Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
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.
This. Was just. The CUTEST.
Our town got pummeled by a winter storm overnight, and so I spent today snowed inside, huddled in blankets. Sure, I could have gotten up. And done things. Like laundry. But I also had a cat or two on my lap, so obvi I was stuck until they decided to move their divine furriness away from me.
Which they did. Sometime around noon.
And yet I stayed hunkered down in my chair, binge-reading this book in one sitting, with what I can only imagine was the goofiest grin on my face.
Here’s the thing, before picking this up, I was legit beginning to fear that I had turned into an actual adult. One who had so lost sight of her formative teenage reading years that she could no longer enjoy the fluffy, happy, squeaky-clean YA romance novels that she used to live on.
This book set me straight. It was the perfect little dose of escapism that I needed to cleanse my palette in between some of the heavier books that I’ve been reading the past few weeks.
The rom-com levels are off the charts, the male lead is super (believably) quirky, the female lead reads like a real (and yet not annoying) teenage girl just trying to figure life out, and the Scottish highland setting, complete with contrived reality-TV fairy tale wedding added just the right amount of drama.
I cannot recommend this highly enough for anyone who just needs something to read for sheer fun.