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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saving Cinderella by Donna L. Bolk

Saving Cinderella by Donna L. Bolk
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

It's Cinderella in reverse when socialite Mallory Katherine Bellsford goes from riches to rags, compliments of Jonathan Ryan MacFarland, her guardian angel. Posing as taxi driver, Jonathan is waiting outside the church when Mallory, only moments away from say, 'I Do" learns that her fiance has a pregnant girlfriend.

Mallory soon discovers that the quirky Irish taxi driver is about to take her on the ride of her life. Jonathan has a mission to accomplish. He is charged with saving Mallory from self-destruction. He strips her of her identity and informs her that her life as a pampered rich girl is over. The only way to regain her former life is to open her heart. She must find, and then give, love.

Mission impossible, because Mallory doesn't believe in love. . . that is until Adam Chandler and his daughter Hope enter her life.

A guardian angel with an Irish lilt, a selfish debutante with a lesson to learn, and a bitter cowboy with a chip on his shoulder—you get all this and more in Saving Cinderella.

As the book opened, a wedding was in full swing only to be dissolved by shocking news which sends this Cinderella off on a new adventure escorted by her Irish guardian angel, Jonathan—a true sweetheart, if I do say so myself. It doesn’t take long before Cinderella, Mallory, meets Adam Chandler and the sparks start to fly.

I have to say that in the first couple chapters with Mallory and Adam they came across a bit too caustic. For a doctor and a single father trying to retain his daughter, Adam acted quite aggressive with our heroine. She can dish it out, don’t get me wrong, but it seemed a bit over the top. Fortunately, that didn’t last long as the plot developed and the sharpness smoothed out between them while still remaining simmering and, in my opinion, much more romantic.

My main qualm with this book was too much head hopping. It got confusing knowing whose POV I was in at any given time. And I had a hard time attaching to the characters in the beginning because of it. However, as the story progressed I did enjoy the characters very much.

Saving Cinderella has snappy dialogue and the plot really moved quickly—no dull moments. Overall it was chocked full of emotion. Ms. Bolk is a terrific writer who created some memorable characters. It is a story with a child in it and the child didn’t sound too old or too young and that child didn’t take over the story. Very well-done. The ending warmed my heart. All the loose ends were tied up and I was quite satisfied.