Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins
Ellie Darkins very kindly sent me her latest book to read and review. I really loved this book. It centres around Charlie, the rebellious Princess of Afland, who left her homeland and royal obligations in pursuit of a more normal life in London and a career in the music industry. Charlie feels unworthy of the title of Princess due to a secret she's been carrying around with her for many years.
Charlie is sent to Vegas to try and persuade Joe Kavanagh's band to sign with the record label she works for. After his concert, while Charlie and the band are partying, Joe drops down on bended knee in an over the top rock star move and proposes to Charlie. Nobody expects her to say yes, but the impulsive and reckless Charlie agrees. The spontaneous duo marries in a Vegas chapel and wakes up the next morning full of regret.
Over breakfast, Joe suggests that maybe this hasty joke of a marriage could actually work in their favour. The attention from the press could help gain publicity for the record company and his band before their new album is released and Charlie wouldn't have to marry some sensible aristocrat that her parents might have lined up for her back home.
As the story progresses the two can't deny the crazy connection between them but Joe can't imagine how they would ever work as a real couple, their backgrounds are too different. He'd had a horrible experience with an ex-girlfriend also from a moneyed background who used him to get at her family. And Charlie was told she may never have children and when you are a royal that is something that is expected of you. She assumes if she tells her family then they won't want her anymore and the same goes for any man she gets close too. If they agree to give their marriage a real go, will their different backgrounds and Charlie's secret prove too much..?
I found myself really connecting to Charlie, as someone who might not be able to have children either I understand how it can make you feel. Obviously, I am not a royal, but I can imagine the pressure of having to reproduce to continue the family line and not being able too would be both stressful and heart-breaking.
I liked that the two main characters were both a little rough around the edges and rock n roll, as opposed to the usual characters in romance novels. You wouldn't normally expect a princess to be a mixture of Debbie Harry and Kate Moss! As a music lover myself I loved that music played such a huge role in this story, it brought Joe and Charlie together, and that shared interest plus their mutual attraction helped to bond them. I also liked the way the story is told from both viewpoints, it's always interesting to see how both characters perceive the same situation. I really recommend this story if you like romance but want something a little different from the norm!
Thank you Ellie, I loved your book and can't wait to read more of your work!
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* I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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