I am pretty sure that this is the only adult romance novel I have ever read. Boy, was it fun! The characters were kind of stock, but true to Cabot’s style, they were all well drawn. It was laugh out loud funny in places, and the adventure took some good twists. I can’t really see me jumping onto the romance bandwagon or anything, but this was highly entertaining. Not to mention steamy. I’m so used to YA, where they either don’t mention sex beyond a kiss, or it’s the whole focus, or it’s some terrible or embarrassing thing. I’d totally forgotten that in adult books there is fun, exciting, and romantic sex allowed.
As you may already know, this book was written by Meg Cabot, but is billed as being written by Princess Mia Thermopolis from Cabot’s Princess Diaries books. I love that idea. Because Princess Mia is a huge supporter of Greenpeace, all the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Greenpeace. I’m thinking with Cabot’s popularity, that might save a lot of whales! If you really think about what it means to donate the proceeds of this book it’s quite amazing. Even if you write really fast, to write a 400 page book takes time. Lots of time. And commitment. And generosity.
I’ve always thought that Meg Cabot is a great person based on all the plugs she gives new writers and the way she encourages girls to really embrace and love themselves for who they are, not who they want to be, but this is really quite impressive. I borrowed the book from the library, but I think I will find it in my budget to buy it. After all, if she can donate months of her time to write it, that’s the least I can do. Besides, if we’re lucky, there’ll be a sequel and I’ll want to read it again anyway!