Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: "Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love" by Mary Hughes (Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fairytale, Romance)

Cin Wikkid: April Fools For Love
by Mary Hughes

Publisher:7th Octave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fairytale
Publication Date: March 18, 2016

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Description from Publisher: From award-winning bestselling author Mary Hughes comes a fairytale romance with a twist.

THE WRONGED DAUGHTER Cinderella hungers to escape from under Widow Wikkid's grinding thumb. But to snare a plum job at Prince Industries, Cin desperately needs her degree, and she can't wrap her mind around tax accounting.

Then scarred but sexy Rafe Montoya ignites her imagination with his brilliant tutoring—and, as they work together in his cozy apartment, he sets her body on fire. She thinks he's the one for her, until he starts pushing her to attend Gideon Prince's marriage-mart ball.

THE HANDSOME PRINCE Rafe is really Gideon Prince, head of Prince Industries. He must name his bride by his April first birthday or suffer the loss of his family fortune.

Rumors say he's still single because women love his money and looks, not him. Is he lonely or just another duplicitous tycoon?

THE GLASS SLIPPER TEST Hopefuls flock to Prince's birthday ball, but only the woman who is kind, wise, and generous will win his heart. Is it Cin, or will her stepmother, as she always does, snatch the prize for her own daughters?

And on the night of the ball, when Cin discovers Rafe’s true identity, can she even accept his final test?

Warning: Rags-to-riches fairytale meets the texting generation. Stepsisters who are a blush-brush shy of a full makeup set, and a ball gown built like a tank. Contains material intended for mature audiences. Reader discretion advised.

For anyone who has ever been persecuted or hidden their light under a bushel.

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I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.

Ha, what a fun ride!

Mostly light and fluffy, but with a surprising depth to the characters. I saw the Rafe thing from the beginning, of course, but it still had surprises.

The sexiness was interesting. At first, I was wondering if this was more on the erotica side, but it's sweeter than that and the level of detail felt just right.

I appreciated that it was basically the classic Cinderella story in reverse. Instead of Cinderella being the mystery, the "Prince" was the mystery for Cinderella to figure out. Also enjoyed that Rafe was the one needing to convince her that he was worthy, and that the "Happily Ever After" wasn't that Cin would be rich and a "Princess". I imagine Princess Kate has quite a few grievances with her lifestyle change, which is something rarely acknowledged in "Princess stories."

All of the fairytale references were fun, both the Disney and the Brother's Grimm versions, and added a whimsy that I thought was perfect.

Very quick read at 120 pages. Would be a great pool or coffee shop (or park? ;) ) read.

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