Thursday, April 10, 2014

REVIEW: WAITING FOR PRINCE HARRY BY AVEN ELLIS

Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it.

Source: Received eArc from author in exchange for honest review
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Our Review---
We adored the surprise that was Aven Ellis and her writing when we read Connectivity last year so to say that we had high hopes for her sophomore release would be an understatement! But it delivered! A lot...even with what I described to Shelley as Aven leaving us with metaphorical blue balls with sexual tension and fade to black scenes...sigh. lol. Haha...she fades to black when it comes to the sexy scenes but I respect that. It wasn't needed in order for me to enjoy the story.

Kylie and Harrison's story is really sweet...until it isn't...
Harrison is really fantastical and swoon worthy...until, you guessed it, he sometimes isn't...
And Kylie...Kylie is a confident, well educated woman....until....*echo* she isn't. So I will leave you to ponder on that for a while... 
Shel? These two are adorable. Court's correct in that they both have a few sensitive spots that cause outbursts and anxious times but I'm grateful that these were moments that were few and far between. 

I loved the moments of Kylie and Harrison. Every single one. From the unassuming way they met, to how they reconnect (totally realistic and fun...loved that) to how they progress through getting to know each other and adjusting to Harrison's fame as a hottie hockey player. And then...as I mentioned...Harrison has some bouts of insecurities of his own and does not handle them very well...which I was kind of grateful for because it made him seem more rough around the edges and normal than his sweetheart attitude made him to be at first...and we love the bad boys.  I love that Kylie is a smidge neurotic (but she totally owns it) and that he finds her quirks adorable. And, I love that she has absolutely no desire to be connected to Harrison's fame at all. Their love story is quick but the way they connect doesn't seem too fast or too impulsive or too off at all. I found it incredibly sweet and a nice break from the angst-fest we sometimes read (with the exception of some jerks--because there are definitely some jerks that make an appearance).

I love when I have actually visited the setting being portrayed and recognize places (Hello, ice skating at the Galleria in Dallas...my experience was about as great as Kylie's...ice princess, I am not) and that was a lot of fun! I loved the book, the writing, the pace, the characters...there really wasn't anything not to love unless you count Kylie's co-workers (bitches). This was very sweet, and I can't wait to read whatever Aven comes out with next. Yes. Now I feel the need to stalk hot hockey players..all thanks to Aven.

Courtney: 5 stars
Shelley: 4 Stars


About the Author
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. 

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


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