Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…
Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore. My name is Claire Montgomery and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.
Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?
My name is Killian Stone. They call me the enigma of Magnificent Mile and that’s the way I like it. Elite tycoons want into my bank account. Their wives and daughters want into my pants. They’ll all do anything for a piece of the enigma—until a crack in the castle is too huge for anyone to ignore. What they all don’t know is that I’m thrilled about the fissure. Their fascination with the scandal means nobody will look at the bigger secret of the Stone family. I’m safe. Until Claire Montgomery walks through my doors. Her honesty, her bravery, her humor… They pull me in, a prism against the gray walls of my tower. I’m captivated. For the very first time, I long to shed the enigma. To share my secret. But what the hell will that get me?
Even if she fits the slipper I offer…I’m no Prince Charming.
Review: First off I absolutely loved the cover. It was perfect for this story. Second I loved Killian, not only him but his name. It is a favorite of mine. Third but not the last I simply loved the hint of a modern day romance with Cinderella as the premise of the story.
Ms. Payne and Ms. Blue combined to give us a truly well written story that was full of everything that every girl dreams of. Okay so it wasn’t exactly what dreams are made of but it sure was close for the woman of today anyhow. It had the element of hot steamy sex that wasn’t on the normal side by any means. Of course the element of trust and secrets throws just the right amount of mystery into this story to see how things are played out.
I also liked that Claire and Killian were characters that were easy to relate to. They were written with real problems, real flaws and down to earth quality. They both had to work for a living. Things weren’t handed to either of them. Claire was tough because she had to be in order to make it in the cooperate world. Killian also struggled he wasn’t rich but a normal relatable person. Killian was determined to go after what he wanted not only in work related issues but also when it came to Claire. Things weren’t easy because of the secrets that could become exposed he could become ruined. The same can be said for Claire but she had an inner strength that helped her to deal with things as they happened. Killian was going to go after the Princess and Claire had to just try that shoe on. They could work things out together with trust.
Sometimes when stories are written in POV’s between the two characters you have to go back and forth because it is easy to get lost. But with Killian and Claire these two authors made an easy transition that I found nice because the story was smooth and easy to follow. Ms. Payne and Ms. Blue blended each of their writings into one seamlessly woven tapestry that complimented each other’s style.
I have to say I look forward to the next story in this series. This story had just the right amount of creative at times… hot sex, fun… witty dialogue and likable characters that not only draw you into their story and lives but are very relatable.