Short Take: “Of Swine and Roses,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Sweet, whimsical, and funny
Cons: Want more!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Of Swine and Roses (by Ilona Andrews), is a short story. It centers on Alena, whose family insists she go on a date with Chad Thurman. His family is important to their business interests, so even though Alena has no interest in such a thug, she goes anyway. Then the weirdest thing happens–they come across a couple of Thurman’s goons chasing a little pig. Chad stops to help, and Alena decides enough is enough. She isn’t going to let them hurt an animal.

That’s actually about half of the story, but the tale is short enough that I kind of had to include that much. It’s worth reading as a whole, though; I found it very cheaply on Amazon. I’m a big fan of Ilona Andrews (actually a husband-and-wife writing team), so I’d read pretty much anything they write. I enjoyed this story and found it to be fun, whimsical, and sweet, with just a touch of darkness. It certainly made me want to read more!

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