About the Book:
A princess who has lost her faith in love . . .
Lucy Linden’s prince charming (a.k.a. her fiancé) disappeared three months before the Big Day. Determined to pick up the pieces, she dives into the world of online dating. But the only men interested in a woman whose day job involves playing Cinderella leave Lucy looking for an exit strategy before the main course. And the man rushing to her rescue isn’t the solution to her problems. Jared is a walking, talking fantasy—if Lucy’s daydreams began and ended in the bedroom. No one would ever mistake South Florida’s bored billionaire bachelor for a long-term prince.
A man willing to risk everything to prove he’s her prince . . .
Jared Mitchell pushes the limits, in the boardroom and in bed. When his best friend and business partner’s little sister sends up red distress flares, he’s thrust into the role of pseudo-big brother. He’s never had a thing for Cinderella. But now he’s fighting his desire to make the princess his—even if he has to risk his empire to deliver her happy-ever-after ending.
Lucy and Jared know one another, as Jared is the best friend and business partner of Lucy's brother. I love the slightly forbidden stories, and the ones where one of the couple is a friend of an older brother, or sister, always add an element of "you had better be serious" to the story.
I enjoy Sara Jane Stone's books, and I was thrilled to get the chance to read this one. As she says in the beginning of it, she writes books that have characters within a certain trope...this is one of the fun things about her...and I love the idea of stories built around women who play, and run, a business built around being a princess, and adding the joy to the lives of children that playing dress up allows.
The romance in this was compelling, and bonus points for best use, ever, of a picnic blanket. I love that the attraction between Lucy and Jared was so strong that they are drawn to one another, even when he is playing at being someone he isn't.
Now is the part where I try to avoid the spoilers. There is a part of the book where Jared is not honest with Lucy, but it is handled well, you still like him and, most important, it doesn't go on too long. I don't mind secrets, as long as I don't feel like the characters are building a fake relationship.
There was nothing fake here and I recommend this title.
Meet the Author:
Sara Jane Stone lives near New York's Hudson River with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, a lazy Burmese cat, and a very active dog. When she is not finger painting with the kids, she loves writing sexy stories, staying up past her bedtime reading red-hot romance, and chatting with her readers on Facebook.