I was so excited to be part of the blog tour for Stacy Juba's new book, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty. I had really enjoyed Fooling Around With Cinderella, and wanted to see more of Storybook Valley.
The new one starts out with a peek into Rory's life when she believes her boyfriend is proposing, but he isn't. We also get to see her job as a dance instructor and how much pressure she's under to perform. Her life is predictable, safe, and not all that fun. When she meets Kyle, however, some things start to "fall" into place---until she realizes he's the grandson of her family's arch rival. That little detail starts off a series of events that will keep you turning pages to see what Rory will choose---keeping on with the safe life she's built or taking a chance on love.
I really loved Kyle's character and how easygoing he was. He knew what he wanted out of life and he was going after his dreams. He had some really cute scenes with his niece and the animals from Duke's Animal World that were awww moments. Our heroine, Rory, (aka Aurora Rose) has a really hard time being honest with herself and managing her own life. She makes a lot of decisions that will have you shaking your head, but still hoping she'll figure it out. The romance was fun and flirty, but at times got overshadowed by the overabundance of details and secondary characters. The peripheral stories involving the secondary cast slowed down the pacing considerably and took away some of the oomph of the romance for me, but there was still enough to keep me reading and hoping for a good ending. I was really rooting for Kyle and Rory to get their happily-ever-after! And since I enjoyed the first book so much, it was great to see Dylan and Jaine again and catch up on where they're at now as well as revisit the theme park.
This is a fun afternoon read that will take you back to warm summer days of cotton candy, rides, and being with the one you love.
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Here's the back copy:
This Sleeping Beauty isn’t sure she wants to wake up…
Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.
Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. After all, her parents imagine her as a proper princess - hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty. Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?