Monday, 30 May 2016

The Princess Wore Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes #2.5) by Karen Hawkins

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (21 Mar. 2016)
  • ASIN: B00S53JGGI
Sizzling Scottish romance abounds in this e-novella in the Princes of Oxenburg series, a spinoff to New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s delightful Duchess Diaries series.

A princess once bejeweled but now tattered…

Royal princess Tatiana Romanovin is the beautiful, wealthy, and spoiled favorite of the King of Oxenburg. On her way to her cousin’s wedding in the Scottish highlands, she and her entourage are held up by a gang of ruffians. Frightened, her servants flee, and Tatiana soon finds herself alone in an inn with no servants, no funds, and no proof of her identity. Destitute, she accepts the offer from a sympathetic (but unbelieving) innkeeper to work for her room and board while she waits for an answer to the missive she’s sent to her cousin Prince Nikolai. With no other recourse, Tatiana scrubs floors and dirty linens, waiting for her prince to come…

A proud lord once lost and now found…

After a brutal, bloody battle with the French Navy left Lord Buchan limping and surly, abandoned by his betrothed because of his twisted leg, his lordship hides away at his manor house in the countryside. He leaves only once a week to eat at the local inn, drawn by the expert cooking of the innkeeper’s wife. One day, Buchan arrives to find that the innkeeper has a new servant, a beautiful scullery maid with a queenly air, and flashing green eyes that leave him breathless and increasingly aware of his lonely existence…

Love may find them yet…

The challenge of winning his way into Tatiana’s heavily protected heart stirs Buchan back to life…but can he and his twisted leg—and broken heart—win a proud princess whose only goal is to leave Scotland and return to the court where she’s the crowning jewel?

Cover:  I love this cover.  It just calls to me. 

The first Karen Hawkins book I read was The Prince Who Loved Me, the first book in her Oxenburg Princes series, and with it, I found a new favourite Regency romance author with a series loosely retelling fairy tales.
The Princess Wore Plaid is a novella in that series.
And it's short and sweet.  And a Regency retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I loved this little novella, reading it in only a day.  Definitely worth picking up, but I would recommend picking up the first two books in this series first.
I only wish that this was a full sized novel as I feel that the potential was there for it to be fleshed out.
4.5/5 stars.

Read on May 18, 2016

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