Is life outside the palace walls…
…everything she dreamed of?
When billionaire Gio Grassi rescued a beautiful stranger on the streets of Florence, he never imagined she’d be royalty! Princess Luciana’s innocence compel’s Gio to protect her, and her vivacity intrigues him. But Gio’s been betrayed before and he can’t let it happen again. With Luciana’s arranged royal wedding only weeks away, can this chance encounter change the course of these two lives – forever?
This is the first book I have read by Andrea Bolter, I have been interested in her work for a while, it is different to what I usually pick up, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading more from her. It’s a fresh and satisfying story about finding love in the most unexpected places with the most beautiful and romantic Italian backdrop.
Princess Luciana is arranged to be married, she knows he place and her duty for her family and she is very loyal to that, but she is spirited, she has been cloistered away all her life, she has never been able to act like a young woman, to do what she wants, go where she wants and just be her own person. She has always wanted just a moment of freedom, a moment where she can just be herself and with her wedding only weeks away she knows that this could be her last chance for a taste of that very freedom she has always wanted.
So, she sneaks out and away from her home and body guards to have her own adventure and go to the one place she has always wanted to see; Florence! She had fallen in love the romanticism of Florence even without stepping foot there. Only her dream trip doesn’t exactly go to plan as she soon realises that she may be way out of her depth, it is thanks to the kindness and timely appearance of a too handsome for his own good stranger that helps her in her moment of need and also changes her life.
Enter gorgeous billionaire Gio, he steps in does the whole knight in shining armour thing, protects her and helps her in her moment of need and all too soon falls for the mysterious and spirited beauty. Gio is a good man he has a sense that Luciana is not exactly what she seems, she isn’t just a sweet little cloistered girl lost in Florence, there is something about her that captures his in ground sense of chivalry. But Gio is very reluctant for her to get to close to him, after being horribly hurt before he has closed his heart off to all that could break it. From his past experience he has become a little jaded to love, he has closed he heart off, which is a real shame as there is so much to love about this good man.
Luciana is a sweet, but naïve young woman who after living in her secluded and protected little royal bubble her entire life she is now lost in the real world. She has never experienced anything of real life, so even the basic’s like walking down the street and avoiding people who are out to do her harm is whole new for her. I actually feel very sorry for her, she has missed out on so much due to who she is, Ms Bolter has captured Luciana’s innocence and nativity perfectly as well her thirst for independence and knowledge I really like her and even though she is as blue blood as you can get, you can really relate to her.
For the first time while reading a romance I was more drawn and fascinated by the heroine, don’t get me wrong Gio is supremely charming, sexy and a little flawed but he didn’t have as much sway with me as most heroes do. Whereas Luciana is utterly fascinating, the way she threw caution to the wind and burst out of her royally protected bubble is admirable.
The Italian’s Runaway Princess is an enjoyable, romantic and sweet book that captures your attention. I particularly love Ms Bolter’s excellent descriptions of Florence, you can see through the characters eyes the beauty and tranquillity of the place. I have found Andrea Bolter’s writing to be fluid and elegant, her writing flows with pure joy and you can really sense that this is a story and place that she loves.
Very enjoyable, a perfect summer escapism read.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Italian’s Runaway Princess is to be released 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at amazon.