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There are many stories about regular girls meeting a prince, falling in love, and living happily ever after...blah, blah, blah. This is not that story.
As a lowly Baron’s daughter, I sit on the outskirts of the noble circle, watching the royal family from afar: exactly where I’d rather be. To me, that world was anything but magical or fantasy. While their lives were under a relentless microscope, controlled by traditions and expectations, I was the girl dreaming about becoming a veterinarian and surrounding myself with animals instead of people.
A wallflower who suddenly bloomed, I somehow nabbed the attention of the arrogant, but undeniably handsome, Theodore Alexander Philip Robert David Livingston. The Prince of Great Victoria. I never imagined falling in love with a prince, but I did.
When Theo comes back from the Royal Air Force with an extremely sexy, but extremely arrogant new bodyguard, Lennox Easton, everything is flipped upside down. Tattooed, mysterious, and cruel, our mutual hatred for each becomes even more complicated when I move into the palace, becoming the official girlfriend of Prince Theo, and now under Lennox’s watch. Thrown into a society which controls my every move, social media viciously coming after me, and paparazzi looking for any juicy gossip, my world becomes a cage. Gilded or not, my life becomes nothing like I imagined. I find myself turning to the very last person I should.
When family secrets start to surface from the past, old enemies come for revenge, along with blackmail, forbidden love, and devastating revelations. Everything is set to bring me down and even take my life. I knew loving a prince would come with sacrifices, but when you give up everything...when does the fairy tale become a nightmare?
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- Blake H. Gilbert
Unsure but going to give the sequel a try
Very much a cliff hanger ending!!! I find this a frustrating modern technique used just to get us to spend more for stories. However, the story on it's own is interesting and well performed if a bit angsty for my preferences.
I enjoyed the subtle display of the many ways women have of reacting to the contradictory and every evolving societal expectations pushed upon us and internal pressures that must balance or desires to them. The primary character is a strong, intelligent woman who has every appearance of an entitled life full of opportunities. This volume is basically just the story of how every opportunity really isn't one, or as the societal manners ingrained in her (as well as as quite a bit of learned helplessness) keep her from taking the ones that are and dealing with the consequences.
The main character is on the lowest rungs of "royalty" and therefore neither royal nor common. I think the author made her best friend half black in order to mirror the rejection she faces from being neither white or black enough to fit in anywhere.
I bring all this up to make it clear that this isn't a book meant to be a fluffy read, but does have deeper layers to it. Disappointingly the cliffhanger leave us at everyone's worst point without the redemption to get us to forgive the human weakness that has brought them there.