Title: Cross My Heart
Author: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Lana (Roland) and Daniel
POV: 3rd *Alternating*
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Roland Reynolds—or Lana Renault, as she’s now known—knows that life is no fairy tale. Fortunately she has her trusted friends, nicknamed the dwarfs, to keep her company. She lives her life to the fullest while keeping what’s beneath her skirt to herself.
American painter Daniel Hunter is no stranger to adversity either, and it’s left him with not only strength but secrets. Unlike Lana, he remains aloof, content to observe life and beauty from the sidelines… until the first time their eyes meet on a crowded Paris street.
Cupid’s arrow finds its mark in Daniel, but while Lana longs for romance, she knows there’s no prince in her happy ever after. If their story is to have a fairy-tale ending, Daniel will have to convince Lana to let down her walls—and, in the process, reveal what he fears sharing the most.
Do you ever read a book and just don’t want it to end? Cross My Heart has been the first book in a long time where I’ve not wanted to reach the last word. Don’t worry about the pronouns. They make no difference when you’re rooting for Daniel and Lana. The difference between Roland and Lana is so subtle, and yet so well-drawn.
Cross My Heart is a modern-day fairy tale, but life for our heroes has been more Grimm than Disney. You have a prince with a less than charming past and a prince wrapped up in princess outfits and living in a tower without a door. Anyway, before I get carried away, let me tell you to read this book. This is a love story, with interfering friends, murky pasts and a backdrop of Paris. There is an interesting dip into British politics which could be stereotypical but had an element of reality.
Lana’s friends, the dwarves (who aren’t), play a large part in the book and have their own journey to make. The author made me feel alternately frustrated and wanting to hug the heck out of them. Our heroes’ journey is different but just as profound, just as frustrating at times.
If this was Disney, I’d want them to be sitting with a bowl of meatballs and spaghetti and sucking on the same noodle – if you get my drift. This is a love story. Go buy it.
Reviewed By: Pippa Wood
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