Review: The Glass Stiletto
The Glass Stiletto by Rachel Kenley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fairy tales retold in an erotic manner are a guilty pleasure. The Glass Stiletto turns a well-loved children story into an adult sweet femdom delight. Those who know this story well, will be able to forgive the lack in degrading scenes between Mariella and her wicked step-family. This Cinderella doesn't depend on a fairy godmother. She is going to find a way out and it's by marrying a well off man who will be kind to her. What she isn't looking for, is more duty and less freedom. To her surprise, she catches the eye of Teodor, the Prince.
This story does bring in some fun twists and turns. It is not as gruesome as the original fairy tale nor as light as the Disney version. It does bring in a delicious taste of sugarkink with Mariella binding her up prince and riding him like a pony. The BDSM in here is so light which is why it is categorized as sugarkink. The femdom aspect of it is also a nice empowering twist. It's not the first Cinderella reboot with femdom, but it is certainly one of the more charming ones. Mariella is a good hearted kinky lover who entices her prince with an open heart. What more can a romantic femdom lover ask for?
The story moves at a nice easy pace. The villains are easily predictable just as they are hateful. The characters are a bit one dimensional. Teodor is surprisingly naïve to not research into all the men now working for him in a country he is going to take over as ruler. Mariella is a more timid than expected. Still, the two of them are cute together.
This story would be hotter if there were more intense femdom scenes between Mariella and Teodor. The punishment scene for Teodor gives a reader high hopes of sexual torment only to have it end up being a cock tease. More world building would have made this story richer. Perhaps it would be gratuitous sex to spend more time on Mariella's earlier years when she's been whored out and worked over hard as a slave. Still, being told her back history is not the same as experiencing the scenes through flashbacks. Allowing the reader to make the connections between the characters instead of being told them would also help make the story more interesting. For example, creating a scene where Mariella makes a connection between the Duke and her past would be more meaningful than just telling the reader about it. Overall, the story is enjoyable and a quick read.
This erotic romance is recommended for kinky fairy tale lovers who love happily ever afters.
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