2015, Smashwords Edition
My Rating: 4 Stars
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Freedom to Choose is Paramount for any human
An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?
I've always had a fascination with royals and used to dream about being a princess. Stories like this make me realize that it would be a lot harder than I think because often times, a princess doesn't get to choose things for herself. It would be hard to have a marriage arranged for you from birth, especially when your heart belongs to another, and this is the exact situation that Elizabeth finds herself in. I don't know if I could go through with that and Elizabeth's struggles really show.
Elizabeth is a kind young woman, but is really resistant to her parents' wishes. Patrick is a very resourceful young man and he is very likable. I loved the banter and flirting between these two. They had a little dialogue that is repetitive, with questions and answers, but it is so, so sweet and I couldn't help but smile when they went through it each time.
This story is gentle and sweet, yet there are moments of mystery and adventure. Someone is out to take over some kingdoms--who and why? I came away with a smile at the antics and events that occurred, especially with the way the villain was confronted. This is a must read for anyone who loves a good, clean romance involving a princess.
Content: very mild romance (although two characters spent a few nights together, nothing happened); no language or religious elements; mild violence (fighting, deaths--nothing at all graphic). Clean!
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