Once again, here's another Judeveraux book you wouldn't want to miss. This book is sharp and fast-moving. Filled with Lovable characters, exciting and not too heavy (which I prefer) action-mystery twists. Lots of laugh out-loud, I-can't-believe-she-did-that scenes and oh so plenty of heart warming moments. This is also different than my usual England-Scotland settings but a welcome and a refreshing change at that.
Aria is definitely one heroine you couldn't forget so easily. A beautiful spoiled, stiff-by-the-rules Lanconian Princess and a daring, happy-go-lucky American wife all roll into one. One minute she is frustratingly pulling your hair then next thing you know, she'll make u laugh and love her at the same time. I truly love her character. I enjoyed reading about her transformation, her realization to her new found identity and happiness yet I also sigh for her confusions. My other favorites were Aria's initial reaction to the Americans and how they live, how they talked and even how they eat. Oh my, that sure was a riot! Another unforgettable part is the "NEW Aria's" heart warming interaction with her people. Meanwhile, our hero, J.T-Jarl Tynan (love that name) is an ever so impressive Montgomery. I've always been interested in Jude Deveraux's Montgomery-Taggert links eversince the Velvet Series, which is one of my favorite series books, and reading more of this lineage here in PRINCESS sure was a wonderful deja vu connection. Anyway, J.T is perhaps a man of every woman's dream. He is not only rich, smart, handsome, disciplined and honorable but he is also patient (to the extent), caring, humble and oh so VERY American. Ohhh, I sure love the way he talks, even the way he moves and the way he does things. American, Indeed!
Now, Aria and JT---Thrown in together however, we find the most opposite yet most lovable couple in the making. You don't know who you'll root for whenever they have a falling out as both have their own sets of reason and different upbringing. Here's a proof of "OPPOSITE attracts"... yet in the end, they benefitted each other and needed one another. Now, that is what I call LOVE. Accept and love that person despite the hundreds of differences and flaws. Truly heart warming!
My main complain is the very inept ending. The conclusion isn't to my liking at all. I mean, Aria and JT's story was so full of love and passion to end so abruptly like that. They deserve a more fulfilling finale with passionate confessions and profoundness. I was expecting more... truly! I was so disappointed, I kept flipping the pages and even counted the pages to make sure the book I bought was complete. I thought maybe a page or two was missing! Ugh, No Epilogue at all too! *Sigh* An Epilogue would have made up for that quick ending. Perhaps Ms. Deveraux would take time to revise this book? Oh well, nevertheless, I rated this book a four stars because it is indeed an entertaining read. If the ending was satisfying, this book would have been a fiver. That's only my opinion, of course. I suggest you read this one and form your own.