A struggling antiques collector finds herself falling in love with a millionaire playboy; but can she ever be a part of his world?
Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.
While her friends have broken free of their insecurities, Ariel Waters is struggling to come out of her shell. Her ex-husband took away her voice and her self-confidence, and Ariel is drowning under a sea of debt to afford the alimony she has to pay him. She refuses to ever fall for a man’s charms again, and is determined to make her own way.
When her house and her beloved antiques are taken by the bank after too many missed payments, Ariel finds herself adrift until the infuriatingly charming Eric Sailor comes to her rescue. Although she can’t stand the millionaire playboy, Eric’s kindness and unconditional support reveal hidden depths and a love that Ariel never imagined she could find.
But there are outside influences who will stop at nothing to keep them apart; can Ariel and Eric weather the storm and find a way to be together in Kiss the Girl?
About the Author
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today bestselling author and the Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards in 2014. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.
Tara is the author of The Naughty Princess Club series, including At the Stroke of Midnight.
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Fantastic Fish Female
"You have got to be fucking kidding me with this shit."
I glare at my phone sitting on the table in front of me when Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch" blares through the low hum of conversation in the coffee shop for the seventh time in so many minutes.
"It's okay. You can answer it. I don't mind," Natalie, the perky blonde sitting across from me, says with a smile.
I turn my glare in her direction, adding in a lip snarl for good measure as I scoop up the phone and jab my finger against the screen before bringing it up to my ear.
"You better be dying in a ditch somewhere," I mutter in greeting.
"Ariel?" my friend Cindy questions through the line.
I let out a long suffering sigh, closing my eyes and pinching the bridge of my nose.
"You called me, dickface. Who else would be answering my phone? Are you dying?"
"Uh ... well ... no," she stammers.
"Then for the love of God, why in the actual fuck are you calling me? Hang up and text me like a normal person or I will slit your throat."
Natalie has the good sense to look slightly terrified as she subtly pushes her chair a few inches back from the table and out of arm's reach from me. It's not that I want her to be afraid of me exactly, but if this interview continues in the direction it has been for the last thirty minutes, I may have just found a new roommate. It's good to establish who's in charge right from the get-go.
"I was just calling to make sure you're still going to help Anastasia and I move into PJ's house tomorrow," Cindy states.
"Again, something you could have said to me in a text," I growl in annoyance.
I love my best friend, I really do. I just don't like talking on the phone to anyone. I'd like to say that my irritability right now all stems from being forced to speak on the phone, but deep down I know that's not true. I am woman enough to admit that ever since Cindy announced she and her fourteen-year-old daughter would be moving in with her boyfriend, I've been feeling slightly off. Add to that the fact that I need a roommate to help pay the bills since I'm drowning in debt and my life is just one big suck fest lately.
"Belle and Vincent are going to be here at nine tomorrow morning to help as well. I'm going to pick up coffee and donuts!" she tells me excitedly, like coffee and donuts will make getting up at an ungodly hour and lifting heavy shit all day worth it.
Okay, fine. The donuts are definitely a perk.
I swallow back another groan when Cindy mentions my other best friend, Belle, and her boyfriend Vincent. When the three of us became friends, no one was more shocked than me. For one, I don't do girlfriends. Just thinking that word makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Women are too moody and judgmental and hold grudges about shit that happened twenty years ago. On top of that, Cindy was a prude housewife and Belle was a shy, nerdy librarian. Polar opposites of myself. But then we each realized we shared similar money problems and were in dire need of making cash very quickly and, I don't know, we just clicked.
I helped the two of them learn how to break out of their shells and become the strong, independent women they were always meant to be, while at the same time, starting our own business called the Naughty Princess Club. It's basically strippers who make house calls. Think of it like a Tupperware party, but with less clothing and no appetizers. It was all fine and dandy until those two assholes had to go and fall in love and ruin everything.
Okay fine. They didn't ruin everything. They just made me feel like something was wrong with me because I wanted absolutely nothing to do with men or love or romance or any of that other nonsense. Cindy fell in love with PJ Charming, the owner of Charming's Gentlemen's Club, where we initially went to get stripping lessons before we opened our business. And then Belle fell in love with Vincent "Beast" Adams, the surly bouncer from Charming's, who shocked us all when we found out there was a sweet, thoughtful man hidden under his bad attitude.
