Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Review: Kiss the Girl - Tara Sivec

Kiss the Girl
(Naughty Princess Club #3)
by Tara Sivec
Published: September 4, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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?

4 Stars

If you're looking for romantic comedy that's truly funny, look no further than The Naughty Princess Club series by Tara Sivec. Kiss the Girl is my first read in the series, but I'll be going back to meet Cindy and Belle! I laughed so much with, and at, Ariel, she really is such a unique character in the rom-com world. She doesn't take herself or anyone else too seriously, her language is colorful, and she's curvier than the usual rom-com heroine is presented as. I really liked her spunk, even if some of her reactions were over the top and not something I could even really picture.

The book, though a rom-com, focuses more on the friendship and strength of three best friends and the steps they take to free themselves from bad relationships. These women at one point felt lesser, but have since taken charge. They own a business, they find love, but mostly they find strength in just being themselves. In Ariel's case, she's learned needing and having a man aren't so bad, as long as he supports and loves you and puts up with your crazy antics. I loved how Tara Sivec put a lot of emphasis on confidence in Ariel's book, showing her overcoming her issues with her weight, embracing her love of food, finding a man who loves her as she is, and realizing that her insecurity is something she's built up within herself.

If you're looking for fun, easy reads with romance and strong female characters, look no further than The Naughty Princess Club series. These books are such a nice break from my usual reading and I loved Ariel and Eric, even more than I might like the original couple they parody.

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