Cinderella’s fairy tale moves to Jupiter Island, Florida where Lily Foster, owner of an eclectic landscape nursery, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by billionaire resort developer Rhett Buchanan. Overdue for a little romance in her life, Lily is anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, so she cultivates her inadvertent masquerade.
Rhett Buchanan has become jaded with the Palm Beach social scene, dominated by scheming women desperate for more money — his money. Rhett falls hard when he meets Lily Foster. She is a breath of fresh air after the smog of gold diggers constantly surrounding him.
For Rhett and Lily, it’s love at first sight until her deception comes to light and pitches their relationship into a disastrous tailspin. Well-meaning friends are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple while a wicked ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart.
A bit of misunderstanding, a bit of living in a moment, with a bit of meddling friends and there is a perfect combination for a story.
Cinderella Busted started with a huge misunderstanding, because Lily Foster wants to be attractive to somebody. She wanted to be liked and enjoy herself for a bit. This does not mean that she is a bad person. On the contrary, she is sweet and nice. She just wanted to be loved by somebody exciting, amusing and nice.
This is really amazing story that I enjoyed from the second third of the book until the end. Yes, I said second third, because in the first third the story is focused on the relationship between Lily and Rhett Buchanan. But from the moment Lily is busted things get interesting. The pace become faster and things starts rolling. Meddling friends scheme to bring couple together, jealous ex-girlfriend to pull them apart. And just when things start to look good another crazy twist happens.
This is well written story with so many twists and turns. Characters might be a bit stereotypical, just like they stepped out the fairytale. There is virginal heroine who is purely good, and then there is ex-girlfriend who is purely evil. And there is a hero. Usually the prince in the fairytales is pale character but here hero is very complex and his reasons for such a strong reaction to heroine “covering of truth” are grounded and understandable. Rhett has been played and his hart was broke so he do not trust women easily
Although there is no missing shoe, I enjoyed this fairytale retelling. So if you looking for a fun and fast paced read you cannot go wrong with this one.