I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Title: Abducted by a Prince
Written by Olivia Drake
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
“Meh. I was disappointed.”
Abducted by the Prince is Olivia Drake’s third book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series and can be read as a standalone. I requested this book from Netgalley because I wanted to read about long lost Princes. I was really disappointed, though. Initially, I thought it would be an awesome read and I liked the characters but the story just fell short and did not deliver.
I liked the premise: a bastard who didn’t know that he was a prince and a poor spinster who was abducted by mistake. I thought there would be more action or interaction between Ellie and Damien but there just wasn’t. I liked that Ellie was spirited to an old castle in the middle of the sea (very romantic, right?) but there wasn’t an air or romance around the couple.
Again, the premise is really interesting but I just felt that there was really no conflict other than the abduction itself. I really wanted there to be more.
The villains in the story: Ellie’s uncle and her cousin were good villains BUT we didn’t see much of them at all because the story focused more on Ellie and Damien in the castle. I would have wanted there to be a few scenes where the uncle and her cousin were yelling to each other about the kidnapping. When the twist, in the end, was revealed, it wasn’t as earth shattering as I thought it would be.
This is definitely one of Ms. Drake’s best work and I have read better from her. Unfortunately, I can give this read 2 hearts. I’m sorry but I will not read the other two books in the series.
So dear readers, what are your thoughts about good authors disappointing you? Have you ever read a story by your favorite author that disappointed you?