DEAR PRINCE CHARMING
August 2004
Bantam Trade Paperback
ISBN 0-553-38235-7
April 2008
Bantam Massmarket paperback
ISBN 0-553-58647-5
Glass Slipper, Inc. Series

DESPERATELY WANTED: PRINCE CHARMING!!!

A magnetic alpha male who can commit to more than dinner, who’s great in sack…and who calls back.

Who isn’t the man momma warned you about.

Must be able to shine in the media and seduce millions of women with his on-target romantic insights.

Sensitive and sexy demeanor a must. No frogs need apply!

Workaholic Glass Slipper publicist Valerie Wagner needs a prince and she needs him yesterday. Her hard-won career depends on finding a stand-in for the magazine’s wildly popular advice columnist, whose scandalous secret is keeping him out of the limelight for the magazine’s launch. But where is she going to find a guy who understands women — and also just happens to be drop-dead gorgeous?

Enter sportswriter Jack Lambert, a handsome charmer with a devilish smile and a chain of ruined relationships behind him. With Valerie’s help, Jack’s about to pull off the scam of the decade: pretend he knows exactly what women want. But the more time Valerie spends with him, …the more both of them realize that when it comes to love, they’re going to need a royal dose of advice.

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" Valerie Wagner has been obsessed with the fashion industry since she was nine. Now, after numerous jobs over many years, she’s finally found her niche. Valerie is the new publicist for Glass Slipper, Inc.’s new magazine — and she’s pulled off the impossible. Valerie has convinced relationship advice columnist “Prince Charming” to reveal his identity and write a column for the first six issues of the new magazine. The fact that Eric Jermaine is drop-dead, drool-worthy gorgeous and will grace the cover of the first issue is icing on the cake. Unfortunately, the icing is about to melt; Eric has decided that it’s time to reveal his identity — and come out of the closet. Yep, Eric, the best-selling advice columnist who has been advising women about men for years, is gay.

With her career on the line and desperate to make a success of the new job she loves, Valerie reluctantly agrees to go along with Eric’s plan to have his best friend, Jack Lambert, stand in for him as “Prince Charming.” There isn’t a gay bone in Jack’s rugged body — but what does a freelance sports writer know about relationships?

Jack Lambert would do anything for his pal Eric; after all, Eric has seen Jack through thick and thin since they were kids. When Eric drops his bombshell and tells Jack he’s gay, and that he needs Jack to help fulfill his contract with Glass Slipper and be the face of “Prince Charming,” Jack agrees without hesitation. How hard can one photo shoot be? Unfortunately, the mystique surrounding the elusive Prince Charming and the animal magnetism Jack exudes soon cause things to spiral out of control. Added to the already complex situation is the undeniable attraction between all-work-and-no-play Valerie, and love-’em-and-leave-’em Jack. Will Jack, Eric, and Valerie be able to pull off the biggest deception of the decade? Will Valerie and Jack be able to keep their hands off each other while they try?

Laughter, passion, and friendship combine in DEAR PRINCE CHARMING to create an enjoyable, fast, and highly entertaining read. Valerie is the consummate workaholic. She’s so focused on her career that she’s almost let life pass her by. But Jack proves to be a real eye-opener, and Jack and Eric’s friendship shows her how much is missing from her own life. She’s a warmhearted, if misguided, and totally engaging character. Jack is a Prince Charming, though he would be the last one to acknowledge it. He’s all rough edges and cynicism on the outside, but inside beats the heart of a real charmer and a romantic man. His attraction to Valerie alternately mystifies and terrifies him. Watching Jack bloom into a “true” prince is delightful.

Secondary characters add depth, emotion, and humor. Eric is a wonderful man, who has been hiding his true self for years, and when he comes out…he comes out leading with his heart. The three “fairy godmothers,” Mercedes, Vivian, and Aurora, the owners of Glass Slipper, are as wonderfully unique as in the previous book, and add loads of fun to the tale.

