Sunday, October 11, 2015

ARC Review: Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashford Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.

Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.

Dani's rating:

I read the newly released second edition, although I don't think this book was updated.

Let's start here: This is a FAIRY TALE (a contemporary, loose interpretation of Cinderella). I reminded myself of this every time I wanted to roll my eyes while reading this story.

We have Mark (aka Sinders), a talented fashion designer working as an all-purpose boy at a posh hotel. Sinders wears a disguise so as not to appear too beautiful and draw attention.

And we have Ashton (aka Ash), a closeted millionaire who must marry before his 25th birthday in order to receive his inheritance.

Mark is adopted by Mr. Pennymaker, a short, jolly man who becomes his fairy godfather of sorts.

Ash becomes smitten both with Mark and his feminine persona (that's all Mr. Pennymaker's idea). He comes to Mark's rescue, and the two exchange hot kisses.

I wanted more steam, less camp, and certainly more character development. The MCs are fairly one dimensional, and some of the plot lines (like the secondary romance between Bitsy and Ronnie) muddle the story.

Everything happens quickly and easily, as is the case with fairy tales. After all, nothing stands in the way of True Love!

Sinders and Ash is a fun, easy read. And since this is a fairy tale, the HEA is blinding.

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They are home.
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