Published by Tule Publishing on April 2nd 2015
Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.
Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…
The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone is everything you’d expect from a book with that title. It’s a romance novel with a princely romantic interest. What I do like is that our main character, Emily, is a career woman who isn’t looking for love right now. I feel like this isn’t the usual princess story and that’s what got me reading.
I was surprised by the quality of the writing. The beats of the story come at the right time. McClone knows when to introduce a new conflict, solve problems and increase the tension between Emily and Luc. Later I found out that she’s also written numerous books for Harlequin. Now I knew why she was so good. I might even read more of her books to satisfy my need for romance.
Reading this felt like watching the romcoms I used to watch every Wednesday at 20.30. It didn’t matter which one was on, I always watched it. Most of them are cookie cutter movies, and that’s okay. You know what you’re going to get when you start watching it.
That’s how I felt reading The Cinderella Princess. It’s a cookie cutter romance story. You get everything you’d expect. But of all the romance novels out there, I do recommend this one. The premise is interesting, I liked the characters and it did a good job showing character development. Not all cookie cutter stories are this high quality.
I give The Cinderella Princess four stars and my recommendation. Why do I still recommend it? Because sometimes you need to satisfy a craving and this book will definitely do that if romance is what you want. But since it’s everything you’d expect, I can’t give it five stars. It didn’t surprise me or took my breath away. And sometimes, that’s okay too.