Mirage (Sinister Fairy Tales). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mirage by C.M. Radcliff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.

After the death of her father, his empire became hers and the princess became a queen. Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.

Her fortune was sought after and deception and deceit had a ring around her finger.

But with the ring, came the accessories that money can’t buy.

At the hands of the new king, the empire began to crumble as Jaslyn’s world spiraled out of control.

Through the bars of her prison, she watched life pass her by.

Hope was fading quickly… until she met him.

Axel was the glimmer that she needed to survive.

From the wrong side of the tracks, Axel’s life was never easy.

He worked his way through the blood and sweat and went from rags to riches.

When you’re on top of the world, one mistake is all it takes to lose it all. And getting back up is always harder than the fall.

Getting his life back came with an offer he couldn’t refuse and he would pay the cost.

Jaslyn wasn’t part of the deal, but she was a temptation that he couldn’t escape.

She was his endgame and he would fight to the death to get to that finish line.

Together, they roll the dice and risk it all for love.

But when you gamble in the game of life or death, you pay a price.

And sometimes, that price could cost you everything. 


Holy Cliffhanger Batman! I have to know what happens next!

Ok, I will admit that it has been a long time since I have seen Aladdin I didn’t see much similarities between this book and that tale. Other than a few tweaks on some of the names, so maybe detailing the similarities in this review will help. Not that this book isn’t really good in it’s own right. I did like the book quite a bit, and I am getting to like cliffhangers a lot more than I used to. Especially if they are spectacular ones like this one was.

The two main characters are Axel Reed who is an illegal fighter who comes from the other side of the tracks and has mostly lived outside the law, and Jaslyn Astor a rich girl with long straight black hair whose father has recently died. Axel is the Aladdin character, which makes sense because Aladdin was poor and a thief (outside the law). Jaslyn, the Jasmine character was also rich (a princess) Jafar wanted to marry her.

In this story Jaslyn’s father was rich because he was a hear surgeon who created a medical device that saved thousands and Jasper Lafar worked for her father’s company and helped Jaslyn out after her father died. He talked her into an engagement before showing his true colors and now abuses her physically and verbally.

Jasper hires Axel to fight for him in a deal that is too good to pass up. Axel has no family other than his best friend Rush who he grew up in foster care with. Rush drives him to all his fights in his convertible so I’m thinking Rush represents the genie and the convertible is the magic carpet. So I guess this book does have a lot of similarities to the Aladdin story.

I won’t give away spoilers but to say it is steamy, but not too steamy. It is romantic, and like in Aladdin, Axel comes in to show the sheltered Jaslyn a whole new world outside of the oppressed setting she has been in. Just when it is getting good, BOOM! Cliffhanger….

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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