"How did your roommate interview go?" Cindy asks, pulling me out of my thoughts.
"It's still going," I inform her, watching Natalie nervously rip the napkin in front of her into a million pieces.
"Is she nice?"
"I guess," I shrug.
"Is she too nice?" Cindy questions.
"What the fuck does that mean?"
Cindy sighs through the line.
"It means, is she going to turn into single white female and dye her hair the same color as yours and try to screw your boyfriend?"
"I don't have a boyfriend," I remind Cindy as Natalie perks up and looks over at me.
"Yet," Cindy laughs.
I roll my eyes and let out another annoyed sigh.
"I do not have a boyfriend and I will never have a boyfriend. Stop trying to get me on the boyfriend train just because you found the one guy in the entire world who is sweet and romantic and loves you for who you are."
"He is not the one guy in the entire world like that. Belle found hers too, don't forget," Cindy states.
"Can we be done talking about this now? You're getting on my nerves."
"Shut up and ask the nice girl about her hair," Cindy demands.
Right now, I'm seriously regretting teaching Cindy how to find her voice and not let people walk all over her. Moving the mouthpiece of my phone away from me, I jerk my chin in Natalie's direction.
"Are you happy with your current hair color?"
Natalie looks at me in confusion for a few seconds, tentatively reaching up and twirling a strand of her long blonde hair between her fingers.
"Uhhhh, yes?" she whispers. "I mean, I've been thinking about a change lately, maybe brunette with some caramel highlights. I'm getting a little tired of —"
"Stop talking," I interrupt, holding a hand up to her and bringing my phone closer to my mouth to address Cindy.
"Are you happy now? She's not going to dye her hair red like mine, I don't think she's got the balls to screw the boyfriend I will never have, and I'm fairly confident if she tried to kill me I could take her skinny ass and jam a screwdriver in her eyeball before she could even blink."
Natalie visibly starts shaking in her seat, and I start to feel really bad about scaring the poor girl.
Ha ha, just kidding! I don't give a fuck.
Damn it. Yes I do. I need a roommate, like, yesterday, and Natalie has been the only normal person I've met with in the last few weeks.
"Stop trying to scare her," Cindy scolds. "Give her a chance and do not kick her out before the interview is over."
I bristle at her words and narrow my eyes even though she can't see me.
"I've given all of these jackholes I interviewed over the last few weeks a chance. It's not my fault every weirdo in a fifty-mile radius responded to my ad. Did you forget about Felony Felicia? Or Pothead Patricia?" I ask.
(Let's conduct a small reenactment, shall we?
Me: Well, I think this went well. I'll be in touch.
Felony Felicia: Great! My parole officer will just need to inspect your house.
Me: I'm sorry, what?
Felony Felicia: It's fine. As long as you keep anything that might be used as a weapon locked up and out of my reach, he'll approve it. You know, like knives, forks, chopsticks, stilettos, and lighters.
Me: *blank stare*
Felony Felicia: Honestly, the stilettos charge was total bullshit. It's not like the heel went that far into my ex-boyfriend's neck. He's just a pussy and I guess neck wounds bleed a lot.
Me: Get out.
Me: It was nice chatting with you. I'll call you later this week.
Pothead Patricia: Quick question, dude. Do you conduct random drug tests?
Me: I ... what?
Pothead Patricia: It's fine if you do. I'll just need, like, at least a three-day notice so I can get ahold of some clean urine. It's okay. I've got a guy. Are you gonna finish that muffin? Blueberries are my jam, dude. I could go for some Cheetos. SpongeBob is really funny. Can we take a nap now?
Me: Get out.)
Cindy groans through the line and I know she's thinking about my disastrous roommate interviews as well.
"Just be nice and call me when you're finished," she tells me.
"When have you ever known me to be nice? Also, I will text you when I'm finished, like a normal human being. Leave me alone and go have crazy monkey sex with your boyfriend before tomorrow when you're shacking up, all the magic is gone, and you murder him in his sleep for not replacing the toilet paper roll."
"One of these days, Ariel, you are going to get your own fairy tale and I'm going to point and laugh at you when it happens," Cindy informs me. "You're going to find your very own Prince Charming and he's going to knock you on your —"
I pull the phone away from my ear and hang up on Cindy, cutting off her bullshit fairy-tale lecture.
