October 2015, Bookouture, 320 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: moderate amount of adult romance, possible occasional language (can't quite remember), lots of humour,
Summary from Bookouture
Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face
Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?
This book has to be read to be believed, a bit like Beauty and the Beast, there's a castle with turrets and a unique community! Romance aside (which does get a bit heated, and there were several places where I blushed a lot), it's a light read. As a lover of Hello Kitty, all things cute (often Japanese but does include Disney) I had to find out what Milly was like as a person, and why she stuck around so long at the castle when Cameron clearly didn't want her there (initially. Naturally that changes). She is persistent, and her upbeat view on life reminds me of myself, which makes me smile. Although I wouldn't have done half of what she did!
There are plenty of hilarious moments, sometimes because Milly is a bit too gung ho, sometimes accidental. The villagers as I've already mentioned are unique. That festival thing – there are no words for what it's all about! The only hint I give about it is that I blushed a lot. It's funny how the villagers are so keen to get Milly together with Cameron – just like the enchanted people turned objects in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, which is totally what this is based loosely on. There are sweet moments which made me teary eyed, and I'm already excited for the next time I read this. Go check it out!
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For more fairytale magic check out a Beauty and the Beast retelling: Masque by W R Gingell (Fantasy, Fairytale, 10E/10E)