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

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.

And, now, I’m his captive.

This is a full length stand-alone with dark themes.

©2020 A. Zavarelli (P)2020 A. Zavarelli

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A stunning & enticing twist on Cinderella

I adored this stunning and enticing twist on the Cinderella fairy tale. This is a complex and gripping read that will quickly have you under the spell it casts with it's intriguing characters, compelling story line and enveloping darkness. Ella and Thorsen are well developed characters. Each have their own baggage, issues and painful history that has shaped who they are and weighs heavily into the story and their developing relationship. This book is dark, twisted, kinky, sometimes disturbing and it can leave you feeling uncomfortable on occasion. If being drugged and kidnapped, mental illness, BDSM or references to child abuse could be triggers for you or are simply not things you prefer to read about you will want to seriously consider if this book is for you. As for myself, I thought this raw and deeply emotional read was a definite winner. This book offers dual narration and I loved that. Both narrators had pleasing voices and I felt they matched the characters well. They deliver a solid performance that easily pulls you into this tale and makes you eager to linger.

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Very good twist on the fairytale 👠 💐

Very good story that grabbed you from the beginning and held on to the very end. The storyline and advancement of characters was wonderfully written, and wonderfully narrated. Very dark story, but highly recommended!

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Dark and Brilliant

I had read the book some time ago. Listening to the Audiobook was delightful. The narrators were outstanding. This is a very dark story, with triggering situqations. My heart broke for Thor and Ella. They endured trauma at the hands of people who should have been there for them.

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Compelling

Audiobook: Narrators - Kelsey Navarro & James Anderson Foster This was a very interesting narration as both the hero and heroine have strong accents. Initially, I struggled with it because the accent was off a bit, too strong and not really consistent. However, I slowed the speed down, and really focused on what was being said and suddenly I was completely enthralled with this story. I soon cranked the speed back up and it was as if I had been listening to these narrators and their performed accents forever. This ended up being a very enjoyable audio. Stealing Cinderella was a darkly compelling story for me. It was raw and gritty and skirted on the edges of consent which heightened my anticipation of what was going to happen and how these characters were going to act and in turn, react. I’ve read dark romance before and yet this time I found myself holding my breath, wondering if this hero was going to cross the line. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will say that I loved all the angst and turmoil this book stirred in me. And in the end I absolutely LOVED this hero and all his brokenness.

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Loved the dark twist to a fairy tale!

I always love the idea of retellings from childhood favorite's but they tend to leave me disappointed a lot of the time. It is hard to change a story that has stood the test of time and have it measure up, but A. Zavarelli really knocked it out of the park with this one. This honestly is a true Cinderella story for adults, the beginning starts with the somewhat typical tale of Cinderella but as it continues this is nothing like the childhood story! There are twists and turns to the life of Ella and Thor that touch on everything, theirs is a story of survival, obsession, abuse, revenge and love. I loved Ella in this story, she wasn't the goody two shoes who sang to animals and just put up with everything... yes she put up with a lot in the beginning but there was so much self-hate and blame behind it that made it understandable. She also grew a lot in this story, she lost her naiveness and grew some self-worth. Thor is the character who stole the story for me. I enjoyed Ella's journey, but Thor was everything... it was nice to see the Prince get his story told because it was nothing I ever would have expected. Thor was dark, damaged and just wanted a way out from all the pain life had to offer. This wasn't a story of how a prince rode in and saved the princess, they saved each other which is the best type of fairy tale!! I can't wait for more from this series!! I read this when it first released and loved it but the audio makes it even better! I have listened to Kelsey Navarro before and she is a great narrator, her accents are perfect and really connect you with the characters! This was my first time listening to James Anderson Foster but he was absolutely perfect for Thor, he had a deep voice that was great with the accent!

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Two people taking shelter within each other

I really loved this book. These two characters were so beautifully broken and the way they slowly realized they could find solace in each other was beautiful. I feel liberated for Ella! The only thing I wasn't crazy about was Ella's little speech to her step-mom and step-sisters; I understood that it was supposed to show the difference in her now, how she's so much stronger than she was before. I get that and I love it and respect it, but Ella's character was a quiet healer type and I liked that she had the ability to keep that innocent, kind side of herself despite all of the horrible circumstances she'd gone through (not that those women deserved any of it). It just felt slightly out of character. I expected something like "You will no longer take up space in my head, I will no longer allow anyone, especially you, to make me feel guilty about my father's death or anything else that I can't control. I didn't deserve how you treated me." (and maybe a "karma's a bitch" at the end or something for some edge). I just didn't expect her to be so venomous, even though I understand why. Either way, that was a small part of the book and it was an excellent retelling of the classic love story with some dark elements to it that made it both delicious and sad in so many ways. I actually hadn't expected *slight spoiler alert* Prince Thorsen to take Ella captive since she was so bendable and such a slight woman that probably would have submitted to him without him having to drug her if he'd offered her money for the sanctuary from the start, but I like how it happened because it was unique. No, kidnappings in dark romances aren't unique, but rich men that are princes and are watched by the press all the time and are being pressured to settle down kidnapping a woman to mess around with her, now that was intriguing since it was done on a whim and Thorsen had finally had some feelings again after being numb for so long. I just loved this novel. Oh, and I have to say that although both narrators are excellent at what they do, the accents were EXTREMELY confusing at first until it's made clear that Thorsen is from Norway. I'm sure they mentioned something about where Ella was from, but at first when I heard Thorsen it was like this weird mix of British and Jamaican accent or something. Then I was like... South African, maybe? When the book said he was from Norway, I was really surprised! Whenever I've heard Norwegians speak English, they have a sort of lilt to their voice that's almost French sounding, and the odd drawl that the male narrator adopted made it sound Jamaican to me. Honestly, I think both narrators probably just should have gone without trying to put on accents and just used their natural voices because their chapter announcements indicated they had wonderful natural voices that would have been great without the accents. Even so, the accent thing didn't ruin anything for me but it was a little off-putting until I understood why it was there and got used to it being present. Overall, I give it 7/10 glass slippers!

