Also in this series: If the Slipper Fits, Stroke of Midnight
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tales, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
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 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.
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.
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!!