Can a fun-loving cancer survivor and a man whose heart is hardened by loss ever find their Happy Ever After?
Darby Livingston is a survivor. If she can survive breast cancer, she can survive the humiliation of accidently flashing her pink panties to a stranger. A sexy 'doesn't believe in fairy tales' stranger called Reid. Reid is the key to making Darby's amateur theater production of Cinderella a success, so she'll swallow her pride and beg, bribe, or use her feminine wiles to secure his help, because the play's donation to a cancer charity means everything to her.
Reid Hudson is used to being judged and ridiculed for his ability to sew amazing wedding gowns for Invercargill's boutique bridal shop, Next Stop Vegas. Whatever. He's a man who knows who he is and what he wants in life. But on the list of things Reid Hudson doesn't want… A) To be roped into costume-making for a cast of wanna-be divas. B) To discover an off-the-charts attraction with the play's Ugly Stepsister, Darby. And C) To fall in love with that feisty and funny woman who has no guarantee of a happy ever after.
Along with her terrier side-kick, Duke, can Darby convince Reid that if the shoe/slipper fits, maybe she's The One he's been looking for all along?
Other Contemporary Romances by Tracey Alvarez
Stewart Island Series:
Book 1: In Too Deep. Featuring Piper and West.
Book 2: Melting Into You. Featuring Kezia and Ben.
Book 3: Ready To Burn. Featuring Shaye and Del.
Book 4: Christmas With You. Featuring Carly and Kip.
Book 5: My Forever Valentine. Due South Short Stories.
Book 6: Playing For Fun. Featuring Holly and Ford.
Book 7: Drawing Me In. Featuring Bree and Harley.
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South Short Story.
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe.
Book 9: Home For Christmas. Stewart Island novella.
Book 10: Bending the Rules. Featuring Tilly and Noah.
Bounty Bay Series:
Book 1: Hide Your Heart. Featuring Lauren and Nate.
Book 2: Know Your Heart. Featuring Savannah and Glen.
Book 3: Teach Your Heart. Featuring Gracie and Owen.
Book 4: Mend Your Heart. Featuring Natalie and Isaac.
Book 5: Break Your Heart. Featuring Vanessa and Sam.
Book 6: Tame Your Heart. Featuring Tui and Kyle.
Book 7: Trust Your Heart. Featuring Allison and Tanner.
A solid 4 star read
All of Tracy Alvarez’s books are 4-5 star reads for me and this one was no exception. I loved Darcy’s strength and conviction. She is a breast cancer survivor who refuses to let it dictate her life. It’s not something she hides nor is it something that she puts out there.
Reid is a character we’ve met before. To help out a friend, he sews the costumes for Darcy’s production of Cinderella. As they work together, sparks develop. However, once Reid finds out Darcy had cancer, he begins to question if a relationship can happen. He’s been through the ravaging effects cancer can have on a loved one and he’s not sure his heart can handle it again.
I really liked Darcy and Reid. So why not a 5 star rating? There were some things that happened that came from no where and didn’t include any further explanation (ie the car getting broken into. What?! When did that happen? Who did it? We never find out). The story didn’t flow as smoothly as others have and for that, I deducted a star.
I want to thank Tracey and Rose for the opportunity to read and review! I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Will fear or love win?
I thought that this book turned out to be a good balance between heartbreaking and lighthearted. It is the story of Darby and Reid and breast cancer. It is about overcoming one’s fear of what might happen in order to embrace the love that is happening now. Read this “Cinderella” story to see if Darby and Reid have the courage to achieve their happy ever after.
This book was an enjoyable read.
Its humorous use of animals and discussions of breast cancer in a meaningful way make this book different from most other books that inhabit the “romance” genre.
Having said that, after he found out Darby is a cancer survivor, Reid thought, “I think I may’ve saved myself a boatload of trouble by keeping my mouth and hands off you.” I wish this was addressed more since it’s exactly what her ex thought, that her and her cancer were too much trouble. It also felt like there were two settings to their relationship and not much in between.