Fairy tales don't happen in real life.
Shit. Forget I said that. They happened to both of my friends. Let's just say they don't happen to me and I'm fine with that. F-I-N-E, fine.
"Do you have any more questions for me?" Natalie asks softly.
"I'M FINE!" I scream at her.
I don't need a knight in shining armor to save me and pull the stick out of my ass like Cindy did. I don't need a beastly man with a heart of gold to help me spread my wings and save my precious library like Belle did. I just need to be able to pay my bills, finally start stripping for the Naughty Princess Club, and die happy and alone without a man pissing me off and telling me what to do. And it won't be weird. I won't turn into a Creepy Cat Lady or anything because I hate cats.
My best friends can go ahead and have their stupid fairy tales. I will be a Fantastic Fish Female. My pet fish won't let me down, they won't cover me in hair, and there's zero chance of someone finding my dead body with my face half eaten off.
It's fine. I'M FINE.CHAPTER 2
No One Uses Their Phone for That
"Are you almost home? The donuts are getting cold and Cindy's freaking out because PJ wrote bedroom on a kitchen-utensil box and now she's making us check every single box, smacking us with a spatula if we skip one. Hey, did you know the French call their version of donuts pets de nonne which translates to nun's farts?" Belle asks, her giggle echoing through the speaker in my car.
I resist the urge to yell at her for calling me instead of texting because A — I'm driving, and even though I've mastered the art of putting on mascara and eating Taco Bell while operating a moving vehicle, texting is a no-no; and B — As much as my friends annoy me, I can't help but love Belle and her penchant for spouting off random facts.
"Also, did you drop off our state business license at the courthouse? That has to be turned in by this week or —"
"Don't get your grandma panties all in a bunch. I'm pulling onto Fairytale Lane as we speak," I interrupt her.
I choose not to tell her that I got all the way to the courthouse and realized I forgot the paperwork I needed at home and had to turn back around. I take full responsibility for this mistake, and also for now having to turn in this stuff in person, after putting the wrong information on the forms when I initially filed them online. But I don't need another lecture. When I pulled into the courthouse and realized what I'd done, I screamed so many curse words I ran out of new ones and started making a few up. In case you were wondering, yelling "Dick shit son of a nut cock hole" will indeed get you a few strange looks in a crowded parking lot. After that, I burst into tears, which is completely unacceptable. I am not a crier. Ever. Even more absurd, I apologized to the people around me who witnessed my meltdown. APOLOGIZED. I don't know what's happening to me lately. I think I'm having an identity crisis.
"I'm not wearing panties," Belle whispers loudly. "Vincent hid all my underwear when he did the laundry the other day. It was quite breezy at first, but it's growing on me. Especially since it gives him easy access, if you know what I mean."
Silence fills my car as I try to clear my head of any and all images of Belle and Vincent having sex. Don't get me wrong, he's big and muscly and hot, and I'm quite proud of my shy, sheltered friend for owning her sexuality and turning into a wildcat, but I don't need the details. I need to actually be able to sleep at night, thank you very much.
"You know what I mean, right?" Belle asks when the silence gets too much for her. "I mean he can push me up against the wall and easily —"
"Shhhhhhhhhhh ... I can't hear you ... shhhhhhhhh — bad ... connection ... shhhhhhhhh ... going through a tunnel ... ," I say before hitting the disconnect-call button on my dashboard screen.
I can't help but smile, regardless of my shitty morning, as I slowly ease onto my street. Even though I'm not a fan of fairy tales, I love where I live and can let the name of my street slide. It's a quiet cul-de-sac filled with families, and it doesn't make me want to murder a small village of people at all that when I moved here, I still had ridiculous hopes and dreams that I myself might someday have a family of my own. It actually took me some time to love this street, and I'm still iffy about the majority of people who live here, considering they're a bunch of judgmental assholes who mistook me for a harlot homewrecker instead of a brokenhearted divorcée. Cindy was, in fact, one of those judgmental assholes with me at first, but clearly I won her over with my sparkling personality.
