24 June 2013
eBook Review: Waking Up In Vegas by Romy Sommer
Waking up to the bright lights of Vegas in an unfamiliar penthouse suite, cocktail waitress Phoenix Montgomery finds she’s covered from head to foot in gold glitter and not alone – aside from the empty bottle of champagne, there’s a mystery man in the shower and a huge sparkly ring on her finger!
Stays in Vegas?
There’s no denying Max Waldburg’s demi-god sex appeal but commitment-phobic Phoenix doesn’t do relationships. Only it seems her new husband (agh!) has other ideas…he’s trying to keep that ring on her finger and his wife firmly back in his bed. The only question on her lips is – why? Or maybe, why not?"
You can buy Waking Up In Vegas as an eBook now.
I find it funny sometimes that I can go forever without reading a book on a certain topic, and then suddenly I end up reading almost 2 in a row about the very same thing. It happened a short while ago when I first read Jodi Picoult's 'The Storyteller' followed by Kristin Harmel's 'The Sweetness of Forgetting', both books about women finding out about their past family who were involved in the holocaust. Now it's happened again. Last week I read Hester Browne's brilliant book 'The Runaway Princess', a book about a woman who falls in love with a prince (without knowing he's a prince), then I read this eBook short story which appeared to be based on the same thing, although I didn't know that at the time! This was just as enjoyable as a story, and it's part of a new range of eBook stories by HarperImpulse, so I'll be looking out for more!
I really loved the way this book opened, with Phoenix waking up in Vegas (as per the title!), not knowing exactly what had happened the night before, and then discovering a handsome man in her hotel suite. As the story quickly went on, we find out that the pair married in a chapel, and her new husband Max is determined that they won't get a divorce, despite Phoenix's insistence that they certainly will. I really liked Phoenix straight away, she's a very independent young woman, getting over the recent death of her father, but loving travelling the world and working as a waitress to earn some cash. Marriage and settling down is her worst nightmare, so it's quite fun to read how she deals with this awkward situation.
As things progress, we find out more and more about Max, and his real vocation in life - a Prince of a small country, a fact Phoenix is sure he's omitted on purpose. I loved reading about Max's life when he returned to his home town, and how he is insistent that he will do as he pleases despite his position and what his security services think of his new wife (although they don't know he's newly married of course!). Max and Phoenix seem to be a couple not made in heaven, except in certain departments, but you can't help but hope that they will have a happy ever after ending, they deserve it after the things they have both gone through in their lives.
I found Sommer's writing to be brilliant to read, and a real joy too. She brings the story alive with her words, and descriptions of both America and Vegas, and also of Max's kingdom too, it sounds lovely and very old-world! She writes with real humour and I did find myself smiling along as I was reading, wondering what huge faux pas Phoenix would make next, and if indeed Max would persuade her that they could be happy together forever if only she'd let her guard down! There's a few twists and turns along the way, and despite the fact it was a slightly predictable ending (of which I was pleased actually), it was a super short story, and it certainly makes me want to read more by Romy Sommer. It's perfect for picking up and putting down when you have the time, and has a good pair of character you will want to care about, and a fairy-tale romance to warm even the coldest of hearts. A super eBook that I can highly recommend!