# of Pages: 274
The second in the Montlake Romance series, Lemon is unexpectedly placed on a reality dating show similar to the bachelor after two other contestants are forced to resign and filming is about to start. The “bachelor” is her PR client and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the show successful, even if it means pretending to be a contestant despite being recently engaged herself. Throughout the filming of the series, Dante tries his hardest to woo Lemon into giving them a chance. While Lemon is not entirely sure about her fiancee, Sterling, she also believes Dante is a womanizer who only wants her because he can’t have her. As the competition goes on, however, things begin to intensify and Lemon isn’t sure what to do. Does she give true love a chance with Dante even if he could break her heart? Or, does she play it safe and return home to her fiancee who doesn’t seem to care very much that she’s been gone for weeks filming?
This is a fun romance series that romance readers will enjoy. In particular, fans of The Selection would like it although there is not any rebellion action. The stories feel modern and fresh while also incorporating all the romantic qualities that readers enjoy. It would be best to read this in order, but each one is enjoyable on its own.
Genre: Historical Fiction
# of Pages: 249
Sophie has been summoned to Russia to meet with the Empress and her nephew, the heir to the throne. Sophie’s mother has impressed upon Sophie how important it is for their family to secure a match with the prince because they have many debts and are in danger of losing their title and land. Once Sophie arrives in Russia it becomes clear that the prince is very self involved and wants all attention on him at all times. She begins to spend a lot of time with her Russian tutor, Sergei, and one of the prince’s men, Alexander. Eventually, Sophie begins to have affection for Alexander and she knows how much trouble she would be in if anyone ever found out. Meanwhile, she is informed that she must learn fluent Russian and convert to Greek Orthodox before she can marry the prince. Can she turn her back on her family and marry the man she loves or must she marry a man she finds vile in order to save her family?
Loosely based on Catherine the Great, Ficklin makes no apologies for any historical inaccuracies. The story is interesting in that very little is written in the young adult category for this era in historical fiction. Due to the fact that it is based on true events, there are some twists to the story that may shock and dismay readers, but is essential in order to follow the arch of Catherine’s life. The characters are interesting and written so that they are not easily confused. Fans of series such as The Luxe or Cleopatra’s Daughter will enjoy this title.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 14 and up
# of pages: 240
RAC Book: Yes
Lucy Peterson is an army corporal’s daughter and a great tennis player. When she decides that she is tired of moving around and wants to have a more stable high school experience, she decides to apply for a scholarship to the exclusive Van Pelt Academy boarding school in Switzerland. She quickly discovers that these are by far the wealthiest and most powerful teenagers in the world, some of them are even royalty. The three most popular girls are called the Diamonds and immediately dislike Lucy, so she befriends a girl named Sofia. Sofia is nice enough, but seems too worried about gossip and pulling mean pranks on the Diamonds and Lucy starts to wonder what her true motives are. At the same time she works hard at her tennis and gets to know two powerful boys. One is a powerful prince that seems nice, but distant. The other wants her attention, but Lucy can’t get over the fact that so many people have warned her about him. Which boy should she try to get to know better? Can she trust Sofia or is she going to be an enemy? Can she ever learn to get along with the Diamonds?
Readers who enjoyed Bittersweet Sixteen and Summer Intern will not be disappointed with this new book by the same authors. Teen drama, gossip, and of course fashion labels are all mixed together to create an enjoyable light read. The characters are all unpredictable and interesting to watch as they grow and develop. The ending is a bit predictable, but that’s what readers who like this type of book will want.