Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…
Every young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember Caroline’s name, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure Leo never again forgets: sees that scandalous morsels about his reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.
Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it is ruining him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of British government. Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…
A petulant social butterfly and an arrogant prince take too long to warm up to one another in the slow-moving second Victorian era romance in London's Royal Wedding series (after The Princess Plan). English Lady Caroline Hawke's dearest friend, Eliza Tricklebank, is marrying Sebastian Chartier, Crown Prince of Alucia, and the wedding celebrations force Caroline and Sebastian's brother, Prince Leopold, into constant proximity. The pair instantly butt heads over societal rules. Leo has never met anyone more oblivious than the impudent beauty and wants nothing to do with her, while Caroline is offended that the handsome but uptight prince is immune to her charms. Their paths continue to cross once they both return to London, as Leo moves through society circles investigating a rumor about a human trafficking ring and Caroline feeds nasty gossip about Leo to the papers. But with increased contact, they learn to see past each other's shallow surfaces, especially when Leo reveals his mission and Caroline agrees to help liberate the human traffickers' victims. Though the finale is thrilling and the late love scenes smolder with passion, it's a slog to get to the meat of the story. The sluggish start will turn off all but London's most devoted fans.
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Second story in A Royal Wedding Series. There is Caroline who is all about Caroline (in the beginning) and pretty shallow but likable and Leopold who has found comfort in drinking away his feeling of uselessness of being the second son in a royal family. It’s a Julia London so we have intrigue, misunderstandings, self reflection, witty and sometimes sharp banter, realizations and fashion!! It’s a nice follow up to A Princess Plan.
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Caroline is hard to like. She prejudges people and her conceit is amazing. Leo is the spare prince and he does nothing but flounder around. That all said, they start to change their minds about each other. They work together to stop a slavery ring. The more time they have spent together the more they change. They realize there is more to life then how they had been living it.