Author: Sarah Raughley.
Published: May 6th 2014 by Strange Chemistry.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
When Deanna's missing friend Hyde turns up at his father's funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth. But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret – and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn't play along, and help the enemy destroy him…she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans. Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever…
Deanna is the hard working sister who tries to take care of her family. Her mother died years ago, her father is a alcoholic, one of her sisters is married and the other likes to spend her money on herself. The MC felt a bit like a Mary Sue to me. I can’t be bothered by it in a fairy tale, but I was hoping to get more in this book. There was room enough to make her a better developed character. That doesn’t take away that she wasn’t a bad character. She was brave and strong.
When Deanna and her family attend a funeral from her father’s old friend, she finds out that her friend from the past isn’t dead. Hyde has been gone for 9 years and he is back to claim his father’s company. Deanna is hurt and confused. I like how she turns away from him, because she feels betrayed. Hyde has a hard time and he takes a lot of effort to talk to Deanna, but she refuses him and it felt very realistic to me. I wasn’t sure what to think about him though. He keeps a lot of secrets and that made it hard to connect with him. I never had the feeling I knew him.
Deanna is torn between her freedom and Hyde, especially when her old feelings are returning when they start to date. I already predicted what was going to happen and I was aware of Hyde’s secret, but that didn’t take away that I liked the plot. I thought it was interesting to see these swans and how people use them for their own pleasure. Sarah doesn’t shy away from the gruesome fact that swans are raped and abused. I liked how she included a fairy tale to show that fact and overall, it was a story I’ve never read before, so credits for the creativity.