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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Resist Prince Charming by Linda Kage

How to Resist Prince Charming by Linda Kage
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (301 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

To resist the perfect man, please follow these simple rules:

Step 1: Never make eye contact.
Step 2: Never smile at him.
Step 3: Never agree to anything he suggests.

Or better yet, just do what Lenna Davenport did, and give in to temptation, sparking a whole tangle of passion, forbidden romance, mounting secrets and deceit. She meets the guy for her at her father's company Christmas party. Problem is he happens to be her dad's new boss--a boss her father hates. But what Daddy doesn't know…

Braxton Farris takes over Farris Industries out of family obligation and expects his new employees might resent his youth and inexperience. What he doesn't expect is the level of contempt Tom Davenport carries for him. Nor does he count on falling for Tom's daughter.

Who thought attending her father’s office Christmas party would change Lenna Davenport’s life?

Lenna feels like Cinderella at her father’s office Christmas party. But her father and his friends are using the occasion to mock their new young boss. Braxton Farris has taken over his father’s company due to a family health crisis that his family wants no one to know about. Braxton is having a horrible night until he meets Lenna. When Lenna and Braxton meet the pull is electric, but both try to fight it. Yet some things cannot be ignored.

I enjoyed How to Resist Prince Charming, it reminded me of a Harlequin Presents or a Silhouette Desire. The tension was real and the love scenes were good. I liked both Lenna and Braxton and bonded with both of them from the very beginning of the book. As much as I liked Braxton, I didn’t like that he became so altruistic at the end. He seemed too good to be true. With Lenna’s father making such huge mistakes, some flaws in Braxton would have humanized him. On that note, I found it hard to watch Lenna’s father be so selfish and immature. I’m sure there are people like that, but I find it hard to believe he would have raised someone as kind as Lenna. I enjoyed the sex scenes and I’d say they are on the same level as a Harlequin Presents, but more frequent.

If you’re wondering why the review is only a 3.5 it’s because the book just seemed to lack a certain intensity. The heart of this book is its story. To me it was about the emotional trade off of being separated and reunited. For the emotions to be real, I had to believe that Lenna couldn’t perceive how immature her father was. Then I could believe the lies that caused them to break up. I just could not believe that she did not doubt her father. Despite this, I enjoyed the book and was charmed watching Lenna and Braxton fall in love.

The sexual tension between Braxton and Lenna was exciting to read. Their relationship was beautiful. If you’re looking for a dreamy romantic read, try How to Resist Prince Charming. Like Lenna, I couldn’t resist Braxton either.

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