My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
My Musings: “Decent hostess,” Saber says with a deep, low laugh. “What you’re essentially doing is tricking these women- these people- into a serious addiction. I don’t think the word decent has any place in this conversation.”
“The guilt washes over me again as I hand one of those to Lord Aaron’s love, but I remind myself that perhaps with a bit of loosening up, Sir Spencer would be willing to…dally with Aaron a bit more.”
DNF @ 52%
The main character in this novel is so despicable that I cannot stand to read another page of this evil woman’s “adventures”. Basically she is engaged to an asshole and needs money to run away, so she decides to put drugs in a new makeup line and sell it to her friends and neighbors.
She laces the makeup with drugs to make sure people keep buying more…without them having any knowledge that she is getting them addicted to a serious drug. And god forbid some little girl decides to play with her mother’s makeup…I decided to stop reading before it came to that point.
There is also the plot hole of how the main character is rich in her local currency but poor in Euros, which is what she needs to escape her predicament, and yet all the people in the castle that she is drugging are paying with huge amounts of euros which apparently most of them don’t have a lot of?
I don’t get it, and at this point I don’t even care. Initially I was interested in the plot but the characters just ruined everything.
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Bin 2/5 for strong start
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.