Series: Fairy Tales of New York #4
Published by Tule Publishing - Holiday Books on June 29th 2015
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Once upon a time, Faith Sullivan dreamed of being a famous painter who lived in an apartment overlooking Central Park. Unfortunately, life had other ideas and at 26, she’s still running, working and living at Sully’s, her family’s traditional Irish pub in Brooklyn with her stubborn, ailing father. And she was perfectly fine with her lot until suddenly her three best friends each found their prince, and her own happily ever after seemed like another dream lost. Until one day a long, tall Australian walks into her bar and her loved-up besties decided to play Fairy Godmothers.
Ex pro-surfer turned beer baron, Rafael Quartermaine is in New York for a month on business. He’s looking for a pub to launch Baron lager on the American market and Sully’s is perfect. All he has to do is convince Faith, the traditionalist, to say yes. And once he’s done that, maybe he can convince her that all work and no play makes Faith a dull girl.
Faith’s connection to her family and Sully’s is absolute, and Raf’s business drive and itchy feet aren’t conducive to long term, so it should be an easy break when duty calls Faith back into the fold on the evening of the ball. But running out on the baron is harder than she ever imagined… Will their fling sizzle out, or become something more?
Amy Andrews excels at writing cookie-cutter (Aussie) heroes straight out of rom-coms: swoon-worthy, commitment phobic for an amazing variety of reasons, golden-tanned outdoorsy sorts who wander from woman to woman until they hit a wall hard when they find the one. Raf Quartermaine is another one of these hunky (and unfortunately not entirely interesting) types out of the Aussie hunk factory, but it was Faith Sullivan, the Cinderalla who stole my attention with her more multifaceted character who, though grounded in family and duty, is slowly suffocating with the burden of it. Raf’s introduction into Faith’s life is the catalyst to change, but what begins as a no-strings affair culminates in ball of a lifetime that also happens to be the event that is the tipping point for their fledging relationship.
‘Seduced by the Baron’ is a loose adaptation of Cinderella (rather than a subversion of it) and I did enjoy the light and near angst-free twist on the fairytale, though I probably would have liked reading about a white knight who is as memorable as his heroine.