Title: Sinders and Ash (The Pennymaker Tales #1)
Author: Tara Lain and Kale Williams (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: February 29th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Fairy Tale Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.83 stars out of 5
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 Ashford 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.
Mark “Sinders” Sinterello is a housekeeper who dreams of being a fashion designer. Ashton Armitage is a closeted millionaire in search of a bride in order to satisfy the terms of his grandfather’s will. The will states Ash must marry prior to his twenty-fifth birthday in order to receive his $500+ million inheritance or it all goes to charity. Ash has procrastinated because he’s gay and doesn’t want to marry a woman and he literally only has weeks before his birthday to meet and marry someone.
Enter Carstairs Pennymaker, a tiny elf of a man, who acts as a sort of Fairy Godfather and takes Sinders under his wing, and works diligently to steer the two men together.
This is definitely a “fairy tale” and it requires almost complete suspension of all disbelief. I’ll be honest and say, for me, it was alright, especially the narration by Kale Williams, but the story didn’t really thrill me.
Bottom line: The pacing is good, the narration better, it has some nice sexy times, and a hard won HEA.