Almost But Not Quite
Every fairytale has its dragon.
Daniel Kohl is at a new low. After struggling to pull himself up from nearly four years on the street, an old lover and a series of bad decisions has him right back where he started. Except this time around, he's not sure he has the stomach for it.
Returning home after his father's passing, Maximilian Litt has laid claim to ...more
The dual POV drew me in immediately. I couldn't help but love Daniel, and I was crazy happy that Max found him, or rather, that they found each other.
The secondary characters were well sketched, and the theme of hurt/comfort was lovely.
Even if certain things came too easily, I didn't mind.
It's called a FAIRY TALE, people.
My only niggle was the weird suspense scene at the end. That came out of nowhere and was, I think, ...more
I was pressed so hard against this prompt, it should’ve popped wood. Major wood.
One of my favorite things in romances (it might look like I like a lot of things but trust me, I don’t) are billionaires.
Yeah, I’m that girl.
I don’t care about the probability of anyone actually finding an attractive, single and eligible rich bachelor who is hung like Triton and can fuck like a god in bed.
I don’t care.
Give them a personality and I’m ...more
Oh, wait. It is a Cinder(f)ella story. Then it should be more magical and most importantly, believable, right? Should make you believe that it could happen!
He was much more the Fairy Godmother than the Prince…
The whole relationship seemed unlikely and inappropriate, and not just because of the age gap…
And the ending?! The evil stepbrother... What a nonsense! Okay, okay, ...more
Once upon a time there was a young man named Daniel. To say he was down on his luck would be an understatement. Afraid to go back to a shelter for fear that this time it really might break him, he's not only struggling with being homeless and jobless, but with a very real struggle with alcohol addiction. He didn't think that offering a sexual favor in return for money, to the well-dressed man in the park, would lead to a knight in shining armor helping to set his life to rights.
A very well written story with some unexpected and brilliant twists and turns :D
I loved Daniel and Max and the way that their relationship developed ( and the hotness). Theirs is a rather beautiful story of love that occurs despite difficulties and challenges.
It is not instant love which seems to me realistic given the drug issues.
And I loved the puppies .
So, everything is going swimmingly, and ...more
2.something stars, rounding upward.
It's a cute Cinderfella story that's spoiled by being too neat and having sudden extraneous plot to complicate matters. I liked the writing though and I like when people win despite their situation.
Daniel's drink problem is resolved without a hiccup. His job replaced with a phone-call - it's all too easy. I'd have rather seen a little struggle there to show what a huge thing fighting any addiction ...more
Cinderfella!! This is somewhat of a fairy tale so, on the one hand, you have to suspend your disbelief a little that the 22 year old homeless alcoholic will end up with the sexy billionaire BUT on the other hand I so want to believe that stories like this happen and that sometimes there are rich guys with a social conscious like Max.
The romance was sweet with a little slow burn and we do get to see some hot action between our MCs.
This wasn't just a romance though as it was also the ...more
The way of writing was really good, a good flow in it.
A sweet story with a sharp tail. But with a HEA
I marked this as read, but technically it's a DNF -- at 96%. Yes, at 96% and with one minute left in the book. I'm sorry, but I simply cannot take even one more minute of stupid.
Admittedly, when I saw the prompt coupled with the Gandy-tastic Cinderella-esque inspiration I was over the moon...
I mean, come on! David Gandy people! The only man hotter would be, oh I don't know, Matt Bom-- okay, I digress.
But seriously, I read this story with certain things on my mind...
But dammit, the writing was superb. Immediately, I was there with Daniel, feeling his pain and despair, the grit of the street, the hopelessness. Then Max jumped ...more
It's been too long since I last read a good cinderfella story. This one was lovely. I liked the MCs and Daniel's personality in particular. I enjoyed the slow burn and the building chemistry between these two. And I definately loved that they took their time and didn't jump in a relationship, not before Daniel overcoming his addiction.
I did feel that the story could have ended at 85 % though. (view spoiler)[The evil stepbrother weirded me out and he was scary as hell. I'm not ...more
Really enjoyed this cinderfella story. It has to be read with that in mind, because it really is all about the fairytale— the meeting your knight in shining armor (enter Max Litt, a David Gandy-ish stud-muffin-of-a-billionaire. Oh mama.)— and the whole sweeping off the feet thing.
But there’s some edge added too. Young Daniel (vulnerable, all on his own, life on the streets) has serious problems with alcohol and substance abuse. And he needs to deal with those before he can feel worthy ...more
They make me smile like a fool.
So what we have here, then, is the story of Daniel, a young homeless man who is trying is bloody hardest ...more
With some family drama, some nail-biting moments, and some hot sexy times, with a dose of humor, rounded out by some nicely developed characters, this was a splendid way to spend an hour.
Free from the M/M Romance group's Love Is An Open Road event. My thanks to ...more
So much sympathy for down on his luck Daniel who can't really escape his past or his demons no matter how hard he tries - until he meets Max, who takes a chance on helping a stranger in need.
Great, slow burn and UST. Of course I would have loved to have had this more fleshed out in several areas regarding their relationship and that plot twist at the end, but who am I to complain much when this was free and entertaining? Bonus points ...more
The main characters were pleasant and sweet. But personally, I don't like it when an author tries to squeeze everything in a short. The transitions between chapters were too far apart and the delivery of the story (backstories and twists included) felt rushed. I didn't feel connected to the characters because the author barely scratched the surface of their being. It's a good idea for a modern Cinderella-ish tale, but it didn't work for me.
Yes, there's the affluent and debonair Maximilian. And yes, there's the fair but downtrodden Daniel. Their paths will cross, ...more
Cindefella stories are the freaking best. It's something amazing to read about a person finding a real prince charming and finding their happily ever after (Why yes, I do love Pretty Woman, in case you were wondering) and this story was just. Right in the spot.
I loved Daniel, and I ...more
I liked the premise about a hot billionaire saving a homeless 22 year old guy from a life on the street.
Unfortunately I didn’t feel it. I liked how this story started with some good hurt/comfort, but I just couldn’t get used to Max and his cold ways. I have no idea what Daniel saw in him.
Daniel was so full of emotion and Max was so…… nothing. He had no personality whatsoever and that bothered the shit out of me.
By the end of the book I wanted Daniel to please go back on the street and ...more
Re-Read 16 May 2016
I don't know why I revisited this little gem, but I'm glad I did. I still really love it. And I still really hate Matt for killing those two dogs!
What a nice, unexpected twist, but, (view spoiler)[did you have to kill off the dogs? :( (hide spoiler)]
Also, loved the sexy times!
Over all I'd say Almost 5 stars, but not quite. :D
(Yes, I went there)
Bwahaha, no really, I'd give it a 4.5-4.75, it was really good!
Bravo Amy Spector, I loved it!
Cute Cinderfella fairytale.
Absolutely unbelievable but enjoyable enough. The only thing I didn’t like really was the suspense thingie at the end.. I could’ve done without that aspect…
Love second chances…
“I feel like I’ve lived most of my life surrounded by ugliness, you know? And then you came along, this perfect thing, and showed me that there’s more than just the ugly stuff, there’s beautiful things out there too, if you look hard enough.”
This story is a free story from Goodreads M/M ...more
After years of blogging about comic books, vintage Gothic romance book cover illustrations, and a shameful amount about herself, she decided to try her hand at writing stories. She found it more than a little like talking about herself in third person, and that suited her ...more