Review

Several times, while reading the latest edition to Olivia Drake’s Cinderella Sisterhood series, ABDUCTED BY A PRINCE, I found myself stopping to waggle a mental finger at the author with a chuckled, “You sneaky, cheeky monkey!”

She’s not waiting for her prince. He’s not looking for a bride. But sometimes the most unlikely love stories end in ‘happily ever after’…

SHE WAS STOLEN AWAY

Ellie Stratham gave up her childhood dreams of a fairy tale romance long ago. To repay her late father’s debts, she’s forced to serve her spoiled cousin, Lady Beatrice. But Ellie has devised a secret plan to escape her life as a drudge. A plan that is thrown into jeopardy when she’s abducted by a mysterious stranger.

BUT CAN HE STEAL HER HEART?

A notorious seducer of women—and a scoundrel to boot—Damien Burke has earned his nickname as the Demon Prince. But his plot to kidnap Lady Beatrice to make her brother return a priceless heirloom backfires—and he ends up with their penniless cousin Ellie as his hostage. By the time Damien realizes his mistake, he and his fiery-willed captive are trapped in a remote castle during a wild winter storm. And he soon finds that the true hostage may be his own heart.

Why would I do something so silly and possibly mental? Well, it’s like this…after more than a quarter of a century with my nose buried in books of a mostly historical, romantical nature (Yes, romantical is a word even if only a made up one) you can’t help but notice that there are some tried and true patterns that appear in just about every book whether in small doses or used as almost the entire blueprint.

With Ellie and Damien’s story, Ms. Drake crafts the telling in such a way that you only think that some of those patterns are being used and that you can predict what will happen from scene to scene, but you soon find out how very, very wrong you really are!

What’s even better…is that it’s done in ways that provides subtle nudges to the characters or plot, versus over-the-top changes that can completely throw a story off the side of the proverbial cliff. Like I said…SNEAKY! But in the best and most creative of ways, which makes ABDUCTED BY A PRINCE my first official recommendation for your SUMMER READING list this year.

Pros:
Very likable characters, even when they are trying to be “unlikable”. Lots of small surprise moments and twists. The sub-story mystery never overwhelms the central romance story, but compliments it. The relationship and interactions between Damien and his daughter Lily were extremely touching and sweet.

Cons:
The ONLY con I can really think of is that the final resolution scene felt a smidge rushed, so a short epilogue of some kind would have been great. But that may be more my personal preference coming through than an actual CON.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.