Review // A Court of Sugar and Spice by Rebecca F. Kenney

July 03, 2023

"You Keep making me hate you," I whisper.
"Good." A muscle flexes in his temple.
"That will make everything easier."
~ Louisa & Lir

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A Court of Sugar and Spice by Rebecca F. Kenney

My Rating - ★★★★¼
Standalone - Wicked Darlings #1
Release - January 1, 2022
Genre/Trope - Fantasy retelling / elements of instalove and enemies to lovers
POV - Dual 1st person (Clara & Louisa)
Heat - 4 out of 5
Format - ebook borrowed from Kindle Unlimited
Length - 373

With their inheritance restricted until their marriage, sisters Clara and Louisa, both in their twenties, must live with their godfather Drosselmeyer. One night, an accident brings to life one of the strange wooden dolls in Drosselmeyer's mansion. The Nutcracker doll is a cursed Fae prince, and he pleads for the sisters' help. During the ensuing journey into the Fae realm, Clara encounters the handsome Sugarplum Faerie, and he promises her the chance to enact all her forbidden fantasies. Meanwhile Louisa and the Nutcracker Prince battle and bicker over everything, despite the growing attraction between them. And to make matters worse, the entire Seelie kingdom is under threat of conquest by the Rat King, ruler of the Dread Court.

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My Two Cents

When I picked this book up, I had no idea what I was in for… AND I LOVED IT!! This author has found a new fan in me and after reading A Court of Sugar and Spice, I’ll never look at the Nutcracker or the Sugar Plum Faerie the same!

I walked into a world of magic, with mythical creatures, dangerous terrain, and tons of adventure. The author captured the feeling and wonder of this world perfectly. I could easily imagine the impossible trees and valleys, Fin’s infamous candies and bombs, the beauty that surrounded these characters.

Sorry for being vague, but I truly believe that the plot of this story needs to be experienced rather than told. It’s sexy, fun, charming, and full of love. There happens to be another book involving Clara and Fin and I’m excited to read it!

My Two Cents

Rebecca F. Kenney writes spicy fantasy romance about sassy, strong women and hot guys with tragic backstories... pirates, warlords, demons, Fae, and royals. Her two main series are the "Dark Rulers" series (standalones in a shared world) and the Immortal Warriors series (connected books). She has also written a zombie-apocalypse/vampire-romance trilogy (book 1 is "The Vampires Will Save You"). Other books include a demon romance duet, a dark mermaid fantasy duology, and other spicy retellings.

Rebecca lives in upstate South Carolina with her handsome blue-eyed husband and two smart, energetic kids.

For updates and information about upcoming novels, follow on TikTok @rebeccafkenney, Instagram @rebeccafkenneybooks, and on Twitter @RebeccaFKenney1.


  1. I would never thought someone would write a Nutcracker retelling! That sounds so interesting. I'm glad it worked for you.

    1. It was so much better than I expected!! Thanks Deanna ๐Ÿงก

  2. I love it when it's better than you expected! That title alone would draw me into it. Definitely adding this one. I love unique retellings.

  3. Awesome review, Natalie! ❤️ This looks like it would be so fun to read at Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜

    1. I deleted my last comment, because it looks like it's spaced crazy. This one did the same thing though so ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️. ๐Ÿคฃ


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