Claire Ventura is nothing like the poised and perfect heroines she reads about in her favorite romance novels. She’s a quirky, people-pleasing bookworm with a loving yet obliviously intrusive family and a passion for cookie decorating—all rolled into a five-foot-two Filipina American fueled by chamomile tea.
Then she meets Nate, billionaire CEO of a global tech company, the modern-day Prince Charming who sweeps her off her feet. Though he does his best to convince Claire that he’s genuinely head over heels for her, she knows he’ll soon realize she’s more underwhelming Plain Jane than jet-setting socialite. And once he meets her family, if their initial questioning doesn’t scare him off, then their tendency to decide “what’s best for her” certainly will.
Between her whirlwind romance with Nate and her meddlesome family, Claire wishes she had a fairy godmother to guide her. But this is the real world in the twenty-first century, and the only way to get her happily ever after is by grabbing firm hold of what she really wants—and letting her heart be her guide.
Elle Cruz writes heartfelt, steamy contemporary romance. It all started when she got her hands on a historical romance novel at the tender age of thirteen, and there was no turning back. By day, Elle works in the health-care industry, but at night she’s writing swoon-worthy stories that are passionate and fun all rolled into one. She is married to a sexy city official and is the mother of two gritty goofballs. She lives in Southern California.
“This book will always have a special place in my heart on showing grandmother-granddaughter relationship once half of it is consumed by the Alzheimer's disease. It was loving and heartbreaking to see on the pages something that feels so personal to your life.” -Biblioteca De Ana
“I give How to Survive a Modern-Day Fairy Tale 5 stars. The author's writing sucks you in with her heart and authenticity. This is like the title states; a modern-day fairy tale.” -Living My Best Book Life
“What a sweet quick read!” -Book of Boxes
“Every word, every chapter just had me falling more and more in love with these people!
I had fun reading this, this was a great escape read, I could not stop turning those pages, and the romance was definitely swoon worthy.” -Rubie Reads
“This was such a fun "modern-day" twist on the standard fairy tale in which every girl wants to find her prince.” -Covers & Convos
“The ideal read for (spicy) romance lovers.” -Karin in Wonderland
“Whirlwind romance, billionaire tech entrepreneur hottie, and a romance-loving cookie decorator? Call me entranced.” -Paperback Dietician
“This was such a fun and romantic book.” -Lindsey Reads Books
“If you're looking for a fairytale, this is the story for you!” -Books, Wine and More Books
“Beautifully written and the ending was perfect!” -Carol Doss
“[C]ute, fairytale-esque with plenty of sexy times.” -Boogleloo Reads
“I love that the main character was a Filippina and that there were lots of intense family & cultural dynamics on display here.” -Literati Clari
“Elle Cruz manages to breathe fresh life into the old tale.” -KH Reads
“Elle Cruz has taken the insta-love, the idea of how real-life love should match what is written in romance novels, and brought the culture of the Philippines into 2021.” -Star Angels Reviews
“It was so cute you can’t help but smile and say awww.” -Ashley’s Book Curiosity
“The sexy times were HAWT!” -Novel Hussy