Review: Seducing the Princess – Mary Hart Perry
The youngest of Queen Victoria’s daughter’s, Beatrice has spent most of her life living in her mother’s shadow’s. Whatever her mother needs, she’s attended to without question. Though, she’s yearned to have a life of her on own on occasion. Something she knows her mother will never grant her.
When she meets the wonderful Henry Battenburg on the eve of her niece’s wedding, Beatrice is flattered by his attentions. She’s never had a man spend so much time with her, much less tell her the things he’s told her, or make her feel so beautiful. She knows her mother won’t approve of such dalliances, but she can’t help herself. Henry intrigues her, and she wants nothing more than to get to know him. Deep inside, she knows she cares for her him deeply, and would like to have a life with him. Unfortunately, getting the Queen on her side is an entirely different matter.
Prince Gregory’s appearance soon throws her life in limbo. He’s gorgeous, charming, and knows exactly what to say or do in order to make her feel better. Yet he’s not Henry. No one will ever take his place. She’s sure of it. Until the moment when Gregory starts getting under her skin. Only then does she start to question exactly what she feels for both men.
Doing her best to please the Queen whenever possible, she finds it hard to deny the stirrings of her own part. Most especially when it comes to Henry. For the sake of the crown, she knows she’ll need to do exactly as her mother asks. Yet there’s no harm in being who she is, and allowing her own heart to guide her, is there? Determined to fight for what she believes in, Beatrice will do anything to find the happiness that eludes her, including going against her mother’s wishes in order to achieve that which she desires.
This was a great addition to this series. I enjoyed it immensely. Beatrice is Victoria’s willful and ever obedient daughter. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her mother. Unfortunately, the Queen can’t quite see that. It saddened me to see Victoria so adamant in wanting to keep Beatrice by her side. To see her deny her daughter’s wishes time and time again. Granted, times were different back then, and Victoria was only doing what she thought right when it came to Beatrice and other her daughter’s.
Mary has beautifully captured the essence of Victorian times, projecting the love and uncertainties each character experiences to the maximum. She’s crafted a world that portrays Victorian life in a way that makes the reader want to be a part of it. To want to experience what the characters are going through in more ways than one. I look forward to what comes next for the series itself.
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Seducing the Princess by Mary Hart Perry
Mary Hart Perry’s acclaimed series of romantic Victorian thrillers continues with Seducing the Princess, inspired by the life of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter Beatrice. Painfully shy and lonely, convinced she is unattractive and unloved, the dutiful Princess Beatrice finally accepts that she will never marry and vows to devote herself to the queen in Victoria’s waning years. In fact, her mother has secretly discouraged suitors for Beatrice’s hand. Just when Beatrice has all but given up on love and happiness, she meets Henry Battenberg, a dashing nobleman from the Continent who matches wits with the aging Victoria and risks his life and liberty to woo Bea.
But Henry isn’t the only man interested in being welcomed into Beatrice’s bed. The timid princess has become the target of a cruel plot hatched by her nephew, the madman destined to become the last Emperor of Germany. Wilhelm II sends a ruthless agent, a charming Scot, to seduce the naive princess and spy on the queen. How can the sheltered princess hope to fend off a man capable of murder, and perhaps worse, to get what he wants? But Beatrice is not without her own allies–her older sister Louise and Louise’s American soldier-of-fortune and lover, Stephen Byrne. Will Beatrice discover which of the two men pursuing her she can trust, before it’s too late? Drama, romance and peril chase the royal family from Buckingham Palace to a storm besieged castle on the Isle of Wight.
About The Author:
Kathryn Johnson lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two feline writing partners, Tempest and Miranda. The author of over 40 novels, she’s written under her own name and a variety of pen names, including Mary Hart Perry, Kathryn Jensen, KM Kimball and Nicole Davidson. She also teaches fiction-writing workshops for the renowned Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. And, in 2008, she founded Write by You (www.WriteByYou.com), to coach other writers interested in reaching publication. She has been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christy Award, and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best Awards (sponsored by the Romance Writers of America) in 2011.
Her works in progress include a series of Victorian thrillers inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria’s five daughters. The first novel, The Wild Princess, focuses on Princess Louise, who desperately wanted an education as a professional artist, at a time when women were not admitted into art schools. Her personal life becomes complicated when she uncovers a secret about her husband and must help protect her mother from an assassination attempt. The second book of the series,Seducing the Princess, launches April 2, 2013, and features Victoria’s youngest daughter Beatrice. Painfully shy and lonely, the dutiful Princess has promised never to marry and to devote herself to the queen in Victoria’s waning years. Just when she has all but given up on love and happiness, she meets Henry Battenberg, a dashing nobleman from the Continent who risks his life and liberty to woo Bea and save both his beloved and the queen from a cruel plot. A third novel, to be published later in 2013, will star Crown Princess Vicky.
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