A Pennymaker Tale
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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Tara Lain has taken a classic fairytale and put a more modern twist on it. Mark was kicked out at 16 and has led a tough life full of hard work. Ash is a rich boy with no work experience. They say opposites attract and that must be right, because boy is it a fierce attraction between these two. Better than that though, is how Mark makes Ash want to be a better man, and Ash inspires Mark to fight for what he wants. All of Tara’s books are great, I love the personal conflicts and watching the heroes step up and be better people and earn their happy ending. Sinders and Ash was no different, however it was a little awkward in places. I have zero problems with M/M romance, in fact I enjoy them immensely, but this had a Mrs. Doubtfire kind of awkwardness to it without all the funny. Mark ends up having to dress up, literally, at times and while I totally get it, the circumstances just made it pretty awkward. What’s cool in the book is that there’s sort of a mini story within a story. Ronnie is Ash’s right hand “man” and she gets a surprise ending herself, as does Ash’s leading bridal candidate, Bitsy. Both conclusions leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a grin. The ending is satisfying and fun, but leaves you wanting at least a little more.