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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Glass Stiletto by Rachel Kenley

The Glass Stiletto by Rachel Kenley
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (141 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

What if Cinderella didn't want to marry the Prince? And what if she discovered that a man who was in control of his life all day enjoyed giving up that control in the bedroom?

Mariella goes to the prince's balls to find a husband. Unfortunately, in trying to avoid one suitor she finds herself in the arms of the one man she doesn't want. Teodor is captivated by the woman he meets at the three events, especially by her openness and sexual skill. Thrilled to have found a bride before his coronation, he proposes, only to have Mariella turn him down.

Mariella has been trapped in one situation that was out of her control, and has no desire to exchange it for another. In addition, she has experienced the pain of love lost and is determined not to go through it again. Still, Teodor intrigues her, so she offers a proposal of her own. They will live together until his coronation and then she will make her decision. Hopefully, she can enjoy him in her bed while keeping him out of her heart.

Unbeknownst to them both, there is another who wants Teodor's crown and will stop at nothing - not even murder - to get it. What will it take for Mariella and Teodor to live happily ever after?

The Glass Stiletto is a naughty take on the original Cinderella story. A girl used as little more than a slave by her stepfamily wants to better herself by marrying someone old and decrepit. She has no need or want for love, having lost both her parents and witnessing the loss of it firsthand. The Prince is being forced to marry before he can gain his kingdom. One chance encounter with a devilish vixen at a ball will tempt him beyond reason and soon he knows he’s found his bride. Together they will face a tempestuous future, as well as a threat that would see the Prince lose his throne.

While I enjoyed the story, there were several things that distracted me, which I contribute entirely to editing. Each time I came across a misused word or lack of quotation marks, it forced me to stop and go back to understand what was going on. It was a shame too, because the sex here is steamy and the work itself is pretty solid. You’ll enjoy the characters and the circumstances that drive them, as well as the “play” in the bedroom with ribbons. I would have rated this higher if not for that. Rachel Kenley is a wonderful storyteller, and with bit of revising this story would be excellent.

The Glass Stiletto is an overall good read, especially if you enjoy erotic renditions of your childhood favorites.

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