The Crown Prince's Bride
The Prince Duology
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A Crown Prince gets a second chance at love with the woman who’s always been there - in the next book in the prince duology from Donna Alward!
The Crown Prince of Marazur is suffering from a broken heart. After losing his wife and future queen, he knows he’ll never find love again with a partner as wonderful as her. He’s thrown himself into his duties and is trying to be a better father to his two children, but he’s lonely. Even though falling in love seems impossible, so does spending the rest of his life alone.
Stephani has been Raoul’s assistant for years. Smart, loyal, and discreet, Stephani is fantastic at her job. Except for the fact that she’s been in love with her boss since her first week of employment, not that she would ever act on it. Besides, Raoul is first in line to the throne and she’s his assistant. If Raoul ever marries again, it’ll be with someone who can be a future queen. Not someone like Stephani.
When Raoul’s date for a state dinner is unable to attend, he invites Stephani. She’s well-versed on the issues and castle protocol, and Raoul’s always been comfortable with her. But when Stephani arrives, Raoul hardly recognizes her. Is this stunning woman the same one who’s run his office for years?
The Crown Prince’s Bride is the ultimate fairy tale for readers looking for Cinderella to get her prince—and be able to keep him past midnight.
I enjoyed this ARC that I voluntarily read from Net Galley. I do wish that I’d read book 1 first but it really didn’t matter much. Raoul & Stephani had a great working relationship but with Raoul to be the next king that might just be all the relationship they have. That’s unfortunate for Stephani because she’s loved Raoul for years, even when he was married to her late cousin. Things start to change for them slowly & Raoul starts to see her a little differently but he’s not ready yet for another relationship & definitely not to love someone ever again. Stephani’s life is about to change drastically & she’s not sure if Raoul is going to be part of it. Recommend to read but read book 1 first.
THE CROWN PRINCE'S BRIDE
Favourite Quote - "And showing off the fact that you can speak..."He counted silently on his fingers. "Five languages? Six?"
"Five," she confirmed. "My Russian and German are more of a danger than an asset. I could ruin diplomatic relations in two sentences."
THE CROWN PRINCE'S BRIDE by Donna Alward is a great book for a winter escape. I have always been intrigued by castles, princes and princesses and was quickly immersed in this modern day fairytale romance.
Raoul Navarro, the Crown Prince of Marazur, lives in a palace on the coast of the Mediterranean. His two beautiful children, 6-year-old Emilia and 4-year-old Max, his father, King Alexander, and his younger brother, Prince Diego, and many servants also live in the gorgeous huge castle.
Crown Prince Raoul was devasted when Princess Cecelia, the love of his life, died in a tragic car accident. Wanting to protect himself from future heartache and suffering, Raoul decided to never fall in love again.
Stephani Savalas, long term executive assistant to the Crown Prince, was
efficient and ensured that everything in the palace and state ran smoothly. Raoul depended on her knowledgeable skills and abilities. Emilia and Max adored their Tia Stephani and she loved them.
To Raoul and his children, Stephani was like part of the family. But, she had been secretly in love with her boss for years.
I loved the characters, suspense, subtle humour and the romance. Like all fairytales, there are bumps and obstacles to get past.
Will Prince Raoul soften his heart and love again?
If so, will he be looking for someone from royalty?
Will he ever realize that Stephani is lovely and beautiful and perfect in every way?
I love the beautiful cover on this book and enjoyed reading this light well written story and look forward to reading more by the talented Donna Alward.
Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, publicity assistant Justine Sha and author Donna Alward for providing me with a copy of this book to read. The thoughts written here are entirely my own.