“Very good book. When Emma finds out she is to marry a man twice her age to benefit her kingdom, she decides she needs a chance to live a little first. Being a little naive, she runs away to London, hoping to stay with a former teacher for a week. But first she is robbed, then finds out that...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Disappointing; although the writing is good, the characters drag the story down. Nick is 32 and lusting after an 18 year old and acts like an 18 year old male. Emma thinks of very little but herself and how bored she is, and how she needs to be entertained, etc.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It is an interesting book. ”Monique wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good book. When Emma finds out she is to marry a man twice her age to benefit her kingdom, she decides she needs a chance to live a little first. Being a little naive, she runs away to London, hoping to stay with a former teacher for a week. But first she is robbed, then finds out that the teacher isn't at home to help her. Nick comes to her rescue, and offers her a place to stay. He even brings in his aunt to play chaperone. For the next week they spend time together, with him showing her the sights of London. They enjoy themselves so much that Nick talks her into staying longer, and they get closer still. But Emma knows there is no hope of a future for them, and goes back to her responsibilities, never having told Nick who she really is. When they meet again, she is still heartbroken as her brother will not let her out of the upcoming engagement. When her two friends arrive to visit, they try to help. In spite of her position, Nick still wants to marry her, and will do his best to get what he wants.
I really liked both Nick and Emma. She is young and inexperienced with the world, which is how she ends up in the predicament she does. She was very lucky that Nick was the one who helped her. She knew she wanted her chance to live a little and was very happy with the way Nick was willing to help her. She was attracted to him and very quickly fell in love with him. Knowing it was impossible, she went back to her brother, accepting her fate, but was completely miserable. She met Nick again at a ball, where he discovered who she really was. She understood his anger at the deception, but was still convinced their love was impossible. Her total pessimism in regards to her future was a little hard to take sometimes. She made some efforts at talking to her brother and explaining her feelings, but I never got the feeling she tried all that hard. I really liked Nick. He wasn't happy taking over the title and responsibilities after his brother's death, but he did it. When he came to Emma's rescue, I could immediately see that he was a protector, and that being with her made him happier than he'd been in a long time. I could see him falling in love with her, and how devastated he was when she disappeared. His hurt and anger at her deception was completely understandable. I liked the way that he was able to move past it when he realized how much he still loved her. I liked the way he was able to have help from Emma's friends and how he tried to do the right thing at first. I could see the solution that they ended up with fairly early, but I enjoyed the way it happened. I loved the other two princesses and what good friends they were to Emma. I really liked the way they were able to help Nick and Emma get together. Emma's brother still rather annoys me, but I think I know what is going to happen with him and I can't wait to see it.”
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A story of love and royalty.
Opening Sentence: Her Royal Highness Princess Emma of Rosewald stared at the letter held within her eighteen-year-old grasp, her fingers grown icy against the cream-colored vellum.
In this story, taking place in the times of kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, there lives the Princess of a small country I don’t remember ever hearing of and the man who would be her husband, the Earl of Lyndhurst.
Emma is a princess, on the run from her duty, looking for a bit of adventure before submitting to a life as a royal, in a loveless marriage to a man almost twice her age. But on her way to the home of a previous teacher, she is robbed of all of her money. She is saved by a handsome man, who gallantly offers to bring her to her destination. Upon her arrival, they are informed that the former teacher is out of town, thus leaving Emma not only penniless but without a place to go.
As a peer of the realm, and former captain in her majesty’s navy, Dominic Gregory feels the need to help out this poor young lady. When he realizes the full extent of her misfortune, Dominic offers her a place to stay in his own home for the time being, and also brings in his aging aunt to observe all the necessary proprieties. For even he can tell this young woman is an innocent that was raised to be a lady, even if she is telling him otherwise.
What neither of these two planned on was their mutual attraction and affection, taking them from their roles of savior and damsel in distress to the roles of two lovers, and the toll it will take on their hearts when the two must separate. For they must separate, Emma being a princess and all, and her upcoming betrothal to a king soon to be announced. One thing though, she has refrained from letting Dominic in on this little bitty secret, allowing him to believe she is an out of work governess. And after a night of passion, which involves giving up her innocence, instead of sharing her burden, she runs out on him, leaving behind only a note.
Dominic spends some time and money trying to find his penniless governess, but to no avail. Not hard to figure out when she actually isn’t a governess. But, when the two are reunited at a ball held by the King of England, and the whole sordid mess is revealed, our Earl is one mad gentleman. But as time passes, he realizes the anger cannot eclipse the love that had developed in her time under his roof. With the help of Emma’s friends, also princesses, Dominic is able to see Emma again, to be with her again. And he decides that no matter what, even if it involves a trip to Scotland, he and Emma will be man and wife.
