Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fairytale
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 13, 2017
I have been a fan of the author’s historical romances for a few years now and always meant to try her contemporaries. Finally, I’m getting the chance after winning a copy of Legally Charming in a giveaway. A spicy modern fairytale retelling seemed just the thing.
Legally Charming opens with the Cinderella ball aka a best friend’s Halloween party where serious minded, but also seriously tired dedicated art student, Felicity Hart, slips into an empty bedroom to catch a few winks and wakes up to discover she crawled into Prince Charming’s bed.
Jared isn’t that guy any more who fools around, but he gives into temptation when delectable Felicity is right there all innocent and virginal and just as attracted to him.
The story had some fun winks to the series’ fairytale theme and I enjoyed how the author brought into a modern story. There’s a cuteness quality to it and it leans heavy on the prince falling for his Cinderella on first sight. Much of this story is an easy read as far as light and easy. It read quickly though I confessed to skimming a few times when it came to a part of the conflict that annoyed me, but not enough to destroy my overall enjoyment of the story.
Jared was a handsome princely guy who’s a workaholic lawyer with ambitions to make partner. These ambitions are complicated by the boss dangling a contract of sorts that has nothing to do with real estate involving the boss’ daughter. Jared’s cleaned up his act with women and is ripe for someone innocent and sweet like Felicity. He gets to teach her a thing or two about how sexy and beautiful she is and they both learn that there may be more to life than work or school.
Felicity was an art student with strong ambitions and plans that involve a dream job across the country just when things are getting serious with Jared. She’s a strong person about her independence.
For most of the book, I was cruising along enjoying what I was getting particularly some swoony Jared moments and I was curious how they would work out who had to give in on a dream to be together. But, there were a few smaller things that did get to me. They’re going to sound like a big deal, but I was only moderately bothered by them. I had a tough time buying in to the boss trying to leverage a guy into being with his daughter particularly in a law firm. Maybe if Jared really had been a royal prince charming…
Then there was Felicity’s character and some of her actions. I’m told she is a strong, independent woman, but I certainly wasn’t seeing evidence of it down to the fact that she seemed helpless. And, she was totally hung up about her body no matter how many affirmation statements she got from others. She’s gorgeous, came from a good family, has good friends and she’s driven, but she has serious self-esteem issues and this sense of being low class riding her and I couldn’t understand why. Jared comes from money, but he’s not holding that against her.
All in all, it was a decent start to a fun and charming series with some easy-going, spicy hot modern fairytale themed stories. I enjoyed this first-time contemporary with the author and wouldn’t mind reading more. Those who enjoy low-angst, sweet and spicy contemporary romance should give this one a go.
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