by Bettie Sharpe
Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost.
Ember would rather carve out a piece of her soul than be enslaved by passions not her own. She turns to the dark arts to save her heart and becomes the one woman in the kingdom able to resist the Prince’s Charm.
Poor girl. If Ember had spent less time studying magic and more time studying human nature, she might have guessed that a man who gets everything and everyone he wants will come to want the one woman he cannot have.
WOW!! What a book. It is vulgar and crass, witty and intelligent. It is wonderfully written and the characters are well developed.
“I know you think you’ve heard this story before, but you’re wrong. Some would have it that this story begins with a virtuous virgin, a young woman of honesty and integrity sucker punched by cruel fortune and forced to sleep among the cinders while her moral inferiors lived the life which was meant to be hers. Bullshit.”
How can you not be drawn in when the book starts like that! Did I mention it was witty. Oh yes it is! It is a twisted tale of Cinderella that at times can leave you speechless. Ember is a witch. She took a blood oath so she could resist the prince and in doing so caused him to notice her. When you have everything there is what do you want? The one thing you can’t have.
Ember disguises herself as the Cinder maid in order to avoid the prince when he comes to stay at her house, and he is there a lot! You see in this version the stepsisters and stepmother are whores and they have turned the house into a whore house to make money and feed the family after Ember’s father died. They were planning on conning Ember and her father and taking off, but Ember put the nix on that and as a result have a relationship that brings some of the most interesting elements to the book.
The book takes twists and turns that at first you don’t see coming and then wonder why Ember doesn’t realize it sooner. Highly entertaining with wonderfully developed characters and excellently written.
About the Author:
Bettie Sharpe is a Los Angeles native with a fondness for hot weather, classic cars, and air so thick it sticks in your teeth. When she’s not busy attempting to metabolize smog into oxygen, she enjoys romance novels, action movies, comic books, video games, and every other entertainment product her teachers said would rot her brain. She loves to write almost as much as she loves to read. As a child, she dreamed of seeing her name in shiny gold cursive on the cover of a luridly titled paperback book.
Bettie and her husband share their house with two cats, numerous computers, and the possum in their palm tree.