Friday, May 23, 2014

Destiny's Last Bachelor? - Christyne Butler (HSE #2336 - June 2014)

Series: Welcome to Destiny (Book 7)

When Hollywood royalty meets the Jersey must be destiny
Hollywood princess Priscilla Lennox is running away--from the paparazzi, the gossip...and the humiliation of walking in on her boyfriend with her sister. She runs all the way to Destiny, Wyoming, where gorgeous Dean Zippenella knocks her off her Louboutins...and into the river. Still, Priscilla's spirits aren't dampened. After all, she's here to repair her image, not to mention raise money for charity....

Dean, with his Jersey Shore machismo, is there at every turn. At first it's annoying. Then it's endearing. And when he grants Priscilla her birthday wish of a kiss, it's beginning to look a lot like love For real this time--until her sister turns up in town again. Is she here to make amends? Or steal her man?

Very good book. When Priscilla found her sister and her boyfriend together she had enough. She's been dealing with her sister's messes for years. This time she heads out of town without telling anyone where she's going. She remembers an old friend who has started a camp for kids and heads for Destiny to help him raise funds for the camp. When she stops outside town to walk her dog, she encounters Dean, whereupon he and his dog manage to knock her into the water. Gorgeous as he might be, Priscilla has sworn off men for awhile.

I loved Priscilla. She's been the good girl all her life, watching out for her sister and trying to fix things when they get messed up. But she's had enough, and rather than get talked into helping yet again, she decides to take off. I really liked the way that she took charge of what she wanted to do. I enjoyed the bit of attitude in her encounters with Dean. Destiny and the people there are very different than she is used to but she discovers that she loves the friendliness of it. Though she started the fundraising for the camp as a way to escape and repair the damage done by her sister, she quickly gets into the whole spirit of the camp and its mission. I also loved the way she and Dean are thrown together to work on the bachelor auction. 

Dean is quite the flirt and is really attracted to Priscilla. But he had a bad experience with a woman a few years back and it affects the way he looks at Priscilla. First he thinks she's an old girlfriend of Bobby's who has come to make trouble. After he gives up on that idea he's still concerned about her high society background and that it will cause trouble. I loved seeing him get to know Priscilla and start to fall for the woman she really is.

Priscilla has really taken to life in Destiny and is enjoying Dean's attentions. Her growing feelings for him show her that what she had felt before wasn't love. Just as things are starting to take off with him, Priscilla's sister shows up in town. She appears to be full of remorse for what she did, but Priscilla isn't sure if she's really changed. When she brings her own form of chaos to the bachelor auction, Priscilla's fears come to pass. Dean sees the results and his own past comes back to haunt him, causing him to blame Priscilla. It isn't until after she leaves that he finally accepts his feelings for her. I loved the ending with Dean doing just the right amount of groveling. 

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