For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.
A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie’s dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule—instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she’s made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he’s interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie’s father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn’t left with a choice. The biggest problem isn’t having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it’s praying she doesn’t lose Preston in the process.
Excelling at her dream school, Maggie’s personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie’s world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.
If you looked at my review, or should I say my Beagle’s review of The Heir and the Spare, you’ll know that I wasn’t a huge fan of that book. Or Patty wasn’t. I still decided to give the sequel a try though because Hollywood and British Aristocracy what could go wrong there.
You’re asking if I have a glass of brandy by me right now. Well, blimey you’d be right!
Or you’ve gotten used to me getting drunk whenever I read a bad book. To be fair though, I only made it to about page fifty with this one so I didn’t have to get too drunk. What I’m doing with this one is I’m going to list the reasons why I DNF’d it.
1) Abusive Father Cliche:
Abuse happens in real life. It sucks. And it comes in many times. This book though. Ooph. I felt like it handled the abuse in such a cliche way. Really? As high profile as the main character and her family is you’d think that one of the tabloids would allude to their issues. But nope.
2) Insta Love
3) But Daddy Won’t Let Me Pursue My Dreams:
Apply for a scholarship or seek financial aid like the rest of us. If you don’t qualify get a job and save up for a bit. The career you want actually likes work experience so…
4) Learn How the Oxford Educational System Works
For the love of all things British, you got blasted for this in the last book. You should’ve fixed it now. At least this book didn’t focus that much on the Oxford bits, but from what I read it still seemed like Albright thought it was like American colleges are ran.
5) Who the hell is Preston
Obviously, I didn’t pay close enough attention in this book. But I think I was supposed to care?!?!?!?
Okay, I’ll admit that when I originally wrote this list I was planning on having ten points. Or at the very least seven, but I ended up not having that many because while the book was so bad it was extraordinary dull. And when I put off my drafting of this review on Sunday because you know I had to get ready to start my new job the next day, I sort of forgot where my hatred for this thing went because it was so forgettable and so bad. So yeah, I DNF’d it…