Title: Cin Wikkid: April Fools for Love
Author: Mary Hughes
Publisher: 7th Octave Publishing
Release Date: 18 March 2016
From award-winning bestselling author Mary Hughes comes a fairytale romance with a twist.
THE WRONGED DAUGHTER
Cinderella hungers to escape from under Widow Wikkid's grinding thumb. But to snare a plum job at Prince Industries, Cin desperately needs her degree, and she can't wrap her mind around tax accounting.
Then scarred but sexy Rafe Montoya ignites her imagination with his brilliant tutoring—and, as they work together in his cozy apartment, he sets her body on fire. She thinks he's the one for her, until he starts pushing her to attend Gideon Prince's marriage-mart ball.
THE HANDSOME PRINCE
Rafe is really Gideon Prince, head of Prince Industries. He must name his bride by his April first birthday or suffer the loss of his family fortune.
Rumors say he's still single because women love his money and looks, not him. Is he lonely or just another duplicitous tycoon?
THE GLASS SLIPPER TEST
Hopefuls flock to Prince's birthday ball, but only the woman who is kind, wise, and generous will win his heart. Is it Cin, or will her stepmother, as she always does, snatch the prize for her own daughters?
And on the night of the ball, when Cin discovers Rafe’s true identity, can she even accept his final test?
Warning: Rags-to-riches fairytale meets the texting generation. Stepsisters who are a blush-brush shy of a full makeup set, and a ball gown built like a tank. Contains material intended for mature audiences. Reader discretion advised.
For anyone who has ever been persecuted or hidden their light under a bushel.
I was a bit excited going into this book, who hasn't heard or read Cinderella in some form or fashion while growing up? And the fact that this version is all modernized for the 21st century, complete with smartphones and tablets and social media? Even better.
For the most part, this version stays true to the classic story, with both of Cin's parents long since dead and she is at the mercy of her stepmother and two stepsisters (the Steps as they are referred to), only now Cin has a plan to finally get away from the hell she calls home by getting an accounting job with Prince Industries, if she can only pass her tax accounting class. Enter Rafe Montoya, who offers to help tutor Cin. The more time they spend together, the more her feelings for Rafe develop, until he starts to push her to attend the Prince's birthday ball.
I was enjoying this story, until the story reached the part at the birthday ball and everything that happened after. I just couldn't get with the Prince's/Rafe's interchangeable feelings when he was with Cin, even behind closed doors. I understand why he made the decision, I found it somewhat admirable, but why did he have to sacrifice his happiness to that extent? For the love of all that's holy, why did the Steps come live with them at the end? That served no purpose (to me anyway). And my heavens, it took him 5 years to finally admit his feelings for Cin?
While I didn't love this book, I didn't hate it, I just wish it had been longer so the characters could have been more developed and we could have a more in-depth story.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.