• Sinders and Ash

  • Pennymaker Tales
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Series: Pennymaker Tales, Book 1
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-29-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (117 ratings)

Regular price: $14.95

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Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 03-12-16

Definitely a Fairy Tale

Any additional comments?

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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 01-11-17

Definitely not the classic Cinderella story

What made the experience of listening to Sinders and Ash the most enjoyable?

Mark and Ash's resolve to not only be true to themselves regardless, but to love each other without regret.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark. I loved the way he was written with this hard exterior shell, but vulnerable, beautiful and unique underneath. The only person to ever crack the surface is Ash, and Pennymaker just a smidge, in a father figure sort of way.

What does Kale Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He breaths life into the characters.

If you could rename Sinders and Ash, what would you call it?

Dear audible, can you remove this question from any further reviews I do please. I don't understand it, I don't understand why you'd want to change an Author's title.

Any additional comments?

Definitely not your classic Cinderella story. Lain adds her own twist to the tale that gives the story an extra edge. So you have Mark/Sinder (Cinderella) who works as a Housekeeper as well as a rent boy of sorts behind the scenes. Ash/Prince Charming keeps his sexuality a secret, only being true to himself behind closed doors. He's a show pony, preparing to marry a woman he doesn't even really know, much less love, to gain his inheritance. Everything change for both men when their paths cross. Finally, true love gives them both the strength to be who they are, and damn the consequences.

It's always refreshing when an Author can take a classic story and make it their own, which is definitely what happened here. There were a few times the story didn't flow well from one chapter to the next and a few secondary characters I'd rather have shot than listen to, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. Narration was rather nice, lots of tones and differential voices brought to life by Williams. A couple of times during a conversation with multiple characters he didn't transition well from one to the next, to the next and it pulled me out of the story simply because I was confused exactly who was speaking. Overall, he too did a great job though.

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