Afternoon Delight: His Forbidden Princess by Jeannie Moon

Afternoon Delight: His Forbidden Princess by Jeannie MoonHis Forbidden Princess by Jeannie Moon

Series: #4 Royal Holiday
Published by Tule Publishing on April 28, 2015
Pages: 110
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I was interested in this one mainly because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a few of the author’s past books, but then there was also that I was in the mood for a bit of modern fairytale which I was hoping to get with ‘Princess’ in the title.  This was a sweet second-chance class difference romantic suspense that moved along swiftly in this novella-length story.

This is book four in a series of standalones written by separate authors all focusing on Princess as the theme.

The story opens with a prologue of a happy college age couple who have fallen in love.  Ian Stuart, ex-Army Ranger, has gone back to school and encounters sweet and lovely Sofia.  Unfortunately, Sofia is keeping one whopping big secret in her quest for a normal life.  Royals don’t get ‘normal’ though and she is broken hearted when the reveal puts Ian out of reach.

Eight years later, special agent Ian Stuart is on the protection detail for Her Royal Highness’ Princess Sofia while she is in the States.  Terrorists attack the royal family back home and Ian discovers that Sofia is a target as well.  He whisks her away to his family’s home on Long Island to keep her safe while the danger is dealt with, but they both soon realize that the danger now includes the still strong feelings they have for each other.  Is it a second chance or just a second opportunity for hearts to break again since Ian is a commoner and she the heir to a throne?

Alright, so I grabbed this one for some light fun and that is what I got.  I suspended belief and enjoyed my adult fairy tale.  The story is moderately developed in plotting and character, but there was plenty to attract and keep my attention through this quickly read story.

Ian is the hero every girl wants including Sofia.  He is selfless, sacrificing, dutiful, and passionate for Sofia though these qualities tear him to shreds when he sees her duty to country and family as more important than anything that can happen with him.  Even though it costs him to keep the woman he loves, but can’t have close by, he does it to protect her with his life.

Sofia was raised as the spare behind her brother for the throne of their small country.  She believes this will allow her the wiggle room to walk away and have a normal life with Ian, but her mother removes that dream by insisting she do her duty and Ian finishes it when he pushes her away.  For eight years, she does the job she was born to and then steps into her brother’s shoes when he is gone, but she doesn’t come alive until she is with Ian again.  Sofia decides to see what can happen and this causes a bit of a push-pull going on and then she has to respect that Ian needs to focus to keep her alive.

The suspense was light though it came rushing to the front near the end.  Most of the story is the reunion of Ian and Sofia though his Uncle John was a sparkling addition when he was there to prod the pair of them.

All in all, this was a nice afternoon distraction and can recommend it to those who want something quickly developed and for a bit of slightly spicy contemporary romance.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That sounds like an emotional read. Can’t be easy being in her shoes.

    • No, it wasn’t. Her mom made her do her duty and then Ian pretended not to have feelings for her so she would go back to her duty, then her brother dies, and she’s stuck with being the heir. But she gets her happy ending. 🙂

  • Ian sounds perfect there! I want to meet him as well

    • He really was, Melliane. Lucky Princess Sofia. 🙂

  • Oh this sounds like a fun read… I am always looking for more modern fairy tales to read.

    • Yes, it was a nice one, but my Austen-addicted mind kept seeing a Persuasion theme going. LOL.

  • Love quickies! It’s great for entertainment purposes or if you only need something light to pass the time. it’s a bonus if the plot is developed enough where you feel you’re not reading crap.

    • Yes, that is exactly it. Light and quick, but still developed enough to be worth it.

  • Hehe… moderately developed characters, eh? If I know that in advance, I can probably enjoy myself! If I have no idea, that’s the kind of thing that makes me an unhappy reader, Sophia 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Ha, yes, I do like to give enough info so people know what to expect. I think it helps when I’m reading to keep expectation at the right level.

      You’re welcome, Lexxie!

      • Expectation is 50% of the enjoyment factor to me in some cases 🙂

        • This is also true. There are books I can’t wait to read and also terrified that they won’t live up to my excitement.

  • Debbie Haupt

    This sounds a bit like the HQN Presents series novellas Sophia Rose. Thanks for the review it is definitely something I would consider when I need a light short read! Happy Election Day!

    • Yes, perfect for a time when you want something quick and light.

  • dholcomb1

    loved this story… full disclosure, I am a member of Tule’s and Jeannie’s street teams.

    denise

    • Hey, Denise! I love her books, too, and read several of their authors. Neat that you’re a street team member. 🙂

  • Second change romances can be great to read and it sounds like this one has a bit of a forbidden romance as well. And the royal theme in this one sound fun too. I don’t think I’ve read too many books with royalty in them, but it does sound like that would add some interesting issues and conflict to a story like this. Great review!

    • Yes, it was neat seeing them get their second chance especially since she’s a princess. I don’t read too many royal romances either.

  • Oh so many things in that have me going NEEEEED. lol I love second chances and they just sound wonderful.

    • I know- Army guy, Princess, protection detail… just yum. 🙂