Tempted by the forbidden Prince!
If only it wasn’t a very unsuitable match…
A Russian Royals of Kuban story: Lady Dove Sanford-Wallis dreams of a fairy-tale romance – until her first Season quashes her hopes of a love match. Sinfully attractive Prince Illarion isn’t anything like the man she’s expected to marry. But when he sweeps her onto the dancefloor, Dove is struck by an illicit longing she knows should only be satisfied in the marriage bed!
Another wonderful addition to Ms Scott’s ever-expanding CV, this is book two in the delicious ‘Russian Royals of Kuban’ series and it does not disappoint.
Prince Illarion isn’t your run of the mill Prince, he is a poet who has found himself in a bit of melancholic, writers block basically he has found himself in a bit of a slump. The words aren’t flowing like he would like, or how they should for that matter. He has a reputation for his scandalous and evocative poems and he is expected to do a reading, only he hasn’t got any new material. That is until he meets a certain Dove at a ball.
The minute he sees her, dances with her he is over run by inspiration. He soon realises that she just the thing he needs to bring him out of the depression. He wants her as his muse! My word what a stud! I am in love with these Russian Royal’s, they are supremely sexy. I love that rakish and mischievous twinkle in his eye whenever he says or does something scandalous.
Illarion is a great character, there are so many layers to this charming man. He is intelligent provocative, he loves to set tongues wagging with his words. He knows his effect on people and he is uses that knowledge for his gain. I love his rakish, charismatic and exotic charm as well as his gentlemanly manners and behaviour.
Lady Dove (don’t you love that name?) is on the hut for a husband, or more accurately her Ducal parents are, and only the best will do. The only problem is because she is now classed as on the shelf – having failed to the succeed to grab herself a husband in her first season. Her parents have become a little desperate. She has always had fantasies about being whisked of her feet by a Knight in shining armour, she has a romantic heart, but she is a little disillusioned. Because of her dismal first season she has become a little jaded when it comes to courtship.
Dove really doesn’t want any of it, all she wants is to while away the days with her sketch pad, maybe have a little excitement thrown in for good measure. She feels depressed by her restrictive life she wants freedom. That is until she meets the charismatic and sinfully handsome Prince, who makes her feels alive and rebellious.
At first glance I wouldn’t have thought that two such different people could work as well as they do, those differences are very present when they first meet they are rather like chalk and cheese, but that soon fades as they begin to flirt and banter. Their mutual excitement and rebellious natures and chemistry soon comes to the surface and brings them in sync. They are a real fun couple and very flirty couple.
Scott has created two very spirited and likable characters whose romance is at first very sedate but soon sizzles and shimmers. The story was a little slow to start with, for me the start needed to move along at a faster pace. Yet, once our two, start seeing each other and getting to know each other. When they start to flirt, and banter their romance begins to flourish the pacing even’s out and becomes the engaging love story that we have come to expect from Ms Scott.
The Russian Royals of Kuban series is a wonderfully crafted, richly detailed and saucy series that is a pure joy to read. The romances sweep you away to another time and place, and I am so looking forward to reading the next.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Innocent in the Prince’s Bed is available now and can be purchased at Amazon.