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Princess by Gaelen Foley
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Overall Rating: 4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 4 // Historical Flavor: 2 / Humor: 1 / Tears: 3½

Overall: 4.35: *Princess* immediately drew interest by introducing Darius Santiago and Princess Serafina di Fiore in the exciting opening rescue scene that featured the lovelorn thoughts of each character regarding the other. Foley did a great job of keeping that interest as she wove a fascinating story around their unrequited love. A Historical Romance reader will enjoy this entertaining book.

Action: 3.5: Darius was King Lazar's (*The Pirate Prince*) best intelligence-gathering man (and assassin), so the book was peppered with Darius performing the military deeds needed to save his princess.

Emotion: 4.0: Foley drew readers deep into the emotional angst that Darius suffered as the half-Gypsy bastard who felt unworthy of having the Princess Royal. Serafina's anguish at losing her love and dutifully marrying another to save Ascencion resulted in tears.

Romance: 3.5: Serafina's determination to save Darius from his self-imposed loneliness and force him to accept that they were soul mates pervaded the entire storyline. Darius's performance of his security duties were hampered by his forbidden desire for Serafina.

Sensuous: 2.5: The heat between Darius and Serafina was blazing. Foley entertained with detailed lovemaking scenes that brought heat to the cheeks (and, in the first case, astonishment).

Suspense: 4.0: The plot was intricate (involving several key secondary characters) and kept one wondering how Foley was going to extricate Darius and Serafina from the corners into which they were being painted.

Historical Flavor: 2.0: Even though the language didn't sound early 1800s, Foley did weave in relevant historical details about the warring Napoleon Bonaparte into the fabric of the story.

See Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/CU7c6) for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Princess*. ( )
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She is a pearl
whose price hath launched above
a thousand ships,
And turned crowned kings
to merchants.

He after honor hunts; I after love.
This book is dedicated to my lifelong and most loyal friends, my sisters, Shana, Elizabeth, and Janeen.
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Setting: Europe, 1805
Sensuality: 8

Imperious and beautiful, Princess Serafina has loved Darius Santiago, the king's most trusted warrior, since she was a child. But Darius was plucked from the gutter by the king to be trained as a spy, and although he loves Serafina beyond reason, he conceals his heart for he believes his background forbids a union between them. When Serafina is betrothed to a ruthless Russian aristocrat in a bargain that gains her tiny island kingdom protection from Bonaparte's armies, Darius intervenes to save her. His actions set in motion a sequence of events that will challenge the strength of their love and threaten their lives as well as the survival of the kingdom.

This energetic plot has the hero and heroine poised on the razor's edge of physical danger at the same time they're struggling to trust each other with the deepest secrets of their hearts. The supporting cast of secondary characters is excellent, especially the members of the heroine's family. Their normalcy provides a stark contrast to the hero, whose childhood of neglect and abuse has left scars and built emotional walls that only the heroine's love may heal. The delightful tales of Ascencion's royal family, first begun with The Pirate Prince, will continue with Foley's next novel, Prince Charming, the story of Serafina's brother, Prince Rafael di Fiore. --Lois Faye Dyer

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:43 -0400)

In the sequel to The Pirate Prince, the king's most accomplished and intrepid spy, Darius Santiago, is on the verge of attaining his one true desire, Princess Serafina, when a deadly enemy threatens to separate them forever.

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