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Review: Cinderella and the Ghost

by Marina Myles


Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: 17 February 2015
Title: Cinderella and the Ghost
Author: Marina Myles
Book: 4 of The Cursed Princes
Genre: fairytale retelling/erotica
Found: Netgalley
Rating: 2 voodoos
When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!
The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete’s body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she’s met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps—or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella’s dreams…
Usually I wont read a book randomly from a series, but I’d already started this one when found out. I’m not sure if that effected my understanding or not.
I’m not sure what was going on, reincarnation or time travel? Both?  And poor Jean-Daniel, he got the short end of the stick, what happened in Egypt?
I loved the idea of this story, how it was executed however was very confusing. I wasn’t sure about the writing style for this one. A bit too many similes sort of thrown in about the place and I wasn’t sure it was meant to be a romance or an erotica, there seemed to be not enough weight for either. I wasn’t convinced about the characters and the brother seemed to be there to add a little something that didn’t quite turn up. I sort of feel sorry for him, being so apparently different except sort of the same.
The Egyptian relics were the most interesting part of this story and they weren’t explained very well. Is this a theme throughout the books? I’m not sure, unfortunately while I’m curious it appears these books are not for me.

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