His Semi-Charmed Life by Lisa Hughey – IBF Reviews

His Semi-Charmed Life

By: Lisa Hughey
Pages: 197
His Semi-Charmed Life by Lisa Hughey – IBF Reviews

Going from princess to pauper wasn’t exactly the fairy tale ending Penelope Hastings believed in as a kid. She grabs at the opportunity to work at Camp Firefly Falls—home of her most treasured childhood memories and the haven where her spoiled heart expanded, and her perspective changed, after an encounter with an older boy. Now she’s hoping that the camp can work its magic one more time and help her craft a new life.

Rags to riches entrepreneur, Diego Ramos, never wanted to see Camp Firefly Falls again—the site of the most hated year in his teenage life as camp counselor, and his most regrettable moment ever. That one clash with an entitled little girl had a profound impact on him, changing the trajectory of his future. So, when his assistant books a corporate retreat at Camp Firefly Falls, he’s more than a little unsettled at the irony.

Now, twenty years later, Penelope and Diego are reunited. A second chance at happiness won’t come easy when their reversal in fortunes and unexpected sexual attraction complicates everything. Will they be able to work through their regrets and memories, and learn that love is the greatest fortune of all?

I was so thrilled to be chosen to write a story set at Camp Firefly Falls. Check out books from these wonderful authors, Gwen Hayes, Zoe York, Violet Vaughn, Jamie Wesley, Farrah Rochon, Lily Danes, and season one of camp!


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I received this book as a panel member at IBF.  I went back to my room to wait for the next panel and I finished this book.  It was that good.


What started as a rich girl and poor boy at camp transforms into something not only different but special. That rich girl, Penelope rediscovers herself while the poor boy meets some wonderful, and powerful friends who transform him into a power-hungry businessman who still listens to his family. Well, he better because his family is not to trifle with. Seriously she makes me shake in my shoes, and she is fictional.


This can be read as a type of Romeo and Juliet in the sense that they are from two different worlds. Money and power affect people differently and it is how you use a resource that shows what type of person you are.


Not to mention, seriously can I get in on these adult camps? Do they exist?


This story was really enjoyable to me, it is what I consider a quick read, but it is not short. It is just that good, from the prologue in the past to the present. It made me want to read more, and thankfully she has a series that follows Diego’s friends who have all taken a pledge to be successful, but not at the expense of themselves.  That is one thing that I really enjoy, that no matter how wealthy and successful they are, it is not at the expense of others.  It is at their own expense, be it romantically or mentally.


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About Lisa Hughey

USA Today Bestselling Author Lisa Hughey has been writing romance since the fourth grade, which was also about the time she began her love affair with spies. Harriet and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys later gave way to James Bond and Lara Croft and Jason Bourne. Exploring the complex nature of a profession that requires subterfuge and lies fascinates her. She loves combining her two passions into fiction and hopes you love the results.

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