Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.
Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.
In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.
4.5 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
OMG!!! Stratton has competition as my favourite Blueberry Lane boy!! Shane was sooooo my type of hero. He was unsure, and confused, and inexperienced, and sweet, and caring, and SO HOT with the way he loved Priscilla!! GAH! Yup, I LOVE me some beta-ish boys. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about him after meeting him in Crazy About Cameron. He was so abrupt, and clueless, and I just didn’t get a very swoony vibe from him at all. But wow, underneath all that serious exterior is someone who is just so focused on his goals, that he’s let relationships fall by the wayside. I really enjoyed watching him struggle with his attraction to Priscilla, and his conflicting feelings about where he thought he was going, and where his path ends up taking him. His growth was really believable, and I LOVED the choices he made, and the points where he stood up for Pris…I didn’t feel like we had to wait too long for that, I HATE when authors make you wait and then give you an abrupt change. Shane’s transition and development was perfect. And on a sidenote, I want to punch Vicky in the nards!! Screw you Vicky!
And then we have Priscilla!! I was also confused on how to feel about P in CAC. But she was such a strange combination of sweet and wild! In fact, the wild is probably an overstatement. I think they just call her wild b/c they don’t know what to do with her, b/c she breaks the mold. Sure, she may be a wanderer, but you find out there’s reasons underlying that beyond the obvious. And OMG, I totally felt her vulnerability, and how much it hurt that being who she truly was inside was so frowned upon by most of her family. Honestly, I’m not sure how I’m going to fall in love with Betsy at all, she and Pris really have a volatile relationship…but I have faith that Ms. Regnery will work her magic. I get that in big families, there are often divisions between the different types of personalities. I LOVED that Pris had Meggie though (and vice versa).
And the great thing about Priscilla and Shane is that I really FELT their chemistry, and they totally made their “opposites attract” thing work. Like I could really feel how they each fascinated each other. Priscilla wanted to help Shane loosen up (and I think deep down he wanted that too), but she also needed the safety and security she felt with him. And Shane needed Priscilla’s sweetness and light, but also gave her a safe place to acknowledge that it’s OK to set down some roots. And damn! They sure know how to steam up the place!!
I will say that I’m a bit torn on Priscilla’s extra secret. I don’t mind the way she dealt with it, and I liked that it gave me a bit more understanding of her, but I felt like it came up really late in the book, and so it wasn’t given as much attention as I would like. We didn’t really get to see her have a conversation with Shane about it, it was just mentioned and moved on from. I guess that could happen, but it made me feel sad for Pris.
All in all, a FABULOUS read for me in the Blueberry Lane series. It was definitely my kind of book, and I LOVE that we get to see such wildly different people in this series, both boys and girls. Often times I feel like the heroes in long series can become a bit cookie cutter, but Ms. Regnery gives us a spectrum of both heroes and heroines. And manages to find a way for ALL characters to get into our hearts somehow. It’s truly my absolute favourite thing about this series, that no matter the personality of the character, whether I’m like them or not, Ms. Regnery always manages to get me to *understand* them, and root for them. That’s a sign of great character writing.