By: Tara Sivec
Published Year: 2018
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shape or form influenced my opinion of this book.
Summary (Provided by Goodreads): 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?
I’m a bit of a sucker for Disney Princesses, so this cover and title appealed to me immediately. Ariel isn’t y favorite Disney Princess, but I was willing to overlook that. When I read the summary and saw it was a part of the Naughty Princess Club Series, I knew it would be the perfect book to read on my upcoming girl’s trip.
What I thought
This is the first romance novel that I have reviewed on my blog. I don’t often read romance novels, but I do specifically enjoy them when it’s summer and I’m on vacation. The best part about romance novels is that they’re cheesy and relatively predictable. When I start a romance novel, I expect that and it’s typically the reason I seek them out. I will warn that this book does get a bit steamy, so if you’re not into that, you will not enjoy this book.
This is the third book in a series, and I have not read the previous two. What I appreciated in this book was the recap at the beginning. I felt like it was done in a way that was helpful to people who haven’t read the previous books but that wouldn’t be annoying to people who have read the other books in the series.
Ariel is the third princess in the Naughty Princess Club. She and her best friends, Cindy and Belle, have created an at home princess stripping service. In the previous two novels, Cindy and Belle have found their confidence as well as the loves of their lives, so in this novel it’s Ariel’s turn. In addition to finding love and confidence, she is working on making their business legitimate but applying for a business approval of some sort.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the humor. I read this while on my girl’s trip an found myself constantly laughing out loud and then reading the lines to them that made me giggle. Ariel’s love interest is (obviously) Eric. It starts out with Ariel hating him, but that hate turns quickly to lust and the to love. I do wish it had been a little bit more of a slow burn from the hate to the love part, but there could have been more build-up in the previous two novels.
As with most (all?) romance novels, there is a conflict that causes our protagonists to separate. This book’s conflict was a bit unexpected! While I don’t think I can say it was a complete surprise, there was a bit of a twist to it that I wasn’t expecting and I appreciated it a lot.