I loved the first two books in Tara Sivec’s Naughty Princess Club series (I’ll link my reviews down below) so I was really excited to get an email from St. Martin’s Press/Swerve offering me an ARC of Kiss the Girl! Enemies-to-lovers is kind of my thing and I’d been anticipating Ariel and Eric’s story ever since we were first introduced to them in At the Stroke of Midnight.
I liked Eric a lot. He was such a great guy and I loved that he just gave Ariel a yacht. Why can’t someone just give me a big yacht to live on all by myself? I need my personal space. In that way, I really related to Ariel. But aside from that… Ariel is just so prickly. It wasn’t a surprise, really, since it’s not like she was a ball of sunshine in the previous two books, but I found it really hard to connect with her. I’m all for my female protagonists being complex and layered and having their own issues, but Ariel created a lot of her own problems but blamed them on other people and that was hard for me to deal with.
The relationship between Eric and Ariel was actually pretty cute. Eric was so supportive of her and I loved the romance once Ariel got over herself and stopped pushing him away. But for the actual story? I don’t know. I just felt like, compared with the last two books in the series, the parallels with the actual Little Mermaid story were pretty forced. The whole plot felt kind of rushed and I just didn’t love this one as much as I’d expected. Not to mention that the whole plot with Ursula had me rolling my eyes. (Are these grown adults or teenagers? Sometimes I couldn’t tell.)
Kiss the Girl wasn’t a bad way to spend a few hours, but I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend it to anybody other than fans of the previous two books in the series.
Have you read Kiss the Girl? Do you like this kind of retelling?
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