About the Book
Book: To Love a Prince
Series: True Blue Royal #1
Author: Rachel Hauck
Release Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.
Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.
HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach. A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.
Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.
Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home. When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection. But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.
When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.
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I absolutely LOVED everything about To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck. This was the perfect escape story that I needed this past weekend. I love that this story is fast-paced, highly engaging, and unputdownable, but I’m also a little sad cause I didn’t want this book to end. I really liked how magical this story feels — like I walked right into a fairy tale. It’s been a while since I’ve read a story that’s made me feel like this! Lauchtenland is a wonderful setting, and I wish it were a real place to visit. The characters are pretty excellent. Gus is my new favorite hero. Yes, he ran away and hid for a little while so he could lick his wounds, but I don’t see this as a negative and I don’t think it makes him a weak hero. In fact, being able to self-access and take the time to heal are admirable qualities we should all try to do better at. What I really appreciate about Gus is that he knew when to go back home and get back to his responsibilities as brother, son, and Prince. If I had to boil down to one word what I liked the most about Gus it’s his maturity. Daffy is a wonderful heroine. She is so strong, pragmatic, and capable. She is a little clueless about her own true feelings, but it’s definitely fun watching as she grows into her truth. My favorite quality of Daffy’s is how she is constantly thinking 2-3 steps ahead of anyone else. She isn’t a run-into-things-with-her-eyes-closed kind of gal. And, I also appreciate her humility. She is the beautiful girl who doesn’t really get that she is beautiful. Yes, it sort of gets her into trouble when she tries to compare herself to others, but not comparing herself is one of the things she sort of has to learn along the way. All in all, I love Gus and Daffy as individual characters, but I especially love them as companions for each other. They are just meant for one another! Their friendship is sweet and their romance is excellent. In addition to this, I have to say the supernatural element to this story is my most favorite part, and it’s what makes this story a true 5-STAR story to me. I won’t go into any sort of detail on the supernatural element, but I will say this single item has left me with such a tremendous sense of hope. To Love a Prince is a lovely story and I am going to miss my time in Lauchtenland and with these characters. If you are a fan of beautifully written Contemporary Romances that feel like Fairy Tales, or you just need a great story to escape into, then I highly recommend you read To Love a Prince ASAP if you haven’t already.
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on September 8, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.