Review: Operation Cinderella by Hope Tarr

operation cinderellaReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Manhattan is the setting for this urban fairytale, and let’s face it, we’ve seen plenty of these novels on the bookshelves recently, as much as there are TV series and movies. Fairy tales seem to be the bread and butter of fiction these days. Macie Graham, a magazine editor is one for always getting her story, yet she is annoyed at Ross Mannon for slating her article on his radio show. His doing this to her costs her position at the magazine and her hating him forever.

Review: Throughout the story she sets out to get her own back on him, but things don’t go the way she wants them to. Ross doesn’t know what he’s done wrong, as many radio personalities are at their best when they are as scathing as he is, but he will live to regret ever having a run in with Macie. Ross only wants a woman who is a good home maker, and the perfect wife to him, but Macie doesn’t sound like she fits the bill in this story. She has her own mind and doesn’t like chauvinist men in general.

Macie thinks Operation Cinderella will be a breeze as it’s her way of getting her own back on a man who has done her wrong, but she gets more than she bargained for with Ross, and having to answer difficult questions isn’t something she expected with him or his friends.

Best bits: Macie starting out Operation Cinderella and pretending to be Martha Jane Gray to get back at him. Ross’s Rants, yeah the things that get him into bother with certain women, Macie’s letter to Ross as Martha for becoming his housekeeper,

Last comments on the novel: The cover image is a little less original than it could have been. It is romantic, but at the same time run of the mill.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: A Rogue’s Pleasure by Hope Tarr

I had a hard time getting into A Rogue’s Pleasure. I found it predictable in terms of whodunit, a little too nerve wracking to see if the heroine escaped the bad guy’s clutches without being sexually abused, and a little flat in the romance between Chelsea and Anthony.

I did like that Anthony was sure of his feelings, at least on the lust side of the equation right away. I’m not so sure about his having a fiancé though. It just didn’t work for me. He’s not another spoiled aristocrat, though he is a rake. As a war veteran he’s got a strong and capable demeanor, which is why it’s funny when a slip of a girl robs him on the highway in front of his boring little fiancé.

Robert Bellamy is the younger brother of Chelsea Bellamy. He gets himself kidnapped and at the same time also manages to beggar his sister with his commission into the army. When a ransom note comes to the crumbling down mansion asking for five hundred pounds, Chelsea has no way of getting the money. There’s nothing left to sell, she could borrow it from Squire Dumfreys, but what he’s asking in return she just can’t do, and so she resorts to highway robbing using her trusted servant’s old moniker, One-Eyed Jack.

Chelsea is a little too naïve to pull off highway robbing, let along burgling wealthy homes in London as she does later in the novel. It doesn’t help that her loyal servant is never around when he should be except when they first hold up Viscount Montrose carriage which gives the leads the alone time they need to fall in love. Anthony is determined to assist Chelsea in finding her brother and equally determined to get her into his bed.

Rating: 2 Stars

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