Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Taylor Fitzgerald needs a last-minute bride.
On the eve of his twenty-fifth birthday, the billionaire’s son discovers that despite being gay, he must marry a woman before midnight or lose a fifty-million-dollar inheritance. So he hightails it to Las Vegas… where he meets the beautiful maid Ally May.
There’s just one rather significant problem: Ally is actually Alessandro Macias, son of a tough Brazilian hotel magnate. But if Ally keeps pretending to be a girl for a little while longer, is there a chance they might discover this marriage is tailor-made?
Tara Lain’s Taylor Maid is another hit in the utterly charming series from Dreamspinner, Dreamspun Desires that seeks to replicate and perhaps even better those series romances from decades ago. You know, with familiar names like Silhouette? That cover duplicates the retro charm of an earlier time effortlessly as does this story by Tara Lain.
Once again, a old familiar plot gets a M/M update and I loved it. Runaway heiress is now an heir, who is being pressured into a business merger marriage by his father. Escaping to the United States, he uses makeup, expertly, transforming into an adorable maid. Next? Ally meets a billionaire’s son in need of a wife in order to hold onto his fortune because of a cause in his grandfather’s will and a duplicitous father. Yes, I can see those heads nodding in recognition, you know this storyline like the back of your hand (why not go with a cliche here).
What turns an old workhorse of a plot into a fresh new adorable pony of a story? The characters, dialog and a romance you want to cheer for, that’s what. The character that I fell in love with immediately was that of Ally aka Alessandro Macias, runaway heir of Brazilian hotel conglomerate magnate. Ally is brave, beautiful, fierce and every bit a magnificent drag queen in the making. I could read an entire series of books about Ally.
So its no wonder that Ally turns the world upside down for desperate rich boy Taylor Fitzgerald, who needs a bride, gets one and then can’t figure out why he’s attracted to his new “wife” when he’s gay to his bones. Its so much fun watching this story play out. There’s some angst but not too much, a little suspense, a little drama, lots of humor and plenty of passion.
Tara Lain moves her story quickly along, it zings where it should, sings where it should and ends happily ever after…just as it should.
You can actually get a subscription to the Dreamspun Desires books, just like you could the old romances. So far, I’ve loved them all. Definitely put this on your TBR list if you are a lover of the old-time romance stories, or sweet tales of love. Tara Lain’s Taylor Maid is a story you won’t want to miss.
Cover art by Paul Richmond is perfection. I love the retro look of these covers, its charming and a throwback to another age.
ebook, 218 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleTaylor Maid