This is the third and last book of the Naughty Princess series by Tara Sivec, and it was my second book by this author. I was intrigued by the fairytale retelling, and I was waiting for Ariel and Eric’s book because they seemed like the characters that I would like the most out of the group of princes and princesses… and I was right.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 1 of 3
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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?
We all know about Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid, and the ones in this book mirror them a bit, but in a modern key. Ariel is a curvy red-head who is known to be sassy. She used to own an antique shop but she had to sell it in order to pay bills and alimony to her ex-husband. She seems like the strongest of the group and the most confident, but the truth is different. After Ariel faces a difficult moment, she loses her way and her tough girl façade falls a bit. Her friends Cindy and Belle, with the help of their boyfriends and their friend Eric, try to save Ariel from the situation and subtly try to pair matchmaker between the two, since they are the only single of the group and they know they like each other. When Ariel has to live with Eric due to circumstances, she starts learning that he isn’t like she painted him at all, and he will also discover more of her personality. Eric is just like the fairytale prince: he is rich, good-hearted and sarcastic, and he gets Ariel’s weird personality and love for antiques.
I liked this book more than “In bed with the beast” despite the ways in which Ariel and Eric start getting closer are similar. Ariel has to leave her house because she hasn’t paid mortgage for a lot of months, and after this it all goes down but Ariel gets back on her feet at some point. Everyone believes that Ariel is the strongest of the princesses of this series, but she also has some insecurities and tries to show others that she is tough when she wants to cry. She is very hard on herself as well, but in the end she evolves into a confident woman who also found the love of her life. I think that the author succeeded in writing a strong female character who doesn’t let anybody, any man, direct her life, despite in the past she was bullied by a man (and a woman).
One of the strongest features of this series is the strong female friendship of Cindy, Belle and Ariel. In every book the princesses that aren’t the main character are always supportive of each other and their friend, and this is a good thing because I’m sick of those books were the main female character has one friend who appears every once in a while and it’s not different if she isn’t there or not. In this case, the absence of one of the other princesses would be felt, because Cindy, Belle and Ariel are different women and they all have their quirks, like Belle’s love to talk about statistics during ANY conversation. LOL. Or Ariel using curse words and smack some sense into the other two, or Cindy’s momma bear control and reasonable voice of the group. I liked the support these women gave to each other, because women should not be against each other but they should help each other. I hope that the author will write a similar series with strong female characters and friendships, because this one was very good.
Besides this, I love the style of this book. Tara Sivec is able to write realistic and relatable dialogues and she made me laugh several times because each character may be a bit sterotyped at times (I think since it’s a fairytale retelling, the basic characters are stereotypes themselves), but each has her/his own personality and is essential in the big picture in the end, to make this book “colorful”.
If you like romantic comedies, this is a must.
REVIEW: 5/5 stars