(The Cracked Slipper Series: Book Two)
Eleanor Brice Desmarais, she of the cracked glass slipper and unladylike intellectual propensities, has learned that happily-ever-after is as rare as a frozen dragon, even for a happenstance princess. She survived a plot against her life, but her marriage to the alcoholic, womanizing Prince Gregory of Cartheigh remains at best a sham, and at worse, a potential noose around her neck.
Eleanor understands the harsh realities of women’s lives in her kingdom, so she turns her energies to a school for impoverished girls. She hopes to give them new opportunities, but the temptations of the streets and an ominous plot to bring down the witches of Afar Creek Abbey threaten to close the school forever.
She finds joy in stolen hours with her lover, Dorian Finley, but her husband’s increasing suspicions, her stepsister’s continued scheming, and her own conscience create a rift between Eleanor and Dorian that seems insurmountable. A witch’s spell and a beautiful necklace are all that stand between Eleanor and a most permanent, and dangerous, heartbreak.
The story of Cinderella after Happily Ever After continues in this second installment in The Cracked Slipper Series. Unfortunately, I didn't like this one as well as I liked The Cracked Slipper. My main problem is that the intimate scenes are too detailed for my taste. It was no big deal to skip over them in the first book because there were only a couple, but in The Red Choker they appear in almost every chapter. So even though I still like the characters, even the ones I don't like (if you know what I mean), and I want to find out how everything turns out for them, I won't be buying the next book. I can't see paying for something when I know it's highly likely I'll only be able to read about half of it.