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To Charm a Prince (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jul 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (25 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821774727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821774724
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,904,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw this novel recommeded in another, and thought- why not buy it? Best decision I ever made, I now have the entire series from start to finish, and read them repeatedly- i never can tire of them. The authors writng is incredibly engaging, and one where you have to finish and read the next.
Patricia Grasso has fastly become one of my favourite authors.
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Really enjoyed the character's in this book especially the leading lady, Lady Samantha she made me quite a few times. Fun, a good romance story, sorry it ended.
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By vegasValley on 18 Dec. 2014
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very very good
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Can You Say "Co-Dependent"? 5 Mar. 2006
By AVS - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow. This book was really something. For the first half, you have your cardboard cutout characters: an arrogant, yet likable prince meets a sweet young girl who has brief flashes of spirit. Very brief. Anyway, our story progresses, the couple fall into lust, fall into bed, even though the prince has sworn never to marry and our heroine has resigned herself to a life as a limping spinster.

Here comes the unwanted pregnancy. Now our prince does a complete 180 and becomes a total you-know-what. He "despises" the heroine, and proceeds to verbally abuse her, humiliate her in front of friends and family, lock her in her room, and force her to marry him, even though he makes it perfectly clear that he can't stand her. What a guy.

The heroine, meanwhile, cries and sobs and feels sorry for herself (with reason),all the while professing her love for the prince, taking his abuse (and her family's), and obeying his every command to "sit" and "stay". Woof woof.

What a disaster. And in the end, all is made clear and they all live happily ever after. Yeah, right. By this time you'll be wishing the prince would get run over by a bus and the heroine would be the one pushing him.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Supremely Inconsistent 29 May 2004
By C. DeMario - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"In to Charm a Prince", readers are treated nee tortured with an "I hate you, don't leave me" mentality. Dubious heroine Samantha varies from righteous indignation, to easy capitulation. She hates Rudolf, she loves Rudolf, she speaks up for herself, she allows herself to be trampled all over. And for a hero Rudolf is sadly lacking. At times incredibly arrogant and rude, he persists in reminding Samantha and the reader that he is a prince and therefore entitled to unswavaring obedience from all his belongings including Samantha.
Were I Samantha and I had been hit in the eye, told I were a piece of chattel, publicly humiliated on a grand scale, and demeaned every day, the prince would have been history. Instead Samantha chooses to take him back time after time only citing the fact that she loves him.
I continued to read the book in hopes that Samantha would come to her senses, her family would intervene or divine providence would assist. As it neared the end and the pages dwindled, I realized that no such thing would happen. The only highlight in this book were the surrounding cast of characters, Aunt Roxie, Samantha's sisters especially Victoria and adopted sons Drake and Grant.
If you choose to read this book, don't be surprised to find yourself banging your head with the book, mentally screaming back at the pages telling Samantha to run and don't look back.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Did I read a different book than the other reviewers? 14 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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This was one of the worse romance novels I've ever read! The "hero" (I use the term very loosely) is absolutely despicable. He shows no respect for the heroine and is very condescending. He's an autocratic, uncommunicative bore who verbally and mentally abuses the heroine throughout the novel. ****SPOILER**** He abducts her the night she intends to announce her engagement and later seduces her, even knowing it will ruin her and knowing he will not marry her. The "heroine" is spineless and in need of some self-esteem. She wallows in self-pity and (to paraphrase the "hero") doesn't know how to do anything aside from cry and vomit (yes, he's surely a prince!). This book defines wall banger and it was a test of my willpower to simply finish it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Your Average Grasso Read 30 Oct. 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a large fan of Ms. Grasso but this read is not what we normally get from this very talented lady. The problem with this read really boils down to characterization. Both lead characters were very hard to like for different reasons. Rudolf may be a prince of Russia but he's just to autocratic to be a romantic lead. Samantha...well, Samantha limps everywhere and she has more pity parties than any heroine I've ever read.

Samantha is getting ready to marry and by doing so bringing an end to the animosity that has been between the Douglas and Emerson's families. But, when the Prince abducts Samantha in an attempt to save her life, things for these two are now much different. Rudolf can't offer marriage and Samantha only wants the chance to live a happy ending with a man that will be willing to overlook her limp. But, try as they might these two people can't escape the attraction that burns between them and when they finally arrive in Scotland, they play house and find out that the attraction between them will not be denied. Now these two must work together to stay one step ahead of a killer that wants not only Rudolf dead, but Samantha as well. Will these two people ever be able to have a happy life?

Again the self-pity and arrogant nature of the two leads took away from the romance just a touch. On the flip side of this coin the conflict between Rudolf and his family was a very good vehicle for the story and in actuality was a saving grace for a story that tended to flounder due to inconsistency between Rudolf and Samantha.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ugh, I made myself finish this book 10 Mar. 2004
By "movemeintobooks" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was so disappointed in the characters. I had read a previous book by Grasso and thought she was a good author but this was a real letdown. Like one reviewer states, the heroine has extremely poor self esteem and is always complaining about being a pathetic cripple. The hero is brutal in his treatment of her. He is rude, arrogant and has no depth to him whatsoever. Whenever he mistreats her, she vows that she will NOT marry him and then he orders her to marry him and she responds "well, okay." The whole book is a series of this exact scenario. I kept wanting the heroine to realize her true worth and marry someone else. At the same time, the heroine was just as annoying as the hero with so many contradictions. It is as if her love for the prince weakens her rather than strengthens. I love romance. I read a book a day. I would not put this book in with that genre. There is no romance because there is no depth of feeling evoked in the reader for these characters or their situations.
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