Release Date: December 23, 2011
Series: 1Night Stand #74
Buying Links: Amazon Decadent
Sarah Westfall is on a mission. Living the mundane life of a near spinster school teacher and sick of her parents throwing eligible men at her, she is determined to get over her crush on her best friend’s brother. She wants a prince and wouldn’t settle for less. What better way than a 1Night Stand?
Evan Hunt needs to figure out his enemy’s game plan. Chasing his nemesis to Las Vegas and signing up for Madame Eve’s service and masquerade, he never expected the woman he’s desired for years to appear before him…as his princess.
When their attraction fires the night, the inevitable happens. Her prince isn’t as charming as she’s hoped, but he does save her from trouble. Would he be willing to fulfill her fantasies also?
I decided to read and review despite it's use of one of my least favorite cliches: the spinster teacher, so very quiet and well behaved and terminally single. Yeah, as a teacher, that cliche just hits all of my red alert buttons. But I was otherwise intrigued by the blurb so I went ahead and requested it. Happily for me, Sarah, though single and a teacher, has a wild side to her, even if it's cooped up most of the time. She is none too happy with her status, and resolves to change it:
But for once, she wanted to be the devil. She needed to get over Evan Hunt and move on. Even if she did become a spinster or marry a man she didn't love, she'd have the memories of this trip to last her a lifetime.
Of course, things don't go as planned. The prince she's assigned for her one night stand is, of course, none other than her long time crush. That was a coincidence that I had a hard time swallowing, despite the explanation provided by the author. I wasn't too crazy about Yip's repeated use of the word "assault" to describe Evan's actions during sex with Sarah, it squicked me out. Assault is such a violent word with negative connotations. It was an odd word choice.
So, what did I like? Sarah was fun and likable, as were her friends (one, Mia, has her own story in "Tempting A Cowboy"); the romance is sweet; and there's some nice humor involving Evan and his prince costume. It's a sweet story, a quick read, and could inspire some fun role playing for couples.
I received a PDF for review.