Sunday Book Review – Breathless, #Shortstory by Yvette Calleiro

My Sunday Book Review is for Yvette Calleiro’s short, powerful story – Breathless. This is a fun read involving witchery, karma and a twisted surprising end. A lovely sampling of Yvette’s writing, and I know I’ll be reading more from her.







What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after?


Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?


On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.


BONUS! This short story is followed by a preview of a book written by the author.



My 5 Star Review:


This is my first time reading this author and I was in the mood for a short and impactful read, and it was delivered.  Set in the 1920s, Silena is a maid serving at Walter’s parties, where she can only dream of being with the charming playboy William as she pines for his attention and is continuously overlooked. She sees how he treats women, including herself, when he shamed her for being a maid. Walter is all about the young and beautiful women so she thought she’d use her magic one day to get herself all decked out as a flapper girl and join one of his many parties. But Silena overlooked what could go wrong when she decided to put an irrevocable spell on him to teach Walter a lesson for being such a womanizer and paying no mind to women’s feelings.


Silena inherited her mother’s magical skills and she thought she’d try and see what it felt like for one night to become glamorous and desired. Silena knows better about messing with magic, but took the plunge anyway. She wanted to know how it would feel to be desired for one night.. Her plans go accordingly, but she discovers he’s just as piggish to her as he is to all the woman he collects. And after his verbal abuse, once he discovered who she was, Silena decided to put a dangerous curse on him. – dangerous because she was warned by her mother to never use her power as revenge. But she did and she didn’t take much time to think about the backfiring consequences of putting an irrevokable curse on him that wouldn’t end until it was fulfilled.


I cannot share the curse Silena put on Walter, for no spoilers here. But suffice it to say, the ‘kiss of death’ is final. Be careful what you wish for. Karma is always listening. This was a short read but lots of action to keep me glued.





41 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Breathless, #Shortstory by Yvette Calleiro

  1. I know it’s probably nothing like it, but the first place my mind went as I read this was the old Bewitched television show. Didn’t something always go wrong, or there were unintended consequences with each of those spells?


    1. Right? I was curious, and enjoy the odd ‘short read’ in between bigger books. I enjoyed this book because I admire short story writers who can complete a big story in minimal pages. 🙂 xx


  2. Hi Debby, this is a lovely review of this book which I do have on my TBR. I think its been buried under 100 newer purchasers. I’ve read a few of Yvette’s books and really enjoyed them. She is also a lovely person.


    1. Happy to re-introduce the ‘lost’ book to you Robbie. We all know how books slip further down the reading list as we keep piling on new ones. I’m sure you would quite enjoy this one Robbie. ❤


    1. Thanks Marian. Yes, I review on my blog, Amazon and Goodreads. Authors helping authors. 🙂 And thanks for sharing the link to your review for Yvette’s engaging short story. I will be reading more from her for sure. ❤


  3. It sounds like a good read and short too, Debby. I am a fan of revenge stories, although I get the sense that his one doesn’t quite work out as expected, but that makes it sound even more interesting. Congratulations to the author for the review, and thanks for the recommendation.


  4. I thoroughly enjoyed Yvette’s story, Breathless! While I wanted a happier ending, justice had to be served all the way around with the characters. Thank you for sharing your review!


  5. Yes, be careful what you wish for. For us, impulsive people, we might want to think twice before putting curses on people. Yet, we (I) still do sometimes. 🙂 Thanks for the review, Debby! I’m glad you had a quick and enjoyable read out of this short story.


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