Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

Posted May 1st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

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How (Not) to Date a Prince

Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe MayAuthor: Zoe May
Release date: May 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 243
Format: eBook
Source: HQ Digital

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Surely fairy tales don’t happen in real life?
After being jilted at the altar, high-flying journalist Sam doesn’t believe in love any more – and she certainly doesn’t believe in fairy tales! So, when she’s asked to cover the Royal Wedding, it’s the last thing she wants to do.

And when she crashes into a ridiculously handsome stranger, Fredrik, later that day, things are going from bad to worse. But as the big day draws closer, Sam finds herself being swept up in the excitement – as well as swept off her feet by Fredrik!

But there’s something that Fredrik’s hiding from her – and when he finally reveals his secret, might Sam just have the happy-ever-after she never thought she wanted…?

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The Faerie Queen’s review

Royal Wedding month is upon us, and I’m genuinely excited because I think Meghan is awesome, and I’ve also always had a thing for Harry. So it seems appropriate to kick off the new month with a royal romance!

Like the heroine, Sam, I (usually) couldn’t care less about royal weddings. (Again, I love Meghan and Harry, so I do actually care this time.) Sam’s ex-fiancé left her at the altar three years before, and she was not interested in writing about love; nope, she was a political journalist. But her editor assigns her to write a “heart-warmer” about the Norwegian prince and his regular girl bride, and in the process, we get a heart-warmer of a story, too!

This was a single POV story, and a lot of the beginning was focused on Sam and her life. It took a while for Anders to actually show up. (The blurb for the book is actually rather misleading; she doesn’t run into him “later that day” if ‘that day’ is the day she gets the assignment.) However, once they started interacting, I started to really get it. Anders was so attentive and caring, even if he was keeping his identity on the DL. This wasn’t a steamy read, to be sure, but they were sweet together.

The side characters were generally fun but bubbly; this wasn’t meant to be a serious character study after all, but an escape. But I had mixed feelings about Phil, Sam’s editor. On the one hand, I sort of loved him. He was stern and direct on the outside, but he showed both caring and mischievous sides in his interactions with Sam. But he was also a meddling older man, thinking he could butt in on Sam’s love like (or lack thereof). It’s a bit much to hire a guy just so that Sam has a man to spend time with! Silly old Phil.

As for the actual wedding reporting experience, it was rather fun reading about all the things Sam got to/had to do. I mean, exclusive cake tastings and macaron samples? I didn’t believe that all of these things would happen for a daily tabloid journalist, but I didn’t care too much. Even without the whole finding Prince Charming aspect, this was a very daydreamy story, a whimsical escape from reality. (Definitely a fantasy, what with journalists being able to buy property in London in their 20s…) To balance out all this whimsy, there was a nice touch in the form of Sam’s passion for helping people through her writing, and it was nice to see Anders learning from and supporting this.

All in all, How (Not) to Date a Prince was a wonderful quick read to get you in the mood for both summer and the impending wedding!

PS – There were a lot of exclamation marks in this. I just had to get that out there.

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Excerpt

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About Zoe May

Zoe May lives in southeast London and works as a copywriter. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She moved to London in her early twenties and worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material! As well as writing, Zoe enjoys going to the theatre, walking her dog, painting and of course, reading.

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