Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.
Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.
Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Fairy-tale romances are some of our favorites, so Rachel Van Dyken's modern retelling of the Cinderella story—complete with $850 designer "glass slippers”—was a treat to read. Sexy, wealthy Brock Wellington begrudgingly goes along with his grandfather's plan to auction him off to an eligible lady in order to raise funds for charity. What he doesn't expect is to fall for his grandfather's housekeeper, "Plain Jane.” This bubbly, funny story had us laughing out loud and sighing with pleasure.
The first in Van Dyken's Bachelors of Arizona series charms readers with a decidedly modern retelling of the Cinderella story. After Jane's father's death, she inherited her family's cleaning business and the care of her two spoiled sisters which includes bailing them out of debt, cooking for them, and more. Wealthy orphan Brock Wellington has always put the needs of others before his own, so when his scheming grandfather blindsides him with the idea of auctioning himself off for marriage to the highest bidder, Brock feels he can't say no. After Jane breaks a heel at a Wellington event, Brock solicitously plays the prince. But when Brock's grandfather hires Jane to clean his late parents' ranch without telling him, Brock turns into a surly knave. Brock's extreme pain at being in his childhood home is evident; there are memories in every corner and rituals he can't unlearn. Van Dyken (The Dare) also deftly portrays Jane's insecurities and her confusion about Brock's transformation from charmer to jerk. A lively cast of supporting characters particularly Brock's brothers, Bentley and Brant provide numerous opportunities to chuckle and cheer in this lighthearted, eminently readable treat.