Monday, 17 August 2015

The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone

Title: The Cinderella Princess
Series: Royal Holiday (#1)
Author: Melissa McClone
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 2nd April 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ad exec Emily knows that working with Prince Luc on a reality TV show could be challenging, particularly when he's just run away from the filming location. But the last thing that Emily expects is to be attracted to him, nor for him to return that attraction. While Emily does everything possible to help Luc find a wife, she finds herself falling for the enigmatic and attractive Prince. But Luc knows that having Emily would mean losing everything...is it worth the risk?

The Cinderella Princess was sweet! I think really the name of the book says it all; this is a book that you want to read if you're looking for a nice easy read with an assured happy ending. A new take on an old classic! And the parallels to Cinderella are definitely there! Though there aren't really any evil step-sisters!

Emily was definitely a likable character, she was hard working true, but as she began to show some weaknesses towards Luc she really opened up. It was made clear that her family history had left her vulnerable to people, but she pushed past that. There was never a sense of her being a one dimensional character, she had far too many layers for that!

The image that people seemed to have of Luc at the beginning of the book, playboy Prince in and out of rehab, were quickly dispelled (we're talking within the second chapter here) and he became almost instantly likable. He was sweet and caring, and he made mistakes. Mistakes that almost cost him his happily ever after!

The romance between Luc and Emily was there, and I'd say it was a small step above PG. This isn't a young adult book but it is a clean one. The relationship was sweet, it was made up of little things like finding stuffed toys and chocolate eclairs. That is what made it more realistic to me.

I really enjoyed The Cinderella Princess, it was sweet and enjoyable!