Rating: 4 STARS
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Standalone/Series: The Naughty Princess Club #3
How I got this book: ARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
A struggling antiques collector finds herself falling in love with a millionaire playboy; but can she ever be a part of his world?
Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.
While her friends have broken free of their insecurities, Ariel Waters is struggling to come out of her shell. Her ex-husband took away her voice and her self-confidence, and Ariel is drowning under a sea of debt to afford the alimony she has to pay him. She refuses to ever fall for a man’s charms again, and is determined to make her own way.
When her house and her beloved antiques are taken by the bank after too many missed payments, Ariel finds herself adrift until the infuriatingly charming Eric Sailor comes to her rescue. Although she can’t stand the millionaire playboy, Eric’s kindness and unconditional support reveal hidden depths and a love that Ariel never imagined she could find.
But there are outside influences who will stop at nothing to keep them apart; can Ariel and Eric weather the storm and find a way to be together?
First of all, just a quick note: This book can be read as a standalone but I really wouldn't recommend it. There's so much in this book that has been steadily built throughout the series that I'd highly recommend reading both At the Stroke of Midnight and In Bed with the Beast first.
This series of modern-day fairy tale re-tellings has been fantastic throughout with hysterical laughs, sweet, tender emotion, sizzling chemistry and 3 strong, powerful women who aren't willing to give up even when they're at rock bottom.
I adored books 1 and 2 in this series, and Kiss the Girl was a great finale, even if it wasn't my favourite book of the series.
As you can probably gather, this book is about Ariel and is a Little Mermaid re-telling (with a twist). Ariel is the loudest, most-opinionated and mouthy woman of the trio, but even she has struggles and insecurities that she keeps hidden behind her personality.
In this book it's nice to see the other side of Ariel, the side she keeps hidden from everyone but Eric.
There were plenty of sweet moments between these two characters and a lot of sexual chemistry. I loved the build-up, and how their relationship evolved over the course of the book.
Kiss the Girl promises plenty of fun, and even though it's at times a little cheesy, it's a romantic read with a really positive feminist message running throughout.
If you're looking for a very unconventional princess with a loud mouth and a blazing personality, a handsome prince, an evil b**** (oh, I meant witch!), strong friendships, several fish and even a hairless cat named Derek, this is the book for you!
Rating: 3 STARS
Genre: Women's Fiction/Spy/Crime
How I got this book: ARC from Bonnier Zaffre via NetGalley
Please note: This review does feature more quotes than usual but I've done my best to still keep it spoiler free!
Every working mum has had to face it.
The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave.
But this working mum is one of a kind.
Meet Alexis Tyler.
An elite covert agent within Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler 'you can't'.
She will have it all. Or she'll die trying . . .
And yes, she damn well will be home for bath time.
Okay, so I don't typically read this genre, and that's probably reflected in my review. However, I'm always open to trying new things and when I spotted this title on NetGalley I loved the sound of it.
I have a three-year-old little menace and whilst I'm sadly not a spy, the synopsis made me laugh and was still relatable.
I love Lex, she's feisty, strong-willed and determined to prove herself in a very masculine world. I love her humour but I do feel that the comedy is specifically aimed at mums and so might not be relatable to a broader readership.
"My enemies have got it wrong if they think that becoming a mother has made me weaker. I stare down at her as she holds my little finger. There is nothing I wouldn't do for her. Climb mountains. Fight tigers. Track down and kill every single fucker trying to tear us apart. I will show them all."
I liked the initial plot idea but did find myself struggling with the pace a little and I was pushing myself to keep reading after 50%.
It was the underlying story of motherhood and Lex's character that kept me going through some of the 'slower' plot moments, and is truly my favourite aspect of the book.
The book is a very strong advocate for feminism as the author honestly portrays sexism in the workplace. It was eerie how familiar some of the lines from the male characters in the book felt from personal experience.
"'Good. I just had to check. As you know. Hormones.' He twirled a finger round next to his head."
I also really enjoyed some of the spy/mum crossover moments such as a scene featuring Lex talking about the strain having a baby can put on the parents' relationship.
"Once a full bottle of expressed milk slipped out of my hand. Upon seeing it pour all over the place I'd collapsed to the floor sobbing. Will's jovial, 'There's no use crying over spilt milk,' had me mentally loading an automatic machine gun and spraying him with bullets."
"I may have every now and then thought about killing the father of my child but I never actually did it. Which had to count for something."
Overall, I really enjoyed the twist on the traditional male-led spy novel and found the humour realistic and relatable. Recommended for lovers of crime fiction and any mum who needs a little reminder that she's amazing!
"...a woman could do anything she put her mind to. And that a mother should never be written off. But put on a fucking pedestal."
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