M.L. Stark embroils readers in a real-life story of abuse in ‘Hugger Mugger ’ with her prince charming embroils readers in the chilling and based on reality of Mary and her life with Prince Charming. So, Mary can’t refuse the allure of a new love with Dr Bates. However, as she finds out rapidly, Dr Bates is far from the Prince Charming he appears to be – he’s a cold-blooded psychopath. It’s a glimpse into this rare life from the victim’s perspective, inspiring one critic to write, “Great book and great plot. Well written and captivating.

This book is a real page turner, and it will rock you to the core on so many levels. The story will shock you. I highly recommend this book.”.

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United Kingdom – M.L. Stark won’t say where her life story starts and ends in relation to her books, but she will admit that the plot of ‘Hugger Mugger’ is based on her own experiences. It’s intense to say the least with her Prince Charming by her side.

Prince Charming?

The story begins in 2016 in Bournemouth England, backtracking Stark’s life to Spain in 2010, where she meets Doctor Bates. Life then becomes a globetrot – first to Denmark, then Asia, Balkan and eventually back to England in 2020.

However, the series does a profound service to readers – exposing the truth of what it’s like to live and fall in love with a stop-at-nothing, callous psychopath. A fake Prince Charming! It’s the first series of its kind on the market.

Hugger Mugger - The Con Man Smile - Book Cover. A life with her Prince Charming.
Hugger Mugger – The Con Man Smile

Hugger Mugger: The Con Man Smile’ – 

Mary, a middle-aged woman with a kind heart and a longing for love, found herself trapped in a chaotic and cluttered existence. Her marriage to an unfaithful man left her feeling empty and unfulfilled. Seeking solace, she embarked on a new relationship with a charismatic and charming man named Doctor Bates. Little did she know, Bates was a sociopath, a master manipulator who had spent his entire life preying on the vulnerability of others.

As their relationship deepened, Mary became ensnared in a web of deceit and exploitation. Bates, acting like a true prince charming, but is actually a self-absorbed individual. He saw Mary as an easy target to exploit for financial gain and to maintain a sense of power over her. He skilfully manipulated her emotions and twisted her trust, making her believe she needed him to find happiness and security.

The authenticity of this story?

Well, it lies in its portrayal of the chilling reality of love scams. However, Bates had a long history of love-scamming unsuspecting women, using them for his own personal gain and discarding them when he was done. Mary’s story serves as a cautionary tale, shedding light on the devastating consequences of falling for someone with such manipulative tendencies.

Throughout the narrative, the impact of Bates’ actions on Mary’s life becomes increasingly clear. The petrifying mess of her existence mirrors the internal turmoil she experiences as she tries to navigate the treacherous path laid out by the fake prince charming, Dr Bates. It is a story of survival, as Mary must find the strength to break free from the clutches of this sociopath and reclaim her life.

The story of Mary and Doctor Bates is a stark reminder of the dangers that lurk beneath seemingly charming exteriors. It serves as a powerful reminder to trust our instincts, to look beyond the surface, and to be cautious of those who seek to exploit our vulnerability. 

What a prince charming in a mad world!

As their relationship deepened, Mary became enthralled by Bates’ enchanting presence and magnetic charm. And for every encounter with him felt like stepping into a world of fantasy and wonder where time stood still together with prince charming. The passionate love affair consumed Mary’s thoughts and emotions, blinding her to the warning signs that something was amiss. Unbeknownst to her, Bates had a sinister agenda, manipulating her feelings and exploiting her vulnerability. He skilfully concealed his true intentions behind a facade of love and affection, using his charismatic demeanour to lull Mary into a false sense of security. However, behind closed doors, the true nature of their relationship unfolded, revealing a twisted and chilling reality. The magical aura that surrounded Bates masked a malevolence that threatened to destroy Mary’s life.

The True Nature of Bates

And then when Mary unravels the true nature of Bates’ character, she becomes increasingly wary of his manipulative behaviour and dubious schemes. Next, she notices inconsistencies in his stories and begins questioning his promises of wealth and happiness. Determined to protect herself from further deception, Mary conducts her own research on the business concepts Bates presents to her.

Further, she reaches out to trusted friends and family members for their advice and seeks the guidance of financial professionals to evaluate the viability of his proposals. Through her diligent efforts, Mary uncovers a trail of deceit and lies, confirming her suspicions about his true intentions. Soon, she realises that her life will never be the same. Thereafter, Mary vows to learn from the experience and emerge stronger and wiser. In conclusion, she resolves to trust her instincts and be more discerning in her relationships, ensuring that she never falls victim to such evilness again.

It will obsess you.

Maze Aflame: Flimflam Man – Part 2 presents the continuation of the maliciously agenda of Doctor Bates and will leave you in a trance of shock with its vigorous narrative. A moment ago, it seemed, it was yesterday full of happiness. Tomorrow it is a matter of survival for Mary as her life is on the brink of insanity to her Knight in Shining Armor. 

Soon she meets Dr Bates again she becomes a slave in the madness of love. Before Mary notice the dangerous life, she gets deeply trapped in Drake’s dodgy mesh, but it’s too late for her to escape.

Fraud, lies, dominance, torment, and the complexity of an abusive relationship evolve with her Prince Charming.
Fraud and Lies

Fraud, lies, dominance, torment, and the complexity of an abusive relationship evolve. Soon it will unexpectedly be a new part of Mary’s life. Dr Bates’ sinister betrayal sneaks slowly in as he lures Mary like a ravenous wolf in sheep’s clothing. At first, on the outside, it seems this Prince Charming is loving and has a high IQ, above normal. In fact, on the inside, he is a devious psychopath. 

The story will drastically unfold to a complexity of a love drama, crime, fraud, and Drake’s delusions of grandeur. At a secluded area outside Hong Kong, the mafia attempt to kill Dr Bates. Then we will follow the two sweethearts in how they try to escape from the difficulties with the Asian Mafia. Not only once, but several times the two lovebirds are on the run in the shadowy darkness of the night, fleeing as two shifty thieves. Mary will experience love, hatred, and deception; however, will she continue to be victim in Prince Charming’s mystiques and hefty deceptions he gets during the nights?

I had no idea how psychopaths operated

“The story is somewhat chilling, but it’s entirely based on reality,” explains the author. “Before I experienced it, I had no idea how psychopaths operated. Nor did I exactly know how they wore down and destroyed the lives of their victims. In fact, after going through it myself, I entered this dark world. So much so that I wanted to share it with the world.

Continuing, ‘It’s a tough read, but a vitally important one. It will shock and uplift readers, sometimes for the wrong reasons. However, I believe everyone will turn the last page with greater empathy for those around them. Especially for victims of abuse who are trapped. They rely on you. You need to help them.”

Reviews have been extremely positive.

Somya writes, “The story has been so emotionally and effectively penned down, you will feel pity for Mary. I really felt very connected to her, I was feeling her pain. The story depicts how a single decision can have leave such an impact in one’s life. This was eye-opening, inspiring read.”


Lorraine adds, “I enjoyed the storyline and couldn’t believe how manipulated and gullible the victim was, but totally understood how this could easily happen in this situation of trust. I wanted to read more to find out what happened next.”


Volumes one and two are available now.

Volume one: Amazon

Volume two: Amazon


M.L. Stark


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