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Published by Swerve on September 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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
(The Naughty Princess Club #3)
By Tara Sivec
It’s not just stripping, it’s business…
I started this series a little squinty-eyed at the women in The Naughty Princess Club for their choice to become strippers. Yes, huge judgemental cow that I am, I was worried that their love interest didn’t mind that they took their clothes off for other men. What Tara Sivec manages, in a very convincing way, is to make these women powerful for choosing their business and taking control. This control is both mental and physical. These women feel stronger for setting their path, taking control of the journey, and taking control of their financial well-being.
In Kiss the Girl we finally get to the feisty Ariel and the very tolerant, Eric. To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed when I started reading. I was worried that I had set too high an expectation that Ariel was going to be this confident woman who was totally in control. Yep, you guessed it, she’s human, flaws and all. I was also a little concerned that Eric seemed to love Ariel who absolutely hated him. It seemed like he had a screw loose. What could he possibly see in someone who swore and sneered at him on a regular basis?
Once the pieces fall into place we start to understand where Ariel has been and what has shaped her choices and how she came to be financially ruined. By the end, I got exactly what I was hoping for. Ariel regained her confidence, was again out-spoken, feisty and completely in control. Eric, well he was just plain dreamy. I loved that he understood Ariel, wanted her from their first meeting and set a game plan to Kiss the Girl.
It’s a funny thing, in each instalment of this series, I meet the heroine and convince myself there’s no way I’m going to love this story. The females seem weak and silly, gullible and lacking in common sense. Well, Tara Sivec writes magic very convincingly. She pulls out her magic wand, and with a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, I’m seeing a strong, intelligent and confident and savvy woman. Magic, I tell you. Each of these women grows so much throughout their story and through the whole series. Not just because they found the men in their lives. These women’s lives are enhanced because of their man. Their success was of their own making.
I absolutely LOVED the connection between each story and a fairytale. I felt like such a goose for not identifying each one as it arises and only realising after reading that thing over and over and over again. I’m not going to tell you them, but I wonder if you’ll recognise them the first glimpse or the 3rd, 5th or 10th?
I’m sad that this series has come to an end. I did meet a few characters who I would love to meet again. There’s a certain lawyer that I would love to see find her happy ever after.