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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