Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review: Abducted by a Prince by Olivia Drake

Abducted by a Prince (Cinderella Spinsterhood #3)
Author: Olivia Drake
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 29 April 2014

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.


Ellie has spent years being treated like a servant by her tightfisted Uncle and spoiled cousin, Beatrice. She quietly spends her free time working on a children's book that she hopes will be the key to her independence and freedom from her callous family. Despite the mistreatment from her family, Ellie has a gentle and kind spirit and a core of strength that definitely helps her when she's accidentally kidnapped! I liked Ellie, but her behaviour as the story progressed often seemed at odds. She clings desperately to her plan for independence despite the chance to have a fulfilling future filled with happiness.

Damien is known as the Demon Prince, with a reputation as a merciless man and a seducer of women. He had a rough start in life and his parentage is a mystery that can only be solved with a key that he was given as a child. Unfortunately that key was stolen from him by Ellie's cousin, Walt, but Damien is very determined to get it back. So determined that he resorts to kidnapping Walt's sister, Beatrice, to force Walt's hand. Although he's quite a poor kidnapper, after snatching the wrong woman- Ellie. Damien isn't really the scoundrel that people think he is, although his reputation is most useful in the running of his gaming establishment. He can be gentle and sweet with Ellie, and he's also a loving Father.

The chemistry between Damien and Ellie is there almost immediately and it does grow into a sweet love. Both of them are wary about finding themselves in a real relationship. Damien has been burned in the past from his disastrous first marriage, and Ellie fiercely wants her independence.

This is a sweet and enjoyable spin on the Cinderella story. It didn't blow me away and I thought that Ellie and Damien could have used more characterisation, but I enjoyed the writing style and the plot. It's definitely a pleasant read though with some fun fairy tale elements.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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