Series: Royal Wedding #3
Published by Zondervan
Publish Date: February 24, 2015
Source: Book - Publisher, Audiobook - Library
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon
Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.
Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could ve been.
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever." (Goodreads)
How To Catch A Prince by Rachel Hauck
My Thoughts: My word, how I love this series. Rachel Hauck's Royal Wedding Series is one of my go-to places for comfort reads because of the mash up of fairy-tale + contemporary romance. I cannot help but swoon and just love, love, love these stories. As much as I've loved the previous two books, I think this most recent release is my favorite.
Corina Del Ray is a journalist, the daughter of an American heiress, and the grieving twin sister of a fallen soldier in the war on terror. Once a close-knit bunch, Corina's family is now broken, which has broken Corina's heart. Her parents never recovered after the death of their son almost six years ago, and they've practically neglected Corina in the aftermath. Corina has tried to move on in her life as a journalist, but her friends have noticed a change in her. They chalk it up to grief after her brother's death, but Corina has an additional secret that weighs on her heart.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is a rugby star, currently injured, using his professional athletic career to forget the pain and guilt of losing so many friends on one terrible day while serving together in Afghanistan. He has nightmares about that day, about these men, and he wonders if he will ever be able to move forward. The details about that day are classified and he is grateful that he cannot talk about it - makes it easier to shut out and push away. The details of that tragic day are not Stephen's only secret.
One day, Stephen receives a message that not only startles him but stirs his heart and soul: his brief marriage from before his time in Afghanistan was never officially dissolved (it was never even officially filed...or was it?) and he will need to take care of this matter right away before it becomes a public relations thing for the Royal family. The public never knew that Stephan married Corina, first of all, and he assured her that the marriage would be annulled, like it never existed. There is no way Stephen can allow this marriage to stay in place despite the way he continues to feel for Corina; he must get the annulment taken care of swiftly and quietly. But what of Corina Del Ray? Did she ever move on from Stephen - or does she still think of him the way that he still thinks of her? Stephen boards a plan for America to face his
What was the reason that the marriage ended so long ago, anyway? How will Corina take the news when she finds out that they're still officially married? What if she has moved on, married, had children?
When Stephen sees her: wow, she is beautiful. It smacks him in the face. Those very-much-alive feelings that he still harbors smack him right in the chest, down in his heart. BUT! Corina doesn't immediately feel gushy over Stephen showing up in her yard, not after the way he ended things years ago. She is a level-headed woman, though, and after thinking things over, Corina realizes that she may be able to use Stephen's position in the House of Stratton to find out more about her brother's "classified" death, which could help her family to heal and find some closure. She tells Stephen that if he will give her the answers she needs, she will sign the annulment papers. Nice stall maneuver, Corina. Totally gives you guys time to get over your issues, air your secrets, and profess your love all over again.
As a person that believes in love, love always, love above all else - I fell so hard for the message in this book to "Love Well." I love that Corina did her best to love Stephen well even when he was difficult. I love that she did her best to love others well when they were difficult as well. I love that as she did this, she began to see the positive changes in her life - her outlook became better, she felt happier, things looked brighter in general. Corina did not always get the outcome that she wanted, or at least not right away, but she felt better for loving well, and this, this was a great, great message and reminder for me in my own life - I love it when I am reminded of things like this through a story that I love. LOVE IT.
Of course, though, How To Catch A Prince is a fairy-tale type of story, so there is a happy ending, and YES! I loved it. There were plenty of moments throughout the book that made me chuckle - couple a Southern American woman with a European-ish Royal, and there are fun times to come, I promise. I stayed up late to finish reading this book, but I'm not sorry one single bit. This book, this entire series, is on my reread shelf, both the book and audiobook formats. Now that I am caught up on this series, I'll be working my way through Ms. Hauck's backlist because I'm so, so much a fan of her work.
I recommend How To Catch A Prince to readers that enjoy fun romances that makes you chuckle, strong/smart female characters, and great family relationships. Have I mentioned yet that these books make me so happy?
**I think that you could read this book as a standalone, but I loved reading the first and second books in order because I adored those characters so much plus in the first book you find out that getting married when Stephen and Corina secretly do is actually illegal - and why! This series contains companion novels that are set in the same world, and there is overlap of characters, which is wonderful because they're all so great. This book overlaps mainly with the characters from the first book.
How To Catch A Prince will appeal to fans of:
Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: No Triangle
Great Family Relationships
How To Catch A Prince by Rachel Hauck
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