Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blog Tour Review + Top Ten + Giveaway: Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis


Today is my stop on the blog tour for Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis and I am excited to share a review plus Aven's top ten outfits and a giveaway. Check it out!

Waiting for Prince Harry
Author: Aven Ellis
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC via author

~Synopsis~
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...


~Review~

I absolutely adore Aven. Not only is a she a great writer but she is also a fantastic person too. One of the things I love about her books and her writing is that her personality totally shines through her characters. When I’m reading her books, I see every little piece of Aven in there. Waiting for Prince Harry was such a cute contemporary romance and I really enjoyed getting to know Kylie and Harrison.

Kylie is awesome! I definitely see a lot of myself in Kylie and I loved how much I connected with her. She is a bit shy and more of an introvert. She wants to meet that one man that will see her and love her for who she really is. She definitely sees something special in Harrison from the beginning and I loved that they made such a strong connection. She has no idea who he is so she really gets to see the “real” Harrison and he recognizes that too. He is a sexy “Hockey God” but Kylie sees way beyond that. He is intelligent, funny, kind and an all-around good guy.

I think Kylie and Harrison both have insecurities and they definitely get in the way a little bit here and there. Kylie sees herself as average and ordinary and worries that Harrison will want a woman more like a model. This definitely gets in her head a bit. Harrison is all about hockey and his parents are not supportive. He lets this get in his head and he worries that Kylie will just see him as a dumb jock. On top of the insecurities, they also have to overcome Harrison’s celebrity and being in the spotlight. That is something Kylie isn’t used to and it can definitely be a stressor in someone’s life and a relationship. I liked the way that Kylie and Harrison worked through the issues together. He can be a little hot headed but I loved that he recognized when he over-reacted and he always made up for it.

Kylie and Harrison definitely fell hard and fast for each other. Sometimes this can definitely cause some strife because these feelings are so fresh and new and very strong. I liked the way Kylie and Harrison navigated the waters together. They really spent time getting to know each other and helping one another grow. Kylie’s growth was definitely noticeable. I liked the way Harrison encouraged her to stand up for herself at work and he supported and encouraged her design dreams. He saw her potential and he help her find her confidence and believe that she could make all her dreams come true now and not someday in the future. I also liked the way Kylie encouraged Harrison to see himself as more than just a hockey player and she helped build his self-confidence too.

Overall, I adored this book and the plot was really fun. I loved the way Aven added “pop quizzes” in the beginning of each chapter. It was really fun and different. I also really loved that this book shows every girl can find her own prince and someday we all will. 


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~Top Ten Outfits--Waiting For Prince Harry~
Fashion played a big part in this book-from Kylie being an aspiring designer, to Harrison being a stylish professional athlete-fashion was a supporting character in the story. So I thought it might be fun to see what I envisioned when creating the outfits to help not only tell the story, but to give you a good feel for personality that is reflected in clothing choices. And I love fashion so maybe that is kind of sorta the other part, ha ha.

   1. Kylie’s Bridesmaid Dress. This is exactly how I wanted the dress to be--tight in the hips and a train...A train that would end up leading her to her Prince Harry in Chapter One.


2.  Harrison lives for his bridge T-shirt...
 

3. Kylie loves her yoga clothes after work...and being comfortable in her home.



4.      Harrison looked rather hot in his crisp white dress shirts...
  


 5. Kylie wore this for a work event. While women around her were in gowns, Harrison only had eyes for Kylie in her tank top...
 


6.      Harrison loves his D&G suits and wears them for fashion shoots and when traveling.
  


  
7.      Kylie’s clothes were very feminine and soft and often had a retro vibe, like this dress.

 8.  Green is a color that Harrison wears brilliantly with his ginger hair and green eyes and he goes to it quite frequently in his closet.



9. And because Texas is so hot in the summer, Kylie is a big fan of sundresses. Again, soft and feminine.


10.   And when Harrison is going casual he loves designer jeans. Fits his rugged side well.



So there you have it, some outfits straight from Kylie and Harrison’s closets.  I actually do all my characters closets on Pinterest--and you can get a sneak peek into future books and characters by looking in those boards, too. So follow me http://www.pinterest.com/avenellis/ if you want to see some more!

About Aven Ellis:

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year. Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


3 comments:

  1. Jessica MangicaroApril 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Oh I loved these outfits!! Such an awesome idea for a guest post! :D I loved this one so much, and I agree- even though they fell hard and fast, it still worked for them as a couple. I can't wait for what Aven does next!

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  2. What a great Top 10 idea. I love all the outfits and I think they all fit perfectly with the way I was envisioning it : )

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  3. Oh I love the outfits. I like retro looks too and relaxing at home in yoga clothes is the best.
    Glad you loved the book Chelsea.

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