Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Prince Who Loved Me (Princes of Oxenburg #1) by Karen Hawkins

24485980Received for review
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Headline Eternal (12 Mar. 2015)
ISBN-10: 1472229010
ISBN-13: 978-1472229014

Meet the Princes of Oxenburg... Fairytales with a sizzling, Scottish, and delightfully sparkling twist from New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will fall under the spell of this enchanting romance.Once upon a time a rakish prince who didn't believe in true love met a stubborn fair lady who wouldn't settle for anything less...

Prince Alexsey Romanovin revels in his life of carefree flirtation. So when his grandmother insists it's time for him to wed and whisks him away to Scotland, Alexsey vows to foil her plans. And when he stumbles upon Bronwyn Murdoch, the prince thinks he's found his answer.

Bookish Bronwyn has no time for a handsome flirt - no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. And she knows full well that a spoiled, arrogant prince wouldn't be seriously interested in such a firm-minded female. But if Alexsey is foolish enough to play such a game, then Bronwyn is determined to turn it upside down, and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees...

For more fun, flirty and dazzling romance, look out for Book Two in Karen Hawkin's Princes of Oxenburg series, The Prince And I. And catch her fabulous Duchess Diaries series.

Cover:  I love this cover.  I love the blues and the tartan.  A typical Regency romance cover, but I love it.  Might be one of my favourites.

What are two things that I love?
Regency Romance.
And fairytale re-tellings.
And I get both with this Cinderlla-esqu novel.

Regency romance is my guilty pleasure.  I turn to it when I want a quick, fluffy but satisfying read.  But Karen Hawkins is a new to me author. 
After receiving The Prince Who Loved Me for review, I couldn't wait to start it, because it immediately looked and sounded like something I would enjoy.  When I then read in other reviews that it was loosely based on Cinderella, I knew I had to start it immediately.  So I did.
And I fell in love.  I think I've discovered not only the start of a new favourite series,  but also a new Regency romance author to add to my favourites list.
I flew through this book.  I just didn't want to put it down.  It hooked me from the get go.
Bronwyn, our heroine, was such a likable character.  A shy bookworm but with a fiery spirit.  At 24, and a disastrous season behind her- marriage isn't in Bronwyn's future.
But when a chance encounter with a prince, leads to what they both think will be a harmless flirtation, actually ends up meaning a lot more.
Alexsey- Prince of Oxenburg.  At times it was a tad hard to like him, as he's convinced he'll just use Bronwyn for a fun distraction for his visit to Scotland.  But I soon saw how genuinely infatuated with her, so could forgive him.
I really liked that Bronwyn's stepmother and sisters weren't 'evil', as in the traditional tale, but while Bronwyn is different from them, they still love one another.
Over all, this was such a fun book, and I loved read every second of it.
I love a good Happily Ever After, and I was so satisfied with this one.
I'm highly anticipating the next book the series.  I can't wait to meet Alexsey's brothers!
Definitely recommend for fellow Regency Romance fans- or those looking to delve into it.
5/5 stars.

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