Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli

Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli

Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was me.


-- A far cry from Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo --
A damaged hero
A broken heroine
A fancy charity ball
A case of mistaken identity
A kidnapping
Cinderella's story has never been this delicious!

Ella's life was the stuff of nightmares. She lost her mother as a little girl and her father was murdered by thugs right before her eyes. Destined to a life of servitude and abuse at the hands of her step-mother and step-sisters, she couldn't see a way out. Her only moments of peace and serenity were the times when she was among the animals at the shelter she volunteered at. However, the shelter is about to close down and her only solace will soon disappear. Desperate to keep those doors open, she takes the chance to attend a ball she isn't welcome at - her family made sure of that. It's a masquerade ball for charity and if she can just get the attention of a certain prince, maybe some of her dreams can come true. What happens when she catches the eye of the wrong prince?

Her innocence speaks to me on a primal level, and I can't wait to destroy it.

Prince Thorsen, heir to the throne of Norway, had it all - good looks, money, prestige, etc. A childhood trauma continues to haunt him, leaving him unable to enjoy anything. He's completely shut down and has no intention of thawing. In his eyes, his remaining time is limited. He's only holding on for his dying mother. Nothing and no one can change his mind. He no longer cares. It all changes when a spitfire of a woman, who is unlike anyone he's ever met, challenges him and calls to a part of his soul he had thought long dead.

He isn't just inside of my body. He's in my mind. My blood. My beating heart. And when I look up into his beautiful, tormented eyes, I don't know how I'm ever going to survive him.

Stealing Cinderella was a familiar yet so intensely different story than the fairy tale I remember. It was somber and heart wrenching and left me clutching at my imaginary pearls right up to the end. It had a suspenseful edge that really fed the character and plot development, forcing me to choose sides and made it easy to fall in love with what was growing between Ella and Thorsen. At first it was an almost adversarial relationship with plenty of erotic elements that played on dominant and submissive roles. It changed into something that explored the walls built up from pain and heartbreak and the determination to break through. It then grew into something beautiful when Thorsen was given no choice but to face everything he was thinking and feeling for Ella. A little depraved, beautiful and a bit fanciful, with the perfect broken hero and damaged heroine, this story was well-written and a must-read for anyone who loves the darker side of romance.

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-- About the Book --
It should have been simple.

Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favorite charity.

But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected.

He was dark and intense and eerily quiet.

When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin.

He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again.

Then he came for me.

And he took me.

And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived.

He’s the crown prince of Norway.

And, now, I’m his captive.

-- About A. Zavarelli --
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance.

When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.

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