14 Feb '18

Review Post : Unguarded by Noelle Adams (4 Stars)

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Unguarded by Noelle Adams
Series: One Fairy Tale Wedding #1
Published by Noelle Adams on 2018-02-13
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 84
Format: eBook
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Once upon a time, there was a young woman who'd been treated like a princess all her life. Then her parents died and left her in the care of a beast.

Ever since she lost her parents when she was eighteen, Charlie has had to put up with Simon Shae, whom her parents made the trustee of her inheritance. He's grumpy and unsmiling and always trying to boss her around. At first, she resented him, but she's twenty-five now, and she kind of likes his beast-like qualities. In fact, she's crazy about him.

All she has to do is make him stop looking at her as a little girl and see her as the woman she is. A romantic weekend at a grand wedding in the mountains is the perfect opportunity to open his eyes. He reluctantly agrees to be her date, but if she wants to win his heart, she has to be brave enough to make her move.

Unguarded is the first novella in the One Fairy Tale Wedding series, in which three friends make a pact to get what they really want during one wedding weekend.

FTC : I bought this

Hash-tags : #novella #beauty&beast #older-man #guardian #romance #strong-heroine

Quick Scores –

  • Heroine – 5/5
  • Hero – 4/5
  • Plot – 4/5
  • Smex factor – 4/5

I won’t be rewriting the plot here as, as it is only 96 pages, I don’t want to go into spoiler territory. The blurb gives a good enough plot overview for me although I will say that there really is not much similarity between this story and beauty and the beast (no actual beast, no kidnapping, no cute french lamps running about….).

The big thing for me was whether or not I could decide whether or not Simon was in a position of authority over Charlie (I was as bad as him for the most part of the book) and the author obviously realized that this may be an issue for readers. She tried very hard, mainly through the conversations between Simon and Charlie, to help me, and other readers, to decide there was no impropriety. I actually felt better about Simon for his doubts but he didn’t have anything to worry about; she was 18 when they met and, although he had control over her finances, there was no actual relationship between them prior to their romance. I absolutely adored the circumstances surrounding the development of their relationship; I love a heroine who knows what she wants and goes for it, no matter the risk to pride.

The story was fast paced and I enjoyed it. I believed in the attraction, I believed in the conflict and I believed in the way it progressed. I will be reading the next one.

Overall, a lovely little novella that kept me reading from start to finish. I want to read more from this series and this author.

 

four-stars

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