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Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Book Info

Book Series
The Pennymaker Tales #1
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Erotic Romance, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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Publication Date
October 14, 2015
2nd Edition
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 Ashton 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.

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Sinders and Ash Reviewed by Christopher Stone
(Updated: November 19, 2015)

I love a good fairy....tale as well as the next guy. I mean, really folks, what's not to love? Pumpkins magically morphing into Golden Carriages, poison apples rendered harmless by love's first kiss, and big, bad wolves masquerading as sweet grandmothers. Fairy tales are examples of the arts' suspension of disbelief at its most outrageous. 

With "Sinders and Ash," Tara Lain has made something very good out of a four-star retelling of "Cinderella," with a rainbow caste, and a present-day, fashion world setting.

Mark Sintorella ( Sinders) is a poverty-stricken, too pretty to be a man, fashion designer 
wannabe. Ash Armitage is the gorgeous, closeted, multi-millionaire playboy. When we meet him, he has just checked into the resort hotel where Sinders lives and works. Maybe "Where Mark exists," more accurately describes Sinders' circumstances because Mark's room is a hovel, and his job is doing the chores, including the cleaning of fireplaces (with its inescapable cinders), no one else will do. 

As for Ash, this over-indulged playboy finds himself under great pressure. Rapidly nearing his twenty-fifth birthday, Ash must marry before becoming twenty-five, or forfeit the one half billion dollars his granddad has left to him.

So this closeted rogue  auditions for marriage single girls who are staying at the hotel. Most especially he focuses upon the daughters of one Beatrice Fanderel a social climbing, greedy, Mother of All Mothers, and her indifferent daughter, Bitsy - who like Ash - harbors a secret.

Meantime Sinders meets Carstairs Pennymaker, an elf of a fairy godmother - one, whose description brought to this reviewer's mind - "White Collar" actor Willie Garson, Mozzie on that USA series. Carstairs is well-connected with the fashion world's power brokers. He immediately recognizes Mark's design genius, and he makes it his business to introduce the fledgling designer to the people who can put his star into orbit.

Surrounded by beautiful women, most of whom would love to marry him for his looks and money - though not necessarily in at order - Ash forgets them all when he sees a young beauty on Mr. Pennymaker's arm. He's introducing the stunning beauty to one and all as his visiting niece from afar.

But when Ash asks Carstairs. "Who was that lady I saw you with, last night?" He is given the unbelievable truth: "That was no lady, that was Mark Sintorella!" 

Ash is incredulous! Mark was the substitute waiter who had served dinner to him and Bitsy Fanderel in his suite - the male beauty he'd cruised covertly while pretending to be focused upon the standoffish Bitsy. How could the handsome young waiter also be the unparalleled beauty that Mr. Pennymaker was passing off as his niece?

Bitsy is relegated to a vague memory when a reluctant Mark Sintorella is asked to be  the infamous playboy's dinner guest. White hot  passion follows the most sumptuous dinner that Mark has ever known.

But every twenty-four hours, every clock in the world must strike midnight, and when it does, all fairytale dreams must end. 
Sinders has relished a night of passion with  his Prince Charming, but  what, if anything, will happen now? As the songwriter might ask, Was their wild passion a lasting treasure, or simply a moment's pleasure?

Most certainly Mark can't expect Ash to surrender a $500 million inheritance to be with him - even if he wanted to, and why would Ash want to be with him - a church mouse poor, would-be fashion designer, who  is cleaning hotel fireplaces, waiting to get his lucky break.

Fairy tales usually come out right in the end - often against all odds and reason. But this author has not written your grandfather's happily ever after brand of fairytale - or has she?

You are dead wrong if you think I'm going to rob you of the joy of discovering Lain's delicious denouncement for yourself.

Let me put it this way and then call it  a review: There are surprises aplenty for Sinders and Ash before the author lets the fat lady sing for her Cinderfella fable. I suggest strongly that you buy "Sinders and Ash" to discover them for yourself.

Can Ash forget about the first man he thinks he loves in order to inherit a cool half billion. And how do you keep Sinders cleaning the fireplace after he's been screwed by the man of his dreams?

Would anyone forfeit half a billion big ones for love? So many questions. But all are answered before the fat stepsister sings.

Lane keeps it simple, maintaining a fast pace that encourages the reader want to continue turning pages to the fairytale conclusion of this smooth  rainbow "Cinderella" for the twenty-first century.

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