Title: Sinders and Ash
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Mark Sintorella, Ashton Armitage
Sub-Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fairy Tales
A Pennymaker Tale
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 Ashton 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.
Sinders and Ash is a sexy, fun read that I enjoyed from start to finish. I’ve read several books by Ms. Lain and I’ve enjoyed them all. She has a knack of really writing characters that I come to like and admire, and I look forward to reading more books by her. Since the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead I thought I’d talk about why I really liked this book and why I’d easily recommend it.
I’m a sucker for fairy-tales and was immediately swept up into the lives of Mark and Ash. Ashton is the handsome millionaire who must marry or he’ll lose his inheritance. When he meets Mark, he can’t help but feel a strong connection towards him and soon he forced to make the decision of true love or his inherited wealth.
I really liked the heroes in this book. Both Ash and Mark are interesting and complex characters. They have their own goals in life, and neither man has been able to achieve them because they are both weighed down in one way or the other. The have obstacles they must overcome and both have to take a hard look into their lives and decide which is most important to them.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book and was particularly fond of Mark’s fairy godfather. There is just the right amount of angst and sexiness that kept this reader caught up into the ongoing romance between the two men.
As a fan of fairy tale inspired romances, Sinders and Ash left this reader with a huge smile on her face. Between the fast-paced story line and the sexy spin on a well-loved classic, it is a perfect story to spend a lazy afternoon reading.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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