Dating the Prince by Alina Snow
Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.
As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.
Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.
What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.
A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.
Dating the Prince is the first book I’ve read by this author. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. I liked the characters, the plot and the setting.
Katie is a really fun character! She’s an actress, sort of. She’s working as a game show model as well as a waitress while waiting for her lucky break. She was also really loyal to her family. I loved that she was a determined person and not willing to let anything mess up her plans. And then she meets Alex. Their meeting is classic. She’s blind because she was out of contacts and literally runs into him in the hall. So perfect!
Alex is a great character as well. I liked the way he works to get out of his life for just a little bit. He’s super smart and is able to lose his security detail that he has while in the U.S. He wants Katie to be his guide, but he doesn’t tell her that she’s going to help him escape. That part was funny! But while he and Katie are “missing,” Katie’s dad needs their help in Texas. Alex is willing to work hard. And he doesn’t let anyone know that he is actually British Royalty.
I liked the plot. The idea of a prince trying to live a normal life is not at all new. I thought the author did a good job of this. There were some holes however. Things left undone. Like Katie’s waitress job for one thing. And just little things her and there. It’s not enough to make you want to stop reading the book. It’s just enough to leave the reader a little bit confused here and there.
All in all though, this book is really good. I liked it and I hope there’s more to Katie and Alex’s story.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Author Alina Snow
Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.
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