Young Adult Contemporary
Date Published: July 14, 2016
WHEN IS THE PRICE TOO HIGH, EVEN FOR TRUE LOVE?
4Ever Girl, Book Two in the Stratford High Series. Inspired by Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, The Merchant of Venice.
Benji Merchant, has only one desire – to take the beautiful and spirited, Portia Belmont, to their senior prom. But first, Benji must win her heart. He enlists the help of his twin sister, Toni Merchant, in a wild scheme to impress Portia. Toni has reservations, especially when she learns that her brother’s plan involves the elusive tattoo artist, Shiloh Lender. Shiloh agrees to help Benji, but only if Toni concedes to Shiloh’s unbelievable terms. Will Toni accept the challenge and support her brother in his quest for Portia’s love? Or will Toni refuse Shiloh’s conditions and let her brother down?
This cute and clean high school romance is based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. It has all the attributes of his comedies with various couples involved in different schemes as Senior Prom approaches. Shiloh has a crush on Toni whose brother Benji likes Portia, but Toni has a long term boyfriend though there isn't much of a spark between them.
They work out a deal where Toni will go to Prom with Shiloh if he details Benji's car so he can impress Portia. The story is told in multiple POVs so you see what all of them are thinking. There's also a sweet puppy love between Toni's English bulldog and Shiloh's dog.
The story kept me reading; it was nice to see teenagers acting their ages for a change. This is a fun YA romance novel that readers of all ages will enjoy.
Marian Cheatham is a full-time writer of YA novels and screenplays, part-time everything else - spouse, homemaker, volunteer, and animal guardian of five pets. In her free time, she loves to read, walk, garden, and travel. Not necessarily in that order. She and her husband work hard (and have fun) ticking off items on their Bucket List.
Her YA series, Stratford High, revolves around modern retellings of Shakespeare’s plays. Ruined, Book One, is inspired by the Bard’s classic romance, Much Ado About Nothing. 4Ever Girl, Book Two, is inspired by Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, The Merchant of Venice.
Marian’s debut YA, Eastland, is based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago.
Ruined and 4Ever Girl will be $0.99 on Kindle during the week of 9/06 - 9/13
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