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It's well written, and easy to follow the Scottish accent, plus we get marvelous descriptions of the area. The characters are different and fun, as they size each other up. Perry learns to like the people, especially Greg, as their attraction grows, and hot smexy times ensue. Perry wins everyone's heart with his rescue.
It's a great story of overcoming staid beliefs and learning change can be good.
The premise is something we’ve all read before; City-slicker Perry meets anything but suave Greg and while their differences should have kept them miles apart, the magnetism of opposites kicks in and the two men stand no chance in the face of that mutual attraction. That in and of itself would have been more than enough to make me a happy reader, but once the ‘ugly duckling’ trope was added to the mix I was well and truly a goner.
Perry and Greg are both wonderfully drawn and thoroughly adorable characters. Perry’s optimism and determination, even when faced with a not altogether happy host (Greg) and a location and community he doesn’t recognise or understand, was a pure delight. Nothing appeared to faze him; least of all Greg’s grumpy, at times borderline rude, behaviour.
At first glance there appears to be more depth to Greg; a personal history which makes his choice to live in almost seclusion understandable, just as it explains his insecurities when it comes to his appearance and his worth. Don’t we all know how hard it can be to shake off those casual but hurtful remarks others throw our way when we are young and impressionable? Sure there were times when I wanted to slap him for his inability to open up, for his refusal to trust Perry’s feelings. But given his history, him keeping his heart locked away made perfect sense. And, of course, his reluctance to embrace the gift that is Perry only served to make the moment when he does accept himself and the man he’s fallen for all the more beautiful. (There are other reasons why I adored that particular scene, but sharing those would mean spoiling the story, so you’ll just have to read the book if you want to know more).
But, just as Greg turns out to be far more than a grumpy man old before his age, there are more layers to Perry too. The first impression may be one of a possibly empty-headed socialite; it soon becomes clear he is anything but, not to mention a lot more. In fact, it was impossible not to fall hard and fast for Perry who refuses to take no for an answer and tackles whatever life throws his way head on.
There was a wonderful cast of secondary characters in this book, especially those we meet on North Uist. The balance between humour, romance, sexiness, and heartfelt drama (I wouldn’t go so far as to call it ‘angst’) was just about perfect.
To summarize, Romancing the Ugly Duckling was a charming, fun and delightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed Romancing the Wrong Twin a few months ago (click here for my review), but I loved this one just a bit more.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
This was a nice story and once the characters got over their own crap they had going on in their heads it was better. Perry is sent to retrieve and transform Greg, however he is sent on his own and has no support from the agency. Greg has successfully stayed far away from the limelight since he could move away and isn’t going to let anything drag him back.
I got see both of the characters’ points of view in this story so I knew how they were feeling for the most part but even Perry kept secrets I didn’t know about until close to the end. I could see how uncertain Perry is with his future and his determination to do what he came to do but he quickly gets to see the real Greg and the beauty that his brothers don’t seem to see and wouldn’t change it for the world. Greg is stubborn about changing anything in his life and it’s almost too late by the time he realizes that he actually wants the changes Perry has made in his life.
Joel Leslie did a nice job narrating this story. I was able to keep track of the story and characters which is always nice. However, I don’t think his narration is for me; this isn’t the first time I have listened to him and his over-exaggerated accents are just too much. It took me a bit to get into the story at the beginning but once I pretty much ignored how he was saying it and just what he was saying I got into the story more.
Cover art by Bree Archer is great and follows the pattern for the series.
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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