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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Storybook Love by Carol Ayer

Storybook Love by Carol Ayer
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (96 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

In a society obsessed with instant gratification and technological advancement, small fairy tale parks are going the way of the cassette tape and VCR. Struggling to keep her beloved Storytown afloat, owner and manager Rebecca Charles is determined not to let it fall into the clutches of ThemeWorld, a popular theme park conglomerate...until she meets ThemeWorld's handsome and enigmatic VP, Jonathan Eastman III. Now she has a new problem-an unwanted attraction to her bitter rival. But is Jonathan really the enemy? And can Rebecca find her own happily-ever-after ending?

Rebecca Charles had reservations about Jonathan Eastman from the moment they met. She wasn't sure they should do business together even if he had the bluest eyes ever...especially because of those eyes. Rebecca really is a strong character and her dislike of Eastman at the beginning made her seem kind of hard—even though she’s not. She's an independent sort and giving that up and losing control of her theme park to a conglomerate is just too hard. Still it seemed a bit unreasonable that she would continue to react so angrily when he really was a nice guy. However, it was enjoyable to watch her slowly fall for him, denying it all the way.

Jon is stubborn too and determined to find a way for Rebecca to sell to him. He seems like a sweet guy and sincere in his intentions even if Rebecca refuses to see it. Yet because the story never enters his point of view, it took awhile to really understand him or 'get' his character.

Rebecca on the other hand was very well defined. This is a book of growth for the heroine and the author showed us the path as she reaches self discovery and the road to her own happily ever after. In fact, it is quite ironic and humorous that Rebecca is working so hard to keep her fairytale park alive when she doesn't believe in an HEA.

The writing of this story was adequate and the characters sweet. Though the story is told in 3rd person, we only get into Rebecca's perspective. I wished we could have seen what was going on in Jon's head as well. It would have deepened the story, added to our enjoyment and let us into all that was going on.

It’s a good story, but it took me awhile to really get into it. Once the plot took off, the characters seemed more vibrant and real. There were a lot of cute things about this book especially the way things tied to the characters in children’s literature we all grew up with. A Storybook Love is a sweet read with a satisfying and delightful ending. It’s well worth the read.