Review: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review / 21 comments

Review: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond
Series: Ladies in Waiting #1
Publisher: Self-Published on July 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!

Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:

Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
A puppy.
A Royal Wedding!
More Romance.
And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.

At A Glance

I actually loved this book, then the end took some of that love away.

The Good

This is not going to be the best book you have ever read, or the most realistic, or the most deep. But it is a hell of a lot of fun. Part-time Princess was all about the laughs and the craziness. Lucy goes through an adventure unlike any you can think of. She deals with a lot of insane, funny, and weird characters that really make this book special. You can’t take it all seriously. It’s just silliness at its best.

I loved the concept, even if it made me roll my eyes. Who wouldn’t want to pretend to be royalty or marry a prince? Lucy got to be someone, to matter, to make a difference for just a few weeks and it changed her. She starts out as your average girl, but by the end, you respect her for her tenacity, courage, and kindness. Everyone around her falls in love with her because she is so unlike the stuck-up, high maintenance girl they use to know. I loved watching Lucy make new friendships, find a second family, and overall make an ass out of herself.

It’s hard not to laugh out loud at Lucy and her Ladies in Waiting antics. Honestly, I could read a whole book about just the Ladies in Waiting, they are that freeing hilarious. We also get a villain or two. Definitely some surprises and twists. Part-time Princess is a very light-hearted, fun book.

The Bad

Even though I had fun with this book, the concept was completely unrealistic. No way Lady Elizabeth can find someone identical to her, in the fashion that she did, that could fool everyone and her family. Just not going to happen. Lucy wasn’t even that convincing.

The ending was rushed and corny. It really dragged down the coolness of the rest of the book.

The Snuggly

Yes, we have a love-triangle. That didn’t bother me too much. But neither guy was that amazing. They are both likable, but they also do some stuff that irked me. But Nick was an overall good guy, and sexy as hell.

We do get a sex scene, which was good and had very little detail. Don’t expect too much hot and heavy in this one, it doesn’t need it anyway.

Final Thoughts

If it wasn’t for the speedy end, I would have given this book 4 stars. I enjoyed it that much. It was hard to put down. For sure recommended.


“I flipped over onto my stomach, placed my arms on top of the hot tub’s tiled lip, turned my head to the side and rested one cheek as my legs splayed out behind me. I sighed. ‘The perfect end to my not-so-perfect day,’ I said.

‘Actually I’d call that the perfect rear-end to my almost perfect day,’ Nick said.

I snapped my head up and saw him standing in front of me, still dressed in the clothes he wore on the plane, wearing a big fat grin on his face.

‘Ack!’ I screamed and ducked under the water.


“Joan slurred and waved a gigantic tequila bottle in front of me. ‘Are you going to marry him? Because if you don’t, I will.’

‘No-no, Joan, I’m going to marry him,’ Cheryl said. ‘Prince Cristoph, I Lady Cheryl Cavitt Carlson accept your ring. I will be your wife in sickness and in health, in–‘

‘You’re already married,’ Joan said.

‘Crap,’ Cheryl said. ‘I’ll initiate divorce proceedings tomorrow. Give me the rose.’ She burped. ‘Oops, sorry. That’s the enchiladas talking.’

About Pamela DuMond

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.


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21 Responses to “Review: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Giselle

    This sounds like pure entertainment even if it’s not very realistic – sounds like that was on purpose for the amusement of it all! I like to get lost in one of these once in a while especially after reading a lot of darker books. Great review, Jennifer! 🙂

  2. Lupdilup

    Great review! I can do unrealistic if the author can seduce me enough into believing her story, but it seems that she couldn’t completely do the job for you. With all that this still sounds like a really cute read 🙂
    Thank you Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It bothered me at first, but eventually I just enjoyed the book and didn’t think too much about the unrealistic parts.

  3. braine

    I love these kinds of stories. We don’t have to read instense novels all the time, its books like this that keeps thing’s fun and light

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    Fun reads that suck you in like that are fantastic! Yeah, unrealistic can be done well as long as it’s got great pacing and story. Sorry the ending was rushed. Excellent review!

  5. Olivia

    I have seen quite a few things about this book, but not a review yet so it was good to read yours! I am not one for love triangles unless they really work for a story, like in a book I recently read called The Legacy! That was worth the triangle. But because neither of these boys are too amazing and because the ending wasn’t too great, I doubt I will read this. Even if it was a laugh the whole way through.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I think that is a good decision for you. I like a woman who knows what she loves and what she doesn’t. 🙂

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