PRINCE CHARMING will entertain and enchant the reader with its cast of captivating characters, humorous dialogue, and heartfelt romance. For a story that’s guaranteed to find a place on your keeper shelf, grab DEAR PRINCE CHARMING!" ~ Terrie Figueroa, Romance Reviews Today

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"Publicist Valerie Wagner has got the job of her dreams – launching a new magazine entitled Glass Slipper. Valerie’s job record isn’t the best, having failed at every job she’s had. This job means everything to her. Glass Slipper is owned by a trio of women, known as the godmothers, who are expanding their already successful business – The Cinderella Rules, also by Donna Kauffman. Valerie has proven herself to the godmothers, especially by getting the popular Dear Prince Charming to be spokesperson for the launch.

Eric Jermaine has written the ultra-successful column for a few years, has several best-selling books, but has managed to keep his identity a secret.

With a half a million dollar advance offered and accepted, Eric is going to reveal the Prince Charming’s identity to millions of waiting women.

However, Eric phones Valerie and tells her he can’t do it. He can’t go public. Though he will fulfill the contract of writing an exclusive column for six issues, he doesn’t want his face or identity public. Eric has a secret – one he reveals to two people: lifelong best friend, Jack Lambert, and Valerie. Valerie has to do damage control and quick. Valerie feels that both she and Eric owe the godmothers, and the public. Dear Prince Charming will make the magazine sink or sail. Eric has a plan – get Jack to pretend to be Prince Charming.

Jack’s a sportswriter. Not anyone’s Prince Charming. However, he owes a huge debt to Eric and would do anything for him – including temporarily interrupting his life to do some publicity, including at least one photo shoot, as Prince Charming. The trick here is to fool the public, and the godmothers! Can it be done? Can the edgy, sexy Jack pull it off as a sensitive man who understands women’s problems?

It has got to work. This means Eric’s career, the success of the magazine and Valerie’s job. Valerie has always been a workaholic, but this scheme takes her to the limits of her patience time and again. The scheme itself is stressing, but being around Jack, whose charm becomes irresistible, wears on her. They are so not compatible, or are they?

Jack is a jaded man, whose brief marriage years ago made him swear off relationships. Why he’s so attracted to Valerie is beyond him. He works abroad much of the time, so once he’s fulfilled his promise to Eric, he can be far gone. Yet, he begins to wonder if there is something there with this beautiful, but harried woman.

Humor is the name of the game while Eric deals with his secret, Jack and Valerie continue the scheme, and the three shrewd godmothers are kept in the dark. Dear Prince Charming is a delight, often touching, read. Ms. Kauffman has written a story guaranteed to entertain. This one is not to be missed, especially when readers consider Eric’s secret, how it affects his friendship with Jack, and how all of this new publicity affects everyone’s life. The romance aspect of this book is done very well. All of the characters play their roles in an exceptional fashion, making this book an excellent summer read." ~ Robin Taylor, In The Library Reviews

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"Game, set, match (making)

When a mysterious advice columnist who’s a hit with his female readership turns out to be a tall, gorgeous example of eye candy, what’s a hard-driving publicist to do but make him the centerpiece of a fledgling magazine, Glass Slipper , about life makeovers for women? Except, columnist Eric has one teeny-tiny little flaw—the man’s man who lets women in on all guys’ secrets happens to be gay. So publicist Valerie Wagner and erstwhile columnist Eric concoct a scheme to use his best childhood friend Jack as a photo double. Donna Kauffman’s fairy-tale romp, Dear Prince Charming , is as fast-moving and zingy as the world-class pingpong matches down-on-his-luck sportswriter Jack Lambert used to cover. With Eric and Valerie doing the persuading, Jack abandons his protestations and goes along with the game. Everyone’s a winner, especially readers!" ~ Sandy Huseby, Book Page reviews from Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside Minnesota….

