He's No Prince Charming - LuAnn McLane
Released October 2009
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Most romance readers know that the stories tend to get formulaic. Boy meets girl, discord occurs, boy and girl go their separate ways, then they reunite after deciding they're being ridiculous. He's No Prince Charming tries to avoid that for the most part, and that's what really hooked me.
Dakota Dunn's lived the life most people only dream about. She was a pop star at 16, and now years later, her label's dumped her, and it's time to start anew. She heads to her family's lakeside marina/fishing camp to see if she can come up with what music higher-ups want - an edgier, take no prisoners country sensation.
It's in the fishing retreat that Dakota meets Trace Coleman. He's a former rodeo champ who has a few chips on his shoulders. He's been managing Willow Creek Marina and Fishing Camp and is shocked to find the pop princess in her family's cabin. Sparks fly and Dakota knows that she wants Trace in her life, but he's been burned before and isn't really sure a celebrity will be willing to stick around for the long haul.
There is plenty of romantic tension between Trace and Dakota. What I loved is that Dakota knew what she wanted and wasn't going to take no for an answer. Trace, like many guys, is simply overjoyed to have a passionate, sexy woman after him, so he goes with the flow. You might think that makes for a boring premise, but I found just the opposite. Because there were few silly arguments, the story focused simply on building the romance and turning those first sparks into a believable relationship. I loved that.
There's a secondary story involving the camp's fishing guide, Grady, and the cook, Sierra. They've harbored a secret crush on each other for years, and Dakota decides to take Sierra under her wing and make sure Sierra gets what she wants too. That romance is also fun to watch develop, though it didn't overtake Dakota and Trace's romantic story.
In the end, this is a fun romance that I easily read in one sitting. It's not long or complex. It's sweet, simple, and leaves you with the warm, fuzzy feelings that a romance novel should impart.