Completely entertaining, a whole lot sexy with a few surprises thrown in for good measure I absolutely loved this book. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Crown Prince Nicholas Lytton was never supposed to be ruler of Callanos. He was the “spare to the heir,” pursuing a decadent life of the rich and royal—extreme sports, physical pleasures, and glorious irresponsibility. Until his brother died. Now Nick is to be coronated king, and no one believes he’s ready.
The best way to secure his crown is to do the unthinkable…find a queen.
While Isabel Reynolds works in the palace gardens, she has no desire to draw the attention of the way-too-flirty, would-be king. For she’s not the woman everyone thinks she is. Even if she wanted—or was tempted by— the promise of love, it would only end in disaster. Because while Isabel may be able to catch a king, her secrets would only destroy him…
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I’m not really a Royal family watcher. I admired Princess Diana for her humanitarian efforts and I’ve always had a soft spot for Prince Harry mainly because I always hated hearing him referred to as a “spare” but I’m going to admit I was intrigued by the synopsis for Robin Covington’s The Prince’s Runaway Lover and I am so glad I took a chance on it. Two very different people from two very different backgrounds meet, become friends and more all with the new king’s monarchy and a woman’s freedom at stake. Completely entertaining, a whole lot sexy with a few surprises thrown in for good measure I absolutely loved this book.
First off can you say holy hotness Prince/King…I mean seriously Crown Prince Nicholas (Nick, Nicky) Lytton was just what you’d expect out of a playboy prince until reality came knocking at his door literally. Never expecting to be pressed into service Nick finds himself not only fighting for the title he never really wanted but to make his advisers and parliament understand he is not like those who have ruled before him and he plans to make sure everyone in Callanos is treated fairly. I loved that he was a Prince but he was in touch with the real world, while he grew up and learned what he needed to know he also left home, traveled, saw the world, took risks and partied hard. So the fact that he found himself intrigued by a woman who worked in the royal gardens wasn’t surprising nor was it surprising that even when she warned him he shouldn’t get involved with her he couldn’t stay away because she saw him…Nicky, not a royal.
Isabel Reynolds loves her job helping to renovate the royal gardens at the palace in Callanos; she loves her work and the freedom of being outdoors and living her life despite everything she’s endured. When she realizes the man she’s been running with is the crown prince she can’t help but be impressed by his stamina and his fitness regimen and the fact that he runs without any bodyguards around but when he begins to seek her out in the gardens and in her cottage she knows it can’t lead to anything good. As much as she tries to tell him and as much as she tries to stay away their attraction won’t be ignored so they vow to live in the moment until that moment comes crashing down around them.
I loved these two together from their first interaction. It was fun watching Isabel try to remember the royal protocol and Nick insisting that she forget it. It was so refreshing to see a couple that simply enjoyed each other’s company, to watch people from two very different social classes leave that aside and become friends, and I absolutely loved the way Isabel supported Nicky’s desire to be a different kind of King and to really understand what he was dealing with in regards to issues his country was facing. I admired Isabel for trying to stay away from Nick and for the way she tried to protect him by not telling him everything about herself and while her secrets did hurt him her reasoning came from a good place. I’d also like to give a special nod to Nick’s mother Queen Beatrice and his best friend and personal adviser Christopher for their words of wisdom, words of challenge, and words of support when he needed it most.
For two people who didn’t think happily ever after was in the cards for them it was wonderful to see that sometimes the “good guys” do win and that despite years and years of old school ways progress is possible especially when two people are willing to love and support each other with all their hearts. Well done Ms. Covington this book left me with a happy heart and a great big smile on my face!