Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New Review! Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli 3 Cranky Stars

Stealing CinderellaStealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Cranky Stars

Thorsen is the king apparent of Norway, and has a very dark past that refuses to allow him to be a good person on the outside. Ella, similar background to the original Cinderella story, but in modern times. Ella has a love of animals and spends her free time at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. She sees an opportunity to get funding for the sanctuary when the local Kingdom decides to do a speed dating charity ball were you can purchase tickets to do a speed dating with available princes. She thought that she was getting in line to see her country's Prince, but got into line with Thorsen. He was so taken with her that he used his power and influence to hunt her down, then kidnaps her and makes an arrangement with her to give the failing sanctuary money in return for her staying with him for two months and being the subject of his pleasure whatever that may be. This doesn't sit well with her stepfamily and they try to seek retribution.

I love stories that take old fairy tales and make them new. The reason why I gave this book 3 stars was because of the blatant disregard for the rules of the S&M community. In the book the author takes what is kidnapping, torture, mental and emotional abuse, and blackmailing as something that is of a S&M quality. There is a underlining agreement and trust between a dominant and submissive partners. Without these qualities, and these rules, it is not S&M but illegal. I do not like when people mistake illegal activities for S&M, it gives that community a bad rap. While it is not my thing, I don't feel like someone should turn it into something it's not. You can not kidnap someone and force/blackmail them to agree to be your submissive, that illegal not S&M!

Other than that, the story is amazing, I love the spin on the old story. It's nice to get more on Thorsen. It seems in all the old stories, you don't get much on the Prince, he is just a person...most of the time without a real name. Seeing more on him is refreshing. I hope to see more of this collection.

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