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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start, but warms up beautifully
The Prince's Bride continues where 'The Marriage Lesson' left off, telling the story of Marianne's sister, Jocelyn Shelton, who for her own protection is forced by circumstances into a marriage to Rand Beaumont. Neither want the marriage, but Jocelyn agrees to save her sisters from untoward harm from the situation she finds herself in. Rand agrees because he feels at...
Published on 4 July 2002 by K. Newman

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2.0 out of 5 stars usual type of book
This a fairly typical Prince normal girl romance & so predictable, I found it didn't hold my attention too well but for others who love this type of romance they'd enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start, but warms up beautifully, 4 July 2002
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K. Newman "krazykmcd" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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The Prince's Bride continues where 'The Marriage Lesson' left off, telling the story of Marianne's sister, Jocelyn Shelton, who for her own protection is forced by circumstances into a marriage to Rand Beaumont. Neither want the marriage, but Jocelyn agrees to save her sisters from untoward harm from the situation she finds herself in. Rand agrees because he feels at least partially responsible for the threat Jocelyn faces, and Rand is someone who has a very strong sense of duty.
He also knows he can protect her from harm.
Neither have a particularly good first impression of the other. Rand, and perhaps the reader too (if you have read 'The Marriage Lesson' you will be aware Jocelyn is portrayed as beautiful but vain, and her central interest is in snagging the richest husband she can) thinks of Jocelyn as flighty, selfish, childish and mercenary. Jocelyn is disappointed that Rand is a 'mere' Viscount, and not overly happy with some of his personality traits either. However, both agree to the marriage for the reasons outlined above.
So, at this point we have a somewhat unattractive herione, and a not especially convincing reason for their marriage.
Thankfully, the situation improves once Rand and Jocelyn are removed from London and spend some time alone together. It is worth the wait to become more engaged with Jocelyn, as she emerges as someone who does know her own faults, and is determined to overcome them. She IS vain, but that she is well aware of, and works to overcome. It is true to say that someone who is valued for their looks only can become rather fond of them! During the course of the book Jocelyn becomes more confident of herself outside of her physical beauty, and she constantly strives to make the best of the situation. Rand is hardly perfect - for a member of the ton he can let the most insensitive things simply slip out, but Jocelyn is able to get past her hurt feelings and delve more into the reasons why. She is always honest (the same cannot be said of Rand) and throws herself into making the marriage work.
The storyline quickly develops from that point, with the drawing together of the two central characters. Jocelyn emerges as a perceptive woman, very self aware and able to apply that analysis to others also. She earns the admiration of her husband, as well as his cousin, her own brother, and Marianne's husband Thomas. I liked the continuity of these characters being brought into the story from 'The Marriage Lesson' and it worked very well in showing Jocelyn's personal journey as she faces facts about her husband that surface throughout the last half of the book. As usual the characterisation of both central and secondary characters (Rand's uncle is particularly delightful) is well done and each character is distinctive.
It is not necessary to read the earlier book, but I would recommend that you do.
The search of a wannabe princess for her prince, and discovering that what she needed after all was a husband who loved and wanted only her is told with Alexander's customary wit and charm. A worthy additon to the series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! Entertaining, witty and sizzling!, 16 July 2003
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This was the book that started me reading all of Victoria Alexander's books. I first bought The Prince's Bride out of curiosity. I had never read the author's books before, and was skeptical at how good it would be, but the synopsis caught me, and I was eager to give it a go.
I was not disappointed - the book offered me everything I asked for in a romance. Humour, wit, sizzling sex, and it was a page turner! It's hard to find authors who write with enough light-hearted humour to make you smile and laugh.
I've since sunk my eyes into every other Victoria Alexander books I can get my hands on! :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good but not her best, 15 Jan 2002
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As the second book in this trilogy, it's not bad and I did enjoy it but I found the heroine Lady Jocelyn Shelton quite annoying. She wants to marry a prince but is forced to marry Rand, Viscount Beaumont (who was featured in the first part of the trilogy). I'd recommend reading it as it overall is a good book but not as good as the first. I'm looking forward to the youngest sisters book as shes my kind of heroine, feisty and witty.
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2.0 out of 5 stars usual type of book, 23 Dec 2012
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This a fairly typical Prince normal girl romance & so predictable, I found it didn't hold my attention too well but for others who love this type of romance they'd enjoy.
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