A Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Standalone
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 25, 2020
They call me America’s Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.
I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.
They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.
Author note: This book contains dark themes, graphic and
violent content, and sensitive subject matter that while essential to the
storyline may make some readers uncomfortable.
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“Angel, I’m…” The word sorry is right there on my lips, but instead of
saying it, I slam them against hers before either of us can react. Angel’s
muffled protest is trapped between our mouths, and her palms fly to my chest as
if to push me away. Only she doesn’t. Her fingers curl into my shirt, those
sharp nails digging into my skin.
My control breaks. My hand dives into her hair, twisting it around my
fingers. We kiss harder, ignoring the fact we’re in a public parking lot. And
when she moans into my mouth, I lose it and push her against the car.
“Stop.” Angel breaks the kiss, her chest rising and falling with labored
breaths as she pulls away. Her fingers press against her swollen lips as if
they will somehow erase the feel of mine.
Because like it or not, when I want something, I get it. I wanted out of
this mess, so I made her an offer that would make history.
We’re going to rewrite it.
However, Angel has to be handled carefully, so I play the apologetic
asshole role with gusto. Stepping back, I rake a hand through my hair. “That
was out of line.”
She crosses her arms over her chest. “You think?”
Sighing, I press my thumb against my temple and throw out a final Hail
Mary. “Look, what do you have to lose? A crappy apartment and a worthless job?”
For some reason, that seems to get to her, and she relaxes the grip her
arms have on her chest. “What’s in it for you? And be straight with me this
time. No more of this half-answer crap. I want the truth.”
Angel raises her eyebrows and glares at me.
I roll my eyes. “And money. Look, I don’t care how much a man has,
five-hundred-k is five-hundred-k.” It’s the truth, something I didn’t mean to
throw out there, but my master plan is going down in flames pretty fast.
“That’s another half-answer,” she accuses, and then twists around to walk
away, but I catch her arm and spin her back around.
“Fine, you want the truth? You don’t get to where I am in life and not
step on a lot of toes along the way, sweetheart. Some were by accident, and
others were very much on purpose. Somebody didn’t like what he saw in the
mirror I shoved in front of his face and decided to take it out on my ass. If I
don’t get some cash flow soon, I’m going to lose everything.”
An awkward second of silence quickly turns into five. Then ten. Just as
I’m about to do something drastic like speak the name of a man who should never
be used as a bargaining tool, she sighs.
“I know I’ll live to regret this, but I can’t argue that half a million
would change my life.”
“So, that’s a yes?” I ask, slowly. “You’ll do it?”
“Yes. Provided you guarantee the DNA test will prove I’m Alexandra
Romanov, you’ve got a deal.”
Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres
from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known
for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and
readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before
delivering a twisted happily ever after.
believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on
his toes, and she draws inspiration from the strong country women who raised
her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a
generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot
Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.
I never thought that the retelling of Anastasia Romanov would have me so thrilled that I literally couldn’t put my copy down until after I read the Epilogue. And because I’m a 90s Disney baby and an avid fan of historical documentaries, this book got me so hooked the moment I learned that it’s a retelling of Anastasia. It was so captivating that it had me singing Journey to the Past in my head!
I loved how the story revolved around the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. It was really interesting how the author came up with a plot inspired by Anastasia. This dark retelling is the perfect homage to the story woven from the history of the real Romanovs.
Dominic and Angel had the perfect push-and-pull romance. As the story unravels, you cannot help but be totally invested in them. Dominic may appear to be a gruff con man, but underneath that hardened exterior, you will find the devotion of a man who will protect the one he loves. And Angel’s character was so enigmatic that you can’t help but sympathize and love her. Amidst all her traumatic secrets is a girl full of courage and grit.
I loved how each of the plotlines was so intricate that at the end of the day, even if you know when the biggest twists are going to be revealed, you can’t help but still be surprised at the unexpected turns.
This is one hell of a book from the Sinister Fairy Tale collection and it’s one of the best ones out there. I’ve read quite a few of them at by far I can definitely say that this belongs in at least the Top 3!