Eldon Cinder would give anything to see Prince Xavier one last time, but only women are invited to the royal ball. When the local witch offers to make Eldon female for just one night, he agrees.
What could possibly go wrong?
This story also available in print in the anthology Ever After: The Collected Short Works of Marie ...more
sexton writes with a light touch here, and it's marvelous.
critically important, also, as there are far too many opportunities for unpleasant implications, like in all the greatest of our culture's fairy tales.
in this case, though, the dark side of the story was plain to see: everything that is everything wrong with being a gay boy in a straight boy's world.
as such, i found myself triggered to fuck and back—weeping my guts out in the last half of it, while a stupid straig ...more
Actually, it could have been a little dirtier. ;) There is only one erotic scene, and it is not even that explicit.
It is a lovely, nice romance, a real fairy tale with magic, a witch, evil cousins, wonderful moments, and a surprising happy end!
He saw me, in a way nobody else in the world did. I was real to him. I mattered. It was the most amazing gift I’d ever been given....more
Lovers of fairy tales, specifically a retelling of a classic, should have no problem enjoying this MM short!
Cinder and Prince Xavier meet cute while Xavier is hiding from his obligation to find a wife. However, the dreaded ball waits for no one, and when Cinder is granted entry through the magic of a thankful witch, his being disguised as a girl poses quite the obstacle in saying a proper goodbye to his prince one last time.
This had a really clever solution to these guys’ obvious problem, ...more
I'll admit, I'm not the most adventurous reader. I like books that make me happy. I need the HEA. Real life can be hard enough as it is. Reading is my escape. I read, well, for the fairy tale.
So, Cinder is kinda the epitome of that, right? It's the M/M Cinderella tale...and on this day, at this hour, in the midst of madness and bruhaha happening in the Ukraine, in Arizona, and even in the M/M social webz of GR, FB, and a certain-author's own Crazytown...it reminded me of why I read and ...more
But Cinder was not bitter or unhappy, he found joy in the small things. One day at his favorite fishing spot he met a prince. The prince, Xavier was his name, became his friend. Xavier treated Cinder like someone important, and special they talked, laughed and it was the happiest Cinder had ever been. He was in love...But r ...more
I love fairy tales -- yes, I passed my 30th birthday a couple of years ago but I still love fairy tales and happy ever after. Anything with reference or reminders to those fairy tales I know as a kid, I can't avoid them (that is why I am enjoying ABC' ...more
One part orphaned child (A very adorable young man named Cinder)
One part wicked stepmother (Or in this case, aunt)
Two parts nasty stepsisters (This time it's nasty twin cousins)
One cup O' hot and smexy prince(a royal prince named Xavier, not the pop star in purple lace)
Stir that all together with a dash of adorably over-sized puppy, two shakes of magic, lacy slippers and a fairy god-witch!
When you bake that at 350 degrees in an oven for the hour or so it takes to read it, yo ...more
This story was absolutely adorable! The relationship between Eldon and Xavier was super sweet. The sex not at all explicit but perfectly fits with the style of the story. Yes, it is a gay fairy tale inspired by Cinderella and the first half of the story follows the tale that we all already know. But then there's a twist! And I really liked how Xavier worked everything out in the end. See, Milton really was a good tracker after all. So cute!
Yes, Eldon does end up with some ...more
Very much a spoof/twist on Cinderella, Cinder is cute and fluffy. There's a big, floppy dog, a handsome prince, and a sweet orphan boy named Eldon. There's also a witch in a cave, a magic slipper, a bitchy cousin, champagne, and a cleverly executed HEA. I would bill this as GFY, except since there was so little sexuality here, it doesn't quite fit.
Were it not for the mention of hard male memb ...more
I think I understand why the ratings are not off the roof. If you consider this story seriously, I'm sure a lot of gay people and women would be taking offence. But, if you consider this for the spin-off that it is, then you'd enjoy the book. I mean, come on. It's Marie Sexton! And the story is a nice take to the well-loved Disney classic. It was both funny and nostalgic. And well, a gay guy can dream, right? Although, I was kinda hoping there could have been an epilogue or something to solidify...more
OMG ! This book makes me happy.
I rarely found myself happy after reading books, and keep on smiling after.
Everyone who knows me , knew that I'm a fairy tales junkies... :)
And Cinder has fulfill my need of a slash of my all time favorite tale!
It was like, I'm stuck inside the book with Cinder/Eldon, Xavier and Milton the dog !
It's so much fun reading this story. And this one has easily become my favorite read of 2016 !
A short retelling of "Cinderella" with Cinder being a young man. It was light, fast, low-angst and smoothly written. I've seen reviews unhappy with one aspect of the "get him to the ball" magic. (view spoiler)[It involves temporarily making the MC into a girl. (hide spoiler)] For me, it worked fine, and the ending wasn't some kind of cop-out but sweet and openly M/M HEA. There's not much to this story, but what there is gives a sweet little taste of fluff and a smile.
Basically, it was an okay read. I was definitely bothered by certain things here, but it wasn't the worst thing in the world either. And most people really love the story.
Finished reading the book and I got an answer to my question about the shoe, but NOT the answer I was expecting!!!
Putain, I LOVE this fairytale!
PS: My fav sentence in the book: "Appropriate is boring." You are Right On The Money, gorgeous!
Right from the beginning, this had that familiar tone of a fairytale: light, bouncy, easily recognizable character types, and even a healthy level of innocence in both of the main characters, Eldon and Xavier.
This does come with a twist, though, and maybe one you’re not expecting. Not that I was thinking a lot ab out it, but it sort of surprised me. How would it play out?
About half way through and I still couldn’t decide if that twist was working. The writing is ...more
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