Prince In Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pub Date: December 19, 2017
Format: e-arc | Source: NetGalley
Genres: young adult, contemporary romance
Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.
Prince In Disguise is the perfect book for this time of year- I could totally see it as a Christmas tv movie! And as a self-professed fan of reality tv, royalty, and all things Scottish, the premise appealed to me from the start. Dylan was a main character that was easy to relate to- always in her sister’s shadow, nerdy, a good friend. And it was also interesting to think about siblings of real reality tv stars; maybe they feel like Dylan does! I like that behind the scenes thinking. Seeing the cameras and the production side too, how the “subjects” would react to their privacy being invaded when they didn’t want to be on tv in the first place.
I thought Dylan’s connection with Jamie was really natural and adorable. They had great chemistry and so many nerdy references! I loved the Frozen moment especially. I also thought she had a believable relationship with her sister and her mom, a little antagonistic but loving too.
Now Prince In Disguise was white as can be except for Dusty’s black best friend Heaven so that’s a definite knock against it. And it was very predictable even for a contemporary romance; I knew what was going to happen from a mile away. Plus it was quite cheesy. But despite all that, it was cute and fun and a good pick for an end of the year read.
Do you like books about reality tv? Or Scotland? Is this on your TBR? Let me know!