherry lip-stain that is anything but ordinary: it’s an aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. When the queen finds out about this magic lip-stain, she wants it for herself, and to use it to seduce her husband so they can have a child.

In order to retrieve the lip-stain, she sends her brother-in-law to befriend Cerise and spy on her. But that decision might backfire when Blaxton falls head over heels for Cerise…And what ensues is a hilarious tale of cats, magic and fairy godmothers who aren’t at all like how you’d expect a fairy godmother to be like.

The characters are amazing, especially Cerise. The world-building is solid and fun, without being too complicated, and it allows the reader to easily dive into the story. If you like stories with a whimsical side, you’ll love Cherry Lips.


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