The Wrong Prince Charming by Holly Renee
Genre: NA romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: July 15, 2019
I love a good NA novel. I’ve previously read a couple Holly Renee books, so I was super anxious for this story. The Wrong Prince Charming has multiple facets to its storyline–showcasing a fun and playful aspect along with emotional, personal growth where a young woman is challenged with what is expected of her and who she really wants to be.
Maddy is a first-year college student, having just arrived at the same school as her best friend (whom she’s in love with), Theo. Along with controlling parents, it seems like her life is already planned out for her. That is until Easton enters the picture. Now, Maddy is torn between Theo, who she’s clearly stuck in the friend-zone with, and Easton, her gorgeous and completely off-limits TA. But when Maddy and Easton start spending time together working on a class project, will Maddy bend and conform to a pre-planned future she has no control over?…Or will she decide to take a chance on a life she’s only ever dreamed of?
I really, really liked this book. The conflicting and emotional struggles between Maddy and Easton were what I most enjoyed in the story. The flirtatious banter and angst-fueled sexual tension solidified my love for these two characters. But as much as these two shined throughout the story, I felt like we didn’t really get to know Theo. We know him as Maddy’s best friend and a football star, but who is he really? After reading the story, I can’t help but be left with a bad taste in my mouth with how he inevitably treats Maddy at the end of the book, and what he really thought of their friendship. I found his ‘wants his cake and eat it too’ attitude to be completely unattractive, and I’m a little disappointed that it was my last impression of him. He could have redeemed himself, but at that point in the book, it was too little too late.
Overall, The Wrong Prince Charming is a quick and satisfying read. The writing was top-notch and displays true empowerment when a young woman takes control of her own life and chooses “ME” over anyone else.
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Every little girl dreams of being swept off her feet by a charming Prince.
But my life was no fairy tale.
And in this kingdom called college, the rules went out the window.
I’d known golden boy, Theo Hunt, was the one for me since we were kids. My heart was his for the taking, but I had become nothing more than the MVP of the campus king’s friend-zone.
Easton Cole was a storm I couldn’t have predicted. He knocked me off my feet and stole my heart. But he was off limits. Not only was he was Theo’s frat brother, but he was the teacher’s assistant in English 101 and I was acing every test.
My heart was torn, my feelings tangled.
Because as soon as I noticed Easton, Theo finally noticed me.
I was in love with two guys, as different as night and day, but I could only have one.
I only hoped I didn’t choose The Wrong Prince Charming.