My smile falters a bit as I drive down the tree-lined street and pass Cindy's house with a moving truck in the driveway and a few cars parked out front by the curb. Becoming Cindy's friend and having her live a few houses down from me was another check mark in the plus column of living on Fairytale Lane. I know PJ's house is only a few minutes away on the other side of town, but it won't be the same when I can't just walk across the street and barge through her front door without knocking whenever I want. As I pull into my driveway and stare through the windshield of my two-story colonial, I push aside my melancholy thoughts and remember how much I love my house. It's not fancy and it's half the size of Cindy's, but it's still mine, and right now, it's one of the only things that makes me happy.
Sure, I had to sell my antique store in order to continue to be able to afford it and the fucking alimony I've been forced to pay my ex-husband, but it's fine. I still have a roof over my head, and even though I've recently had to start selling off a bunch of my antiques to pay for shit, my house is still filled with a lot of beautiful items that keep me warm at night.
Okay, fine. China, a plethora of grandfather clocks, vintage paintings, and a shit ton of other odds and ends that cover every available surface in my house don't actually keep me warm at night, but whatever. They make me happy. I deserve to be happy, damn it.
Cindy and Belle have been making a killing doing stripping parties for the Naughty Princess Club, and since right now I'm only handling the administrative duties for the business, I only make a small percentage of their take. A very, very small percentage. Not nearly enough to keep paying my mortgage and save me from selling everything in my house, which is why I've been conducting interviews to find a roommate. But I need to suck it up and take my clothes off for money already. My friends just don't understand what's holding me back and honestly, neither do I. Out of the three of us, one would think I would have been the first one to take the leap into stripping, considering this whole business was my idea anyway. When the three of us showed up at the annual Fairytale Lane Halloween block party wearing princess costumes, we were hired by one of the neighbors to do a party for him. We all thought it would be a princess party for his young daughter, but it turned out we were actually hired to be strippers for PJ's birthday. That party did not end well, let me tell you. We ran out of the house screaming, but our neighbor still paid us for losing our shit. And it was a nice chunk of change. I immediately suggested we do parties where we actually strip, and the rest is history.
It was a good idea at the time. And honestly, it's still a good idea, considering how amazingly Cindy and Belle have done with these parties, and how week after week, our client list and party bookings continue to grow. I just need to get out of this funk I'm in. I can't exactly save my house and all of my antiques unless I figure out what the hell is wrong with me.(Continues…)
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Copyright © 2018 Tara Sivec.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Fantastic Fish Female,
Chapter 2: No One Uses Their Phone for That,
Chapter 3: Gattaca!,
Chapter 4: NOOOOOOOOOOO, My Precious!,
Chapter 5: Fuck, Marry, Kill,
Chapter 6: Love Thy Neighbor,
Chapter 7: Panty Dropper,
Chapter 8: Derrick Alfredo,
Chapter 9: Princess Sassy Pants,
Chapter 10: Hashtag Poop Dance,
Chapter 11: Kiss the Girl,
Chapter 12: Fucking Perfect,
Chapter 13: Laffy Taffy,
Chapter 14: Ball Licker,
Chapter 15: C King,
Chapter 16: Cat Scratch Fever,
Chapter 17: I Want the Fucking Fairy Tale,
Chapter 18: Tiny House Angry,
Chapter 19: I'm Crying in a Goddamn Mall,
Chapter 20: Gang Bang, Party of Me,
Chapter 21: Show Them Your Wide Open Spaces,
Chapter 22: Dickless, Spineless Pieces of Shit,
Chapter 23: Am I in the Fucking Twilight Zone?,
Chapter 24: Fuck You, Combat Boot,
Chapter 25: Tomorrow Is Going to Suck,
Chapter 26: You Are Goals, Dude,
Chapter 27: I Just Want Him to Piddle His Pants,
Chapter 28: Murder House,
Chapter 29: Pick the Penis Out of Her Hair,
Chapter 30: Can I Kiss the Girl?,
About the Author,
Also by Tara Sivec,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was rom-com perfection! I'm still smiling, swooning and laughing to myself when I think about certain parts of the story. This is the third book in the Naughty Princess series but you don't have to have read the first two to love this one. I loved every word of the entire series and I wish it would keep going somehow.
