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Sinders and Ash Audiobook

Sinders and Ash: Pennymaker Tales

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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 12, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding - but one isn't a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.

©2015 Tara Lain (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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    Belen 03-12-16
    Belen 03-12-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "Definitely a Fairy Tale"
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    Mark “Sinders” Sinterello is a housekeeper who dreams of being a fashion designer. Ashton Armitage is a closeted millionaire in search of a bride in order to satisfy the terms of his grandfather’s will. The will states Ash must marry prior to his twenty-fifth birthday in order to receive his $500+ million inheritance or it all goes to charity. Ash has procrastinated because he’s gay and doesn’t want to marry a woman and he literally only has weeks before his birthday to meet and marry someone.

    Enter Carstairs Pennymaker, a tiny elf of a man, who acts as a sort of Fairy Godfather and takes Sinders under his wing, and works diligently to steer the two men together.

    This is definitely a “fairy tale” and it requires almost complete suspension of all disbelief. I’ll be honest and say, for me, it was alright, especially the narration by Kale Williams, but the story didn’t really thrill me.

    Bottom line: The pacing is good, the narration better, it has some nice sexy times, and a hard won HEA.

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    Morgan A Skye 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice narration and an interesting spin on the tale"

    This is book one in Tara Lain’s “rebooted fairy tales” series. As the name suggests, it’s a take on Cinderella in that Mark Sintorella is a dress designer working at a resort where he does a bit of everything – including cleaning fireplaces. He meets his “fairy godmother” in the form of the eccentric and rich Mr. Pennymaker who helps him find his place in the fashion industry and gives him nudges in his romantic life as well.

    Our “Prince Charming” is Ashford Armitage who must be married to gain his inheritance. He’s a closeted gay man so he’s willing to find a marriage of convenience. Ash meets Bitsy (Tara’s version of a step-sister) and the two strike a bargain. But in the meantime, Ash and Mark find one another and Ash can’t get Mark out of his mind.

    Will Ash be willing to give it all up for love? Will Mark have the nerve to ask for what he really wants in life? Mr. Pennymaker is there to help these confused boys make the right decisions!

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    I am a big Tara Lain fan and I love the “Cinderella” trope but I’m not a big fan of re-working the specific storyline – so I hadn’t picked this up til it came out in audio. I was interested in the new-to-me narrator and I knew it would be an interesting story and well done since Tara wrote it.

    Well, it’s a bit… different. I really enjoyed it far more than I thought I would – the twists and turns are fascinating and unexpected (though predictable once you’re in the story). I didn’t always care for the way the characters thoughts were conveyed – that method – one word sentences – really worked for me with the Harker Pack series because we were dealing with shifters and a more animalistic mentality – but here it felt a bit … off. Maybe it was harder because I was listening instead of reading… I’m not sure.

    I really loved the secondary characters – Bitsy and Ronnie, Mr. Ashford and Mr. Pennymaker especially were really fun and a nice bonus.

    I didn’t feel the connection between Mark and Ash was very strong – it seemed they had one or two moments together then suddenly – POW – HEA – but I know – fairy tale and all that – I just didn’t feel as connected to them as I usually do in a Tara Lain story.

    In any case, it was fun and much more than I was expecting. I loved the unique spin she put on the old story and found myself really entertained.

    Story 3.75 of 5 stars
    (The new cover is MUCH better than the first edition!)

    Audio

    Like I said Kale Williams is a new narrator to me and he did a great job with this. He gives everyone a unique voice but doesn’t go over the top with strange affectations or anything that distracts from the story. I enjoyed his interpretation and thought it was a great way to experience this unique fairy tale.

    Narration 4.5 of 5 stars

    Overall 4 of 5 stars

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    Riva 04-21-16
    Riva 04-21-16
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    "Cute fairy tale, great narration"

    This is a modern take on a gay Cinderella story, literally. Overall I enjoyed this, but I think the author tried a little to hard to stick to the story. I really didn't think some elements of the story were necessary, namely the "drag" aspect. But for the die hard romantic, it doesn't disappoint. Since it is a fairy tale, you truly do have to suspend belief to enjoy. The narrator does a great job.

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    Amazon Customer Surprise, AZ 03-30-16
    Amazon Customer Surprise, AZ 03-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    I loved that it was so much like Cinderella with a twist this book was a lot of fun listening to.

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    VHB 03-09-16
    VHB 03-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

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    "Sweet fairy tale"
    Would you listen to Sinders and Ash again? Why?

    May be


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinders and Ash?

    I really enjoy Mark , I love the cover picture , he is very beautiful.


    Have you listened to any of Kale Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was exellent , doesn't have many recordings. But he should .


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    Tina 03-01-16
    Tina 03-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Awesome story sinders and Ash loved it. great narrator love this book highly recommended .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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