on 3 April 2014
I am so, so happy to belong to those lucky beggars who were approached by Aven with a question if they want to read and review her new book Waiting for Prince Harry. Well, firstly, Aven is a very sweet and nice person. Secondly, who says "no" to such an offer. Thirdly, everything that has a "prince" in a title is a winner for me already from the start. And I have heard only good things about her other novel, Connectivity. So yes, of course I immediately said yes to Aven and her book.
Meet Kylie, who is a little OCD, plans everything and, shortly, is a very sweet and naive girl, dreaming that her future is going to be totally different from her present life. Kylie doesn't like partying, Kylie follows rules, Kylie does pop quizes, and Kylie does what other people want or await from her because she'd rather do this than cause a displeasure. She'd rather suffer that cause a problem. She's working in a boutique although her biggest dream is to have her own business where she can sew. Because she can beautifully sew. But right now she's designing the window - displays and lets some of her colleagues to bully her because she doesn't have the guts to take a stand.
But other than that, Kylie is sweet, funny, with a great dose of sarcasm and distance to herself. I have warmed to her immediately and I enjoyed her presence in the story totally.
Meet Harrison. He and Kylie meet by a chance when Kylie fleets from her brother's wedding and literally falls into Harrison's lap. They spent the evening together, evening full of chatter and exploring common passions. But because Kylie doesn't do dates, they part their ways thinking they are not going to meet again. Although Harrison is like her ideal Prince Harry: tall, handsome, with ginger hair...
What Kylie doesn't know is that Harrison is very stubborn and that HE does dates. What she also doesn't know is the fact that he is a very famous hockey - player, captain of Dallas Demons, who has a lot of female fans and is Dallas's most eligible bachelor. Perhaps even the whole America's.
Harrison does want to see Kylie again. And what Harrison wants, Harrison gets.
And here starts a rollercoaster of lessons in love. They both must learn how to love people with such different backgrounds.
Like I already said, I liked Kylie from the very beginning. There were moments that she reminded me of a little child lost in a fog but other than that, she was nice, girly, very friendly and loyal, and except the fact that she only dreamed about the future and did actually nothing to made her dreams come true, she was very easy to like.
But what Aven mastered in is Harrison. She has written a fantastic, brilliant male character and I enjoyed him double so much because we don't get such heroes too often. The last one that was similar to Harrison was Alasdair from The Wedding Cake Tree. They are both not only handsome, but they are also beautiful inside. Harrison was modest, didn't behave as if he was a centre of the world, thought nothing about his celebrity status and he only thought about those who he loved and about their safety. I wouldn't say no to Harrison.
Aven has a talent to write brilliant characters. As well as our two main heroes we have a great cast of sub - characters and all of them are very vivid, they pop out of the pages, they feel very real and I could respond to them all.
What I missed in the book was more action, more drama, more suspense. I have been waiting all the time for something to happen, like for example when Harrison and Kylie made a date to meet in his hotel in an hour. I have expected, no, I was sure, that something is going to happen then and there, something that add spice and fire to the plot. And there were moments that I couldn't believe how childish and selfish Harrison is, that in every little situation of uncertainty or when something doesn't go like he'd wanted it to be, he just walked away and said he's not sure if there is future for them both. Hellooooo, Harrison. I knew that there is future for you and Kylie, you knew it, Kylie knew it and I think all people reading the book knew it, so what.is.your.problem?
But other than that, I have enjoyed this book thoroughly. It doesn't need any fireworks but I wouldn't say no to some more twists and turns and one or two complications. But nevertheless, the pace was only right, the chemistry between the main characters was there. Perhaps there were moments it was über - sweet, too smooth but well, everything found its place in the story, every puzzle fitted another one and it was a great, optimistic, uplifting read! The writing was brilliant, very engaging, very funny, very organised and Aven is a fantastic storyteller! Really vividly written with elegant storyline. Would really recommend it!
Copy received from author in exchange for a review.