by Jennifer Blackstream
So, last night I decided to read another freebie I found on Amazon. I don’t really like happily ever afters that are so easily gotten, and this is no different. I noticed this disclaimer at the bottom that I see more and more of:
+ Can be read as a stand-alone, but best read as a series
The one that bugs me is the Cliffhanger-free. How boring. I want to see some conflict. I really am an escapist, but I don’t want neat and tidy escapism. I want a true adventure and I want that need for the next book. I want to be washed into a world that has complexity and intrigue, not thrown into a world that seems really promising, and then suddenly wham bam, all problems are solved and we are done.
This a re-telling of Cinderella. I know what your thinking. If you don’t like HEA, then why the hell did you even bother with this? Well, sometimes (always), I’m curious. Sometimes I run headlong into things I know I’m probably not going to like, but I need to see what everyone is talking about.
The story opens with Euridice at the world tree and she has arranged for the princes to arrive together. Whatever. This was really cheesy and I almost put the book down. Then the real story opens and the prince is a born werewolf and Loupe, “Cinderella”, is a cursed one (she was bitten). It’s really a bit gritty and not like I thought it would be. The stepmother and sisters are warriors who kill wolves. It was a really great concept. It went off the rails for me when the tidying up started.
After midnight and Loupe runs off and so does the story. Etienne (the prince) goes after her. The prince is put in a hostage situation (I don’t want to put any spoilers for someone that would want to read this), which is silly. But this is immediately neutralized in an even sillier fashion. We have some sexy time in the forest. Then everyone is happy. The end. Ugh! This could have been really good. The cliffhanger-fee, happy ever ending basically killed it.
Award-winning author Jennifer Blackstream introduces book one of a magical new series with this twisted Cinderella tale of a maiden cursed to be a loup garou and the werewolf prince whose fate lies in her hands.
An alpha wolf fighting a powerful curse…
The werewolf prince Etienne is turning into a human. A fierce and loyal pack, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly stealing the beast from inside him. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf—one who was not born with the beast inside—can save him from losing everything. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the curse. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul even as she tempts him into primal pursuits of an entirely different nature…
A maiden enslaved by her stepfamily, who dares to reach for more…
Loupe lives in terror. Terror of the bloodthirsty stepfamily who treats her like a slave, and terror of the beast trapped inside her. Bitten by a werewolf while dealing with the illegal gains of her stepfamily’s poaching, Loupe’s dreams of a strong husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence are over. A woman who becomes a mindless beast on the night of the full moon has no place in a marriage bed. Not even if that bed belongs to a prince with the manners of royalty and the hungry eyes of a wolf.
Nothing will stand between an alpha wolf and his mate…
A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight.