Book Review-Abducted By A Prince by Olivia Drake

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Book Review-Abducted By A Prince by Olivia Drake

Book Review-Abducted By A Prince by Olivia DrakeAbducted by a Prince by Olivia Drake
Also in this series: If the Slipper Fits, Stroke of Midnight, The Scandalous Flirt
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tales, Regency Era
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 1250002109
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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.

My Review Updated

Summary 

Ellie Stratham, has known that she can never have the opportunity to marry. Because of her cousin Beatrice, who is spoiled and vain, she is having to serve as her companion and servant but with no pay. Ellie is having no choice but to work for free. Then she is given a beautiful pair of glass slippers but knows she will never use them. While out running an errand for her  cousin, she is kidnapped and taken to Scotland on a remote island, with only two servants and the mysterious Damien Burke aka “The Demon Prince” is responsible because he believes her to be Lady Beatrice. She must convince him to return her back to London as soon as possible or her plans for the future and her life will be ruined and she could be left on the streets. Damien Burke is after a “key” its the only link he has to his past, but was stolen from him by Ellie’s cousin when he was at school as a boy. So he kidnaps a woman he thought was his sister but got the cousin whose family doesn’t care about much. Now he realizes how Ellie has wormed her way into his body and heart.

Plot and Story Line 

Now this story made me realize how much I have been missing out on with this one!! I think I have had it on my NOOK for at least a year, and I have no idea why I waited so long to pick this one up. I love fairy tale themes, but boy Olivia Drake has done a wonderful job with this one. I love Cinderella themes, and even though it breaks my heart how the “cinderella” heroine is treated, it is oh so satisfying to see her get the happy ending she deserves. In this story I truly had a disliking for her family very strongly. Her aunt and uncle just expect her to slave away for them. Her two cousins, a brother and sister are selfish to the extreme. Beatrice is such a “Blonde”, very flirty and vain, but doesn’t understand certain “things”. Very empty headed at times. Now for our heroine. She was fabulous at many moments. I did feel she was a good match for Damien who was very high handed especially at first. I love a good kidnapping story. I love how these two have a great connection despite the rough start to their relationship. Its when Ellie realizes how important this “key” is to Damien, that she agrees to help him. But the road they travel together in this book, takes them to certain truths and deceptions—that I never saw coming. Especially the second half of the book, became so unpredictable I was just on the edge of my seat in anticipation curious to see how this story would play out especially for Damien and Ellie. Their romance is sweet and witty and I was smiling all the way through this one.

The Cover 

A cover that relates with the story so perfectly!! I think the cover is gorgeous, I like the night theme, The only drawback is the expression of the male models face—a little creepy. But overall a nice one.

Overall View 

Abduction By A Prince is a sensation romance that will have you engaged from the beginning….a story that takes after a sweet and fun fairy tale with a few hiccups along the way to keep things interesting!! SIMPLY WONDERFUL!!

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About The Author Updated

About Olivia Drake

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.

  • When I read historicals these were the kind I enjoyed! I’ll have to give this one a try 😀

  • I have a thing for Cinderella-like historicals so I’m not sure why I keep waiting to try this series. The kidnapping thing isn’t my favorite trope, but I can deal with it if the writing is good. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

  • I have this one 😀

  • I am a sucker for fairy tale themed books too, and this does sound delightful. Glad you finally read it!

  • Ahhh! This sounds right up my alley! I hadn’t heard of it and I haven’t read any HR with a fairy tale feel to it, but now I totally want to! I’m going to buy myself a copy of this one.
    Thank you for the incredible review! 🙂

  • Karen

    I love when things are unpredictable!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Bookworm Brandee

    I just love finding a gem I’ve been hoarding even if I hate the fact I waited so long to enjoy it. I’m glad this was a gem, Renee!

  • I saw you rate this book last night on Goodreads and I KNEW I needed to read it. I am so reading it soon.

  • Oh yes, love when a fairytale retelling is combined with a historical. And the capture romance can be fun.

  • I think I’ve thought of picking up Bella and The Beast but didn’t realize this was a whole fairy tale retelling series. This one sounds pretty good, will have to check it out soon! Glad you enjoyed this, lovely review!

  • Oh this is good to hear. I’ve not tried her but I have book two on my shelves. Love retellings so excited to hear she’ a good one 😀

  • It’s great when you discover a book like that which has been on your e-reader for long and when reading realizing what you missed out on. I like the sound of this plot with how he kidnaps the wrong women and they fall in love. A fairytale retelling combined with a historical romance sounds like a great combination. And I like the cover for this one, sounds like it fits the book as well. Great review! I might have to check out this series.