Abducted by a Prince

Olivia Drake. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-00210-5
Strong leads almost make up for clichéd plot points and one-note family members in Drake’s third Victorian-era Cinderella Sisterhood romance (after Stroke of Midnight). Notorious gambling den owner Damien Burke plans to kidnap a gentlewoman and force the return of a key stolen years ago by the lady’s brother. Unfortunately, he nabs the family’s poor relation instead. Ellie Stratham, a bosomy knockout under her drab clothes, intends to escape her life of drudgery by turning her fanciful illustrations into a children’s book. Stuck at Damien’s isolated Scottish castle until bad weather clears, the two find chemistry igniting as they try to fix his mess and save her reputation. Drake has created a wonderful couple, but everyone and everything else in the book—from Ellie’s awful relatives to the tired mistaken kidnapping of a drab duckling who is really a beautiful swan—is entirely without nuance. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/31/2014
Release date: 04/29/2014
Genre: Fiction
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