Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: "The Prince's Bride" by Diane Alberts (Contemporary Romance)

The Prince's Bride
by Diane Alberts

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Indulgence)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 20th 2016

Series: Modern Fairytales, #2
Standalone: Yes
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Description from Publisher:
Alicia Forkes went to a trendy club looking for a way to forget her troubles, and she found that in the arms of the gorgeous man who swept her off of her feet…and into one of the hottest encounters she’d ever had in her life. Awesome sex with a stranger is now something she can check off her bucket list.

Except he isn’t exactly a stranger. He’s the guy who broke her heart when they were teens, an experience she doesn’t plan on repeating.

Prince Leo can’t believe he’s finally found the woman he’s loved for years, and she wants nothing to do with him. When she shows up at his office, she looks anything but princess-like. In fact, she’s cursing him to hell and back. She may not be Cinderella, but he’s determined to prove he’s the prince for her––even if it means letting her go.
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My Musings:
Holy crap, I loved this so much!

Swoonworthy romance, a worthy prince, a strong female lead, sizzling chemistry, humor...

I loved every minute of this Indulgence. The characters were the perfect amount of deep, not shallow or overly dragged down by anything in their pasts or present. Their interactions, their bonding, their love... It all felt so natural, despite the fairytale aspects.

Speaking of which, I absolutely adored the subtle (and less subtle) nods to not just fairytales, but Disney's Aladdin, as well as The Princess Bride (the title's similarity being a reason I wanted to read this. That movie is a treasured favorite.) It added yet more charm to an already enchanting story.

The drama of the letters was perfectly executed, as was the scene before the Epilogue (seriously, *Swoon*). You also really couldn't help but love Prince Leo - he was ridiculously sweet, honest to a fault... "As you wish, my lady." :) I love that he wooed Alicia, respecting her feelings and desires, and the way he interacted with all of his staff and subjects, especially the school children they encounter on one of their adventures.

Alicia is a perfect match for him, though understandably a little rough around the edges. She's a good mix of sassy and sweet, and her perseverance despite the hard knocks tossed her way is admirable.

All in all, I would recommend this to ANYONE who loves contemporary romance, especially if they like a splash of fairytale in their lives.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Diane Alberts
Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. 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 three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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