Review: Cinderella #2, Broken Prince by Aubrey Rose

20310014Blurb from Goodreads

The thrilling new follow up to the new adult bestseller Me, Cinderella? by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aubrey Rose!

Happily ever after is just what they say in books. Real life is MUCH more complicated.

Brynn can’t believe her good luck. Her Cinderella story continues as she finds herself studying math in a castle on the edge of a Hungarian forest. However, no fairy tale lasts forever, and a letter about her mother’s death opens up a whole new world of nightmares…

Eliot, finally back in Hungary, is haunted by the lie he told ten years ago to protect his family. Now he finds that he can no longer hide his dark past from Brynn, and time is running out to finish his life’s work in mathematics.

The problem that neither one of them can solve is this:

Once broken, can two shattered lives ever be made whole again?

Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published December 23rd 2013
edition language: English
series: Cinderella
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review

I’d like to think that the life of the prince and princess in fairy tales actually begins when the story ends. After they met and confessed their love and it said they live happily ever after. That’s when my curiosity begins. I’m curious of what will happen next to Cinderella and the prince. Could they really accept each other despite of their differences? How do people around them affect their love and life? Can they forgive and forget their past? And so on and so forth. Broken Prince is that kind of story. Brynn and Eliot fall in love and have their happy ending at the end of Me, Cinderella? Now they journey begins.

Just like in prequel, I still liked the writing. Aubrey Rose can describe the setting well, very well I felt like I was with Brynn and Eliot struggling with their love in Hungary. I got the cold beautiful winter Budapest in book 1 but here the snow melted slowly and summer was about to begin. It’s so beautiful reading the description both from Brynn and Eliot POV.

First part of the story felt so slowly. The insecurities, doubt and Brynn and Eliot inability to talk their feeling and fear made me wanted them to stop beat around the bush. But it didn’t mean I was bored, not at all. Although it was slow, it still can draw me to read it. It was like I have to take it slowly and patiently to understand Brynn and Eliot better. And I did understand them better. So when second part of the story began, I felt like the pace changed, faster with so many things happened at the same time. In some part, I felt it was more depressing than previous book, but I think it’s understandable since their also tried to conquer their demons here, rather than just pursuit their happiness. And in other part, which I liked more, I can see the choices that Brynn and Eliot have and how it affected their life. I especially liked when they chose and set their priorities.

But there were also things I didn’t quite like because it felt too easily to be true. So I was kind of questioning it.

All in all, I liked it better than Me, Cinderella? And wish the author can create another story for them since I still want to know their life in another “castle”.
Favorite quotes:
“Sharing books is one of the most personal, most frightening things you can do, after all. When you give somebody else a story that you have loved, you are risking so much. Will they like the story as much as you? Will they take the same meaning from it? And yet, the reward if they understand the book you love, if they love it as much as you!”
“When you read a novel, you become the main character, if only for a while. Living in someone else’s shoes makes people more generous with each other. And when you read the same book as another person, you are becoming the same character. When your lover reads a book you have read, you are sharing another experience, in a way, one that you might never get to share in real life”
“We all get hurt sometimes,” she said. “It’s okay”
“And don’t worry. Love will come to you. It already has come once. Now it knows where you are, it will come again.”
Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose

18110952Blurb from Goodreads

One kind deed can change your life forever…

Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes.

He could have been anyone – a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know.

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published June 24th 2013
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This is a sweet-different retelling story of Cinderella. Brynn surely isn’t Cinderella, though her life slightly has similar story with her. I love that Brynn always knows what she wants and stood for it. She fights hard for her life, dreams and love, even when her ‘prince charming’ Eliot rejects and try to stay away from her. She run away from him, in the beginning, just like Cinderella but then she stands for herself, though still have vulnerable moment. I like this different side of Cinderella, a Cinderella who didn’t just wait for her prince charming to find her.Despite of a few typos, I like the way Aubrey Rose wrote it. She described Hungary clearly and beautifully. I can easily feel the setting and especially love the way she wrote when Brynn tells her eating ritual, it’s so clear I feel sad for Brynn. As my nice first encounter, I’m going to read her other books.

Result:  3 of 5 stars