Romancing the Ugly Duckling by Clare London

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

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.

This is a sweet story that shows you that you don’t always need what you wish for.
Perry must convince Greg that coming back to London is in his best interest and that he will make him look fabulous. Getting ready to leave London he is suddenly aware that he will have supporting coworkers and he will have to do this all on his own. I love how Perry seems to get along with everyone, or can at least convince people that he has their best interest at heart.
Greg was bullied by his family, and really had no use for them anymore. He’s settled in Uist a small Scottish island and follows his passion to paint. He doesn’t believe anyone when they tell him he is handsome. He wants nothing to do with Perry, but must put him up in his home for the night. From there we learn who these two men really are, as they get to know each other.
So if you are looking for a light fun read this will have you smiling. The writing was good although time passing seemed to be different for the general story and the MC’s POV.

4 of 5 stars


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