May 29th, 2023
| Published: July 2021 |
| Genre: Romance |
| Length: 436 Pages |
| My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ .Five |
I’m in the business of creating fairy tales.
Theme parks. Production companies. Five-star hotels.
Everything could be all mine if I renovated Dreamland.
My initial idea of hiring Zahra was good in theory, but then I kissed her.
Things spiraled out of control once I texted her using an alias.
By the time I realized where I went wrong, it was too late.
People like me don’t get happy endings.
Not when we’re destined to ruin them.
After submitting a drunk proposal criticizing Dreamland’s most expensive ride, I should have been fired.
Instead, Rowan Kane offered me a dream job.
The catch? I had to work for the most difficult boss I’d ever met.
Rowan was rude and completely off-limits, but my heart didn’t care.
At least not until I discovered his secret.
It was time to teach the billionaire that money couldn’t fix everything.
Especially not us.
To start, this book is insanely popular. On Instagram, it feels like everybody is ready it and I wanted to give it a try myself for that reason and also because I heard this was grumpy meets sunshine which I am a sucker for.
It set out with a lot of promise. Rowan’s granddad dies and he inherits the responsibility to improve the family theme park worth billions of dollars. Zahra works at said theme park in the salon(?) but dreams of becoming a Creator and work on creating and developing new rides and attractions.
Dreamland is basically DisneyLand and it’s where this book fell short for me. The premise started strong but it wasn’t focused. I think it was trying to be too many things and failed to be any of them. Including with the romance…
This would have been cute as a slow burn. ‘I hate you but lets have sex anyway’ kind of book. And I think it’s meant to be that. But Rowan trying so hard to get her, practically declaring his love for her exactly 50% into the book undermines that. And then, to top it all off, after he’s tried so hard to get her, he says it can only be a casual thing. I don’t know what they think casual means but these two are anything but that.
Which is a shame because (at the beginning) I love the grumpy x sunshine moments. It was text book and I had a lot of fun reading it. I was so ready to fall in love with this book but it fell flat after that.
The writing became repetitive and tiresome after a while with the author falling back on the same old defaults too often. I found the ending, which should have been emotional (and maybe was for some people) a little cringy. I never felt the characters were sincere and I didn’t like (slight spoiler here) how for them to be together, one of them had to sacrifice a job I never got the impression they wanted to sacrifice.
I’ll give the other books in the series a go because this wasn’t painful to read and they really are just that popular that I have to know what everyone is talking about. But I did have higher hopes for it.
Thanks For Reading,