Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Part-Time Princess (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Part-Time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting #1)
Author:  
Pamela DuMond
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date:  28th July 2014


Rating: 4.5 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!

Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:
Romance.
Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
Flirting.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
Castles.
Ladies-in-Waiting.
Parties!
Cocktails.
A puppy.
Gowns.
Intrigue.
A Killer.
Chocolate.
Champagne.
A Royal Wedding!
Comedy.
Sexiness.
And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What's an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.

Review: If I had to compare this book to one other, it would definitely be the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot… but then again, I like this book more than those!

At first I found it hard to get into the style of writing. The book was written very much through the voice of the main character, called Lucy. And well, she seemed at first to have a childish way of thinking, but it was not so much childish as outgoing. She also had a right to be astounded by all the things happening to her because she was going to a new country and taking on a pretty difficult job if you ask me. Either way, within ten percent of the book I was used to the writing style and loving Lucy’s character, and that was basically the only thing I could find wrong with this book.

The characters were very well done. I loved Lucy who seemed like someone who was just trying to make everyone happy, and would do anything for her friends. She was pretending to be a princess in replacement of someone else, but she couldn’t help loving the life and the people she got to know through it. She cared for the people there, her family and friends back home, and still was someone who often saw the happy side to life. I really liked who she was. I also really liked the character Phillip, who was basically her support throughout the whole novel, along with her ladies-in-waiting.

The two love interests, Nick and Christoph, do make the novel include a love triangle. This love triangle didn’t bother me because it seemed like something that made sense. Lucy was supposed to be keeping the interest of one guy as her job qualifications demanded, but she can’t help but personally be attracted to someone else. It wasn’t so much a pitiful girl throwing herself between two men, but more so the choice of job over happiness. I liked that.

This was ultimately a fun book. It was a joy and a breeze to read – I managed it in one day alone because it had me smiling at parts and I fell in love with the characters. Even though it’s a nice, light read there was still a significant plot twist which always left me wondering what choices Lucy was going to make, and how it would affect what was happening around her. In my opinion this is something you should definitely read.

I can’t wait for the sequel, and I wonder what it will bring!
 

Author Bio: Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'. 

Her romantic YA time travel novel, The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book 1), was recently optioned for film and TV.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, YA, and New Adult romance including romantic comedy! (Comedy and Romance are kind of her thing...)

Her novel The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance. Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She's addicted to TV shows -- The Voice, Reign, and Outlander! The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon -- not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them.

When she's not writing Pamela's also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

Sign up for Pam's newsletter for info on upcoming books and special events on her website at www.pameladumond.com.

Giveaway: Open internationally! Enter to win either a paperback copy of Part-Time Princess, one of two ebook copies, an ebook copy of The Story of You and Me (also by Pamela) or an ebook copy of The Messenger (also by Pamela!)



Olivia’s Question: If you were a princess, what would be the first thing you would do?
Olivia-Savannah x

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring Part-time Princess on your blog, Olivia!

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  2. I'm wary of love triangles in general, so I'm afraid this one is probably something that will not make it to my reading rotation. :/

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    1. Hm, maybe you will not like this one was much :/ But it wasn't too big of a feature in the book!

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  3. This sounds so good!! Even though there's the dreaded love triangle, it sounds like it might just work. I want to read this so badly now!
    If I was a princes... Hmm. I guess there's the obvious trying to fix all the world problems. Then, I'd do mattress sliding like in the Princess Diaries movie, and swim in my pool, and eat so much food, and it'd be so fun :P

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    1. You should definitely read it! I like the Princess Diaries mattress sliding :D I think being a princess would be awesome as well.

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  4. I'm always the only one who loves love triangles haha! If I were a princess, I'd lay around all day doing nothing and have delicious desserts every day! Yes, I don't deny the fact that I'm a lazy person xD Also, I'd have my castle filled with books too!

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    1. This sounds like the perfect book for you, then! I like the idea of a lot of food as well :D And books ;)

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  5. Okay, I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles because one, most of the time are not well written and two, they are not really that realistic. It's kind of like insta-love but I'm glad you like this book and I have to say that I like The Princess Diaries (the movies though, I haven't read the books) because who hasn't wanted to be a princess, especially when we are younger? Lovely review, Olivia!

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    1. I was someone who loved the Princess Diaries and I do think the movies are better in that case because the series gets repetitive. I love princesses <3

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  6. Relax with glittery ball gown fashion magazines

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    1. The fashion gowns would definitely be an awesome part of being a princess!

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  7. I would show off to my sister that I'm a princess.

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  8. If you were a princess, what would be the first thing you would do? First faint. Then try to help underprivileged people to fend for themselves.

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    1. That's a very noble answer, and I am sure you would be great at it. ^.^

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  9. I would lay around and check out the hot princes and try on the beautiful shoes!

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  10. make sure the people have a good meal for the day :D party after! Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. No problem! And also, a good meal sounds nice.

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  11. This does sound quite intriguing! Although I get mixed up in the blurb thinking there was R rated chocolate?! lol
    It does sound like a cute and fluffy romance, and, yes, that love-triangle does sound understandable. I am already curious who she gets with. XD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Chocolate should always be R rated! It is too good for its own good ;)

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  12. The book sounds so intriguing..I loved the first three books in the Princess Diaries series . Would love to read this book :)

    Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

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    1. If you liked those then I am sure you would like this as well!

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  13. This sounds like a fun book! I haven't read The Princess Diaries- but I did see the movie. :) If I was a princess the first thing I would do would be to declare Monday a weekend day. Hopefully that would make the kingdom a little happier!
    ~Jess

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    1. The movies were pretty great! And Monday as a holiday? You've already won me over!

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  14. This doesn't look like my kind of book with the royal love triangle, but I'm so glad you enjoyed it all the same!

    Most recent post: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.com/2014/12/new-years-bookish-resolutions-2015.html

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  15. Looks like a cute book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Enjoyed this one too! So much fun! AND THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS. I cannot wait to know what the one for book 2 looks like. Yeah, I agree that Lucy felt immature at the beginning. I really found this story unrealistic but it sure was entertaining.

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    1. Yes, it was more a fun read than anything else. I am looking forward to the next one ^^

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  17. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  18. If my wife was a princess I'm sure she would go shopping for new princess clothing.

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  19. It wasn't the best written story but I really liked this one too. It was cute and fun.

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    1. You have read it as well? It was a bit unrealistic, but it was fun to read :)

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  20. Aww this was such a sweet read when I first read it & the cover is BEAUTIFUL! I'm glad you really enjoyed it as well x Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Yes, the cover was the thing that attracted me when I saw it on other blogs! Good to know we have similar tastes :)

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