I love fairy tales and reimaginings of them. This story loosely based on Cinderella had me intrigued, but sadly I had to DNF this book half way througI love fairy tales and reimaginings of them. This story loosely based on Cinderella had me intrigued, but sadly I had to DNF this book half way through.
I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, Bronwyn Murdoch was plain, a spinster, but a woman who loves her family (step sisters and step mother). A nice departure from the typical ideal of Cinderella. Bronwyn's family was different as well. They were not awful as depicted in many versions, but were not perfect.
I did not care for the hero at all. Prince Aleksey was trying to stay away from the marriage noose and wanted nothing more than a willing woman in his bed. He is part Romany and wanted control as a leader of his people, but that was left to his grandmother, who wasn't convinced he was up for the task and insisted that he marry. Aleksey was immature and only wanted to bed our heroine. Even hoping for love, this reader never felt he would redeem himself because he was so immature. It made reading this book frustrating. Couple that with a slow pace to the story in general, I had to give up and pursue other books instead. I only recommend this book to fans of the author.
Thank you to Pocket Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
This book's theme was second chances. Jessica Champlin and Sebastian Hess are divorced but have joint custody (their idea) of their goldendoodle, BaxtThis book's theme was second chances. Jessica Champlin and Sebastian Hess are divorced but have joint custody (their idea) of their goldendoodle, Baxter. After a trip to the dog park with Jessica, the two become an instant media sensation and local celebrities overnight after Baxter saves a little girl from being hit by a car. Jess is a stylist who starts an accessory dog line that becomes wildly popular, that she loves and in turn helps her land new styling jobs with dogs.
Even though the two are divorced, Jessica wants to start living again, and the two are pretty amicable. Sebastian is a serious war reporter and doesn't like all the media attention that his dog receives. He thinks its not real news, but he does relent when he sees it helps Jess' new business. Everyone loves "Super dog," Baxter's nickname since the heroic incident.
Eventually Jess meets a new love interest, Gavin who seems wonderful. Expect Gavin and Sebastian when thrown together are totally oil and water. An event happens that really makes the reader emotionally invested, especially in Baxter. I won't give any spoilers away, but once again we see a second chance. And again at the ending.
I really enjoyed all the dog related bits in the book. After all, that is what drew me to the book. I have enjoyed devouring animal related fiction lately.
I recommend this book to anyone tempted to try, its more animal centric than other similar books, on the market, but I recommend it. I am interested in what Caldwell has in store next. This book releases July 29th.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing me a copy of this book via Netgalley....more