Series: The Naughty Princess Club, #3
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Story of Us
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?
Kiss the Girl came highly recommended by several trusted book friends. I was hesitant. RomCom is so hit or miss for me. I have read Sivec’s contemporary romances though and know she has a good style. So, I capitulate. Here are my thoughts:
- By the end of the first chapter, I wanted to throat punch Ariel. What a bitch! She is condescending, rude, and immature.
- By chapter 3/4 you learn the reason why but its still not a reason to behave the way she does. It just bothered me that a grown woman would behave the way she does and think its okay because her ex was verbally degrading to her.
- Eric is too good to be true. He is so in love with her and she is horrible to him. HORRIBLE.
- Ariel is lucky to have Cindy and Belle as friends. They are true ride or die bitches!
- Ok, by chapter 13 I don’t HATE Ariel. I still think some of her behaviors are immature for a woman her age and that Eric is still too good for her. But, I have hope she will grow to be good enough for him.
- All right, so I think I have figured out that I just find Ariel abrasive. She kind of knocks women who are all gushy and lovey; like somehow being a snarky bitch is more in line with feminism? I just don’t like people like her. But, that is just a personal thing. She might not annoy others!
Overall, this was a cute read. Lots of laughs and levity keep this book funny and easy. Eric is primo book boyfriend material for sure, so if you want a perfect hero, look no further. Take my thoughts on Ariel with the caveat that it was me, personally, struggling with her. Its possible that others won’t find her as frustrating as I did.
- POV: 1st (Ariel)
- Tears: no
- Trope: fairytale retelling
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
authors like Alice Clayton, RS Grey, Amy Dawes…then you will probably like Kiss the Girl!