Review: If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake

Review: If the Slipper Fits by Olivia DrakeIf the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 22nd 2012
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

Will she have her happily ever after?

Is This Love Real?

Raised in a girls’ school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she’s hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child’s breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination—or her heart.

Or Are They Living In a Fairytale?

Falling for his young nephew’s governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury’s orderly life, but Annabelle’s quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist. Meanwhile, a mysterious danger looms over the remote Cornwall estate. Will their newfound desire stand the test of time? Or are some happy endings just too good to come true?

I have always loved fairytales. So it isn’t really a surprise that when I heard about If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake, I knew I had to read it ASAP. Unfortunately I was let down with If the Slipper Fits.

Annabelle Quinn is an orphan with very questionable parentage. She works at a girl’s school and is not treated well there. When the guardian of an orphaned duke comes to the school looking for a governess for the little boy, Annabelle knows this is her chance. And before she knows it she’s off to be governess to a little boy and falling for the boy’s uncle and guardian.

I struggled a lot with this book. I did like Annabelle, which is a good thing because she is the heroine of If the Slipper Fits. She really takes to her charge, young Nicholas, and becomes his champion. And Nicholas needs a champion. He’s traumatized after his parents’ sudden deaths, and his current teacher is not the best. To top it off his guardian, his uncle Simon, is very aloof. I loved how Annabelle took it upon herself to ensure the happiness of Nicholas, and found a way to get Simon to agree with her. But, besides that, Annabelle really didn’t stand out to me.

The hero of the story, Simon, was not my favorite. I didn’t like how he initially treated his nephew, Nicholas. While Simon was never mean to him, he wasn’t really all that fond of him either. The reason Simon has an issue with Nicholas is because Simon fell fir Nicholas’s mother before she married Simon’s brother. Ugh! Why this drama? It’s so not something I like. It was hard for me to like Simon when he was taking out his issues with his sister-in-law on his nephew, especially since it all happened so long ago.

The romance wasn’t very inspiring, either. I couldn’t understand why Annabelle liked Simon. Besides the fact that he’s pretty, why would she fall for him? It was more tell than show, in my opinion.

If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake just didn’t impress me. I certainly didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t really like it either. I think it lacked in chemistry, character development and romance. While I didn’t outright hate anything about the book, I didn’t love anything about it either.


12 Responses to “Review: If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake”

  1. Nick

    This sounded like it had such a cute premise. But ugh. I already dislike Simon. That’s a terrible thing to treat the nephew badly because he had the hots for his sister-in-law.
    Sorry this was disappointing, Quinn. :/

  2. Angela @ Simply Angela

    I read book 4 in the series, Bella and the Beast, and while I liked it, both the hero and heroine had the potential to be unlikable. From the reviews I’ve read and my own experience, I don’t think her heroes are for everyone. They seem very hard to like.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      That could be, about the heroes being difficult to like. This is the only book I’ve read by Olivia Drake. I do love Beauty and the Beast retellings, though, so I might have to look into Bella and the Beast.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    That’s too bad! The concept and the cover are so cute. I love the governess/guardian romance as well. Just from the review Simon isn’t my favorite. Taking out the fact that your sister-in-law didn’t love you years ago on her orphaned son just seems a bit petty. I think I’ll pass on this one.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The cover is cute, right? It was so annoying how Simon would just completely ignore his obviously devastated nephew because of his feelings for his sister in law.

  4. Sophia Rose

    I love the fairytale retellings, but I like the darker ones, usually. I haven’t read any of this author’s books.

    Even though it sounds like it was a bland one for you, I’ll keep it in mind if I come across it at the library. Thanks, Quinn!

  5. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I want to try this author/series, but I may skip this one. Simon sounds like a very unlikable hero and I would have a problem with that too. I do like the premise of this series so I may pick another one to try. I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, but thanks for the honest review.

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