After being unceremoniously sacked from her glamorous job at a gossip magazine, Ally Parker returns home to Combe St. Philip in the Cotswolds to lick her wounds. Making ends meet by cleaning and waitressing in the village pub, she is thrown a lifeline when her best friend, Hope, confides that she is marrying Prince Jonas of San Michele and asks her to take on the local PR role.
Ally’s a pro when it comes to celebrities, so this new job is a perfect fit, but things are never that simple. The wedding is under wraps until the official announcement in February and it’s the untimely arrival of Count Fredrik Jensson, Head of Security for the royal family that requires some fast thinking on her part. If there’s going to be village gossip, it’s not going to be about Hope, but about that sizzling kiss between Ally and Fredrik!
Deeply disapproving of any involvement by an ex-journalist from a gossip magazine in the wedding, Fredrik’s distrust cannot mask the sparks that fly between them — sparks that quickly flare into an inferno on their trip to the beautifully scenic principality of San Michele for the Prince’s wedding announcement.
**Previously titled The Bridesmaid’s Royal Bodyguard in the Royal Wedding Invitation multi-author series of 2017-2018**
Titles in the (reissued/renamed) Royal Weddings multi-author series include – Falling for Charming by Sophie Weston – Best Made Plans by Jessica Hart – If the Shoe Fits by Liz Fielding – Miss You More by Anne McAllister
Title: If The Shoe Fits (previously: The Bridesmaid’s Royal Bodyguard)
Series: Royal Weddings #3 (previously: Royal Wedding Invitations #3)
Author: Liz Fielding
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: 2nd edition reissue – first published: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
**Once upon a time, If The Shoe Fits was known as The Bridesmaid’s Royal Bodyguard in the Royal Wedding Invitation multi-author series from Tule Publishing. Back in 2017-18, I was fortunate to receive all four books as ARCs and what you’ll find here is that original review with a few necessary alterations due to title changes and such. No matter when it was reissued, renamed with a lovely new cover – Fredrik and Ally’s romance is touching, emotional… and still well worth your time.**
Sometimes I simply have fun with characters as they share the happenings in their world. I loved Ally. She’s loyal, stubborn, smart, and knows her own worth. She might be down now, but she won’t stay there. She would do anything for her friend Hope, even put up with a rude, stuffed shirt who has no idea of the type of woman she truly is.
It really is true what is said about assumptions… they do make asses of people all the time. Case in point is head of security for the prince’s upcoming wedding, Fredrik. He is absolutely convinced that Ally is out to sell wedding secrets to her old gossip magazine. After all, she’s broke, ousted from her job, and must be desperate for money by now – what easier way to instant cash flow than to sell out her friend. It’s not helping Fredrik’s opinions one bit that he’s incredibly attracted to Ally. He will not allow himself to trust her, but their chemistry is off the charts so why shouldn’t they enjoy each other. It’s one way to keep a close eye on this intriguing woman.
All it took was one assumption to crush down anything that Fredrik was beginning to feel for Ally. One very wrong assumption.
I liked both Ally and Fredrik. Sure, Fredrik is stuffy at times and totally wrong… but he makes up for those mistakes in a most satisfying way. Ally is a delight and I really wanted her to find someone who saw her for the gem that she is. I enjoyed this couple and their madcap adventure towards a happy ending of their own. You cannot always go by first impressions, but you should follow your heart at all times. A lesson well learned for them both. If you love a really good romance then this is one that you’ll want to pick up soon.
*I originally received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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