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Exciting and sexy.

This story really entertained me and hit all my "dark" buttons. This author has entertained me before; however, this story really hit the mark with the capture theme I crave. The characters (especially Ella) were well developed and the twists and turns in the plot kept me engaged until the very end. Speaking of the ending, or very near there, the story actually had me nearly in tears with the queen's endearments and sentiments. Steeling Cinderella had it all and I hope there will be a Calder story forthcoming.

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Fab!

This audiobook is just as good as the book if not better. Same words, same story but when it’s read to you by amazing narrators the book is brought to life. This is a must listen to!!

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Amazing story

I really liked the story! Zavarelli is a born story teller and I loved how she kept it true to the story by picked the male narrator. Thorsen is from Norway and James had a deep voice with the nordic accent. I could totally picture my hot prince. It was hot dark and deliciously taboo. 5 stars!!

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Even better in audio!

Loved this book even more in audio! The narrators did an amazing job bringing it to life! I have a love-hate relationship with fairy tale retellings. I always love the concept, but am often disappointed with the execution. I am a huge fan of A. Zavarelli's writing, but was a bit apprehensive going into this retelling of Cinderella. However, I needn't have worried. Ms. Zavarelli took a beloved fairy tale and turned it into a dark and delicious tale of survival, revenge, love, hate, obsession and so much more. This book made me so mad so many times throughout that I'm surprised my kindle survived the onslaught. I hated certain characters in Stealing Cinderella so so much! Now Ella herself at first seemed sort of like a carbon copy of the original Cinderella and I kept waiting for the birds to burst out in song as she was doing her many, many, many chores. But as we go further into the story, new and interesting facets to her personality emerge and, while still quite the goody two shoes, she becomes a much more complex and intriguing character. But what really made this story come alive for me is Thorsen. You don't really get to know the prince in the original fairy tale. This story, however, is heavily focused on his character. And what a character it is! He is so broken and broody and a contradiction of questionable morals and unwavering loyalty. A. Zavarelly tackles some heavy subjects involving childhood abuse and mental illness. She handles these subjects with care and they fit well into the story. I loved Thorsen's relationship with Calder and definitely wouldn't mind getting his story in the future. The chemistry between Ella and Thorsen is off the charts and the two are quite hot together! This is not your grandma's fairy tale! Overall, I really enjoyed this dark retelling of Cinderella and recommend it to all lovers of dark romance.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 11-30-20

As addictive as it is dark

This is probably the darkest retelling of Cinderella that I've ever read. I think someone on the level of A Zavarelli is the only author who could make this work as well as it turned out. This is very dark. Really quite steamy (steamier than I expected it to be TBH) All the Cinderella basics are there; dead father, abusive step mother, bullying stepsisters, prince and a ball. It's the minutia. The way the story is retold. That's what makes this so darn good. Retellings could be tricky to handle, but this one was knocked all the way out the park. There's triggers a plenty in this so please be warned and careful. This sinister retake on a classic was a real winner. The audio on this is pure fire.

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  • Nina
  • 11-22-20

Dark fairy tale retelling at its best!

A dark fairy tale retelling that surely isn’t for everyone – but it most definitely was for me! Oh, I’m such a sucker for dark fairy tale retellings. And when it’s one written by my favorite authors for the dark and twisted, you can bet I’ll jump at the chance to get my grabby hands on it. And OHMYGOSH! It’s SO good. So delicious, so dark, so surprising. A Cinderella retelling different than anything you’ve read before. The story of poor, good-hearted Ella and broody, cold-hearted Prince Thorsen. Two characters that couldn’t be more different, yet so utterly perfect for one another. Seriously, I’m obsessed! But beware, the story is not for the faint of heart. It’s violent, edgy, gruesome and questionable. It contains a hero that is hardly redeemable. And the things he makes Ella endure are evil and wicked – and not always safe, sane and consensual. Forget Prince Charming, Thorsen definitely is anything but. And yet, between all the depravity and wickedness of it lies a raw and emotional love story of two tortured broken souls with traumatic pasts. Two souls that have to work hard, lay their wounds open for anyone to see before they are able to heal and get to have something even remotely resembling a happily ever after. The audio book is narrated by Kelsey Navarro and James Anderson Foster, both new narrators to me. Both characters have accents, which were both too strong yet not consistent enough at the same time. It took some getting used to. That aside, I loved the intonations and emotions they provided their characters with, which added another layer to the experience that is this story. If you’re looking for some BDSM-romance wrapped in a fairy tale, look elsewhere, because this book is not it. But if you’re looking for an all-encompassing, well-written, raw and insanely emotional – the good, the bad and the ugly, and more of the ugly – love story full of malice, love and, ultimately, redemption, then this is the book for you.