Red As A Rose: Naughty Nursery Rhymes by D. F. Krieger

Red As A Rose: Naughty Nursery Rhymes by D. F. Krieger
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (34 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

In this sexy retelling of Red Riding Hood, danger abounds. Can a seductive witch save the big bad wolf she finds in her grandmother’s bed? Or will she fall prey not only to the woodsmen that hunt him, but the lure of her own powers?

Tobias, mortally wounded from a silver tipped arrow, seeks healing from the notorious hedge witch, Scarlet Hood. What he doesn’t expect is to find Scarlet has passed away. Her granddaughter, Rose, is everything a big bad wolf could want. With woodsmen hot on his trail, Tobias must decide whether to accept his new life, or die all over again.

Rose didn’t want to take up the red hood her grandmother left her, nor any of the responsibilities that came with it. Wielding a power that loves the dead more than the living, she finds it hard to accept the idea of becoming a healer. When she finds a werewolf in her grandma’s bed, she has to choose between what is right, and what feels right but is so very wrong.

While in the traditional Red Riding Hood the wolf seems to hold most of the control, it is quickly clear that when it comes to Rose and Tobias she has all the power.

Tobias is a rough man who can only think of one thing, how to protect his people from the hunters. While some may see him and his fellow shifters as beasts, they are just a wayward band trying to survive the best they can. With Rose’s magic running through his freshly animated body he soon finds another desire on top of protecting those he cares for, learning more about Rose in any facet available to him.

Rose, while grieving for her grandmother, knows she has a gift that she can either use for good or for bad. Necromancy has always been seen as a bad dark magic that no witch should possess, yet mother nature tells her to use her gift to bring Tobias back. It is almost immediately obvious that although Tobias is important to his people, he seems to be equally important in Rose’s story. Tobias to me was a way for Rose to see that her necromancy does not necessarily have to be a bad magic if she chooses to use it the right way, and in the end I think she too begins to understand this.

Some of the sub-plots in the story seemed a bit underdeveloped to me. Rose immediately has a attraction to Tobias, but his being a shifter is a concern for her. I think that this wasn’t fully developed and while it was addressed I think that a little more rationality or thought from Rose would have allowed me to see how she got past this concern. Additionally, Tobias feels such a strong bond with his people, but it never really says if he is a leader to them, which I get a sense that he is, but never really found out. At the end of the story I still also felt like the relationship between Rose and Tobias was questionable as well as what would happen with the shifters.

I love the idea of remaking nursery rhythms. I see it as re-inventing the stories you loved as a kid, to meet the needs and taste for adults. This one truly added a twist to the classic that I found refreshing. While I would have preferred a bit more erotica, I can say this was a entertaining love story. It was a nice quick read that made me smile in the end, because it was clear that Rose certainly didn’t need any hunter to save her, as she was far from afraid of any big bad wolf.


  1. Thank the gods. Finally, a review that tells me exactly why I didn’t receive a full 5 stars! Peppermint made very good points and I completely appreciate the honesty. I’ll endeavor to pay more attention to my sub plots, and I’m so grateful to you for the rating.

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