HOW TO PURSUE A PRINCESS
The Duchess Diaries, Book 2
21 May 2013
Rating: 5 Cups
Lily Balfour is horrified when she discovers her father has indebted their family into destitution. As the eldest sister in residence, Lily is forced to become a fortune-hunting gentlewoman in search of a wealthy husband. Determined to swallow this bitter pill, she accepts an invitation to a house party given by her godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe.
Prince Wulfinski is sick and tired of women throwing themselves at his fortune instead of him. Hoping to discover one who will love him as a man and not as a prince, he buries himself in the life of a pauper, living in a Scottish cottage. When he gets an invitation to a nearby house party, he is ambivalent about going, until one of its guests falls quite literally at his feet.
Lily has no time for the handsome prince with the bad manners that rescues her after she falls from her horse. She is supposed to be charming the rich Earl of Huntley, not becoming distracted by a man who is admittedly as impoverished as she is. It is just her luck, though, that she cannot stop thinking about Wulf. He is bold, brash and completely barbaric, which only serves to make him more tempting.
There is nothing more irresistible than a Russian prince and Wulf more than fulfills the fantasy. Ms. Hawkins paints a sexy character with rough ways that make every other man seem like a pansy in comparison. Readers will cheer Lily on, as she struggles to reconcile happiness and duty to family. I highly recommend reading not just this, but also the previous book in the series, and cannot wait until we see what else Ms. Hawkins has planned for the remaining Balfour sister.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More