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The Prince's Bride (The Royal Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Julianne MacLean
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Book Description

Veronique Montagne has done the unthinkable. In order to save her family from ruin, she has agreed to kidnap a handsome prince from a masquerade ball...
Prince Nicholas of Petersbourg is wickedly charming in the luxurious confines of Veronique’s coach, until he discovers that he is her captive. Then he becomes a caged beast, and Veronique fears for her safety.
When all else fails, Nicholas uses his charms to seduce Veronique into helping him escape. Soon, their secret alliance blazes with tantalizing passion, while the scandal behind the abduction threatens to bring down his brother’s monarchy. A marriage of convenience seems the only answer to their peril, but can all be forgiven between captor and prisoner when nothing matters but the heat of their desires—even when their world of royal privilege is falling apart all around them?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2290 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4GZ9N6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances, 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 recent release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was an Amazon 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 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice 7 May 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Delivered what I expected. An entertaining romantic story with a fairytale twist.
Loved to read it, but not to the extent that I will immediately order the rest of the trilogy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blah Beginning... better near the end. 1 May 2013
By Romanzwriter - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a little puzzled by this latest offering by Julianne MacLean. This author is one of the top writers in this genre. I've loved most of her books and re-read many of them. That's why when I began to read the first few chapters, I had to exit out of the book (on my kindle) and check to see if I'd accidentally clicked on a book by a rookie or self-published author. Seriously, this did not feel like Maclean's writing at all. The hero's actions were inconsistent, he kept saying he was a rake, (when they return to Petersburg, he really does act like a rake) but his actions at the beginning didn't jive with this. He'd get angry, then quickly get over it. He hates the heroine, then can't live without her. Kisses her and makes steps to prove that he wants to be with her, then says he doesn't forgive her for kidnapping him.
What? I was getting a headache from all the wishy washy emotions and feelings that just did not make any sense. The whole time they were in France, the novel felt simplistic, as if Maclean couldn't decide what she wanted the characters to be.

Then, when the characters go to Petersburg, it was like the high school student who'd helped her write the beginning, hands over the manuscript and lets Maclean finish it. I kid you not. The writing and the characters and the storyline suddenly comes alive. The plot opened up. Characters are well thought out, and developed. Rich dialogue, real emotion... I suddenly felt like I understood the hero and felt for the heroine. This, however, still didn't make the first of the book any less tedious or make more sense.

The last half of the book saved this review from being a 1 star. It was a good story line that fit with the other books in the series (which I loved, by the way) I noticed that Maclean released a book only last month in another series. It makes me wonder if she outlined the novel and had someone help her write. It's the only thing that makes sense.

So This book gets 3 stars because of the great ending. So do get this book, especially if you read the first 2 books in the series, but speed read until they travel to Petersburg.... THEN slow down and enjoy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending fell flat for me 5 May 2013
By Zeee @ I Heart Romance - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Story (spoiler alert)
This story is about the rake prince, Nicholas while on a trip to Paris. He is drugged and kidnapped by a lovely young woman, Veronique during a masquerade, who is under Lord D'Entremont's bidding in exchange for the deed to her family home that was lost due to her father's gambling. Once the Prince is held captive at the estate of Lord D'Entremont, he starts to smooth talk and seduce Veronique into letting him go. Veronique, on the other hand, tries not to fall for the handsome Prince but she ends up fantasizing about him. She finally plans to break him out of his prison with the help of her sister Gabrielle, but before they do, Lord D'Entremont arrives and asks to speak to the Prince. What happens next was something that I did not expect at all. As it turns out, D'Entremont is Nicholas' father and he is in fact, a bastard. Apparently, D'Entremont is dying and wanted to meet Nicholas so that he can tell him in person that he is leaving his properties to him. Nicholas obtains love letters between his mother and the aging lord and is certain of it's truth. Pierre, D'Entremont's bastard nephew, who has served the lord for years only gets a property in Paris. Nicholas ends up marrying Veronique and they return to Petersbourg. Nicholas finally lets the country know about his illegitimacy and they return to D'Entremont's estate where they have their HEA.

My Thoughts
I thought the start of the story was very interesting. I liked Veronique's spunk and I actually started to fall for prince charming, Nicholas! I loved the part where they were talking on either side of the door. Unfortunately, once the big secret was revealed, the story turned out to be very convenient and predictable. While Nicholas saved Veronique and her family, he didn't really show her his love. I thought their love turned out to be pretty superficial.

When they returned to Petersbourg, Veronique martyred herself out and was not even angry at Nicholas at all, even when Nicholas didn't come home at night and when he openly admitted that he was tempted by an ex! I did like the part where Nicholas was a bit tempted by the females. I thought that was pretty realistic.

The villain Pierre, was pretty tame. His motives for exposing Nicholas' secret to the press was not very believable. It would have been better had he been really evil and had kidnapped Veronique with Nicholas rescuing her. He did end up rescuing her but the impact was not as great as I hoped it would be.

The last part of the story fell a little flat for me. I will be reading Princess in Love and I hope that one would be better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So So romance 14 May 2013
By cashthedog - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
After her last book which I loved I couldn't wait to get my hands on prince Nicholas story. This book was disappointing to say the least. Her last book "Princess in Love" had it all, Drama, Angst, Romance and a great ending. This book however it seemed that the author had to come up with reasons why there should be a conflict between the h and H and what we got was the seemingly lose lifestyle he had BEFORE he met the heroine. To be honest, this read like a bad Harlequin Silhouette romance and I had trouble finishing it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tad dissapointed 1 May 2013
By Sofia Lazaridou - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the previous 2 books I expected something more. Something that would make my mind explode. In the end the only thing that happened and usually is not made my stomach turn. It's a good book more like the ones you will find in Historical romance rather than anything close to the level of the other two books of the trilogy. Things went too smoothly for them. And the abduction isn't a good one. The year the events in this book happen in 1815 which I found stupid because Rose at that time didn't have her HEA.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julianne MacLean never fails 11 May 2013
By Jennie Marsland - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
When you pick up a Julianne MacLean novel, you know you're going to get fluid prose, charming characters, delicious sensuality, and a well-woven plot. This offering is no exception. Nicholas and Veronique were easy to root for, the supporting cast was rich,and the plot moved along well. A fitting conclusion to the Royal Trilogy, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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