Friday, December 15, 2017

ARC Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (December 19, 2017)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: Dylan finds herself swept off the Scotland for her sister's destination wedding. Her sister Dusty won Scottish laird Ronan's hand on the Prince in Disguise, a reality show, and now they will be filming all that leads up to the wedding. Nothing could make camera-shy Dylan less happy. Of course being left at the train station by the best man and rescued by cute Jamie gives her adventure quite a start.

Dylan and Jamie become good friends as they both try to avoid the cameras. Dylan was a great character. She loves her sister and mother as much as she hates being part of a reality TV show. She really doesn't want her budding romance with Jamie to become a plot thread on the program but she is willing if it will distract the producer from Dusty's secret.

The story is filled with great characters from the over-the-top best man to the evil future mother-in-law to Dusty who can turn on and turn off Southern Belle at will to Jamie who is a geeky, gawky hero with a secret of his own. I liked Dylan's relationship with her absentee father who shows up to walk Dusty down the aisle. I thought it was realistic that she had no interest in forming a relationship with a man who walked away from his family before she even knew him.

This was by turns funny and touching and romantic. I recommend it to fans of romance and reality TV.

Favorite Quote:
"And I willna drop it. I'm a very delicate touch. Hands of a baby angel. 'S what all the girls say."

"No offense, but I can't imagine anything I'd like to touch me less than the hands of a baby angel." I shuddered.

"Not even a giant squid?" Jamie asked.

"Hands of a baby angel is creepier. Why is the angel a baby? Why is it touching me? Am I dead? If the giant squid is touching me, I'd assume it was by accident. Like, I swam into its space."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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