Review: The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone

The Cinderella PrincessTitle:  The Cinderella Princess
Series:  Royal Holiday Book 1
Author:  Melissa McClone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 2, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.

Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…

Read on for my thoughts on The Cinderella Princess.  No true spoilers, promise.

Reality Television.  It’s everywhere these days.  Even a Royal Family member is taking part in one… will wonders never cease?

Prince Lucas, the youngest prince of picturesque country of Alvernia, is considered the bad boy prince – always out late, partying with the most beautiful women, doing things princes should know better about not doing in public.  Or so it seems on the surface.

Emily knows that men just cannot be trusted to stick.  Marriage is for anyone else, not for her, she will never be gullible enough to trust her fate to a man.  Her job as an ad executive is enough for her.  And right now that job is to make certain that Prince Luc behaves and finds his future princess, on air, on schedule or else.

She didn’t expect to be charmed by Luc, in spite of her declarations of never needing happily ever after.  He was prepared to do his duty or be disowned by his family so finding a princess to marry was his fate, even if he wished that the lovely, bossy American would put herself on that list of prospective brides.

The Cinderella Princess is the first of four new tales in the Royal Holiday series.  This is a charming story of a Prince who is not at all like his public image.  And a woman who is charmed, in spite of herself, by the true man behind the legend of bad boy Prince Luc.  This novel is a short read so I really don’t want to give too much away – the synopsis pretty much gives you the heart of the story.  Early on in the story we are made aware of just how not bad  Luc really is.  He has a heart as huge as his country and the way that he takes care of the children in his country is pure gold.  It didn’t take me  more than a chapter or two to fall in love with Prince Lucas.  I’m betting you would too.

If you enjoy a love story, with Princes and Princesses and happily ever afters – you’re going to love The Cinderella Princess.  Don’t always believe the press, look behind the headlines and get to know a true prince in this story.  It gets a 4 outta 5 on my rating scale.  I recommend this one for anyone who simply wants to fall in love and live happily ever after.

*I received an e-ARC of The Cinderella Princess from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*