This was too insta-love/over the top for me to say that I loved it, but if you’re looking for a light and quick read with hints of a beloved fairytale and a taste of Hollywood, then this might work better for you. It’s a modern retelling of Cinderella where our heroine is a sheltered young woman working as a dry cleaner and our hero is an A-list actor. While I haven’t enjoyed this series nearly as much as I did Holloway’s Lone Star Lovers series, I’ve got to admit that she did a great job altering the fairytale we all know and love to give it a modern, Hollywood-infused feel.
The story follows Cindy, a 23-year-old who has let her stepsisters and stepmom dictate how she lives her life for way too long. When Cindy attends a charity auction and finds herself being offered up for bid (or at least a date with her), she’s shocked to discover that the winner is A-list actor Tommy Prince. The two go on a date together and sparks fly, but Cindy’s family quickly puts the brakes on their blossoming romance.
There’s a lot that I did enjoy about this – the Hollywood twist on Cinderella worked well, with attention-hungry siblings, a dose of reality TV, and obvious social class differences. I also really liked the text messages between Cindy and Tommy, which I honestly wish there were more of. These two don’t spend a whole lot of time together, which makes sense when you consider the storyline of Cinderella but leads to this having a distinctly insta-love feel. If there had been a stronger bond formed through text messages or more time spent together before hitting the sheets/throwing the L word around, I would’ve enjoyed the book a LOT more. So I can’t say that I loved this one but I see potential in the series. I received an ARC via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light and easy read.
AUCTIONED TO THE A-LISTER by Taylor Holloway
Release Date: February 13th
I snuck into a charity ball and accidentally got myself auctioned off to Hollywood’s sexiest, most eligible bachelor.
This is going to be VERY hard to explain to my evil stepmother.
I escaped my monotonous life for one enchanted evening.
I even danced with a prince. Tommy Prince, America’s most lusted-after movie star.
He must have liked me because he decided to cut a one-hundred thousand dollar check to the Humpback Whale Consevation Fund to take me out on a date.
But it’s only a matter of time before this fantasy shatters.
I’m not the typical Hollywood arm-candy.
I’m an awkward, nerdy virgin working a dead-end job, while he’s the hottest actor in the world.
His rugged good looks, alpha attitude, and dogged pursuit of me is making him impossible to resist.
But my fame-hungry stepmother has her own plans for Tommy, namely my shallow, beauty queen stepsisters.
When I’m safe in his strong arms I can imagine a happily ever after for us, but my life has been no fairy tale so far.
I might have to give Tommy up to keep my crazy step-family from destroying us both…
‘Auctioned to the A-Lister’ is a sweet and sexy romcom featuring a brilliant, alpha Hollywood hero and a nerdy, plucky girl next door on a crazy road to happily ever after. It stands alone with no cheating, cliffhangers, or nonsense.
About the Author:
Taylor Holloway is a Contemporary Romance author living in Austin, Texas with her husband and spoiled Maine Coon cat. She works in a cubicle when she isn’t crafting amazing, romantic escapes for herself and her readers, and she dreams about having the freedom to travel the world.
She loves everything about her hometown except the scorching summer heat, and enjoys running, biking, cooking, shopping, and going to music festivals. Right now, Taylor’s either on a patio somewhere gossiping with friends and drinking margaritas, or in a bathtub with a good book and a nice glass of wine.
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