I love the modern take on the classic fairytale and I love that the women in this book each stood up for what they wanted in life. They didn't take crap from anybody. I honestly relate to Anastasia, and hope that everyone will love this book just as much as I do. We need more fairytale's like these in real life. Enjoy!
5 star review of Kiss The Girl (The Naught Princess Club #3) by Tara Sivec This was one of those books that had be snorting and laughing out load on too many occasions to name. I loved this book from the first to the last chapter. This is book three in the series and is all about Ariel Waters,a struggling antiques collector who finds herself falling for Eric Sailor, a millionaire playboy. I fell hard and fast for Eric, a totally swoon worthy hero who ticked all my boxes. Ariel appears to be strong and feisty and trying to get her life together, but all is not as it seems. I loved that Eric was determined to help Ariel see herself as he sees her and it was that that had me cheering him on. There were so many snort and laugh out loud moments throughout this book that I was in danger of being locked up. I laughed so hard I nearly cried, not to mention I woke my husband up. The banter between Eric and Ariel was hilarious at times and this is one of those books that I recommend you one click once available, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Balls to the wall - and that's her! Great fun.
3.5 stars, I think I was hoping something a bit different with Ariels story. I wished there was more banter between Eric and Ariel. I don't think I laughed as much as I did in the first book. I do love the play on the character names. Overall, this was a great series.
Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec is the third book in the Naughty Princess Club series. We met the three "Princesses" in the first book, At the Stroke of Midnight, yet that was Cindy's story. Belle's story was told in the second book, In Bed with the Beast, and this is Ariel's story. These characters are loosely based on the fairytale princesses, but this series has our princesses stripping, drinking and yes falling in love. Ariel is the snarkiest of the trio and has quite a mouth on her, so be prepared for some vulgar language as well as some descriptive sex scenes. Having said all that, I did enjoy the stories about these three ladies. Ariel is the last of the trio to begin stripping. As this story unfolds, we see the real Ariel, her previous heartbreak and how it effected her self-esteem. This story finds Ariel being evicted from her home and losing all her beloved antiques. Eric Sailor, the man Ariel has loved to hate since the first book, comes to her rescue and sets her up on one of the yachts that he owns. In this book, he wants to prove to Ariel that he loves her and wants a relationship with her. True to the fairytale references, there is an Ursula in this story who is Ariel's adversary and we meet her father, Mr. Triton, the Car King, lovingly referred to as C-King. This is Ariel’s chance to find love and a happy ever after. It is not a smooth ride, but it is a fun one. Tara Sivec has written a series that combines humor, sexiness, and sass all with a fairy tale connection. This is not the normal read for me, but with the added message of female empowerment and not letting yourself become dependent on a man. It is okay to use your feminine wiles and sexuality on your own terms to take care of yourself and your loved ones. If you enjoy a fun, romantic, sassy, creative and sexual story, then pick up this series and enjoy. The publisher, St. Martin's Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read and review. The rating, opinions and ideas shared are my own.
Tara Sivec’s Kiss the Girl is fresh, laugh out loud, touching and sexy all rolled up in this new take on a classic fairy tale you won’t want to miss! In the previous books in the series Sivec wrote original retellings of Cinderella and the Beauty and the Beast in which the heroines not only take charge of their lives by starting a stripping business, but also find true friendship and love. With Kiss the Girl, Sivec takes on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. In this fun, sexy, touching and romantic version which Ariel Waters not only lost self-confidence because of her ex-husband, she’s also about to lose her house and antiques due to the alimony she has to pay him. Ariel is never going to trust much less fall for man ever again, especially no the likes of charming rich flirt Eric Sailor who irritates and excites her in equal measures. When the bank comes to reposes her house and valuables, she finds herself saved by Eric’s understanding and caring support as no one else knows how to snap her out of her shock. As Eric keeps showing up to help her, they both get to know one another and Ariel is finally able to see the good man behind the lady-killer façade and into the man who not only understands and makes her laugh, but the who sees the real her and loves her deeply. Just like in the fairy tale though, an evil witch is set on keeping them apart. But besides Eric’s love, Ariel can also count on the unconditional support of her best friends. You can’t help but love Sivec’s characters who are the modern incarnations of the fairytale, we even have Ariel’s father who’s a real hoot and delightfully compliments the trio’s crazy. I absolutely loved this story which perfectly complements the previous two. Kiss the Girl is book #3 of the Naughty Princess Club series by author Tara Sivec. It is a standalone romantic comedy that will make you laugh and swoon. Told from the heroine’s point of view with a fairytale happy ending.
Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec is the third book in her latest Naughty Princess Club series. Finally, the story of Ariel and her feisty ways. Told from Ariel's POV we get an inside look at the feisty, mouthy princess that has yet to perform at Charming's and earn her stripper stripes. We get to see another side of Eric and how sweet and charming he can be. The story is well-written and well-paced, absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious, sexy and complete with a fairy-tale ending. Enjoy!
This was a really cute Little Mermaid retelling. The humor was good without veering into over-the-top category and I found the Little Mermaid references to be fun and not overdone as well. I should probably say that I am a huge fan of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid so much so that my brother cannot watch it to this day. He says I watched it too many times as a kid and he still knows it by heart. As far as the romance, it was sweet with little conflict which was exactly what I was looking for in this type of book. I'm looking forward to checking out the other books in the series.
Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec is book three in the Naughty Princess Club series. Starring Ariel Waters and Eric Sailor, Kiss the Girl, is filled with humor, antics, and romance as Ariel tries to overcome her problems with Eric at her side. I enjoyed this novel. Kiss the Girl was a quick read and definitely will have you smiling. It is the conclusion to the series and Ms. Sivec does not leave us hanging on "happy endings" or "what happens next". Overall, I would recommend Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec especially if you're looking for a romantic comedy. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Kiss the Girl is the last book in this series and my second book to read by Tara Sivec. I loved this book. It is laugh-out-loud funny with romance and strong friendships all thrown together. The characters are all well developed and feel like old friends. The plot is strong and keeps you reading. It was a delightful book. I received this ebook free from NetGalley for an honest review.
I totally enjoyed reading Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec, book three in The Naughty Princess Club series. This is a new author for me, so as I started reading the story, I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go. However, the more I read, the more I laughed and the more I fell in love with this book and its characters. Ariel is a no holds bar kind of gal who speaks her mind and takes no prisoners. Eric is the multimillionaire who falls in love with her as soon as he sets eyes on her, but needs to bide his time until the time is right. Ariel, along with her friends Cindy and Belle are three amazing women who have three amazing men supporting them along the way. Everyone could benefit from having these kind of friends in our life. Friends that lift you up when you think you're at the very bottom. Ms. Sivec wrote a hilarious story; filled with sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters. I will definitely be reading more from this author! I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When Ariel looses her house and all her antiques, she is devastated. But Eric, who is PJ's partner in the strip club, offers her a place to stay. He is a billionaire and lives on a huge yacht and has Ariel stay on his 2nd yacht next door. Ariel still is not over the humiliation and verbal abuse from her husband, and she has lost all her confidence. But Eric won't give up on her because he has been attracted to her since the day they met. This is a hilarious spoof of the Little Mermaid. The mouth on Ariel is unbelievable and Eric is her match as his is almost the same. The situations they get into had me laughing out loud. If you are looking for a light hearted romance, then this is the book for you. I received an ARC courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
3.5 Stars Kiss the Girl is my first novel by Tara Sivec. I liked the twist on a fairy tale and how she wove in characters from The Little Mermaid into the story line. That being said, I struggled with this book. I think that not having ready book 1 and 2 was a bit of a disadvantage. While it could be read as a stand alone, I was taken aback by Ariel's abrasive nature and sailors mouth. I couldn't really understand what Eric saw in her and frankly wouldn't have wanted to be in the same room, let alone friends with her. I seem to be in the minority and will read the first two books on the series to see if my opinion of Ariel changes at all.
I absolutely loved this book!! While I am disappointed I didn’t get to read the first two books before this one, it can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed the Disney-esque characters and even how they put Vanessa in the mix. Well written and a great read!
