Seducing the Prince by Patricia Grasso
She longs to soar
Regina Bradford, the Countess of Langley, did not get her “happily ever after”. Her father, a wealthy business man, married her off to an impoverished earl to gain an aristocratic title for the family. Regina is miserable in her marriage to Charles, the Earl of Langley, who is cheating on her on with the blonde beauty, Princess Adele Kazanov. Regina is an aspiring author, and despite her husband’s cruelty to her and his disdain for her writing, she is determined to finish her manuscript. She has resolved to living the rest of her life in a loveless marriage and spends most of her time with her beloved infant son, Austen, her best friend Ginger, her loyal butler Pickles, and her protective Great Dane, Hamlet. But when Regina meets the darkly handsome Prince Viktor Kazanov at a garden party, she yearns for more than a writing career: she yearns for true love as well.
He longs for freedom
Prince Viktor Kazanov wants a divorce. He is fed up with his wife Adele’s adultery with the Earl of Langley, and her lack of love for their daughter, Sally. At the Duke of Inverary’s annual retreat at his country estate, Viktor meets Regina and is immediately drawn to her wit, intelligence, and her fiery red-headed beauty. He decides then and there that he will begin divorce proceedings and free himself and his daughter from his cold-hearted wife. But when Adele and Charles are found murdered, suspicion turns to both Viktor and Regina, and the authorities seek to arrest them for the deaths of their spouses. It’s a race against time as Regina and Viktor try to clear their names and avoid the hangman’s noose. But when the killer strikes again, will they be destined for tragedy instead of happiness?
I really enjoyed reading Seducing the Prince". The story has some interesting twists in it, that set it a bit apart from other romances set in this time period.
In addition to the hero and the heroine, there are also a number of interesting minor characters that are also well described, who captivate the reader's attention by their unique character and their spirited and often witty interactions. I very much enjoyed the sassiness and the spirit of the female characters who refuse to bow to society's rules and expectations and who expect the men in their lives to respect them.
When Reggie meets Prince Viktor Kazanov and falls in love with him, which in itself is rather ironic, considering the fact that his wife is her husband's lover, she doesn't know yet that her biggest wish will come true and she will finally be free of her husband whom she despises.
Seeing the man she loves or even worth herself, accused of this murder - actually a double murder, granting Viktor the same freedom from a spouse he despised as herself - was not really what she expected in her future though. It might make a nice inspiration for her novel writing but to live this nightmare? Nope. No fun there.
Fortunately, her friends and her family are loyal and with their combined efforts they might be able to find the murderer - they will have to hurry though because more people start to die and things get really tight!
Amazing characters, a funny, entertaining and captivating read - another book by Patricia Grasso that I can definitely and wholeheartedly recommend!