Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Accidental Prince by Michelle Willingham + Featured Freebie

The Accidental Prince (Accidental #4)
His runaway princess...

Princess Serena of Badenstein intends to flee—from her violent father and from the man to whom she's been pledged in a political marriage of convenience.

Karl von Lohenberg is without a country, a title—and a bride if he lets Serena get away. A ruthless man, he takes her to a secluded island, hell-bent on seduction. Only, he discovers a broken woman behind the prim princess facade. The time they spend together mends her spirit and touches his soul, but how will she react when she finds out how he's deceived her?

My Rating: 4/5

A cute historical romance. The Accidental Prince was a sweet romance, with a Cinderella twist.

I liked how this book was kind of a reverse Cinderella. Instead of rags to riches, it was riches to rags, then back to riches. And complete with a runaway princess. Throw in a handsome prince, and you have yourself the beginnings of a lovely book.

Serena was a remarkably strong heroine. She had been through hell and she still found the will to fight. Her predicament in the beginning of the book-desperate to run away-made her a sympathetic character right away. And, throughout the rest of the book, she only grew on me more. She was strong, clever, determined, and more resourceful than you'd give a pampered princess credit for. In other words, she was awesome.

Karl was a little harder to figure out. He thinks himself a ruthless man and did everything he could to live up to that at first. But, later, he showed his kinder side. In the end, it was clear that Karl was a sweet man, who would do anything to protect what he loved. Not only that, but he was also clever, determined, and unafraid of facing daunting. By the end of the book, I adored him.

The romance between Serena and Karl was so sweet. There wasn't much spice going around, just a small sprinkle. I felt that their relationship was more about healing each other. It was very sweet.

The plot was well-paced. There were some points where it slowed down and I began to skim, but that wasn't too much of a problem. And, for some reason, I wasn't able to connect with the characters completely. But, it didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the book, so it didn't bother me too much. There were a few surprises, a couple of betrayals, and-of course-a happy ending.

The Accidental Prince was a lovely historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you'll want to give this book a try.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
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Prison …
Shipwreck …
Shark Attack ...

Is Eve Upshall jumping from the frying pan into the fire when she lets a half-naked stranger pull her from the stormy sea? Captain Nicholas Scott is a rogue who takes advantage of every situation, whether it’s salvaging priceless loot or seducing a proper lady. And he makes it very clear he plans to take advantage of his new find in the most delicious way possible.

Eve’s whole future depends on everyone believing she is the soul of propriety. But with Nick refusing to transport her to her prospective bridegroom, and the balmy Bermuda nights whispering of unimaginable pleasures, how can any woman resist the lure of the … Lord of Devil Isle.

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