A struggling antiques collector finds herself falling in love with a millionaire playboy; but can she ever be a part of his world? Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after. While her friends have broken free of their insecurities, Ariel Waters is struggling to come out of her shell. Her ex-husband took away her voice and her self-confidence, and Ariel is drowning under a sea of debt to afford the alimony she has to pay him. She refuses to ever fall for a man’s charms again, and is determined to make her own way. When her house and her beloved antiques are taken by the bank after too many missed payments, Ariel finds herself adrift until the infuriatingly charming Eric Sailor comes to her rescue. Although she can’t stand the millionaire playboy, Eric’s kindness and unconditional support reveal hidden depths and a love that Ariel never imagined she could find. But there are outside influences who will stop at nothing to keep them apart; can Ariel and Eric weather the storm and find a way to be together? Review: This is the final book (at least as far as I know) of this fun series with a new take on faerytale princesses. Like I said above, this book was just plain fun to read. The story was fun, the characters were fun and even the dialogue was fun. I always say if a book can make me laugh out loud while reading it is a keeper, this one definitely did that. I love the unique interesting ways the Author wove the Little Mermaid tale into a new updated take on the story. It was fun to read how the characters of the original story were depicted in as the characters of this book. Besides having fun reading this, it gave me a light heart. I mean Ariel and Eric do have their issues and obstacles that they have to overcome, but it is a feel good story. Each of these books can be read as a stand alone, but I enjoyed them in order. A fun, unique and entertaining take on The Little Mermaid. 5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Kiss the Girl is the third book in the Naughty Princess series. It is Ariel and Eric's story. Ariel comes across as a strong, independent woman but we soon discover that she is putting on a front to cover her pain and fears from her past. Eric is a part owner of a gentleman's club where he first met Ariel. It takes a bit of work to build Ariel back up and for her and Eric to sort their feelings out only to have the lying Sebastian and evil Ursula interfere. This may be my favorite of this series. I loved Ariel's sarcasm and wit. The story has some ups and downs but is all worth it in the end. I recommend you read the first two in the series first to get the full effect but each novel is about a different couple. The Naughty Princess Club series is a must read for lol fun.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the third and final book in the Naughty Princess Club. These stories have been so cute to read. Kiss the Girl is the much awaited story of Ariel and Eric. Yes, you guessed it. The characters in this series are based off favorite Disney Princesses. Ariel is a ball busting business woman we've all been waiting to see how her story turns out. She gives Eric zero slack. He just eats it right up. What made me pause in this story was the simpering girl Ariel turned into when her ex-husband turns up in town. She's a totally different person. Not the Ariel we love that's for sure. Oh! Let me add that Ariel's dad makes an appearance in this book. OMG! He's hilarious. You just have to shake your head at the man. Kiss the Girl is a great ending to this series. I liked that the author put updates of all three characters in the end of this book as well so you know what's going on with all the couples tying it all together.
A Fun Take on a Fairy Tale This was my first experience with Tara Sivec’s writing and, overall, I did like it, though it took me some time to get into the story. Ariel is abrasive, her language full of expletives, and, to start, she is not a likeable character which made it hard for me. I am no prude, but it seemed to go overboard. I stuck with it, and Ariel’s character became more sympathetic and understandable. I still think that the language could have been toned down, but, as the story moved on, I noticed it less. This was a fun tale, with strong friendships and characters. It won’t be for everyone, but I found it to be a quick read with well-developed strong characters and a fun storyline that made me giggle. It’s book three in the series, but not having read the first tow didn’t hamper my enjoyment. #KisstheGirl #Swerve #StMartins
Meeting Ariel and Eric was a bit different and refreshing. They are the first couple that I have met in this series. I look forward to getting know more of the other two couples and seeing this all from the beginning. I had so much fun with Eric and Ariel. At time I found her to be a challenge, but then I look at the stress and strife in her life. And what lead her to the decisions she made. She needed someone in her life that understood that and with Eric I think he saw a lot more of her than she was comfortable showing to her club members. This story was reminiscent of the Disney Fairytale, but that was about the depth of it. This princess was in no way sweet, meek, proper, or overly respectful. Ariel was foul mouth, short tempered and a bit of a rebel, but that was all a mask. There were further depths to Ariel. Eric was strong and wiling to see past all that Ariel threw out there for others to see. It takes a person strong of character and self-confidence to see past the facade that Ariel put in place.There was a strong cast of characters and friendships. I very much enjoyed this read and would most certainly read it again. Preferably after I have read the other two. I was swept up in a fun afternoon of entertainment. Naughty Princess Club series: At the Stroke of Midnight In Bed with the Beast Kiss the Girl
Thanks to NetGalley, Swerve, and Tara Sivec and team for a chance to read this DRC in exchange for an honest review. Tara Sivec can write some great and fun characters and definitely think everyone should read these, even if romance isn't your preferred genre because of the comedic dialogue especially in this pairing of Ariel and Eric! They were both tumultuous and antagonistic towards each other and that played off really well within the character traits that made for some great wordplay - Man the dialogue between these two is just so laugh out loud funny and sharp that as the story progresses, it was naturally that they fall in like and lust and then into love with each other. Sivec's premise of taking these fairy tale heroines and placing them in a modern setting and world really let her take the heroines and have fun and that is so wonderfully realized in her portrayal of Ariel as she's anything but what Disney gave us (#notyourkidsdisney) that there was little doubt that Sivec had fun. Her fun and sharp wit is all over this like it was in the previous installment and this frenemies to lovers take of the Little Mermaid was just what I didn't know I needed till I read it.
