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Expecting Royal Twins! (Harlequin Romance Series #4223)

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    An Enthusiastic Two Thumbs Up

    Fun and unexpected, Expecting Royal Twins! was a breath of fresh air. Ms. McClone cleverly mixed a stuff, honorable, duty bound prince with a free-spirited American tomboy to create one of the best Harlequin Romances I've read.

    Prince Niko has plans for his kingdom and they don't include a rough and tumble, grease monkey for a queen, even if she does clean up nice. Nope, Niko is going to marry a real princess, one who's been groomed for the job since birth and knows how to act and which fork to use. He even has her all picked out. Problem is, it turns out he's already married to the wrong woman, has been since he was barely out of diapers.

    When a fancy car with even fancier people pulls up in front of the auto shop where Izzy works, she's not sure what to make of it. I laughed out loud when she asks if she's being punk'd... so American and a perfect foil for the very proper prince.

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book - the general idea is familiar, so would the author have a unique twist? She did! Both the prince and Izzy want an annulment, though there is an undercurrent of attraction between them. As they work toward that end, Izzy becomes friends with Niko's fiancée, "Jules", something I appreciated. No evil woman working to break up the happy couple here.

    Though some of the occurrences were expected (Izzy struggles to walk in high heels, for instance, and isn't sure how to behave during state dinners), but what I really appreciated was how she remained true to herself no matter what happened. Niko may have tried to change Izzy into the princess he thinks she should be, but Izzy knows what she wants and goes for it.

    The slow fall into love between these two characters was equally enjoyable. I loved the frissions of tension that ran through the first two thirds of the book, the awareness they had but refused to acknowledge. Additionally, the secondary characters were just as strong as our protagonists. For a story of relatively few pages, I was amazed that I felt no lack in the plot or characters. I didn't feel as though I was being rushed through or that any of the characters, even the most minor. wasn't fully fleshed out. I was utterly wrapped up in their lives; I worried, laughed, loved, smiled and cried with them.

    Fact is, I read this book with a smile on my face the entire time. It was unexpected and lovely. The author's descriptions felt realistic and true to the plot. The characters behaved how they should, motivations were clear and I felt as though I traveled to the Balkans with Izzy. The story and the writing satisfied every part of me, both technically and romantically. And I turned the last page with a happy and contented sigh ... and with the hope that Ms. McClone gives Jules her owns story.

    If you're looking for a romance that has everything, grab yourself a copy of Expecting Royal Twins!. I have every expectation you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    A different kind of princess tale!

    This review is from: Expecting Royal Twins! (Harlequin Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)
    It is kind of ironic that I was reading "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" about the influence of the "princess" phenomena on girls at the same time I was reading Melissa McClone's latest Harlequin Romance. I was conflicted. Here I was reading a modern princess story and worrying about what kind of princess the heroine might be. Would she be a sheltered wallflower? Slightly spoiled? A bad influence? Thankfully, the author gave me a princess who didn't make me feel guilty at all about reading her story!

    Niko and Izzy's story travels from Nascar country in North Carolina to a Balkan nation that has been through civil war and terrorism. As a North Carolinian, I was pleasantly surprised McClone was able to write a realistic story about a wanna-be female race mechanic and a prince brought together by unusual circumstances. The author's ability to combine Nascar, terrorism, a modern take on what women can do, and fairy tale castles made a story I could literally picture happening and yet helped me escape the world for a little while. That takes a lot with my news obsessed mind.

    Another review used the word "fresh" as a descriptor for this book and I must agree. Not because I am a North Carolinian either. The hero and heroine had a believable attraction and tension in their relationship. The secondary characters exuded a warmth I really needed. I appreciated the fact that another female character, an obstacle between our hero and heroine, was a genuinely nice person and not a selfish brat to be tossed aside. Not having that sort of tension was a relief for a change and made the book an even more pleasant diversion. It was just such fun to read this budding romance between a fish out of water and a stiff royal who needs his world shaken up a bit.

    Can't wait for the sequel!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Excellent story

    Different and enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Very very nice

    Really enjoyed everything about this book. Fun and moving. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Great read

    Loved this book a lot.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Love a Mechanic!!!

    Good for quiet afternoon

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