Sunday, September 15

Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London

The Princess Plan (A Royal Wedding, #1)
Author:  Julia London 
Title: The Princess Plan
(A Royal Wedding #1)
Genre: Historical Romance & Mystery
Pages: 208
Expected publication: November 26th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)

Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.

Been meaning to read a book by this author and I was really needing a fun HR. 

The story follows Eliza who is merely a daughter of a judge who writes for a gossip gazette. The biggest story of the year has landed right in London. A prince from a small country has come to make a trade and find a wife that will help cement the alliance to England. Things happen and the two fall for each other. But duty is duty...right?

This was a hoot. I do get a little worried when the author makes up a country and tries to blend it with real life countries, but when it works it works well and this certainly did. I want to see more of this made up country. I wonder if book 2 will follow Eliza and the prince or we'll get another couple in the country. mmmm. We shall see. 

Yes, the characters. I liked them. I was not a fan of other of them at first, but around 35% I grew to like them and want them to be together even though it was impossible of course. However, it is HR and they do find each other (no spoiler there). What I liked was how possible it was at the end. It was a realistic solution that I didn't see coming. I thought it was going to be lame and unrealistic, BUT I was pleasantly surprised that they made it realistic on how they got to be together. Huzzah!

The cover is very pretty but so not accurate. SHOULDERS AND WRISTS! Queen Vicky would've fainted. Too prom-y, BUT I love the dress if you take off my historical hat and put my girl-y hat on. Cute. 

OooOOOOoo totally called who the murder was. The mystery WAS good. I did doubt my guess though here and there, but I was convinced on who it was and I was right. 

Let's see...mmmm...the beginning was a little hard to get into mainly because (like I said above) I really wasn't a fan of our H/h. They grew on me as I got to know them and then I fell for them and wanted them to succeed and get that HEA and that murderer. 

Overall, I did enjoy this quite a bit even though it took a hot minute for me to like our couple and I wish the cover was a touch more realistic. The mystery was good and I loved the ending. It was actually realistic and made sense. Duty IS duty after all. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. I must read more by this author for sure! Fun!

2019 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
18 out of 16/25


Sophia Rose said...

A Prince and a gossip columnist. LOL, that would make it interesting. Glad they grew on you after a bit and neat that it came with a murder mystery.

Blodeuedd said...

Not sure about the not liking the couple at first, hmmm

Carole Rae said...

Sophia, sooo interesting and a different type of couple.

B, took a minute, but worth it.