Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Review: 'TinderElla' by Eddie Cleveland

Author Eddie Cleveland offers information to his readers – ‘If you’re looking for billionaires or shifters, you won’t find them here.’ Eddie writes what he knows: bad boys, hot sex and crazy love. Ten books worth so far!

Eddie makes for sure we know the back story of each of his characters before he starts this intricately staged little story – supposedly a parody on Cinderella. For instance we meet the male of the cast, Jackson, in one of his three prologues – ‘I can’t believe Janet was pregnant and she never told me. My mind has been reeling since I hung up the phone this morning. When we broke it off, she didn’t even hint that she knew she was carrying my child. Did she know then? I’ve been combing over the details I can recall of how we ended things. “I can’t do this anymore, Jackson.” Her eyes were already red, like she’d spent the entire night crying. “Why? What’s wrong?” I had thought we were doing great. We’d been together for almost a year and we still couldn’t get enough of each other. “I can’t be with a man who’s already in love with something else. I can’t spend my life competing for your time, for your attention, for you.” She sniffled and tucked her long, red hair behind her ears. “Hey, what are you talking about?” I stepped into her and tried to wrap my arms around her, but she crossed her arms, eyes cast down to her feet. “You know there’s nobody but you, babe. Why are you saying that?” “Jackson, I’m not talking about another woman.” She breathed out hard and her lips quivered. “I’m talking about the SEALs. That’s your true first love, and”— her voice cracked—“ it always will be. The best I can do is be a distant second in your life. We need more than that.” Her gaze remained fixated to the floor.’ In the same way we meet Ella and Chloe, but on to the story.

Eddie sums up this at times confusing relationship tale as follows – ‘ Ella - By fifteen I learned a hard lesson that life is no fairy-tale and I'm no princess. When I was smuggled into America, I became a slave for a cruel woman who wouldn't think twice about selling me to the black market. When she goes out of town, I know setting up a dating app profile makes no sense. I know it's dangerous and foolish. But I can't spend the rest of my life wondering what I'm missing. I was supposed to get lost in the fantasy, not his eyes. Not his tall, muscular body that makes my body clench in ways I've never felt before. I'm not the kind of girl who gets a happily ever after. So, why am I willing to risk everything to see him again? Jackson - After I was discharged from the SEALs I was badly broken but a child saved me. MY child saved me. Now I’m a single Dad doing my best to raise my daughter. I thought I was finally happy, I thought I was complete. Until I saw her. Ella. It was an amazing date until I ruined everything. I pushed her too fast — too hard and she ran away. It’s like she just disappeared. I can’t stop until I find her. It may have taken an instant, but I know there was something real between us. And I won’t stop scouring the earth until I find her.’

Lots of steam and erotica in this little ‘fairy tale’ – it is very real and takes a bad situation and makes it work. Fine writing. Grady Harp, October 17
This book is free to borrow on Kindle Unlimited

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