Review: How (Not) to Date a Prince
Surely fairy tales don’t happen in real life?
After being jilted at the altar, high-flying journalist Sam doesn’t believe in love any more – and she certainly doesn’t believe in fairy tales! So, when she’s asked to cover the Royal Wedding, it’s the last thing she wants to do.
And when she crashes into a ridiculously handsome stranger, Anders, things go from bad to worse. But as the big day draws closer, Sam finds herself being swept up in the excitement – as well as swept off her feet by Anders!
But there’s something that Anders is hiding from her – and when he finally reveals his secret, might Sam just have the happy-ever-after she never thought she wanted…?
This was a cute, fun book about a journalist who is forced to follow a royal wedding to prove her worth as her publication goes through corporate restructuring. Sam wants to be that cutting-edge career woman so she spends most of the early book trying to pawn off her assignment on lesser journalists. There was something amusing about Sam's inherent arrogance and the way it keeps her focused on all the wrong priorities. The book is breezy - I read it in an hour - and entertaining. Ms. May has a lovely sense of humor so even though Sam could seem unlikable, she's always enjoyable.
I was disappointed in the romance, however. The main impetus of love seems to be that 1) he's UNDENIABLY handsome and 2) he's there. The sexiest moment between them comes courtesy of an aphrodisiac. Sam's past romantic tragedy never really works into the plot, so I wondered why it was necessary at all. The couple has a few scenes together, but they aren't the focus of the book.
But the story is so entertaining and fun that I wish she'd market it as women's fiction rather than romance. There's a lot in here about women, careers, friendship and how (not) to be a decent human that I didn't need the love story at all.
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Zoe May lives in Oxford and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple's top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as 'a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery - fresh and very funny'. As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.
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