Sunday, September 15, 2013

How to Pursue a Princess by Karen Hawkins

Early this morning  I finished reading Karen Hawkins' How to Pursue a Princess. I must say that I enjoyed the story. However, it was a little different from How to Capture a Countess. Actually, How to Pursue a Princess reminded me a Candice Hern's book A Garden Folly. Yes, there are similarities and difference, but today's focus on How to Pursue a Princess.

In How to Capture a Countess, it was filled with light-heartedness with the hero and heroine trying to one-up-each-other. In How to Pursue a Princess, we have Lily Balfour trying to save her family from finacial ruin. So, she always figure she wouldn't get married, but cirmstances call for her to action. Now she needs to marry for money and hope to find love in the process. After all, the Duchess of Roxburghe is known for making impectable matches. However, I think the Duchess is off her game when she tries to match Lily with the Earl of Huntley.

However, when Lily meets Piotr Romanovin, Prince Wulfinski (Wulf), it's instant attraction. Yet, when she finds out Wulf is pauper prince, she needs to keep pursuing Huntley because he has the means to save her family. Now Wulf knows that Lily is to be his, and he will try to prove that love can solve all problems. Granted Wulf is actually wealthy, but he wants her to love him for who he is other than a title and money.

There is a slight problem with Huntley. Actually two: 1) She doesn't love him 2) Miss Emma Gordon who happens to be a good friend to Huntley. However, that's not going to deter Lily for making her conquest. So, we have the Duchess cheering for the match, while Emma and Wulf team up to win the love of their lives. A tough task for Wulf and Emma to outwit the Duchess.

Overall, it was enjoyable. However, I was a little worry that Lily was going to forsake her happiness for security. Let's be honest, that can be stressful. I had to remind myself a couple of times it will all be ok. I really did like how Emma and Wulf try to out Duchess the Duchess with their plan. So, if you are looking for a story with "pauper" prince and a girl looking for a hero, you might enjoy How to Pursue a Princess.

4 Stars

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