Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather’s casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire’s shoes as the “Prince of Vegas.” His first act is to buy a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes undercover. His prime suspect is the new finance supervisor—the spitfire brunette who stole his heart at first sight.
Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a gambling addiction.
A rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.
Fairy tale re-tellings are always a bit tricky: they are great or they do the original fairy tale injustice. But Petie McCarty has nailed it. This modern Cinderella story (starring Andi as Cinderella) with her evil stepmother and two evil stepsisters is absolutely original, funny and also has it’s own twist.
Yes, the story isn’t totally according to the original Cinderella story. But let’s face it: there was no gambling and no Las Vegas in the Disney version. But yes, we do have a “prince” Garrett, who is reluctantly coming to Biloxi in order to save his recently died grandfather’s last project, the Bayou Princess casino.
And while Andi aka Cinderella isn’t cleaning floors, she is working at the merci of her stepsister and stepmom in the casino. Determined to make the best of this, in order to help her (not-very-fairy) godmother stay clear of her gambling addiction.
And while Garrett is lying about his personality to Andi, while working undercover in his own casino, Andi is having a very funny email conversation with the owner of the casino. Not knowing that Garrett is the one-and-only casino owner.
The story reaches it’s peak during the grand opening ball of the casino. And yes, at first Andi isn’t able to go, because her evil stepsister ruined her ballgown. But at the ball, the story gets a new twist… and even if you know Cinderella by heart, you’ll still be surprised! Check it out for yourself. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Backlit PR
Published: October 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