Cinderelliot at the ball!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: New York
The Hero(s): Winston Constantine – his father was killed 5 years ago and his enemies, the Morelli’s were apparently at fault. Win is wealthy, elite and a bit depraved. He likes control and erotic humiliation. He has two brothers and a sister and he wants to keep his “relationship” with Ash a secret because he thinks his mother won’t approve and will run Ash off.
The heroine: Ash Elliot – wants to save money for college and to get away from her family which includes 3 evil stepbrothers (triplets). Winston pays her for all the kinky things they do together. She was a maid in his office building when he caught her swirling around in his chair instead of working and they have been doing crazy things ever since.
The Love Story: Prince Charming takes Cinderelliot to the ball in this book and many things are similar to the original fairytale but some are so deliciously different. The pumpkin/carriage is a much different ride, the step-sisters are bothers, the fairy godmother is named Perry, and the midnight curfew is all too real.
I loved all the similarities and differences to the classic fairytale, it was pretty cool each time one cropped up. There were things I disliked about the book, however those were person preference things not the writing of the story. Winston is nearly twice her age, I think he was 37 and she was 18. It isn’t that I am not into the older man thing, it is more in my own head that I keep thinking how women usually outlive men and then the fact that he is twenty years older.
I keep thinking how both my grandma’s lived into their 90s and both grandpa’s only their 70’s and they were the same age as their spouses. Though I know that most women don’t live into their nineties, they do live about 5 years longer than men on average, so that is a long time without your soulmate if he is that much older to begin with.
Despite that fact. Winston is super kinky and smoking hot. I loved the fact that he wants to keep Ash at arm’s length because he knows that eventually will get bored with her but his inner voice or the devil on his shoulder keeps whispering the truth in his ear about what he really wants. I just love it when a guy has an inner voice that is smart and witty.
There is also some mystery, intrigue and some detractors that think Ash is beneath Winston. There are secrets and a bunch of other people trying to get in the way of what is going on between Win and Ash. It was such a good story and despite the kink, there is actually quite a bit of romance between Winston and Ash. The book ended in a big cliffhanger, which I don’t mind, other than the fact that for some reason I assumed this series was a duet, but apparently it is a trilogy. So I was hoping everything would end up tied in a neat little bow at the end but instead, I am dying to find out what happens next.