Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Not-So-Perfect Princess by Melissa McClone

(A full length contemporary romance published by Harlequin)

Dutiful Princess Julianna has a secret—she's actually happiest makeup free, sailing with the sea breeze in her hair. Her attraction to rebel prince Alejandro is instant— but her intended is his brother, the proper but dull Enrique!

For the first time, Julianna's irresistibly tempted. Before long, she's spending her nights sailing with gorgeous Alejandro while the rest of the palace believes she's sleeping. Soon she'll have to choose—remain the perfect princess, or follow her heart and stop sleepwalking her way through life.…

Another of the Once Upon A Wish miniseries stories by Harlequin. Each story is based upon a fairy tale. This story is based on Sleeping Beauty.

In this story, the princess, who has been raised to always follow the dictates of her father and society, hates her life. Although she is rebellious inside, she is never allowed to show it. She is a strong minded woman, and would love to rebel, but doesn’t really know how. It is fascinating to watch as she slowly, but surely, rebels against the life she was given. She becomes the Not So Perfect Princess, making her the perfect woman.

Princess Julianna’s father has again arranged a marriage for her. Twice before, the marriages he has planned have fallen through. Although she would like to marry for love, she accepts. She has decided that she might become her own person when she marries. Her alternative is to remain at home and be unable to ever be the real Julianna.

She travels to a small kingdom on an island off the coast of Spain. There she meets her future husband, Enrique and his brother, Alejandro. She is immediately attracted to the wrong brother, but as a princess must, refrains from showing any emotion. She accepts the engagement and ignores the attraction she feels.

Although she loves the sea and sailing, her father has forbidden it, and her future husband informs her that he will forbid it too. How this sleeping beauty wakes up and does what she wants to do gives this story a delightful twist. How she manages to obtain both her love of sailing and the love of her life, is fun, interesting and shows how a person can quietly change the way she has been forced to live.

Though the story is a little predictable, it is well written. The characters become alive before your eyes, and it is fascinating to watch them all grow and change.

4/5 Flowers

FTC Disclaimer: This book is from my personal library.


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