Reviewed by Minxhalo
TITLE: Romancing The Ugly Duckling
SERIES: Romancing the… (Dreamspun Desires book #36)
AUTHOR: Clare London
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2017
Is this the makeover of a lifetime?
Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.
Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.
Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.
When Perry showed up at Greg’s Scottish country cottage, looking like a drowned rat, all he wanted to do was send the soft city boy back to London where he belonged.
Perry needed Greg to go back to London with him. Greg just wanted Perry to go away.
A dip in the freezing loch, a ceilidh, and a stormy adventure on the bog, all served to bring this sweet couple closer together.
Clare London has woven a fun, sweet modern fairytale about the damage that bullying can do, and how love can repair it.
The pace was fun and lighthearted, and I enjoyed getting to know these characters. I was impressed with London’s depictions of the Scottish countryside, and the interesting people found there. The story left me wanting to know more about them.
I give this book 3 and a half hearts. I recommend it for a sweet, easy summer read.