Hi guys! How is your holiday season going for you so far? I’ve been focusing on finals and then I can really get into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to go home and be with my family and my cats 🙂 Today I’m here to talk about a cute contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays!
Title: Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Expected Release: December 19, 2017
My rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads stars
Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.
This book was like watching a Hallmark movie, but better because it was significantly less cheesy and still gave you the same gooey feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot twists within it.
Dylan is such a fun character. Her distrust of TRC affects her relationship with her sister greatly, but you see that no matter what she will stick her neck out for family. Her loyalty is something that is hard to come by, but once you have it she will defend you to the death.
I wasn’t sure what to make of Jamie until the last third of the book. I was suspicious of him the whole time, and I was ready for him to be someone he wasn’t. However, I loved his bookish nature and incessant need to reference literature. (THE WHOLE DISCUSSION ON JANE AUSTEN MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!!)
The story was interesting and unique. The only book I can think of that is also about reality T. V. is Royce Rolls by Magaret Stohl, but that has a very different tone. It was smart and the literary references were sprinkled throughout which made me really happy to see. It didn’t feel forced, and everything was well placed.
I liked the plot twists in this book. They moved the story forward and weren’t too trite. I predicted something different would happen with Jamie than what actually happened, but I’m glad I was wrong. All in all, I highly recommend this one for your winter reading list!