Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-25
- Reviewer: Staff
In this light and humorous Scottish Regency, which opens the Oxenburg Princes series, Hawkins (How to Entice an Enchantress) introduces Prince Alexsey Romanovin of Oxenburg: kind, intelligent, devastatingly handsome, and utterly resistant to his grandmother's wish that he wed. Miss Bronwyn Murdoch, on the shelf at 24, has given up on marriage and instead seeks solace in the romance of books and the upcoming debut seasons of her beautiful stepsisters. When the prince visits Bronwyn's town and they unexpectedly encounter each other in private, sparks fly, and the prince leaves determined to see more of the curvaceous and witty woman who never gave him her name. Bronwyn, however, is plagued by her newly-awakened passion when her stepmother announces that the prince is perfect for her stepsister. As the two struggle with their feelings and with society's strict rules and expectations, they must decide just how deep their emotions run. Readers will have to suspend belief at times, but red-hot passion, comical interludes, and an entertaining cast of secondary characters will certainly satisfy. (Sept.)
Romance: Taking care of business
Love is served up spicy in The Wedding Vow, the latest in Cara Connelly’s Save the Date series. Known for her pugnacious personality, attorney Maddie St. Clair can’t say no when she’s ordered by her boss to represent billionaire Adam LeCroix. Despite the fact that Maddie tried to bring the arrogant, gorgeous businessman to trial as an art thief five years prior, the financial strain of supporting her younger sister makes taking the case a necessity. This time around, one of Adam’s own paintings has gone missing, and the insurance company refuses to pay up. Adam wants Maddie’s relentless personality in his corner . . . and her beautiful body in his bed. To get both, he keeps her close—first in his Manhattan penthouse, and then in his Italian villa. Though Maddie refuses to be impressed by his wealth, she can’t help the attraction she begins to feel for Adam as they unravel the mystery of his lost artwork. Can love overcome both their secrets and their strong wills? Beautiful people in beautiful locations make this a romance to remember.
Shona Husk continues to build upon the well-detailed fairy world of her Court of Annwyn series in To Love a King. After seven years apart, the crown prince of Annwyn, Prince Felan, returns to the mortal realm to find the woman he loved and lost: the beautiful Jacqueline Ara. With the fate of both fairies and humans in jeopardy, Felan has two weeks to bring home a wife, and he has his sights set on Jacquie. But Jacquie feels betrayed by Felan, who broke her heart when he walked away from her years ago. Now older and wiser, she can’t even see how a human-fairy relationship would work. But Felan is persuasive—not only does he still love Jacquie, he knows she is the key to saving the denizens of both their worlds. There are no good choices here, only dangerous situations, and to be together, the lovers must be willing to risk everything—including their lives. This imaginative tale filled with poignancy and magic is sure to suit fans of paranormal romance.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
A Scottish spinster finds all she didn’t know she wanted in The Prince Who Loved Me, the first book in Karen Hawkins’ new Oxenburg Princes series. Bronwyn Murdoch is content to imagine a future in which she stays at home forever, helping her father, an inventor, and watching over her social-climbing stepsisters. That is, until a fateful encounter with Alexsey Romanovin, a visiting prince from Oxenburg. Alexsey is accompanied on his travels by his grandmother, who holds the key to his deepest desire: the crown of Romany. But she insists Alexsey marry before naming him as heir, and the flirtatious prince is determined to resist, even as he’s charmed by Bronwyn, who has never been tempted by love outside the pages of a book. Alexsey decides to while away his little vacation with a brief seduction of the Scottish miss, then move on. When Bronwyn overhears his scheme, she’s determined to thwart him, but their hearts have a plan of their own. Sparkling dialogue, a feel-good secondary romance and charming characters make this historical romance a standout.