Series: Storybook Valley

Review: Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty

Posted March 6, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Prancing Around with Sleeping BeautyPrancing Around With Sleeping Beauty by Stacy Juba
Series: Storybook Valley #2
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on March 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, romance
Pages: 240
Format: ebook
Source: the author
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four-half-stars

his Sleeping Beauty isn’t sure she wants to wake up…

Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.

Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. After all, her parents imagine her as a proper princess - hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty. Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?

This sweet romantic comedy is a standalone and can be read on its own. All books in the series can be read in any order so jump in at any time.Welcome to Storybook Valley...Your Vacation Escape

The Storybook Valley books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance, theme parks, fairy tale fun, and amazing love stories, then Storybook Valley will be your new favorite series. Look for the feel-good first novel in the series, Fooling Around With Cinderella.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I reviewed Fooling Around with Cinderella I talked about how it fit perfectly into my obsession with series books. I love long in-depth romance series in which all the couples are intertwined. I love how you get to see how the previous couples are still happy and progressing while you read about a new couple falling in love. Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty was a perfect continuation in this theme.

This book was so cute. I loved Rory and her penchant to play it safe. Somedays, I wish I was like that. However, when I think about my life, I’m probably more of a risk taker. I once moved across the country, 3 days after my wedding, to attend a graduate program that I wasn’t yet accepted to, in a uhaul van, with no where to move into. Everything worked out for the best but I’m definitely one to put my faith in the future and blindly jump. Rory on the other hand, is willing to put aside her own happiness for the illusion of safety. She has a wet blanket surgeon for a boyfriend and a safe job that she hates at an ultra competitive dance studio. Luckily, she also has Kyle Thorne, the grandson of a rival theme park owner and family nemesis, to shake things up.

This book was exactly what I needed. I was in a massive slump. I hadn’t read all month. Then I picked up this book and it gave me a huge burst of energy. It’s fun and energetic and bright, everything you want in a romance novel. Plus it was a hilarious, quick read. I finished it in one sitting but it’s been on my mind ever since.

About the Author

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. Stacy is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors with fairytale-themed romance novels. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series.

 

four-half-stars

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Review: Fooling Around with Cinderella

Posted December 7, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment

Review: Fooling Around with CinderellaFooling Around With Cinderella (Storybook Valley 1) by Stacy Juba
Published by Thunder Horse Press on November 6th. 2015
Genres: Love & Romance
Pages: 212
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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What happens when the glass slippers pinch CinderellaÂ’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling CinderellaÂ’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms JaineÂ’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the parkÂ’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

I have such weakness for series. I love the kind that tell the story of the same group of people over several books. Its so fun to watch people grow and change in a story that never ends. However, my real favorite kind of series is the kind where its one romance after another all set in the same place. I just love reading about the characters who will someday be featured in a book of their own. I feel like reading about a series centered in a town draws you in and makes you a part of it. This is the kind of series I just can’t resist.

Fooling around with Cinderella fits into this obsession of mine perfectly. This story was about Jaine and Dylan. Their story was so sweet and adorable. Jaine put together a marketing plan for Dylan’s family theme park, Storybrook Valley. Unfortunately, the park is missing their key character, Cinderella. Dylan agrees to hire her as a marketing exec, but only if she also fills in as Cindy until the end of the summer season! Of course that only can lead to trouble.

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that I wished there was more to the final conflict. I thought it was really interesting and had the potential to be very stressful. However, it resolved very quickly and anticlimactically. I really wished that it was fleshed out a little more. Not because I wanted Jaine to have to struggle but just because I felt like the potential was there for a really satisfying blow up that needed to happen…. and then it didn’t.

This book is an adult romance. It’s not Young Adult or even New Adult. However, if you are worried about adult themes or situations, don’t be. This book is completely chaste. The story is charming and sweet. If you are a fan of the new adult genre, you should check this one out.

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