THE CROWN PRINCE'S BRIDE – Donna Alward
The Prince Duology , Book 2
Swerve (eBook only)
Marazur – Present Day
Stephani Savalas has been Crown Prince Raoul's loyal and efficient assistant for ten years, and has had a secret crush on him despite his being married to her cousin. But now Raoul is a widower with two young children, and Stephani feels it's time for her to move on before he finds himself a new bride. She hasn't told him yet because she's not sure how he'll take the news, plus she's in the midst of planning the wedding ceremony of Raoul's younger brother Diego's marriage to a commoner.
Raoul sees how busy Stephani has been working, and he wants to reward her with some time off—together. While he does still mourn the wife he lost in a car accident months ago, he is now aware of one thing: he's attracted to Stephani. However, he's not looking for a new bride at this time, and she makes it clear she doesn't want to jeopardize their working and familial relationship because of the children. But neither can resist the sizzling chemistry that has them soon sharing kisses. Will a business trip to the French Riviera allow them to explore their attraction for each other? Will the tiny country of Marazur soon see another commoner walk down the aisle as the bride of a prince?
Readers first met Raoul and Stephani in Diego and Rose's tale, THE PRINCE AND THE NANNY, out now, where Raoul had recently lost his wife and needed a nanny. Stephani has stood by Raoul's side faithfully, though she has hidden her secret attraction to him. She has no desire to be the future queen, but is well aware that he'll soon be ready to date—and marry—again. She has already started looking for a new job, but isn't sure how to tell him. As the wedding nears, suddenly Raoul is hovering over Stephani, making sure she eats and rests, and promises her some pampering as a way to say thanks for all the hard work. But there is an awareness between them that leads to a heated kiss. The last thing either wants is a scandal, which means no secret trysts behind the palace walls. But will a business trip to France mean a chance to act upon their attraction? And if it happens, will it change their relationship?
THE CROWN PRINCE'S BRIDE is a tale of second chances. For Stephani, she has kept secret her feelings for Raoul all these years. She would never have dishonored her cousin. For Raoul, he wondered if he would ever find love again and now he realizes he might be able to with the woman right under his nose. While both THE CROWN PRINCE'S BRIDE and THE PRINCE AND THE NANNY can be read as standalones, you are missing out if you don't read both. A tale that is both sweet and sensuous, grab a copy of THE CROWN PRINCE's BRIDE and be swept up in the royal romance of Stephani and Raoul.