Holding out for a hero?
Eh, not so much. Felicity Hart doesn’t have the time or inclination for love. She’s too busy working her butt off to complete her Master’s Degree. So what is she doing at a Halloween party dressed like a Cinderella-wanna-be when she could be home studying?—or better yet, sleeping. Oh, God, yes. Sleeping Beauty had the best idea.
What’s the worst that could happen if she catches a quick nap in the host’s bedroom? Well… Caught by the panty-dropping homeowner, Jared, her first instinct—aside from dying of embarrassment—is to run, but her sexy prince convinces her there’s no need to rush off into the night. There’s plenty of room in his bed for two.
When she wakes up the next morning wrapped around him like a vine on Rapunzel’s tower, it’s not just her shoe she leaves behind, but her whole dress—and maybe, just maybe, a tiny sliver of her heart. With a little help from friends, Jared tracks down his runaway princess so he can return her dress. Over lunch they discover have much more in common than just sexual attraction. Jared might be a workaholic attorney, but his fun side is ready and willing to play…in the hot tub, in the shower…He’s the kind of man Felicity never thought existed: A damn good man with a bad boy’s soul.
But can a fairy tale romance survive when the pressures of real life interfere? Or is happily-ever-after just make-believe?
A grad student and lawyer find passion in Smith's predictable first entry in her Ever After series. Instead of going home after her friend's Halloween party, Felicity Hart decides to spend the night, which surprises her friend's boyfriend's roommate, Jared Redmond, who comes home to find Felicity asleep in his bed, still wearing her costume. After Jared gives her clothes to sleep in, they decide to platonically share his bed. At breakfast, the attraction between them sizzles, and, when Felicity leaves without her costume, Jared decides to return it, wanting to see if the sparks between them are still there. In the way of their courtship is Felicity's desire to move to Los Angeles and Jared's desire to become a partner at his law firm. Felicity is also afraid of falling in love with someone who she feels is too different from her. Unfortunately, this is where the story stumbles; most of their problems would be resolved by basic communication. It doesn't help that Smith (An Earl by Any Other Name) sprinkles a healthy dose of clich s throughout the plot. Felicity and Jared have good chemistry, but the book has little else to offer. (BookLife)