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"Kauffman’s characters have really done it now. This wild and wacky tale of hoaxes and lies is a charming and fun loving romp. Kauffman’s gift for the absurd is wonderful." ~ Jill Smith, Romantic Times

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"Ms. Kauffman writes a savvy, no-nonsense story with a strong heroine and a sexy hero. Fast-paced and witty, this story is a must-read that I highly recommend." ~ Shayne Sawyer, The Best Reviews.com

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"Valerie Wagner is convinced that she has finally found her niche in the fashion world, which she has longed to be a part of for most of her life. Having obtained a position as publicist for a magazine, the newest venture of the successful Glass Slipper life-makeover corporation, she is determined to prove herself the best and brightest in the business. To that end, she secures the reclusive author of a wildly popular advice column, a man known only as Prince Charming, as spokesperson and cover model for the premier issue. Imagine Valerie’s distress when the handsome gent bows out of the necessary live engagements. Not-to-worry, he assures her, he has a friend who can stand in for him.

Jack Lambert, a globe-trotting sports writer, agrees to fill Prince Charming’s stylish shoes, believing that he owes his friend a debt of gratitude. Jack gallantly refuses to accept payment for his part in what becomes an increasingly complicated deception. Valerie is both relieved and concerned when she meets the substitute Prince Charming. True, he is charming, but in a naughty way, which puts her in mind of rumpled bed sheets rather than royal robes. Will people really accept this virile man as the author of the sensitive romantic advice column? Ah well, he’ll have to do. If only they didn’t have to deceive the three wonderful, albeit eccentric women who run the Glass Slipper empire. And if only Valerie wasn’t so flustered by the flare of attraction that disrupts the normal operation of her well-organized mind whenever she gets anywhere near Jack Lambert. With both her career and her personal life on the line, Valerie finds herself wondering if she will soon be needing a life-makeover herself.

This latest novel from Donna Kaufmann is light and, as the title suggests, charming. The complexities of Valerie and Jack’s personalities are revealed in the rare moments when their flirtatious, or sometimes contentious, banter turns unexpectedly tender. Secondary characters, such as the original Prince Charming, and the three women who own Glass Slipper, known collectively as the godmothers, add a colorful dimension to the story.

Sexy, funny, entertaining…DEAR PRINCE CHARMING may not solve real-life romantic dilemmas, but it will certainly bring a smile to your face!" ~ LDRS RL Dazzle

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"The three owners of Glass Slipper Inc. renowned for their life makeovers decide to publish a magazine. They hire failed model-designer Valerie Wagner as the publicist for Glass Slipper Magazine. Valerie pulls off a coup when she obtains the services of highly regarded women’s adviser Eric Jermaine, who previously hid his identity as if he were a deep CIA operative.—- Just a few days before the launch, Eric informs Valerie that he is gay and refuses to hide that anymore. Eric also stuns his best friend, Jack Lambert with the same revelation. Jack loves Eric like a brother and owes him so he agrees to Eric’s outlandish ploy that Jack pretends to be the column’s author and pose for the pictures. Valerie has doubts, but also goes along with the ruse thinking that the unemployed sports writer is too barbaric to have the sensitivity of Eric. As Jack and Valerie fall in love, she doubts they can forge a permanent relationship.—- Though Shakespeare would admonish the trio for the web of deceit, fans will appreciate this deep character driven tale. The story line focuses on the typical romance between a man and a woman, but also furbishes a deep look at a gay person seeking his inner self. Though Valerie and Jack are a fine dueling duo, Eric steals the show with his sensitivity and understanding of what makes a relationship work. Unlike our compassionate President and the union Democratic pretender, Eric knows that sexual preference does not necessarily lead to a good or bad relationship; it is two people considering the needs of the other that effect a healthy marriage. Donna Kauffman expands THE CINDERELLA RULES with this deep sequel." ~ Harriet Klausner

 


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