Monday, 13 May 2019

Spotlight & Review: How (Not) To Date A Prince by Zoe May



How (Not) To Date A Prince by Zoe May

Surely fairy tales don’t happen in real life?
After being jilted at the altar, high-flying journalist Sam doesn’t believe in love any more – and she certainly doesn’t believe in fairy tales! So, when she’s asked to cover the Royal Wedding, it’s the last thing she wants to do.
And when she crashes into a ridiculously handsome stranger, Anders, things go from bad to worse. But as the big day draws closer, Sam finds herself being swept up in the excitement – as well as swept off her feet by Anders!
But there’s something that Anders is hiding from her – and when he finally reveals his secret, might Sam just have the happy-ever-after she never thought she wanted…?

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A fun, flirty and quick read, for readers who love enjoy escapism and dream of meeting their own prince.

Samantha Fischer is a journalist for the Daily Post, covering hot off the press political stories from Westminster. So not surprisingly, she voices her objections when she's assigned to act as the temporary royal editor to cover the upcoming royal wedding between a British reality TV darling and Norwegian Prince Isaac. Despite her protests, she has no choice but to switch to writing about all things royal and wedding preparation. It's a situation she finds isn't as bad as she expects as she comes into contact with a Norwegian journalist who always seems to be one step ahead with the latest titbits of news about the soon-to-be-married couple. How does he do that and why are her negative feelings towards weddings taking a turn towards the positive?

Samantha (Sam) is an independent woman who wants to fulfil her dream of owning her own home after her fiancé jilted her. However, faced with a task she doesn't want to do, it's heart-warming how bumping into a gorgeous man in the lift alters
her opinion. Only, with too much presumption, things aren't always as they seem and I enjoyed how Sam changes her attitude towards weddings and commitments without compromising her personal dreams.

Anders is a foreign journalist and an enigma! He always happens to be in the right place at the right time. Therefore it isn't surprising Sam jumps to the wrong conclusions and thinks he is covering the latest royal romance for The Chronicle. Unbeknown to her, he has an altogether different agenda, although it ends up goes above and beyond the initial task, he'd been assigned.

A feel-good modern fairy-tale with a happy ending. Whilst the setting is contemporary, the road to a happy ending stretches the imagination, and I wouldn't have it any other way. In an always expect the unexpected scenario, the narrative unfolds with tons of humour along with some romantic encounters and of course lashings of wedding preparations. I was slightly concerned about the initial London backdrop to the drama and wedding preparations, so had a little sigh of relief, when the story came together as I expected it would, but there's much more and the author keeps the narrative following until the conclusion.

I read this comfortably in one sitting so grab a drink and meet a prince charming.

***review copy received courtesy of HQ Digital via NetGalley*** 

Zoe May lives in Oxford and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple's top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as 'a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery - fresh and very funny'.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.



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