Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Joke's on Him!

It is a nice warm Sunday evening due to be followed by a wickedly cold Monday, meaning I should have been out doing Christmas shopping instead of watching the home teams get beat. Then again, tomorrow will feel more like Christmas. It also means that our Sensual Sunday book will be a little something to warm you right up. Today’s choice is a little, light read from Rebecca J. Clark. Sometimes a little light read is just what is needed to bring the spark of joy back into your life.

Author: Rebecca J. Clark
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Length: 45,000 Words, eBook Format
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Contemporary
Her One-Night Prince is a Cinderella story about a woman's dream to be something she's not for just one night at her class reunion.
As all fairy tales go, however, happy endings don't come easily.

Shy and sheltered Lydia St. Clair is uncomfortable around men, so she advertises for a gay man to be her date and revamp her style. Mitch Gannon answers Lydia's ad, and he's perfect for the job--he's handsome and, even more important, he's charming.
Unbeknownst to Lydia, Mitch is straight and answered the ad as the unwitting victim of a practical joke. Before he can reveal the truth, Lydia is convinced he's her fairy godmother, ready to transform her into the belle of the ball. And Mitch, prince that he is, doesn't have the heart to set her straight.
About the book:
Lydia had it bad in high school. She was teased and bullied. She never did, said, or wore the right thing. As an adult she became somewhat successful but her high school reunion is coming up and she doesn’t have anyone to take with her. She didn’t date in high school and rarely dated after high school. In desperation, she advertises for a date. She believes if she shows up without a date, it won't matter how successful she is,   it will prove all her classmates right. She is a loser.
Lydia has one other issue in her life that makes it difficult, at least in her mind, to date. Her father was in a terrible accident and now she cares for him. Confined to a wheel chair, her father needs care twenty-four hours a day. Lydia won’t even think about placing him in a care facility. She simply doesn't have the time or energy to date.
Mitch is a rounder who gets set up in what was supposed to be a practical joke. While he thinks he is doing a favor for a friend, he discovers he is actually being set up as a gay man answering an ad for a one-night date. Before long, a relationship builds between Lydia and Mitch, making the practical joke not so practical and not much of a joke either.
My take:
This is definitely a Romance. The central theme is the development and deepening attraction of the two main characters. It is light and not a long story, making it fun to read.
I wished there had been more depth to the main characters earlier in the story but by the end of the story, I shed real tears. (I am a romantic at heart, aren’t I?) Lydia’s father, somewhat a central character in the story, as he makes things happen, comes through much more complete before either Mitch or Lydia do.
I did like the romance in the story. It felt real. Characters found themselves attracted to one another but not the heart throbbing, dying to be in each other’s arms sort of thing found in so many romances. This is more like a ‘You’ve Got Mail’ kind of attraction.
Rebecca Clark does a good job of writing the playfulness of the relationship as it develops between Mitch and Lydia. I could see the action rolling out before my mind’s eye. I could see myself doing those things.
Lydia moves from being a shy, insecure person to coming into her own as the successful person she has been all her adult life. Meanwhile Mitch confronts who he really is. I can tell you, having been in Mitch's position, his feelings of not wanting responsibility are not unusual and neither is the change in those feeling around the age of thirty that Mitch experiences.
If you like light Romances, I believe you will enjoy this book. I read the one page romance story in one of those weekly women’s magazine sold at the check out counter (Woman’s World or First or something) and usually enjoy the brief happiness tale. If you like those types of stories,  you will like this.
You can find more about Rebecca J. Clark at her website WWW.REBECCAJCLARK.COM

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