Review: The Crown Prince’s Bride

Title: The Crown Prince’s Bride
Author: Donna Alward
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: January 2018
Length: 250 pages
Series?: Royal Duology #2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

After losing his wife and future queen in an accident, Crown Prince Raoul Navarro knows he’ll never find that kind of love again. Now he must focus on running the kingdom and raising his two children. The idea of falling in love again feels impossible. And yet his future stretches out before him, bleak and lonely…

Smart, loyal, and discreet, Stephani is Raoul’s assistant and his wife’s cousin. She adores her job, except for the teensy complication that she’s been in love with her boss since her first week of employment. She’d never act on it, though. Raoul is first in line to the throne and she’s his assistant. Raoul is nursing a broken heart, and a woman like Stephani isn’t the kind to be a future queen.

When Stephani steps in as his plus one at a state dinner, Raoul suddenly takes notice. She knows all the players and protocol, but this is something more. Is this captivating woman the same one who’s run his office for years? And will one impetuous midnight kiss change the course of the kingdom forever?

Not reading the first book in the series isn’t a problem. You won’t have missed anything and can immerse in this story.

The Crown Prince lost his wife in a tragic car accident. Even though his future queen was ripped away, after a period of time being heartbroken and lonely, he feels ready to come back to life.

Raoul, the Crown Prince, has had an assistant for many, many years. Stephani also happens to be his late wife’s cousin. Just as Raoul struggled with his wife’s death, Stephani also struggled with her sweet cousin’s death. Stephani is an amazing assistant, Raoul’s right-hand man, and keeps his personal and professional life organized. She has all the qualities of a phenomenal assistant, including putting her work before herself. Following her cousin’s death, Stephani steps up even more and supports Raoul and the family. She comes to realize she cannot maintain this position as her personal needs and wants have been overlooked and overshadowed by being Raoul’s assistant. That decisions is compounded with the revelation that she has some kernel of love for her boss, and it’s not the familial kind.

I was a little leery of this budding relationship. Was this man, who was so utterly devoted to his wife and their children, really ready to move on in his life? In love? Was it really love, or was it that level of comfort and support from Stephani was interpreted as love by Raoul?

Regardless, the two negotiate the ripples of these new feelings and angst in a short timeframe. It makes for a quick one-day read.

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