Title: His Defiant Princess
Series: Royal Holiday #3
Author: Kathleen O’Brian
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 23, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Brenna Tinley has decided to move to the Unified Isles of Cornetta, a fairy-tale kingdom just south of France in the Bay of Biscay to escape the recent tragedies in her personal life. The happiest summer she can remember was spent there, in the arms of a handsome, tender rascal who disappeared without a goodbye when Autumn came…
As fate would have it, the Royal House of Vicenza has engaged Brenna Tinley to clear up a public relations mess. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for this small-town American girl, but there’s only one problem. Her new employer, HRH Prince Ronan, aka her mystery summer lover of long ago, seems determined to pick up where they left off. Can Brenna work in the royal palace and not end up with a brand new broken heart?
Read on for my thoughts on His Defiant Princess. No true spoilers, promise.
What a beautiful, fun, loving story His Defiant Princess is. Who doesn’t love a happily ever after fairy tale, one that exists in modern days?
Brenna and her friend-business partner, Willow and Willow’s baby Maise now live in the beautiful land of Cornetta. Situated along the sea, this small kingdom could easily have been pictured in any fairy tale. It was here that Brenna returned to after her life in America fell apart. Her father’s death, her ex-husband’s deception and fraud, they all took a toll. This was the one place she could rebuild again. There were happy memories here, perhaps touched with a bit of sadness, but mostly the happiest time of her life was spent in this country. She and Willow had established their PR Firm here and were known for their abilities and their refusal to take on any dishonest or corrupt clients. They would give their clients their absolute best, but the clients had to be innocent, and honestly in need of their services. This was their line in the sand that was never crossed.
Ronan had once loved a free spirited young American. She was everything he wasn’t. He had not meant to hurt her, he only wanted to have a bit of freedom before his princely duties took over his life. He hadn’t expected to hurt himself either by loving her so deeply, and leaving her so suddenly without even a goodbye spoken. There were reasons beyond his control, but she still lived in his heart even when he knew she would never be a part of his life. Oh, he knew she was back in Cornetta and that had to be enough.
Prince Ronan was the “spare”, such a horrid title but still true. His brother Emory was the heir. Solid, sensible, courtly Emory who never took a misstep – until today. Why in the world had he not known the microphone was live? How could he have been so foolish, so insensitive as to say that stupid comment for all the world to hear? Well, it was done, no going back. Yet Ronan knew exactly who to call for help and to take control of this unfortunate situation – Brenna.
It was such fun to simply fall into this story. Ronan and Brenna obviously still had feelings for each other. Yet the main purpose was to save Emory from his blunder. We are brought into the Palace and find the people within are far more human than we often believe possible. It’s here that Brenna works her PR magic, and here that Roman will come to realize that he cannot walk away from her again.
I so enjoyed this story. The images were sharp, the story smoothly paced and even for their royalty – the characters believable. I loved Queen Esme, she was a delight and I’m hoping that Emory and Willow at least meet each other or more in a future tale. Probably not, but I think they’d be perfect for each other. (Read the story, you’ll understand)
Highly recommend His Defiant Princess for anyone who enjoys a light, fun and easily resolved love story. Or, heck, anyone who believes in love would eat this up with a spoon. Go check it out for yourself.
*I received an e-ARC of His Defiant Princess from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
This novel is available for the Kindle