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Lusting For Covers (171) The Prince and I


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Top Ten Tuesday (65) Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

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Historical Romance 101: What Makes a Great Heroine and Favorites

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Historical Romance 101: What Makes A Amazing Hero and Personal Favorites

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ARC Book Review-The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Prince Who Loved Me
Oxenburg Princes (1)
Karen Hawkins
Pocket Books
E Book
Published September 2014
384 Pages
Acquired: Netgalley
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781451685244)
Authors Website 

Synopsis
A handsome, rakish prince who doesn’t believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less…

In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!

Prince Aleksey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Aleksey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the duchess’ taste.

Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So . . . wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees?

My Review

I received a ARC of The Prince Who Loved Me in return for a honest review thanks to Karen Hawkins, Pocket Books via Netgalley.

Prince Aleksey Romonovin is content with his carefree and worry free life. Aleksey is determined to have a strong involvement in the Romany and their way of life, to be a good leader for them, but he must convince his grandmother of it first. When he comes to Scotland, he meets a woman that makes his heart pound and he finds her way more intriguing than she should be…but her sense of freedom, love of books and dogs, and her intelligence draws him in like a bee to honey. Bronwyn, is considered on the shelf, having being only twenty four years old. She has dedicated her life to helping her younger sisters and her step mother in doing what is best for them. Her father is a scientists, and gone quite a bit, and she is the glue that holds the family together. She is perfectly suited to her life of reading, helping her family and enjoying the moment. When she meets a stranger in the wood, and they share a kiss that curls her toes and makes her want to give into temptation…she knows that she is in big trouble…because he is the first man in her life to give her thrills and excitement in her average life. Even though she knows that there could never be a happy ending for them…she and Aleksey have a spark and connection she never imagined…and she isn’t willing to let it go without a fight.

The Prince Who Loved Me is the first book in this latest series, but is somewhat connection to the Duchess Diaries series, when we see Wulf’s story, who is one of Aleksey’s brothers. Now ever since I read Wulf’s story I was fascinated with his character, and wanted to see more of the family, so imagine my surprise when I heard this series was coming out and I was beyond thrilled. There are four brothers, and Aleksey is one of the younger brothers, and loves the Rom, and he has his grandmothers blood in him, wanting to be their leader and guide them. He also loves his pleasure and his women, and his flirtations. But he also craves a afternoon in the woods with his books. Now who doesn’t love a intelligent and charming prince who knows how to curl your toes with one look? When Aleksey and Bronwyn first meet, they have no idea of the others identity. To Aleksey, Bronwen is dressed as a servant, so he pursues her a interested in a pretty woman that fascinated him. Bronwen thinks of him as a woodsman, not realizing that he truly is a prince. When they learn of each other’s identity, it doesn’t stop the attraction. Everyone surrounding them are trying to stop them being together, but love always finds a way.

The connection these two have is quite unique and I couldn’t help but cheer for them from the beginning. They both have the same passions and not just for the physical touch, you see how they connect on a intellectual level as well. They were such a fun pair, and such a charming love story this one turned out. From the start, it had me laughing, and there is such wit displayed on each page, to keep you quite entertained. Even though on the outside, it seemed to be a predictable story…it was so far off that mark…it continually tended to surprise me with little twists and turns that I didn’t expect. I love a solid fairy tale romance…and this story probably tops them. It is based on the Cinderella story, but has many difference. The step mother and step sisters, are far from cruel and evil. In fact Bronwen has a loving family, even if her step mother is a bit zealous in her pursuit of good matches for her daughters. At first she seems to overlook Bronwen, but in the end I loved her. Her character really overturned any assumptions about her that I had. Now the grandmother of Alskey, she was a hoot and barrel of laughs. She will do anything to find a good match for her grandson, even to deceive him, but she definitely is full of depths, and I love her concoctions and ways of diverting the prince from his goal. She was quite a character, and added depth yet humor to the story, and I can’t wait to see more from her in future books-I hope she is just as a spice in future books as she was in this one.

