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2.25.2015

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck | Book Review

I'm not one for romance novels- I can probably count the ones I've read (completely) on one hand.  I much prefer a good mystery or my Israeli spy books.  If I do read one, it's a "princess" book- which is always good for my princess-esq imagination.  The thing about these books- I never have much (if any) expectation on plot, reality, or …word-smithery?  Clearly I'm a pro at the last one- making up works like 'princess-esq' and 'word-smithery.'  

Anyway, these particular books make the best beach books for me.  Even though it's too cold for the beach yet, I'm anxiously awaiting the end of March, when it starts to warm up.  Because of the aforementioned aspects.  It's easy to put the book down, and pick it up a week or more later.  Or, if you have a good umbrella, read the book in a day.

Corina Del Rey is a socialite that is currently working in Melbourne, Florida.  She's moving on with her life since her twin brother died in war, five years earlier.  Prince Stephen is a rugby player (and younger brother to the King of Brighton), who has a military past.  He struggles with the aftermath of a tragic bombing while stationed overseas.  He's got a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Corina and Stephen have a history, but since he came back from the war five years earlier, Stephen cut her off and never spoke to her again.  Stephen's brother, the King, receives some interesting documents, driving him to have to track her down.  Corina has a feeling that he knows something of her brother's death and recognizes this as an opportunity to find out what actually happened to her brother.  The story follows her attempt at recovering the truth, and maybe finding love again in the process.

The story is mildly entertaining- in the first few pages, it mentions a building on 'US 1,' Indian River, and a barrier island.  Hauck's talking about Melbourne, but I immediately think Vero Beach of course.  That encouraged me to keep reading, since I had something to associate it with.

There were a lot of unexplained happenings- that were associated to God and His work.  That's fine, but when it includes all traffic stopping for you to cross the street, and an inn that only two people can see.  It's pushing the barriers of my already broad expectation of 'reality' when reading.

Some of the dialogue in the book- particularly scenes that take place in Marietta, GA.  I literally cringed.  "I swear to goodness, it's been a coon's age since I've seen you."  And "Cuter than a speckled pup."  Actually, that came from the narrator, which irritated me more I think.  I get what the author was going for- a southern girl at home with her friend.  But, Corina is an heiress, has seen the world a few times over.  Sure she'd be proud of her southern roots, but the expressions are taking it a little too far.

Last, the cover art- it occurred to me today!  The image is a stock image from Getty Images.  But the heart and swirls and banner- do those not look like something you could get off Picmonkey Royale?!

Overall, as I said earlier- this fits the bill for a perfect summer/ beach read.  Take it at face-value, and don't look too deep into details.  It's also part of "The Royal Wedding" series- BUT form what I can gather, each book is stand-alone.  They just have a common theme.


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6 comments:

  1. I'm not much for romance novels myself. But they do make good beach reads!

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  2. That's really the only time I read them- mysteries are just too in depth to read at the beach when there's so many other things to pay attention to!

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  3. Biana Perez9:27:00 AM

    This is sadly exactly the type of book that is up my alley!! Thanks for sharing! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. Hahah it's a cute story, but I think I'm quite picky on the books I read- a single line (ie- the 'coon's age' thing) can make me see the whole book in an entirely different light.

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  5. Jordyn Brown11:43:00 PM

    You're exactly right, this is a perfect beach/lake read!

    xoxo, SS

    The
    Southern Stylista

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