ARC Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm


Title: Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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I am always a sucker for books about royalty, so I knew I would love Prince in Disguise the moment I saw it. This story is all about a reality TV show set in Scotland and contains a likeable main character. This book makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, making it perfect for the winter.

This book has such an original concept! The main character’s sister is getting married to a (barely) prince, and the wedding and the planning are all being aired on a reality TV show. Dylan wants nothing to do with the cameras and the fake reactions, but she has to deal with them as her sister’s maid of honour. The plot thickens as the production crew uncovers some of her secrets and turns her life into the subplot of the show. I enjoyed how the book portrayed life as a reality TV star and shows how hard it is to have everything about you shown on screen. I really sympathized with Dylan and her strict contract.

Since Dylan’s sister marries Scottish royalty, the wedding is set in Scotland. I haven’t read too many books set there, but I would definitely love to see more. I adored the descriptions of the castle and its secret passageways and the frequent use of Scottish slang. There is also some traditional Scottish dancing and food, which was so interesting to read about. After reading this book, I would definitely like to go visit Scotland.

I enjoyed Dylan’s character in Prince in Disguise. She has a sense of humour and is pretty sarcastic. She also has a strong relationship with her sister, and they stick up for one another. I loved how Dylan wants to make her sister happy on her special day and is supportive of her decisions, even if they aren’t what she would have done. Dylan is just such a relatable character, and reading about her misadventures is so entertaining.

Prince in Disguise is a witty and adorable story set in picturesque Scotland. I loved the main character and the bond between sisters. If you enjoyed books like The Selection, you will love this one!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

11 thoughts on “ARC Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

  1. Angela says:

    Royalty and reality TV are two of my guilty pleasures, so I am so looking forward to this one! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and I’m glad to see you loved it! Great review!

  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I love these types of stories, and set in Scotland? Yes! It’s great that the author included so many Scottish elements to keep it realistic. Plus, I love sibling stories so this one is right up my alley 🙂
    I can tell this is a wintery book and perfect for this time of year.
    Lovely review!

  3. Kelly says:

    I hadn’t heard of this until now, but it sounds like such a cute read! I’m definitely going to be looking into this, because it sounds too sweet and fun not to. Great review!

    • Candid Cover says:

      You know, if I had not read the synopsis, I may have passed this one by as well. The cover is not something that really fits well with the book or the genre. Really enjoyable despite that cover. 😉

  4. kozbisa says:

    I can fangirl about this book all day! So ecstatic you enjoyed it. Strohm always brings the funny, and her stories are packed with quirky characters and witty dialog. She never disappoints me.

      • kozbisa says:

        The two books set at the prep school, It’s Not Me, It’s You and The Date to Save, are both really fun. They are oral histories, so if you don’t like the format, you may not enjoy them, but they are so hilarious and packed with fun and quirky characters.

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