Romance sizzles in this Cinderella story set in Scotland, the first in a sparkling new spinoff series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins.
Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the Duchess’s taste.
Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So…wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees…
In this light and humorous Scottish Regency, which opens the Oxenburg Princes series, Hawkins (How to Entice an Enchantress) introduces Prince Alexsey Romanovin of Oxenburg: kind, intelligent, devastatingly handsome, and utterly resistant to his grandmother's wish that he wed. Miss Bronwyn Murdoch, on the shelf at 24, has given up on marriage and instead seeks solace in the romance of books and the upcoming debut seasons of her beautiful stepsisters. When the prince visits Bronwyn's town and they unexpectedly encounter each other in private, sparks fly, and the prince leaves determined to see more of the curvaceous and witty woman who never gave him her name. Bronwyn, however, is plagued by her newly-awakened passion when her stepmother announces that the prince is perfect for her stepsister. As the two struggle with their feelings and with society's strict rules and expectations, they must decide just how deep their emotions run. Readers will have to suspend belief at times, but red-hot passion, comical interludes, and an entertaining cast of secondary characters will certainly satisfy.
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A charming and humorous take on a classic fairytale!
This book is about Bronwyn, an avid romance reader who lives with her inventor father, ambitious step-mother, and beautiful step-sisters. Escaping from her duties assisting her father and the household, she retreats to her favorite reading spot in the woods...to find a handsome huntsman with delicious kisses! A few days later, she discovers that he is not a huntsman but a prince visiting their neighbor!
Alexsey is intrigued by the bookish Bronwyn and sets out to have a delightful few-weeks tryst with her...and use her to spoil his grandmother's matchmaking plans. Brownyn overhears his nefarious plan and becomes determined to use his own game against him. What follows is hilarity, a meddling step-mother and grandmother, passion and wonderful surprising twists and turns!
As a lover of fairy tales, I have read many versions of the Cinderella story; but this is by far the most humorous and interesting! I was really able to identify with Bronwyn as she was so different from the usual romance heroine of the Regency era and so much more like a regular person.
Karen Hawkins has introduced yet another marvelous book into our world, and I cannot wait for the next one to see where she takes us next! I highly recommend this book!
Please note: I received a copy from the writer for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
Good Historical Romance!
This Cinderella based story is my first experience with a book by Karen Hawkins, and I thought it was a fun one to read. It was an enjoyable story with likable characters. I liked the intelligence and pluckiness of the heroine, Bronwyn Murdoch, and I found Prince Alexsey Romanovin, with his love of books and his grandmother's tiny dog, very compelling. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Bronwyn Murdoch's one season didn't go well, and she feels that she is firmly on the shelf and destined to be her inventor father's assistant. When her family's long absent neighbor shows up with a large group for a house party at his castle, Prince Alexsey Romanovin is among the guests. When Bronwyn and Alexsey encounter one another in the woods, they both are left with misconceptions. Bronwyn believes him to be a huntsman, and Alexsey thinks she is a housemaid. When they meet again, surprise ensues over their identities, but they are no less attracted to one another. As they get to know one another, they both believe that they will have a flirtation until Alexsey leaves, but as their hearts become involved, they must decide what they both want for the future.
This was a nice take on the Cinderella story. I liked the way Hawkins even brought a lost shoe into the story. The inclusion of Bronwyn's dogs and Alexsey's grandmother's dog was a good touch. The dogs were all lovable. I felt really invested in the two main characters, and thought some of the secondary ones were great too. I was very satisfied with this book.
Best Cinderella Retelling Ever
The Prince Who Loved Me, the latest from romance champion Karen Hawkins, is a definite winner. Sparks literally fly off the pages whenever Prince Alexsey finds himself with Bronwyn. The full cast of characters are well-flushed, jumping off the pages into the story with such ease you might to expect them to move in next door, right down to the show-stopping animals. With a downright sneaky pen, Karen Hawkins weaves a story that is at once believable and purest fantastic fairy tale. Our heroine, Bronwyn, is simply wonderful, both practical yet a dreamer at the same time. She is the sort of girl you'd want for your best friend. Prince Alexsey is the perfectly flawed hero you want to love forever, so focused and determined. The story is fast-paced and endearing. At no point does it drag, and the twists and turns are so surprising and unexpected you'll find yourself laughing at yourself for jumping to conclusions. I give this book 5 Shimmering Stars.