Overall The Prince Who Loved Me is a sensational romance that just gives you everything you are looking for in a love story. Packed with vibrant characters, sensual chemistry, witty humor, and a sensational plot that is bound to keep you captivated from the beginning to end. Charming, emotionally provoking, and will be compelling enough to give the reader a desire to devour it with each page!! A REFRESHING FAIRY TALE ROMANCE TO MAKE YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE!!

Favorite Quote

“Ask,” she whispered, grasping his wrist and trailing her lips over his fingers “One word, Alexsey,” A flicker of naked desire flashed across his face, and he winced as if in pain. “Nyet, You must be the one.” Bronwen though she’d burst into a fireball if he did not touch her soon. Her entire body craved his touch with a longing that left her squirming with need. What could one kiss hurt? her passionate side asked. But the future–her Scottish side urgently whispered. Forget the future. I want this right now. “To hell with asking” She pulled his head down and kissed him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “I was going to ask you to marry me tonight, but not because I had to. I was going to ask you to marry me because I can’t imagine not having you in my life. My future without you is a desert, a lone tree in a windy plain, a rock perched on a mountain with nothing but echoes to keep in company,”
My Grade
5+ Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Book Review-How To Entice An Enchantress

How To Enchant An Enchantress
The Duchess Diaries (3)
Karen Hawkins
Pocket Books
Published October 2013
352 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4516-8522-0
Authors Website

Synopsis
The third sizzling novel in New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s Duchess Diaries series, featuring three unruly sisters and their headstrong godmother with a penchant for matchmaking.

Reclusive Viscount Kirk, horribly scarred by a tragic accident that stole the life of his beloved first wife, is a man defined by fury. For years he’s eschewed society, growing abrupt and curmudgeonly. But now, when he’d given up on life, he’s fallen madly in love with the refreshingly naive daughter of his neighbor, dainty and charming Dahlia Balfour. Desperate to win her attention, Kirk calls in a favor from the Duchess of Roxburghe and asks that she transform him into a fashionable suitor for Dahlia’s hand. But what’s easy to change on the outside, isn’t as easy to change on the inside…

Dahlia’s always dreamed of a fairytale romance. Although Viscount Kirk is only seven years her senior, because of his cantankerous ways and lack of social graces she thinks of him as her “older neighbor,” and is blissfully unaware that he sees her as anything other than an acquaintance. She is shocked to see him at the duchess’s grand house party, trying to fit with the very societal rules he so frequently mocks. Surprised by his attention, irritated at his bald honesty, and intrigued that he finds her worth the effort, Dahlia regards Kirk as the opposite of Prince Charming. Without the pretty words and grand gestures she yearns for, can true love find its way into her unwilling heart?

My Review

Kirk has spent the past seven years mourning his wife and staying far away from society and manners. Now he feels he is ready to marry, and the one woman he wants is Dahlia Balfour. He knows that it won’t be easy, considering she refused his proposal a short time previous, but he is determined. He knows that they would be a good match. So he goes to the Duchess of Roxburghe, and gains her help. For two months, they transform him into a gentleman (somewhat). When Dahlia sees Kirk again she is outraged and hurt and furious and lets him know it. Kirk knows he is in for a battle, and he will have to use every weapon available to him. Dahlia is still hurt from Kirk’s past actions, especially in his dealings with her father. She finds him despicable and she once cared for him, but then he hurt her. Now when she sees him at the house part the Duchess is hosting, he has transformed into a man she doesn’t recognize, until he speaks that is. A turbulent battle begins…but who will win and who will lose, and will the prize be true love?

How To Entice A Enchantress is the third installment in the Duchess Diaries, and even though I quite enjoyed this one, it was probably my least favorite. If I had to choose my favorite it would probably be the second one, which involved Dahlia’s sister. However despite that, I really had a fun and jolly time reading this story. The main focus was Kirk trying to convince Dahlia to marry him. This story is all about second chances. From the beginning you see how right these two are for each other, if they just let differences be put aside. Kirk is very stubborn and prideful and a touch arrogant, and doesn’t believe in love anymore. Dahlia is determined to find true love, after seeing her sisters find it, she only believes that she is worthy of it too. It was fun seeing these two clash against one another, and once they really kissed, all bets were off. There isn’t a very strong plot line here or conflict much. Its the kind of story you can just sit back and enjoy and not stress too much about the events that are taking place. There is quite a bit of witty dialogue and cute scenes that engage the reader.

