Johanna Lindsey's stories, in my experience, tend to be either brilliant, 'unputdownable' reads or not bad, but too Americanised (especially when writing about historical/Regency Britain). This one is most definitely in the first catagory.
'Once A Princess' opens in a faraway palace, with the anti-hero, scarred Prince Stefan, forced to face up to a decades-old betrothal to wed a woman he's never met. Not only that, but he has to go and fetch her back from America, where she's been raised for her own protection as a consequence of a royal family feud. Now cut to the Deep South, and a rundown tavern called The Seraglio, where a clever, sassy girl named Tanya works day and night, hiding her beauty from the locals...
And so begins the story of the missing princess, and how a reluctant prince comes to fall in love with her. Backed up by a brilliant cast, one of which will later get his own book (another very good read, by the way), the tales takes you across America and then Europe until they reach their final destination of Cardinia, the kingdom which Stefan will one day rule with the longlost Tatiana by his side. And it is wonderful, sexy, funny and totally engaging right the way to the day of the wedding.
I've read it quite a few times now; it's just one of those stories. So sit back, relax and enjoy!