Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 02/29/2016
Length: 04 hours 52 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, LLC, 2012.
Sinders and Ash was a lovely modern gay retelling of Cinderella – Tara Lain even managed to work in losing the shoe! From the beginning this had a fairytale quality that still worked with cell phones and an upscale New York resort hotel.
I loved Mr. Pennymaker and his meddling. He was the perfect “fairy godmother”. Mark was delightful as Cinderella and Ash was the ultimate Prince Charming. We even have stand-ins for the Wicked Stepmother and Sisters, although they weren’t all that wicked in the end.
This was a light and fun read that could easily become one I reread (or listen to) often. As this is marked as The Pennymaker Tales book 1, I look forward to seeing who else Mr. Pennymaker may bring together!
This is my first time listening to Kale Williams. It appears that he doesn’t have many books out on Audible – only one other. I hope he does more in the future as I quite enjoyed his voice and performance of this book. The voices were clear and well matched. I was able to imagine each character well. Listening to this greatly added to my enjoyment.
As a note I listened at 1.25x speed on Audible
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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