I was really excited to read my second Michelle Smart Harlequin Presents. I loved The Sicilian’s Bought Cinderella last year. Unfortunately this book didn’t have the same flow or depth I found in her previous works.
Tabitha works as a maid at a large resort owned by Giannis. They meet under Cinderella-like circumstances (re: the title) and Tabitha runs away after dawn and realizes she’s pregnant. I love this trope. Nothing is more fun than an accidental pregnancy with a billionaire, but both Tabitha and Giannis didn’t click for me. The plotting was disjointed and I felt like some parts were over explained and other parts were too glossed over. On top of that, the pacing was completely off.
As a heroine, Tabitha’s mood swings made her hard to connect with. I don’t think it was her being emotional because of the pregnancy, I just think her characterization was hazy at best. Giannis had potential but I have to patience for man-moping and he annoyed the crap out of me in the last part of the story.
That said, this was a relatively enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. It was a fast read with an HEA and at the end of the day, that’s what I really want from a Harlequin Presents novel. I just have higher expectations for Ms. Smart.
Overall, I still love this trope and now all I want to do is travel to Europe to see some of the places visited in this book! I will absolutely try Michelle Smart again in the future.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**