Saturday, November 26

Book Review: Princess by Gaelen Foley

Author: Gaelen Foley
Title: Princess (Ascension Trilogy #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 389
First Published: June 1999
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Used Bookstore)

Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted spy. He is charming, ruthless, and he has one weakness--the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has always worshiped Darius, knowing that deep in the reaches of her soul, where she is not royalty but a flesh-and-blood woman, she belongs to this dangerous man. Unable to suppress their desire, they are swept into a daring dance of passion until a deadly enemy threatens to destroy their new love.

Oooh Darius...I forgot all about you my fictional boyfriend! I was going through my bookshelf the other day looking for something good to read and then I remembered how much I loved this book and this series. I only have this one of the series, so I picked it up and gave it a re-read. And I still love it. 

This is the second book of the series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book was about Serafina's mom and dad and them retaking the throne. It was good, but this was better. This follows Serafina and Darius. Serafina is a princess being made to marry some guy in order to protect her country against good ol' Napoleon. Darius is the King's right-hand man, head spy, and Serafina's main protector. They have had feelings for each other for a while, but duty kept them apart. After some events that lead them to have alone time, they discover they need each other. But this love story is not at all an easy one and it takes a long time for them to finally be together (no spoiler since this IS a HR).  But good, it shouldn't be easy. 

The princess is okay, she is spoiled, but duh...she's royalty. But she is sweet overall.  

Darius is....amazing. Okay - he's a hottie, but he's also one of the most complex and dynamic characters the author ever made. He has a lot of baggage and even though he is this great spy, warrior, and lover, he's still flawed. Love, love him. He's on my top 5 list of heroes I am in love with. 

I think what I love most about this is that even though I was re-reading it I couldn't remember how they got out of each issue that pops up. 

My only issue was how Darius got out of one issue. WHAT? It could NOT have been that easy. Sure, Josephine is a *cough* slut *cough* lover of men, but I highly doubt she would lower her standards at that point....I can't give more explanation, but it was SO unrealistic. 

However, the rest of the book is amazing. Like I said you don't have to read book 1, but I think reading the first one will make you appreciate the characters (especially Darius) a little more. I shall keep my original stamp that I gave this years ago before I was blogging - 5 stars.