Title: Her Secret Prince
Series: Royal Holiday #2
Author: Madeline Ash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 9, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown – and lost when he disappeared without a trace.
Ten years on, Dee’s life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.
Dee has been left behind by everyone she’s loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now that’s Jed’s back in her life, she’s taking no chances. Despite the attraction ripping at her seams, she holds back, knowing she wouldn’t recover from being loved and left by him a second time.
A constant traveler, Jed has only felt at home once in his life – with Dee. Now that he’s found her again, he’s determined to make up for lost time. He’ll never leave her again.
Until an unexpectedly royal revelation threatens to strip Jed of his freedom and future – including his place by Dee’s side.
Read on for my thoughts on Her Secret Prince. No true spoilers, promise.
Ten years. Ten long years. And here he is again.
As teenagers Dee and Jed were in love. The kind of love that was supposed to last a lifetime. Until he was gone. Just gone without a word.
Now he’s back and asking for help.
Jed has spent his life on the move. Never staying in one place long. He knew the precious love he had found with Dee, but he also knew that when his mother once again changed their location swiftly and without explanation, he would lose her. He was a teenager, and even if he had believed himself a man at the time, he went with his mother without a word of goodbye to Dee.
Dee has spent the last ten years losing people. Oh, she understands why men run through her life like water droplets over a waterfall. It hasn’t destroyed her, she knows the type of person she has become. Because people leave. That’s just life.
Yet now here’s Jed again. The attraction is still strong, perhaps the love is as well, but Dee knows how to guard her heart. She won’t let him destroy her again. But how can she resist when he’s asking for help. A secret life, a mystery to solve and perhaps a happily ever after… is that enough to take a risk on once again?
I adored Dee. She’s been knocked down, a lot, but she stays true to herself. She knows that it’s a bad idea to let Jed in her life again, but dammit, how can she turn away. Her Secret Prince was a quick enjoyable read. Throughout the story I was hoping for that fairy tale magic feel and I wasn’t disappointed. I have not been disappointed by a Madeline Ash novel yet, and don’t ever expect to at this point. Her stories come alive with believable characters and a love story that has its bumps along the road but come to that happily ever after quite naturally.
If you simply enjoy that love story with a touch of mystery, a secret that changes lives and a truly happy ending – you’re going to love this story. Definitely recommend this story.
*I received an e-ARC of Her Secret Prince from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*