Someday, I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Published: December 19th, 2017
Series: N/A – Standalone
I had family. And friends. They knew who I was- and so did I.
Life is real enough for Dylan-especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises-including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.
First, thank you thank you thank you Disney-Hyperion, NetGalley, and Stephanie Kate Strohm for letting me read and review this early! I can’t even tell you guys how pumped I was when I got the email saying this was waiting for me on my NetGalley shelf. I screamed and jumped up and down and my sister thought I was crazy, but I wanted this so bad. So double thank you!
This book was so amazing. Honestly, it was better than I could have hoped for. I will be buying a hard copy of this book for my shelves because this is probably one of my all-time favorites. It reminded me a lot of my other favorite book, Royally Crushed (which is a set of three books), they were both sweet, quirky, and funny royal romances. But this one had more family aspects, which is part of why I loved it so much.
I loved Dylan as a main character. She was so funny and genuine, I found her super easy to relate to (even though she’s years younger than me) and I think younger teens will love her too. In fact, I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Ronan and Dusty were adorable together, Dylan and Dusty’s mom was sassy and strong, Jamie was swoon-worthy and quirky, Kit and Heaven were totally hilarious, and everyone else just fit super well into the plot. While it felt like I was there with everyone, going through all the reality TV drama, I found myself wishing I was really there. I was so captivated with the characters and setting and drama and romance I wanted it to be real so badly.
What really made this book special for me was the relationship that Dusty, Dylan, and their mom had. I have a younger sister and we grew up with a single mother too so this was like reading about my own family. I can relate to Dylan’s life being ‘just the three of us’ and by the end I was fully in tears because this all just strengthened their relationship. While this book has a lot to do with the romance between Jamie and Dylan, the side story that featured Dylan and her family was what really got me. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a book so fully before, and I loved every second of it. If you’re a sister, older or younger, you’ll love this.
The romance in this is subtle and sweet, but that didn’t make it any less romantic! This book gave me butterflies and made me giggle because it was so sweet, and I loved it. I haven’t read a romance in a while that made me feel that way and I was obsessed! I wanted a Jamie of my own, a ridiculously adorable British beau who recited poems and literature like it was second nature. How perfect does that sound?
This book packed a ton of drama, too. I believe Heaven was the one who said “This is too many plot twists. Too many. I can’t handle this many dramatic revelations on one episode of Prince in Disguise.” Boy, was she right. There were a ton of plot twists but they just made me want to read more and more and more! I think I devoured this book in two or three days, and I’m sad I finished so quickly because I could have kept reading forever. It was an adorable holiday read that was really like reading a Christmas fairy-tale.
I don’t think I could fully explain how much I loved this book, it’s definitely one of the best I’ve read this year. I feel completely honored to have received an ARC of this gem, and I hope you all pick up a copy when it comes out this Tuesday! I can’t recommend this enough, it’s a perfect young adult romance and coming-of-age story.
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