Author: Diane Alberts
Title: "The prince's bride"
Book 2 in series Modern fairytales
Main characters: Prince Leo and Alicia Forkes
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.
Now about our main couple... they are currently in their mid-twenties, but they actually met ten years ago... when she didn't exactly knew that he was royalty... they we're both teenagers who quickly fell for one another, but their story didn't have a happily ever after then... I don't want to tell you why exactly, cause we discover the truth about this whole thing throughout the whole book soooo... you don't want any spoilers, right? ;) fast forward ten years and Alicia is in Randovia on business, using this time to fulfill a bucket list left for her from her friend, Brian... one point on that list is to seduce a stranger... little does she know, the one she chose is the one who broke her heart all those years ago... again, without going into too many details, after their very hot encounter she is... sort of... detained in the palace for reasons I cannot disclose at the moment.. .:) yep, that is my diplomatic response and I am sticking with it ;) what I CAN tell you, is that I loved their story... yes, there were moments when I wanted to smack her over the head for being stubborn, but.... it would be like pot calling the kettle black soooo... ;) anyway, back to the book :) since it wasn't very long, I can only tell you that the book revolves around them reuniting and discovering that there are still a lot of feelings between them... and then sort of figuring what's gonna happen next... :)
Like I mentioned before, since it's a pretty short book, there's not a lot of secondary characters, mainly because the action must be focused on our main couple... believe me, there is enough stuff that needs to happen between them, so other people aren't really needed in the story ;) there were of course other human beings in this book, it's not like they we're alone all the time... ;) and they were really nice and everything... well, at least most of them ;) but again, I can't really tell you more without spoilers, so how about I tell you something about my thoughts and why I loved this story so much instead :)
Do you know the feeling, when you had a bad day and just need something to make you feel better? :) when I feel that way, sometimes I need a good movie to remedy this situation... :) but it needs to be a comedy or a rom-com, where before I even start it, I just KNOW that everything will end happily ;) and this book was just like that sort of a movie for me... a lovely story with a beautiful happy ending... a book that made me smile all the time, fantastically written and very entertaining... was it realistic? nope... ;) but books, at least for me, are my escape from reality :) I love my happy endings, and this book was perfect for my mood :) so if you need a quick and sweet read to bring a smile to your face, definitely give this little gem a try :)
I have a few quotes for you today to show you a little glimpse into the writing style, but since they all come from the ARC version of the story, just remember that the finished one might be slightly different :) happy reading :)
The very beginning of the first chapter :)
"'I hope you're happy, Brian,' Alicia Forkes whispered under her breath, eyeing the crowded nightclub. This was so not her scene. She preferred a glass of wine, her cat kneading her lap, and Netflix that played for so long it asked her whether she was still watching, while silently judging her when she clicked yes."
And one more quote from Alicia in that club... ;)
"Glancing toward the side door, she mentally mapped out her route, because this was so obviously a mistake, but the tall, brown-haired man standing by the bar wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask caught her attention before she could take a step forward.
How could he not?
What girl hadn't fallen for the sinister anti-hero at some point in her life? What had Christine been thinking when she picked Raoul, anyway? He didn't have the same deep, dark depths to him that the Phantom had. He didn't love as passionately. Feel as deeply. Of course Raoul didn't kill people, either... But still."
Part of a conversation between Alicia and Leo... at the door ;)
'I...' He barely caught a glimpse of her long hair and bright blue eyes, which was apparently enough to made his heart pound, before the door almost swung shut again. He slid his foot inside it at the last second, barely stopping her from locking him out. She slammed into the door with the force she'd been using to close it, her held breath escaping her in a soft whoosh of air, and pain shot up his calf. 'Jesus, Alicia.'
The guard came running toward him, and he scowled at the man. He immediately stopped, backing off again.
She narrowed her eyes. 'Wow. It must be nice to have the power to stop a man in his tracks with nothing more than a magical stare.'"
Part of that same conversation a bit later ;) Alicia first ;)
"'I don't care how much I still want to jump your bones, I'm not going to...' she broke off, her cheeks insantly turning red. 'Oh my God. Did I just say that out loud?'
Satisfaction coiled in his gut, and he leaned in, his chest rising and falling rapidly because she'd just admitted to wanting him. And if she still felt it, too...
It was time to stop playing quite so nicely.
'I didn't mean to say that. I'm just hungry, for food, so I want to jump your bones... for food... not sex.' She stopped talking, shaking her head. 'Yeah. No. That didn't make it any better.'"
He rubbed his jaw, hiding his smile. 'Nope.'"
a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:
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.