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The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne Warren
Series: Princess Brides #1
Published by Penguin on 2012-04-03
Genres: Historical, Regency
Reviewed by Shayna
From New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren comes an enchanting new trilogy about three princesses brought together by fate. This is Princess Emma’s story… When a royal summons from her brother arrives, Emma knows it’s time to embrace her duties as the princess of a small European kingdom, and marry the man her brother has chosen for her…a stranger she has never met. Instead she does what any self-respecting princess would do—she runs away. All she wants is one week in London. One week to experience everything life has to offer, before she is locked away in a loveless marriage forever… Former naval captain Nick Gregory has inherited a title he never wanted. As the new Earl of Lyndhurst, he chafes against his landlocked existence—until fate brings a mysterious young beauty across his path. Believing she’s an unemployed governess, Nick offers shelter and protection to the captivating girl, never guessing her true identity. Emma falls hard for Nick, but knowing they have no future, she flees once more—this time back to her royal responsibilities. But when she and Nick unexpectedly meet again, she learns that against all odds, he’s determined to make this princess his bride…
Princess Emma of Rosewald knows it’s her duty to marry for the betterment of her kingdom, but the thought of marrying a stranger twice her age and settling down to a boring life is almost too much for her to bear. Before she goes through with the marriage, Emma wants just one week of freedom, one week to do everything she’s ever desired. But her impulsive trip to London takes and unexpected turn when she’s rescued by the dashing Earl of Lyndhurst.
Former naval captain and newly minted earl Nick Gregory doesn’t know much about the beautiful woman who crosses his path, but it’s clear the so-called governess needs his help. He only plans to offer her shelter, but soon he’s squiring Emma about town and falling for the headstrong young woman. When Emma disappears from his life, Nick knows that he can’t simply let her go. But what will happen when he discovers that his governess is really a princess in disguise?
The Princess and the Peer is a bit of a difficult book for me to review. On the one hand, I enjoyed the beginning, which had a Roman Holiday-esque flavor. On the other, I simply did not have the ability to suspend disbelief to the extent I would have to to enjoy this tale. Emma is a princess who is understandably self-centered (she is a sheltered princess, after all), but she acts before she thinks constantly, which grated on my nerves. What really bothered me, however, was that she doesn’t act a bit like the governess she’s pretending to be. That Nick didn’t even question her cover story made me doubt his intelligence and the way in which he and Emma behaved all throughout The Princess and the Peer was so contrary to their positions and the time period that I was constantly drawn out of the story. Add in a truly dizzying number of adjectives and the awkwardly manufactured plot and I’m afraid this book just wasn’t the one for me.
There were some bright spots in The Princess and the Peer that kept me reading the story. My favorite character was Emma’s friend and fellow princess Ariadne. Though I’m not sure I’ll be reading the second Princess Brides book (Her Highness and the Highlander), I’ll definitely be picking up the final story in the trilogy, The Trouble with Princesses, for I cannot wait to see what trouble Ariadne gets up to with Emma’s brother, Rupert