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I am thoroughly hooked on this series of audiobooks. It is so charming, and it makes me feel happy. This short audiobook (almost 3 hours) is "clean" - no sex, just kissing. There not even a mention of sex, and the two primary characters are virgins in their 20's. Somehow, this situation feels totally plausible while listening to this story.
There was barely any mention of God, so I do not classify it as a Christian romance, although Christian romance readers would probably like it. I would call it a sweet contemporary romance with a fairy tale plot.
This Cinderella story has a man (Ethan) as the downtrodden, self-sacrificing good guy who is badgered by his two ungrateful younger stepbrothers. Ethan's parents had died when he was young. Then, when he was 19, his unpleasant stepmother died, and he volunteered to become guardian to his 9- and 10-year-old stepbrothers, delaying his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He meets Mia, a princess of a small European kingdom. She is visiting her sister Alessandra, who is engaged to an ex-Navy SEAL who runs a ranch in Texas (see Book 1). Mia has been unlucky in love and does not want to rush into a relationship with the wrong man again. Both Mia and Ethan are so likeable and have admirable characteristics.
Although this audiobook is not perfect, I was highly entertained by it. There are short bits of awkward wording, and the writing might be a bit too simplistic sometimes. However, this story really cheered me up. Mia and Ethan were so sweet together!
The narrator was pretty good. To my Southern ears, her Texas accents seemed very authentic. She did not attempt to give the European princess a European accent, but I was able to ignore that snafu after a short time. She was passable at men's voices. She occasionally made the book sound a little too hokey with how she sometimes pauses and overemphasizes certain words in a sentence. Still, I think the narrator has a very pleasant voice, and I was mostly pleased by her performance.
This series is best listened to in order because there are a couple of story arcs that stretch beyond each novella. Also, some characters from Book 1 get a couple of chapters in this Book 2, which I enjoyed. I also liked how the last scene of the audiobook is a teaser for what will happen in the next novella. In addition, a short excerpt from Book 3 is included at the end.
I love this contemporary twist on Cinderella with cowboys and princesses. Lacy Williams has made such a charming series of audiobooks that I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. Books 1 & 2 are going in my list of beloved audiobooks that put a smile on my face.
I received a free copy from the author, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
Life of Glorvaird royalty continues with Princess Mia's story in this Cinderella re-telling. Ethan is a dairy farmer raising his two step-brothers while also working odd jobs to make ends meet. While working on Gideon's ranch (introduced in Once Upon a Cowboy) he meets Princess Mia and a friendship blossoms.
I love re-tellings of classic stories, fairy tales, etc. and Cowboy Charming was one of the first re-tellings that I could actually see the obvious correlations to the original tale. I really enjoyed that fact since most re-tellings are so loosely related that it's hard to differentiate the connections.
As much as I enjoyed the first book, I liked this one even more. What's odd is that this one was half the length of the first book in the series, but for a novella, it was a great read. I really liked the hero, Ethan. Mia was a great heroine, as well, but Ethan stole the show. He was a genuinely honorable man and I felt bad when he was often taken advantage of by his step-brothers. At the same time, Mia was a strong and independent woman who quickly saw the real Ethan and didn't judge him by his circumstances.
As Mia and Ethan's story ties up in this book and Gideon and Alexandra's continues to move towards their wedding, the next book's main characters is introduced.. It sounds like a good one and I'm looking forward to more in this series.
Audiobook notes: I both read a digital copy and listened to an audiobook of Cowboy Charming. As with the first book the narrator does a great job. While I often speed up audiobooks to 1.25, I found that I preferred the narrators natural pacing. This was a first for me, because I tend to be a fast reader and find most audiobooks painfully slow.