Bride Ball is an interesting take on the old story. Sadly, I admit to being a grammar-nazi, and I had a hard time reading some parts because I kept getting stuck on misplaced commas and odd phrasings. It's a modern-day Cinderella, but somehow it doesn't feel modern (despite the comments about plastic surgery), and current slang feels out of place. Also, much as I like Kambry in the third section, and while there are hints of her gentler nature in the first section, the transformation is still a bit startling. She's so soft in the third section, I'm not sure how she managed to come across as hard at all in the first.
That said, it was a wonderful story. Amber, Alana, and Kambry are amazing, their lovers are fantastic men, and I loved hearing more about what happened after the prince found his princess. In particular, Alana and Benjamin made me wipe away tears. The idea that the way things have been isn't the way things must be gets explored often, but not often enough in ways that bring middle-aged people happiness. Please, write more and soon! I want more from this world.
# of pages or word count: 173 pages
Genre: Historical Urban Fairy Tale Fantasy erotic romance
Heat rating: 4 Novas
Welcome to Lenvia, where the young prince has been given a year to choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Hoping for a desperate family to send an innocent into the fray, Edward arranges a series of Bride Balls--outrageous sexual events--and a willing decoy in his bid to find someone who loves him for himself and not his crown.
Enter Amber, daughter of a dead lord on his beloved mistress, a servant in her own household. When her irrepressible grandmother pushes her to find a husband or lover to protect her from the wrath of her step-mother, Amber loses more than her virginity...but itÆs not a glass slipper that the prince has to track her with.
The race is on. Before these two are through, more than one couple may find their way through the traps of poison, lies, and no-win choices forged at a long ago Bride Ball and left to fester through two generations of the royal family.