Series: The Oxenburg Princes #1
Publisher: Pocket Books on September 23, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Adult
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A handsome, rakish prince who doesn't believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less...
In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!
Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand 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' 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?
At A Glance
The heroine was quirky and awesome.
I really liked the light amount of Cinderella aspects woven through The Prince Who Loved Me. There are some changes. Like Bronwyn’s stepsisters are actually very caring and they love their stepsister. The stepmother has good and bad qualities but was mostly nice. I can’t talk too much about her because it would spoil some twists.
It was Bronwyn who stole the show. She was so dorky and adorable. She’s a reader, which I loved. She can’t dance worth a spit, and she is just plain quirky in every way. It was easy to see why Alexsey would be attracted to her non-charms. The best part was when Bronwyn tried to takes pointers from her romance novels to woo Alexsey. Like singing, badly, in the middle of a make-out season or rubbing herbs all over herself because she doesn’t have perfume. Oh, how those failed miserably. But it all added to her unique personality.
The story was good. There was a twist at the end I didn’t see coming.
Alexsey is just too arrogant and selfish for me. He was going to seduce Bronwyn and leave her with barely a thought to her reputation. Not my kind of hero. His friends were no better. The men in this book were all around jerks so I never got into them.
There is one sex scene (maybe two, I forget) and it’s good but nothing special. The flirting was the best part.
I would recommend this book just for Bronwyn. She is an amazingly interesting, dorky character. She will have you laughing the whole time. Alexsey kinda sucks, but whatevs. This was an overall decent read. Recommended.
“Unable to watch the knife enter her tender skin, Lucinda closed her eyes tightly as – Oh!” Bronwyn lowered the book as Scott looked at her with concern. “Why would you close your eyes? You should fight, not just stand there like a – Argh! If I wasn’t certain Roland was about to arrive, I’d stop reading right here.”
Sighing, she returned to the book. “Lucinda closed her eyes tightly just as the door burst open. Roland, handsome and stalwart Roland, had come!”
Bronwyn nodded with satisfaction. “Of course he did. He always does, whether Lucinda deserves him or not.”
“Roland sat beside his little sister. “You are too young to know this, but love cannot grow in rocky soil. It must be planted in a tender heart, cared for with the gentlest of touches, warmed with happiness. and protected from all that might wish to harm it.
“That sounds like a lot of work,” Melisandre said.
“It is a lot of work. But if it’s true love, then it will be the lightest burden you’ll ever carry.”