Kayla Jameth – From the Ashes

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Author: Kayla Jameth
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: M/M Fantasy
ISBN13: N/A

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Cinder never thought that he could rise from the ashes of his life, but an unexpected encounter with a woman claiming to be his fairy godmother may be just what he needs. Finding himself flung into his very own fairy tale, she sends him off to meet his Prince Charming. But was the gown really necessary?

Review: This was a delightful spin on the Cinderella fairy tale. Alain’s father remarries a woman with two daughters who takes an instant dislike to Alain. His father dies and all of the household servants are replaced with strangers that know nothing of Alain while his stepmother shoves him into a dress hiding his true identity. Treated like another servant, Alain sleeps in the kitchen and dreams of getting away. There is a huge ball at the castle which the stepmother and her two daughters attend. Alain’s fairy godmother shows up and with a wave of her wand transforms Alain into the most stunning looking woman at the ball right down to the glass slipper. It’s a WTF? moment for poor Alain but he and the Prince fall in love. Midnight starts to ring and the Prince in left with only a glass shoe. Alain is terrified that the Prince will reject him once he that Alain is a man. The kingdom is searched high and low for any woman who fits the glass shoe. Then the kingdom is searched for any blond who’s foot fits the shoe. Bingo, the shoe fits and the Prince loves Alain. This was a short, fun read. I was totally taken by surprise when the fairy godmother zapped Alain into a gown and jeweled hairdo for the ball and Alain’s response was priceless. I guess the old lady’s wand only worked one way. Ms Jameth did a wonderful job turning this classic fairy tale into its gay counterpart. I liked both the Prince and Alain immensely and felt the relief that Alain did when the Prince was fine with him being a man. The way in which the royal family accepted Alain was nothing short of inspired. I think Alain should have taken his inheritance and given the stepmother and her daughters the boot but Alain was too nice a guy. The HEA was perfectly worked out for this well crafted short story.

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