Princess Smile is the prequel to Camera Ready, narrated by lovable but flawed, Jane Mercer. Jane struggles with her self-image while reaching for the stars in the cutthroat world of Los Angeles advertising. As she claws her way up to the position of Director of Accounts at the ad agency, Warren Mitchell & Associates, her career goals force her into fierce competition with her colleagues. When Jane is coerced to comply with a client’s unreasonable and sordid requests, she frantically seeks an escape.
Enter the savagely handsome Craig Keller, managing partner of rival agency Keller Whitman Group. Jane has admired him from afar and he’s taken a sudden interest in her, offering a prestigious, high-paying position, along with a long list of benefits that only existed in her wildest dreams. Jane is willingly lured into Craig’s professional and romantic web, quickly learning that his money, attention, and affection come with an even higher price – one she is not sure she can pay.
A high-stakes tale of ambition, friendship, secrets, brutality, and desire, Princess Smile is a must-read for the contemporary woman.
“Princess Smile is an engrossing read that keeps us cringing and cheering with Jane Mercer as she strives to make her mark in the advertising industry. Is she good enough? Is she pretty enough? Are the other women she encounters friends or competitors? Is advancement worth enduring harassment? Why is she more attracted to the dangerous bad boy than the nice guy?
Women who have worked in the corporate world will see themselves in Jane and fall under the face-paced spell of this novel.”
Lori Swick, author of Comfort and Mirth and Dreaming – The Sacred Art.
“Jane Mercer is a girl who would like the world to believe she’s got it together when nothing could be further from the truth. On the outside, the world she inhabits is exciting, fast paced, and full of career potential. Adele Royce’s Princess Smile paints an unforgiving portrait of Jane as she emerges into womanhood, complete with dishonest guys and some who love her.”
Renee Ebert – Author of Until the Darkness Goes.
“In this enthralling first book of the Truth, Lies, and Love in Advertising series, author Adele Royce deftly lays bare the anatomy of Jane Mercer’s treacherous insecurities. Your heart will ache as Jane seeks solace from her humiliation and pain in retail therapy, alcohol, and a dangerous liaison, all to quiet that voice always whispering to her that she will never measure up. Princess Smile is hard to put down, and even harder to forget.”
Rebecca Augustine, Author of Love Without a Cause: Create Inner Transformation, Renew Your Thinking, and Be Love in a World That Doesn’t Deserve it.