Finally we get to the bottom of the brash, aloof rage-aholic known as Ariel. This little mermaid is going to rock your fish tank. Once upon a time, Tara Sivec has a wildly entertaining idea. Three books later she still has me giggling like a school girl, wanting to download snapshot and follow a ragey teen, and find my own Disney-esque Prince. Kiss The Girl is sweet romance with a sea witch, a king, and sailor. It's got naughty make out sessions, random facts, and spreadsheets. Clearly, Ms. Sivec brought the sexy. Once upon a time three naughty princesses made a date and here is the culmination of that momentous occasion.
Tara Sevic can write some great and fun characters and definitely think everyone should read these, even if romance isn't your preferred genre because of the comedic dialogue especially in this pairing of Ariel and Eric! They were both tumultuous and antagonistic towards each other and that played off really well within the character traits that made for some great wordplay - Man the dialogue between these two is just so laugh out loud funny and sharp that as the story progresses, it was naturally that they fall in like and lust and then into love with each other. Sevic's premise of taking these fairy tale heroines and placing them in a modern setting and world really let her take the heroines and have fun and that is so wonderfully realized in her portrayal of Ariel as she's anything but what Disney gave us (#notyourkidsdisney) that there was little doubt that Sevic had fun. Her fun and sharp wit is all over this like it was in the previous installment and this frenemies to lovers take of the Little Mermaid was just what I didn't know I needed till I read it.
Ariel had always been confident, gutsy and strong. You'd never know she actually had very low self-esteem, thanks to her ex-husband. When she lost everything and was feeling particularly bad about herself, Eric wanted to help her see her true value. Even though she didn't think much of Eric and had repeatedly told him off - never mincing words - he had always admired and been attracted to her. It didn't help his case that she didn't trust men anymore. I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Could Eric be more perfect? I don't think so. He actually loves Ariel for who she is and doesn't want to change anything about her. All 3 of the naughty princesses are fantastic. They are all strong, independent women who work hard and find love. This book had me chuckling just like the others in this series did. The chemistry between Eric and Ariel was strong but not over-the-top. I liked that this story was sexy but not erotic. Are you looking for a romantic comedy with laugh-out-loud moments? Kiss The Girl is it.
4 Stars!!! Kiss the Girl is the third book in the naughty princess series.. Ariel Waters is the person behind the Naughty Princess Club Idea. She is one among the partners along with Cindy and Belle.. Though the business idea belongs to Ariel, she has her own inhibitions in performing for their business. Every time she tries to get back her confidence, the memories of her ex-husband just tramps them off.. With her ex taking a lot from her as alimony and her antiques n house taken away by bank, she is clueless about how to go on with her life.. When her whole life is falling apart, Eric Sailor comes for her rescue.. Eric infuriates her and Ariel just cant stand him... However with time, Eric seems to be the one person who can stand the craziness of Ariel. He seems to be the one who makes her realize her own worth and helps her get back her confidence without making it obvious.. And when they finally fall in love and happy, Eric's mom n Ariel's ex try to shatter everything they have... There were parts in this book where i couldnt stop laughing.. I loved Eric, and though Ariel was annoying to me at first, i eventually grew fond of her.. This book was a cool and sweet read!!