For all of you grown ups out there who aren’t afraid to admit that you still love fairy tales, believe in happily ever afters, and think that watching Beauty and the Beast on a Saturday night is the idea of a good time, then you should definitely give this contemporary romance a shot.
What’s it About?
This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince. Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin. HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing. Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?
Proof yet again that skiing is the devil’s sport. What we have here is the perfect epitome of a modern-day fairy tale. Yes, it is an unrealistic and cheesy storyline which ends with a happily ever after at Christmastime, but by God I wouldn’t change a thing! What better way to feel like a kid again than to read a tale about a common young lady falling in love with an actual Prince Charming? Honestly, it kind of made me want to stop reading for a bit so I could play dress up. I mean, who says you can’t play dress up when you’re 25 years old? Seriously! I want to know so that I can tell ’em to shush up when I dance around in a ball gown and tiara.
…there was a unicorn who met a prince. Kat is the unicorn in this instance, as she’s something you hear about, but rarely ever see: a 24-year-old virgin. After experiencing a traumatic event in her childhood, Kat has decided to save herself for marriage. But then we have a handsome prince who is temptation incarnate. They’re both clearly attracted to each other, and Kat has agreed to go on a few dates with Nico in order to create some buzz to help his country’s tourism. Kat’s main condition is that Nico isn’t allowed to kiss her. I’m sorry, but if I were in her shoes my requirement would have been that he provide at least 5 kisses a day! Nay, an hour! He’s just so perfect!!
Nico is the ideal prince. Suave and slightly cocky, but in a humorous way rather than a “you’re asking for a slap upside the head” way. He also respects Kat’s vow to not have sex until marriage. In this day and age the guy deserves a freakin’ medal for patience. Nico is definitely a gentleman, but he also has some mini-alpha tendencies of jealousy and possessiveness. I say mini because he isn’t overbearing in his infatuation towards her, you can just tell that he struggles at times to keep his attraction in check.
I also loved Kat as our princess. Several of her personality traits reminded me of myself. Shy at first, can really only communicate with men by making sarcastic comments, but if you push us too far you’ll come to regret it. There is one point in the story where a noblewoman named Claire humiliates Kat in a fit of jealousy, thinking Kat is too nice to ever retaliate. Think again biotch! Kat isn’t afraid to tell her off, and mock her ridiculous fake boobs in the process.
As you can tell, I loved the romantic aspect of this story, but there was also an underlying tension which I enjoyed as well. Kat involuntarily gets mixed up with a sleazy paparazzo, and she has trouble getting him off her back. Knowing that Nico would never forgive her, it’s imperative that he never find out her involvement in this misunderstanding. Which of course means it’s only a matter of time before he finds out. When he does, I was expecting a Real Housewives kind of argument to take place, where Nico would refuse to listen to reason and stalk off in a huff. You know, just like every other romance novel that has a misunderstanding of some kind. But alas, the situation is handled rationally, and calmly. It was shocking to have someone act like a mature adult for once. So refreshing!!
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Possibly. I would be in full support of a sequel.
Should you read it? It is such a fun and adorable read! You should go into it knowing that as a fairy tale it will undoubtedly have some cheesy aspects, but just embrace them!!
Smut Level: Pretty clean read, but some sexy aspects too.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.49 Kindle Price. Kindle Press. 254 Pages