“The fairy princess always goes through tests, to prove that she’s worthy of the prince. This is just a quest I have to go through on my way toward happily ever after.”
The Boyfriend Bookmark: ★★★★★
Summer Welles wants the fairy tale.
The illegitimate daughter of Reginald Summerhill, the Earl of Amberlin, she listened to her mother’s stories about the Summerhill girls all her life. In her mind, Summer was part of the stories too—living in the castle, wearing fancy dresses, and falling in love with Prince Charming.
Her wish came true. Mostly. She lives in the Summerhill mansion. She has stepsisters—nice ones who don’t make her clean the chimney. She even has a magical wedding dress waiting for her special day. The only thing missing is the perfect man.
She knows exactly who he is, and she’s going to confront him at the annual Midnight Masquerade Ball. What Summer didn’t count on was mistaking a masked frog for her prince.
Once she kisses the mysterious man, he won’t go away. And he’s not sweet or charming or princely. He seems more interested in ravishing her rather than riding off into the sunset with her, and—worse—she’s tempted to let him.
Her fairy tale at stake, Summer’s faced with her own quest that neither frog nor prince can rescue her from: sacrifice her Happily Ever After, or turn her back on the one man who makes her feel alive?
*Can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Let me start with that little note that says this can be read as a stand alone, I read it as one. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I can guarantee now that I have read this one, I will be going back and reading the rest of them. I fell in love with this book, as I have with all of the Kate Perry books I have read. It sparked something that I just couldn’t get enough of. It was a great reminder that sometimes the things we are looking for are not in the places we are expecting to find them. Sometimes when we think we need one thing, we are reminded that there is something else out there for us that was meant to be.
I have to say, there are an abundance of characters in this book and I initially had a bit of a problem keeping them all separated out and reminding myself who was who. But the more I read, the more I fell in love with each one of them, each one was unique and had their own little quirks that made them that much more lovable. Once Upon A Dream focuses on Summer, the one Summerhill that did not grow up like the others. She didn’t grow with all of these half sisters. But she always knew about them. But that is her past, she is now living with them. They are there for her. Then there is Jacqueline. This woman raised all of these beautiful girls and still took in the illegitimate child that her husband left behind and loved her as one of her own. Summer really did have everything she needed in this moment, except her very own Prince Charming.
Of course, Summer has spent so much time wondering about her prince charming that she has never actually introduced herself to him. But she knows he is perfect. He’s smart, good looking and appears to be everything that makes up a great Prince Charming. Ryan Huber is her Prince Charming and she is going to prove it to him the night of the Masquerade Ball.
But when that night happens, Summer finds herself in the arms of Prince Charming and before he can protest, she kisses him to prove that they are meant to be together. But things do happen exactly the way Summer had imagined when everyone was in a mask.
Of course this sets Summer off into an whole new adventure. Where things are not as they seem, people are not who you think they are and love is sometimes looking us straight in the eyes but we just have to open them to see it for what it is.
That is what captivated me so much about Once Upon A Dream. Kate Perry has written these amazing characters and tangles them together and makes you believe in happily ever after.
Well written with a great story, though the volume of characters left me confused at times, I know most of the confusion can be resolved by picking up the rest of the books in the series. This is one amazing family and I cannot wait to go back and devour the rest of the series.
Jon is no Prince Charming. He’s more like the antichrist.”
“You wouldn’t have slept with the antichrist.”
“I didn’t mean to sleep with him.”
“Didn’t you say you initiated it?”
She groaned. “Did you have to remind me?”
Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.
Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Family and Love and Guardians of Destiny series. She’s been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she’s big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.
Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she’s wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh…