CINDERELLA UNMASKED – Susannah Erwin
San Francisco, California – Present Day
Attending a masked ball at the request of her new employer, Nelle Lassen isn't thrilled that the featured speaker is billionaire Grayson Monk. His father was responsible for the downfall of her father years ago. While milling around the ball, Nelle encounters a similarly masked man—and the sparks fly between them. Later, they are chatting and about to kiss when the clock strikes midnight and it's time to take off their masks. Nelle discovers to her horror that the man she is attracted to is Grayson. She makes a hasty exit, leaving behind her mask, but not before the press got pictures of them together. Nelle would prefer to not ever see Grayson again, but her employer, realizing who Nelle was within those paparazzi pictures and needing some funding for a nonprofit project, sends her to Grayson's office to request the funds.
It doesn't take long for Grayson to recognize his “Cinderella.” Now that he has a name, he doesn't waste time in getting to know Nelle, using her quest for funds from his foundation as the bait. Time spent together only intensifies the attraction between them. Yet, as they get to know one another better, there are things swirling around them that may doom their future, and it all revolves around his father.
Susannah Erwin uses the Cinderella concept in CINDERELLA UNMASKED, a tale about a couple instantly attracted to one another. Grayson is the presumed successor to his father, a prominent member of the United States House of Representatives. He isn't sure yet that he wants to follow in his father's footsteps, but his decision is being taken out of his hands because his father will soon be announcing his resignation for health reasons. Nelle would rather stay in the shadows, especially since the Monk family is well known. How can they resolve her requirements for privacy with his run for public office? Then there is the issue that makes Nelle hate Grayson's father: what he did to her father.
Nelle comes from a middle-class background, but her life was forever changed by her father's downfall. One can understand why she hates the Monk family. But getting to know Grayson has her falling under his spell. Will love soon follow? Grayson's future seems mapped out for him, even though he clearly isn't thrilled with it. Will he decide to walk away from a potential political career…for love?
An intriguing and enjoyable tale that features unbridled passion between our couple, don't miss CINDERELLA UNMASKED.