Born to an Italian father and native Texas mother, Nico Lamon returns to Texas to launch an exclusive deal with the iconic Castle Department Store. Guilty for not being there when his father died, Nico has brought the House of Lamon back from the brink of bankruptcy. He devises a marketing gimmick that will benefit both the Castles and the House of Lamon: find the perfect woman to be the fashion line’s spokesperson and to wear the gorgeous Valentine shoes he personally designed. When he spots Eleanor in the crowd, he won’t stop until she’s that woman. His woman. 

Eleanor Castle returns to Castle Department Store undercover as head of security, but she’s really back to reclaim her heritage and save both the store and her aging father. Eleanor has a plan to stop her evil stepmother from her devious doings and she won’t stop until she knows her face is safe. But when Nico spots her at a gala and decides she’s the one who should wear the shoes and that she’s also the one he wants in his life, Eleanor has to reevaluate her undercover plan. Nico slips a red shoe on her foot and captures her heart. How can she fall for a prince of a man without exposing herself and her bruised heart? 

Titles in the Castles of Dallas series include:  Undercover Princess

Title:  Undercover Princess
Series:  Castles of Dallas #1
Author:  Lenora Worth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 31, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I love the modern day retelling of classic fairy tales, the subtle differences, the other ways that each author adds twists and turns to a known story always capture my imagination.  Undercover Princess is a delicious retelling of the Cinderella tale – with several delightful twists along the way.

Ellie and Nico make a fun, sexy and determined couple.  Each with their own agenda, they must find a way to make “them” work, as well as getting their other wishes completed.  I had fun with this first story in the Castles of Dallas series, and it certainly was enough to spark my imagination and need to know what is coming next.

This Cinderella is out to get back at the evil step-mother for the wrongs she’s done, and this Prince Charming will be right there alongside all the way – well ,except when he’s working his own magic that is.  I liked them, I enjoyed their story, the different twists gave me a chuckle often and I’ll always fall for a true love story.  I’d not hesitate to recommend Undercover Princess to any Contemporary Romance reader who loves a good story, likable characters, a secondary character cast you cannot wait to learn more about and a nasty piece of work for the villain.  Can’t go wrong with a classic tale with a modern day twist.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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