Lady Murian is a young, beautiful widow seeking revenge against the powerful earl who murdered her husband and stole his birthright. Living in the woods, she and her banished band of men rob wealthy nobles visiting the evil earl.
But when Murian ambushes the Prince's golden coach, she gets far more than she bargained for. And she's left fearing that he is the real thief...of her heart.
The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Prince and I, by Karen Hawkins is a 2015 Pocket Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book as an XOXpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark.
The Prince and I, is a divine and enchanting spin on the Robin Hood/ Maid Marion story.
Murian is a widow whose castle was stolen from her family by an evil Earl. With the help of her loyal friends, she is determined to sneak into Rowallen castle as often as possible in an attempt to find her late husband's journal, which is she is positive holds evidence against the Earl.
Disguised as highwaymen, Murian and her motley crew of friends stops the prince of Oxenburg, only things go off script and a duel is called. When Murian best the Prince, then escapes, he is determined to find her. But, when he finally locates her, he sees a lovely, red haired beauty in a bad situation. So, Gregori Maksim Romanovin, the Prince of Oxenberg, decides to come to her rescue.
The price is traveling with his elderly grandmother who also has a bone to pick with the earl, after losing something quite valuable in a card game.
What a fun story! Karen Hawkins has always written stories laced with wit and humor and this one is no exception.
The Prince's grandmother was absolutely hilarious and was a scene stealer a time or two.
The Prince is bogged down with the after effects of war, having had to deliver too many death notices to wives, but he is also suffering deep grief over the loss of his best friend. He is so numbed by it all, he has decided he couldn't risk love or marriage because he may not be able to promise forever.
Murian is sharp, strong, and brave, a real spitfire, full of life, determined to prove the truth behind her husband's death, never stopping to consider the risk to her own personal safety.
The perfectly paced story of action and adventure, with a little side order of intrigue, also offers up some keen dialogue, and clever plotting, especially since the Robin Hood theme is at play.
I really needed a fairytale romance this week, so this was a timely read for me. I knew Karen Hawkins would come through, because her novels are the perfect choice for a light romantic adventure.
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