Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Blog Stop & Review: Seducing The Princess by Diane Alberts

by Diane Alberts

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He'll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.

I dived into Seducing the Princess not knowing what to expect. Is it a modern day fairytale?

I enjoyed the book for what it is; a piece of escapism. It's an entertaining story that takes you away from the realities of real life for a few hours.

I'm immediately drawn to the very likable Gordon Waybrook, ex-Marine now security agent working for The Schilling Agency. He's a tough, good looking and sexy guy but underneath his tattooed skin, he's rehabilitating after active service and nightmares are still a frequent occurrence. His new assignment is to keep a visiting spoilt, foreign princess safe during a private visit to US.

Isabelle Van Guard is a feisty, beautiful young woman; a princess from Maldeva who's in Maine to meet up with a prince from the kingdom of Linton. The meet-up is a formality before an engagement between these young royals is announced. Isabelle is torn between duty for her country; after all she'll be a queen one day, and wanting to follow her heart.

There is an instant attraction between Gordon and Isabelle and despite all the hurdles I was routing for them as a couple. Lines between them become blurred as both protagonists want to act and behave like a normal couple, but too quickly they are reminded that culturally they are not on the same page. Or are they? Evidence of their illicit liaison comes to light which causes a scandal. How they both react and respond to this news is a surprise to both of them.

I've read this as a standalone and am intrigued to read more about the guys of The schilling Agency. Overall I liked this book but after repeatedly told and reminded that Isabelle is a princess and royal protocol it got rather tiresome. On a final note, Prince William and not Prince Harry married Kate Middleton ;-)

3½ stars.
***arc received in exchange for an honest review***

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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