Book Review - Modern Cinderella by River Laurent | Blushing Geek

Book Review – by River Laurent by River Laurent | Blushing Geek by River Laurent
April 20, 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling
320 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Book Review Request
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Once upon a…hot cowboy

Loan sharks are circling, I’ve got my dad’s hospital bills to pay, and my landlord is about to kick me out onto the street.
It’s all doom and gloom until my best friend, Jesse, tells me that she’s found me a job impersonating the famous hotel heiress, Tamara Honeywell.
I get to live on a ranch in Montana for a month and take care of all my money worries. The only snag is I’ll have to have my lips injected, and act like a spoilt, demanding, selfish brat. but, what the hell? Collagen is temporary, and I can act like the world’s most bitchy heiress for a month.

Until I see the jaw-droppingly handsome cowboy who comes to collect me. All flashing eyes, sun drenched skin, steely muscles…and spitting venom. Oops, he can’t stand talentless celebrities. Absolutely hates them. Damn, he looks like he wants to put me over his knee and spank me.

This is going to be interesting!


I read two days ago but it’s just now that I finally had time to write my review since I’ve been pretty occupied with my Hiragana lesson , hehe.

When I was offered to review this book, I was really intrigued by the title. Cinderella is my favorite of all the Disney princesses so that wasn’t a surprise, plus I love retellings too. But when I read the sypnosis, I was surprised since I never anticipated the twist plus the addition of a hot cowboy aka Prince Charming. I haven’t read a romance story with a cowboy as a hero before so I decided that I should read this. 

As you can read on the sypnosis above, Cass needs to impersonate as the famous hotel heiress, Tamara Honeywell. Impersonating someone else is  a well-known idea in most books and movies, so what I am looking forward to with this story is to find out how the author will write this one without losing my attention.

I have to say that while reading the first chapter, I already have an idea that I will like this one, and I was right. I love the writing style of the author and I also love that there’s no frustrating and annoying scenes (unless you include Tamara’s cunning and b*tchy behaviour). The idea of impersonating may be a bit cliche but I love all the scenes especially the romantic scenes between Lars and Cass.

And speaking of Lars and Cass, I really really really love the first half of this story. I’m always up for bantering between the main characters, and since Cass needs to act rude, mean and bitchy, it can’t be avoided that they’ll clash since Lars hates celebrities, especially those with an attitude. The second half was still good but it’s just a bit too mushy for my taste.

I don’t have anything against Cass but I have to say that the character that stood up for me was Lars. It’s not because he’s sexy as heck but because he’s so prince charming material. My! I can’t count how many times I was impressed with how he acted or what he said to Cass. He’s just too good to be true.

Cass was obviously a damsel in distress because of the loans she needs to pay, which always pile up each day, but I appreciate that the author didn’t make her character annoying. I like that her character can be spunky sometimes and never backs down especially on the part when it was her first day at Montana, Lars instructed her to clean all the horse’s poo lol.

I honestly like this story, the only thing that I would have wanted to change would be to minimize the number of sexy scenes, it’s just a bit too much for my taste lol.

As expected, didn’t disappoint and gave us a sweet HEA. I also love it that the author added the part on what happened at the masquerade ball after Cass left. My! That was indeed Cinderella-like lol.

This was my first time from River Laurent and I have to say that I’m quite impressed. If you want a Cinderella-like story but with a modern twist, then is perfect for you.

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*For those who’s wondering what’s with the “.com” on the title, well, where’s the fun if I reveal it to you this early eh? Read this story to find out. *wink


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  • Angie Elle June 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    This book sounds absolutely adorable! I love the concept. And like you – the title grabbed me immediately!

    Great review. 🙂

    • Vanessa June 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Angie, I really enjoyed this one 🙂

  • Karen June 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I have to say that the guy on the cover kind of creeps me out and the summary didn’t grab me but your review has me interested anyway. lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Vanessa June 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Haha, I agree. He’s totally not the Lars I’ve been picturing out lol. And this story actually have two covers, but because of the preview from Amazon, I decided to use the book cover of the Kindle format. The paperback cover on the other hand looks enchanting, I wish I could have used it.

  • Sophia Rose June 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Oh man, that does sound like a fun situation. Whew, hot cover! 🙂

    • Vanessa June 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      This one sure is Sophia Rose 🙂 And yep, the cover’s totally hot that it made me feel molested just by looking at it, hihi, so let’s just refrain looking at his body and just on his hat instead hehe.

  • Heidi July 1, 2017 at 4:01 am

    From the cover, it certainly doesn’t look like a Cinderella story. Glad it was something different and that you liked this revision of the old classic. I know what you mean about too many sex scenes, they get to be too much sometimes.

    • Vanessa July 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Haha, true, especially that it’s suppose to be a retelling from the old classic.

  • [email protected] addicted 2 reading July 1, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I would never have guessed that this was a Cinderella story. It is trues when they say never judge a book by its cover. I like the idea behind the story. Great review.

    • Vanessa July 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Haha, me too. But the paperback cover has that Cinderella vibe because of the shoes. I would have use that cover instead lol

  • Mary Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast retellings are my favorites. I love the premise for this story. This sounds like a good one.

    • Vanessa July 2, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      If you love retellings and Cinderella, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this one Mary 🙂

  • [email protected] cats&burning soup July 2, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Well that sounds like one I need. I love retellings too and woo looks awesome! *pets the cover*

    • Vanessa July 2, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hehe, the cover sure looks so sexy

  • Melliane July 2, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I didn’t know about this one but why not?

    • Vanessa July 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Yeah, you may like this one 🙂

  • kimbacaffeinate July 2, 2017 at 4:58 am

    This sounds delightful Vanessa and I am a sucker for a cowboy!

    • Vanessa July 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Oh, this one’s going to be a great for you then. My! Lars the cowboy is almost too good to eat hehe

  • Lola July 3, 2017 at 4:08 am

    It’s great when from the first chapter you know you’re going to enjoy a book. This one sounds well written! The characters sound fun to read about with a well done romance.

    • Vanessa July 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Yeah, this one is 🙂

  • Carole's Random Life July 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    What an interesting re-telling. I am glad that you enjoyed this author’s writing style. Great review!

  • Melissa (Books and Things) July 4, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I love retellings! Oh I’m curious about this one. Thank you for putting this one my radar!

    • Vanessa July 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      You’re welcome. I hope you’ll enjoy this one too Melissa 🙂

  • LilyElement July 4, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I do enjoy retellings 😀

    • Vanessa July 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Then I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one too 🙂


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