Reviewing books provides a smorgasbord of writers and genres. It’s definitely like a buffet; there is everything from lighter fare, to main courses, to tasty desserts. Even knowing the genre ahead of time does not guarantee it will fit my expectations for that style. For me a new adult/adult contemporary romantic comedy is like indulging in a piece of candy or chocolate. It’s not a heavy read but keeps my attention while making me laugh, smile, and bask in the romance. It’s also not just another cookie cutter plot line with hunky men and overused cliches. The Bachelor Auction was a scrumptious treat.
Van Dyken puts a contemporary spin on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Through an unlikely meeting, Jane – the owner of a cleaning company, meets Brock – executive and heir to his family’s business, and breaks a heel. Neither is willing to hope for love while bearing the burdens of family responsibilities at the expense of their own personal happiness. When fate throws them back together under most unusual circumstances, Van Dyken, with her fairy godmother wand, uses her magical touch to weave romance between them.
Occasionally I will find an author that consistently produces great books in a particular genre. Rachel Van Dyken is definitely one of those authors. Her knack for romantic comedies is consistent without feeling canned or forced. Her characters are always unique and have their own distinct voices and personalities. Reading her books is a pleasant reprieve from a hectic week without taking too much time out of my day; like popping in a piece of Ghirardelli Chocolate.