Never Pursue a Prince
by Regina Scott
Series: Fortune's Brides: The Wedding Vow #1
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date January 3, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Lady Larissa, oldest daughter of the Duke of Wey, has one goal: find suitable husbands for her two younger sisters and best friend so they may live happily ever after. Despite their attempts at matchmaking for her, she’s all but given up on finding her own groom, a gentleman good enough to meet her late mother’s and grandmother’s expectations. She has a hard enough time meeting those expectations for poise, propriety, and perfection. But a chance encounter brings the most marvelous gentleman to her attention. A shame he is merely a captain of the Imperial Guard of Batavaria and in no way the suitable husband for the daughter of a duke.
Prince Otto Leopold Augustus of Batavaria has one goal: to win back his country from those who ousted his family. But someone seems intent on stopping him, for danger stalks the corridors of their palace in England. So why not trade places with his identical twin brother, the leader of the Imperial Guard? Leo might just uncover their enemies before someone is hurt. And having an ally in the thoroughly proper and pretty duke’s daughter can only help.
The more Larissa and Leo are thrown together, the more secrets come to light and the more their attraction grows. Would the daughter of a duke dare to throw off propriety, if it means winning the heart of the most princely of men?
Start pursuing your prince, today.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I loved the Fortune’s Brides series and was delighted to see that author Regina Scott is writing a new one that includes Fortune, Meredith, and Julian. Never Pursue a Prince is the first one and it did not disappoint!
Trained by her grandmother and mother to follow rules of conduct becoming a duchess, Lady Larissa lived by them faithfully. I loved how she continually reminded herself of the various rules when needed. And loved, even more, watching her realize that life is so much more than meeting the expectations of others!
The characters were delightful and the storyline was an interesting blend of romance and mystery. I was quite surprised to discover the identity of the thief. What thief? you might ask. Well, I’ll just suggest you read the story to find out.
While most of the loose ends were tied up, a few remain (intentionally) to be addressed in the next book of the series, Never Court a Count, which releases mid-February 2022.
I appreciated the subtle mention of characters and events from the previous series allowing this one to stand alone. If I had not already read the other, I might not have realized it existed. However, having read the Fortune’s Brides series, I highly recommend you read those and then follow along in the new adventures in The Wedding Vow series.