Book Review-Princess In Love

Book Review-Princess In LovePrincess in Love by Julianne MacLean
Also in this series: Be My Prince
Series: The Royal Trilogy #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 30th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0312552793
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She’s engaged to be married—to the wrong man…Leopold Hunt, Marquess of Cavanaugh, is a secret Royalist with a distant hereditary claim to the throne. He has been groomed to one day overthrow the king and rebuild his family’s dynasty. Only one thing stands in his way: the king’s daughter, Rose.Princess Rose has loved the marquess her entire life, but she is about to enter a political marriage—one that promises to help keep her father in power. There is virtually no way for Rose to escape her fate…yet she cannot resist the unstoppable passion she feels in the arms of the handsome and charming marquess. When a dangerous plot unfolds and puts their love to the ultimate test—Leopold must make a desperate choice: To honor his family or follow his heart.

My Review

Princess Rose has been in love with Leopold Hunt all of her life. But then two years ago he rejected her and hurt her more than she thought possible. Now she is engaged to another man, whom she may not love, but she knows they will make a good match. When her carriage suffers a accident in England, she is shocked when the marquess himself comes to rescue her. Face to face with Leopold has stirred up all of her old feelings that she once thought were buried. Leopold, knows he made a mistake with Rose those years ago, but now is free from his father’s manipulations to pursue his true desires….which lie in a future with Rose. Now all he has to do is convince her how sincere he is this time around, and prove to her of his love and his devotion.

The Hero (Leopold Hunt)
Ever since he was a boy, he has known of his destiny, to be the true leader, and the King. His fate has already been written for him. Now with King Randoplh married, his fathers plans for him have changed, and he is now able to pursue a life of his own. All he has ever wanted is to have Princess Rose as his wife and now he has one chance with her if his past doesn’t catch up with him and ruin everything

The Heroine (Princess Rose)
Rose, has known loss and heartbreak, but had her family for support. Now she is engaged to be married, although its not one of love, she knows it is her duty. And when things are starting to look up for her, a old love, Leopold, comes back in her life wanting her back. Rose knows she should resist his tender touches and romantic whisperings that make her want to sucuumb to the desire that rises within her. But she will have to make a choice…duty or true love?

My Thoughts
Princess In Love is the second in this trilogy. I found myself really enjoying this one, although I did like Rose, I think I enjoyed Leopold even more. We see such strength from him, and I just love seeing how hard he tries to prove himself to Rose. I found him very endearing at various times. Leopold is a very striking characters, that just makes you want to cheer him on. I think Rose could have been more self aware, she seemed to me to be a bit spineless at times. But I did grow to like her, especially at the end. This story is divided into four parts and I just loved how this story was put together. Even though there were parts that I questioned “Why???” I definitely found it to be a sensual and witty read that keeps the reader engaged. I loved the depth of emotion that is portrayed through to the reader. Again Julianne Maclean delivers a compelling love story that will knock your socks off!!

My Favorite Quote 
Rose smiled up at him with love, and the world seemed to glow in the morning light as Leopold leaned closer and touched his lips to hers.  

About Julianne MacLean

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical romance novels, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was a digital bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical of 2005. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of King’s College in Halifax, and a degree in Business Administration from Acadia University. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and she is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.

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