Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Alternative Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Daisy de Fleurre, an exiled princess from a far away land longs for true love. She almost experienced that at the tender age of seventeen, when she and her servant Chelsey, engaged in a smoldering love affair for one brief summer before they were both separated forever. Eight years later, Daisy is now engaged to a man who wants to offer her the world. But Daisy still longs for the woman she has never forgotten.
The dastardly lady pirate C.W. Dread, lives for revenge against Lord Humphrey, the man who murdered her family. She will kidnap Humphrey's fiancée, hold her for ransom, and introduce her to the delights of the flesh. Then her revenge will be complete! But Dread is in for a shock when her prisoner is a blast from her past who she once adored deep down to her very core.
Danger, adventure and passion are only a few things in store for this lady pirate and her princess as they both are overcome with lust for one another that can no longer be denied and contained.
I have been waiting to read “The Princess’s Bride” since I saw the cover on Ms. Grant’s website after my review of “Lovestruck.” It was well worth the wait and I was definitely not disappointed. Much like her other novellas, “The Princess’s Bride” left me with a dozen conflicting emotions. I was pissed off at Chelsey, wishing Daisy would grow up, and secretly plotting Lord Humphrey’s death.
The characters are realistic, deeply flawed, and full of life. Ms. Grant writes as if they could walk in the door any minute and sweep you off your feet. The relationship between the women seems very dominant / submissive at first, but it morphs slowly into more of a partnership. It was good to see Daisy find her backbone in the face of adversity.
Though the story was loosely based on “The Princess Bride,” Ms. Grant’s style rings true. Once the story gets going, there is no stopping it – you will be hooked. And the setting is expertly crafted with imagery that left me in awe.
Looking for some action? The fight scenes are creative and consistent. As always, the love scenes are scorching hot. This author truly writes the best f/f romance that I have ever encountered.
The only thing that put me off was the prologue. I’m not a big fan of those and like to jump right into the action, figuring out what has happened as I go. The first part of it fit into the story a little funny and I think honestly could have been left off altogether.
Overall, “The Princess’s Bride” was a great read for those who are interested in some hot f/f romance. If she keeps this up, Ms. Grant is going to have another reader for life!
4 1/2 Tea Cups!