A clean/sweet reboot of the Cinderella tale.
A Rebel Leader
Lucinda Morain is a servant in her own home, the object of her noble stepmother's cruelty. But pretending to bow to her stepmother suits Lucinda's purposes. As an operative for the Ashes, a rebel organization determined to overthrow the oppressive nobility, her lowly status provides her with the perfect cover. When she is chosen to lead the Ashes, Lucinda is overwhelmed and stunned. Can she handle the responsibility of making the life and death decisions?
A Prince in Disguise
Benicio dei Amaria, heir to the throne of Falloria, is desperate to escape the strictures of palace life. Trading places with his double, he adopts an assumed identity to seize one last taste of freedom before he's forced to appease the nobles by choosing a bride. Then Lucinda saves his life, opening his eyes. Long uneasy with the hold the nobility has over his father, and drawn to Lucinda's passion for her cause, Benicio can no longer ignore what the peasants have suffered at the nobles' hands.
Taking the biggest risk of his life, Benicio provides the Ashes with secret information in the hopes of gaining them as allies. But what will happen if they uncover his true identity?
Lucinda knows he's hiding something from her, but she's hiding something from him too: she's the Cinder, the nobles' and king's most wanted enemy.
Can they learn to trust one another before it's too late to save Falloria?