Overall a sweet yet enticing love story that has a certain magical charm that is perfect for any kind of reading time. A delightful romance that will make the reader go weak in the knees!! A SIMPLE PLEASURE!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
How To Capture A Countess
Princess in Disguise
How To Pursue A Princess

Book Review-How To Pursue A Princess

How To Pursue A Princess
Duchess Diaries (2)
Karen Hawkins
Pocket Books
Published June 2013
383 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4516-8520-6
Author’s Website

Synopsis
A PRINCE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING SETS HIS SIGHTS ON AN INDEPENDENT SCOTTISH LASS IN THIS SPARKLING ROMANCE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN HAWKINS.

An innocent lost in the woods . . .

The sensible solution to her family’s dire financial woes is for Lily Balfour to marry the Earl of Huntley, a wealthy widower handpicked by her matchmaking godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Huntley is pleasant and attractive, the perfect candidate in every way. But Lily knows she’s in big trouble as soon as passionate, unprincipled Prince Wulfinski sweeps a hot, possessive glance over her.

Powerful and sexy, Wulfinski declares he will make her his—no matter the cost.

By his own account, Wulf is a pauper, barely able to afford his own cottage. Yet nothing will stop him from pursuing the elusive beauty with every cunning trick he can muster. But which is more important: power and money . . . or love everlasting? To make the right choice, both Wulf and Lily must trust their hearts, not just their heads, to lead them to the happiness they desire.

My Review
I was shocked when I saw a copy of the newest book of Karen Hawkins, available on the library shelf. Normally I would have to wait months sometimes a year, before it would become available. Let me tell you, I grabbed it faster than I could breath air. I have always had a deep appreciation for Karen Hawkins. She was the first author that I read that made me fall in love with romance. If any of you like a bit of witty YA romance, that is set in the historical time period–starts with Catherine and the Pirate–one of my all time favorite books, and is probably the reason I am still in love with romance, especially historical romance. There is so much talent in Karen Hawkins voice, and I would swear that How to Pursue a Princess is one of her best so far!! There were so many things that I enjoyed about this story, so first let me talk about the actual story.

When Lily and her younger sister learn that their father has come into some big debt, that will have to be paid quite soon, within the month, so knows that with the large quantity due, she will have no choice to marry. So she sends a request to her aunt the Duchess, who sets up a house country party, where she will try to match her with the Earl of Huntley. But when she leaves for a few moments on a ride, she ends up getting hurt, and she finds herself getting rescued by the most gorgeous yet stubborn man. Large and overbearing, Prince Wulfinski. When Wulf first sees Lily, he is captivated by her engaging eyes, and wild hair that only stimulates his senses. He knows that she is his future mate, but he must convince her first. Lily finds herself revealing all of her secrets to Wulf, and she wonders if circumstances were different that they might have had a future together. But believing he is a poor prince, she knows she has no choice but to marry the Earl, because her family is depending on her. But will she choose her duty over her family, or her love for Wulf, who makes her feel more alive than ever before.

How To Pursue A Princess is a astounding read!! I felt myself utterly captivated from the fast paced plot to the deep sensuality that develops into a powerful love story! There was quite a bit I loved about this one. First is the hero…*sigh*, boy was I impressed. He is from another country, and could care less about society’s rules, and is very blunt and says what exactly is on his mind, and isn’t modest about it. He above all was my favorite character, and my favorite hero from this author. I would trade places with Lily any day of the week! When he goes after Lily to convince her to choose love over duty to her family, he is very tenacious and stubborn with the issue, much to my delight. I love a man who knows what he wants and charges after it. This newest addition to the Duchess series is a tale full of witty humor, sensational fun, and has a refreshing flavor to it that only ends up captivating its reader. SPLENDIDLY WELL DONE!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
How To Capture A Countess
Princess In Disguise
How To Entice A Enchantress