Title: Romancing the Ugly Duckling
Author: Clare London
Series: Romancing the . . . #2/Dreamspun Desires #36
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner PressSummary:
Is this the makeover of a lifetime?
Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.
Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.
Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.
With Romancing the Ugly Duckling, Clare London has brought a modern M/M romance twist to the childhood story we were all told to show us that the inner self is where true beauty lies and to never judge a book by its cover. Greg left the city and everything behind to outrun his childhood of being the local bullies favorite target. Peter's job is to find the elusive brother to a celebrity family so they can be the newest reality television hit. What they find is what neither was looking for.
I have never read Dreamspinner's Dreamspun Desires series before but if any of them are half as good as Romancing the Ugly Duckling I know I'll love them. Is it really an opposites attract trope? Well, that might be a bit too simplistic labeling but on the surface it's probably pretty accurate. Having a pretty good inkling as to where the tale ends can sometimes ruin a story but sometimes it can make it even better because the truly intriguing bits are found in the journey.
Romancing makes for perfect summer reading, who am I kidding, it's a lovely read any time of year. The lessons we learned, or should have learned, from the ugly duckling tale of our childhood should never leave us but unfortunately those are the lessons we too often forget so not only does Clare London bring us a beautifully written fun romance but she reminds us that a person's worth is not just what we see on the surface. You won't be sorry for giving this one a chance.
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant.
She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
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