In the end, these two find a way, with a little unexpected help from Emma’s sister.
A nice love story, true to the regency romance genre, well written and organized.
“All alone?” he drawled darkly before sauntering into the room. “I presumed you would have company.”
Her brows drew close. “No, I needed some time to myself. The ballroom had become—“
An opulent, unendurable hell.
“—too warm,” she finished. “I decided to come here to cool off.”
Wherever here might be, she thought. She wasn’t entirely sure at this point exactly how far into the house she had wandered.
“Oh, of course,” he said sarcastically, strolling closer. “It’s only natural to withdraw to an interior room hundreds of yards from the festivities in order to cool off. Have you managed yet?” Pausing, he cast a pointed look at the fire that burned robustly in the room’s overlarge grate.
Emma knew he was angry with her—understandably so—but what was wrong with him? And why was he looking around as if he expected to catch someone hiding behind the curtains or under one of the chairs?
“I am much improved,” she said. “In my estimation, however, your prince has invited far too many people, even for such a large edifice. I suspect all the guests would be far more comfortable if the windows were opened to let in some fresh air in spite of the season.”
He stared at her for a long moment. “My prince? What an interesting way to refer to the prince regent. But I suppose you are right that he is my prince. I guess your brother is yours, is he not, Princess Emmaline?”
She flinched at the nasty way he said her name, as if it were a curse or a taunt. But Princess Emmaline was who she was—the truth at long last laid bare between them.
“Yes. Rupert is regent in my country, so I feel the distinction needs to be made.”
He bowed, the act mocking rather than respectful. “As you say, Your Highness.” Straightening again, he surveyed the room. “You really are alone, aren’t you?”
Her frown deepened, puzzling at the remark. “Yes.”
“Stood you up, did he?”
Now she truly was perplexed. “He who?”
Nick turned a pair of stony eyes upon her. “Whoever it is you were planning to meet here. Which one of your admirers is it? Not that royal duke who took you into supper, I hope. The man looked oily enough to leave grease stains behind.”
She drew a steadying breath, finally understanding his line of questioning. Could it be that he was jealous? Was it possible he had been even a fraction as wounded by their parting as she?
“There is no one,” she said, her voice softening. “How could there be after…”
Her words trailed off as memories of their night together raced through her mind.
“After? After what? Us, do you mean?” He gave a mirthless laugh. “Oh, I already know how deeply affected you were by our interlude, seeing that you ran off without so much as a word.”
“I left you a note,” she defended.
The Princess Brides Trilogy:
1. The Princess and the Peer
2. Her Highness and the Highlander
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of The Princess and the Peer. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne Warren
Historical Romance - April 3rd, 2012
4 1/2 Stars
The Princess and the Peer is the first novel in the new and exciting Princess Brides trilogy about three young princesses and the twists and turns their lives takes.
The Princess and the Peer is about Princess Emma of Rosewald who has just received a summons from her brother to join him in London, accept her royal duty and marry the man her brother has chosen for her. Although she plans to do her duty Emma decides she wants to have a little adventure before its too late! And she certainly finds that and more in Nick Gregory the new Earl of Lyndhurst. Nick Gregory is a former ship's Captain. He was a second son who never expect to become an Earl but after his brother's unfortunate death he is required to take control of the Earldom. When in London, he meets Emma. He helps her after she is robbed by a pickpocket and left with no resources. Not knowing who she is he assumes she is a penniless governess and he offers to aid by letting her stay with him in his home. Even though Emma know she shouldn't stay with Nick she can't stop herself from taking this opportunity to enjoy London and spend some time with the gallant Nick Gregory. Nick and Emma soon become enthralled with one another but eventually Emma leaves to return to her life as princess. But luckily Nick meets Emma again as the princess and both go through many difficulties in an effort to try and get their hearts desire.
I really loved the two main characters, Nick and Emma. I thought they were great together and had fantastic chemistry. It was a very fun and enjoyable story. The characters go through many challenges in their story. The many complications their relationship faces in an effort to figure out what they want and how to get it. The characters were not only fun to read together but on their own they had many interesting aspects that were enjoyable to read. I had a great time learning more about them! I also enjoyed the many additional characters that were in the novel and feel that they added a lot of lightheartedness to the story as well as an additional level of interest to the book.
Overall, I found the novel to be a fantastic mix of a fun and entertainment with fabulous characters that you will instantly love.
Reviewed by Mary from Bookaholics Romance Book Club
“Disappointing; although the writing is good, the characters drag the story down. Nick is 32 and lusting after an 18 year old and acts like an 18 year old male. Emma thinks of very little but herself and how bored she is, and how she needs to be entertained, etc. ”NjoiReading wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No