A royal kiss under the mistletoe
Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate.
Not long ago Reese’s world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She’s learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex’s true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?
‘A Princess by Christmas’ is a lovely romantic fairytale, perfect for curling up by a crackling log fire on a winter’s afternoon.
Reese is an independent but emotionally vulnerable heroine. Alex is a dashing prince who turns up at Reese’s family inn, incognito. A teenage mistake that led to family tragedy rules Alex’s adult life, making him live by a duty first maxim.
I loved the traditional qualities of this gentle story, the importance of family, loyalty and helping others. All of these were conveyed within the modern setting of a city based inn and a dreamy Mediterranean kingdom.
The chemistry between Alex and Reese is the smouldering kind. Circumstances and proximity combine and result in steamy passion delivered in a sweetly romantic way, in keeping with the story’s fairytale world.
Reese is an easy character to like as she struggles with inherited debt and her mother’s emotional collapse. Alex is touched by her plight but also by her tenacity and willingness to put others, including him before her own comfort. She is no sugary, sweet heroine, which makes her refreshingly realistic. She can be controlling and impetuous but given the obstacles she faces, this isn’t surprising.
Do Alex and Reese have a fairytale ‘happy ever after’? Read this delightful story to find out. It has the perfect ‘will she’, ‘won’t she’ magical ending guaranteed to keep you reading. You won’t be disappointed.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars