Synopsis: A handsome, rakish prince who doesn’t believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less…
In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!
Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the duchess’ taste.
Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So . . . wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees?
I have read a couple of Karen Hawkins and so I knew it was going to be excellent and she didn’t disappoint! This book was adorable and very loosely based on Cinderella. I love fairy tales so I was excited to see how Cinderella would tie into the story. Karen Hawkins did an excellent job using little pieces that you recognize as part of the Cinderella story, but then the rest of it was all original story-telling.
Bronwyn, the heroine, was very cute. She liked to read, wore glasses and was considered ‘on the shelf’, which is always the kiss of death, but also means some wonderful man will come and take them off that shelf! Alexsey was one of the more realistic princes that I have read. Every once in a while you see a prince story and they always seem annoyingly unrealistic. Alexsey was the best prince I have read about. I loved that there was a romance between some secondary characters, that is always fun. The romance between Alexsey and Bronwyn was also a more realistic relationship. Why Alexsey is attracted to her in the first place was also refreshing. The pace was write on point. Character development was excellent. Overall it was just a really great story and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
~I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review~