Prince's Bride

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Once upon a time there was a young debutante of means who dreamed of marrying a prince. So she traveled to London to become . . .

The Prince's Bride

As a poor but proud young lady, Jocelyn Shelton had but one dream: to marry a prince and bring comfort to herself and her family. Now circumstances bring her to London, where her charms could make her wish come true. But her rendezvous with royalty is dangerously interrupted, and she finds herself...

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Overview

Once upon a time there was a young debutante of means who dreamed of marrying a prince. So she traveled to London to become . . .

The Prince's Bride

As a poor but proud young lady, Jocelyn Shelton had but one dream: to marry a prince and bring comfort to herself and her family. Now circumstances bring her to London, where her charms could make her wish come true. But her rendezvous with royalty is dangerously interrupted, and she finds herself rescued—and thoroughly kissed—by Rand, Viscount Beaumont . . . a daring man in the service of the king.

To protect her life, Rand whisks her away to the countryside, and to defend her reputation, he agrees to marry the willful beauty. Lady Jocelyn is hardly his first choice as a bride, but beneath her fiery nature he uncovers a tender vulnerability and a sizzling passion. But Rand is keeping a shocking secret-one that, when revealed, could either shake her belief in him or make herrealize that it takes more than blue blood to be a true prince.

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Even at the tender age of ten, Lady Jocelyn knew what she wanted -- to be a princess. And since she wasn't born one, she knew she'd have to marry a prince to become one. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of princes in England early in the 19th century (George III had a large family), none of them seem interested in marrying her. But Jocelyn thinks that is just as well, since she doesn't just want a king's son; she wants a young, handsome prince with his own country and a nice castle. Eight years later, it seems her dream might actually come true. Prince Alexei Frederick Berthold Ruprecht Pruzinsky of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia, a handsome, charming, wealthy prince with a small but adequate principality (by this point, Jocelyn is willing to take on a castle in less than perfect condition), is in London for the Season, and he's clearly interested in Jocelyn. But Jocelyn soon finds her path to the throne has many obstacles, including intrigue, abduction, and the infuriating Viscount Beaumont, who has his own secret agenda and seems determined to keep Jocelyn from fulfilling her royal dreams...even if it means marrying her himself. The Prince's Bride is a fun, witty adventure -- and, best of all, true love wins.
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Lacking the sympathetic heroine that made her previous Shelton family adventure so charming, Alexander's latest Regency-era romance (after The Marriage Lesson) focuses on Jocelyn, the self-described "pretty one" who's dreamed since she was 10 of marrying a prince. Now the belle of London, Jocelyn captures the attention of Prince Alexei of Avalonia, but her accidental eavesdropping on a conspiracy against Alexei endangers her life, forcing her to marry hastily and flee London. Unfortunately for Jocelyn, her new husband is Rand Beaumont, a "mere" viscount; unfortunately for Rand, Jocelyn doesn't take well the dashing of her princess dreams. Enforced seclusion in the countryside opens the couple's eyes to each other's merits, creating a respect that blooms into love. When the plot against Alexei snares Jocelyn and Rand again, however, Jocelyn is forced to choose between her new love and her longing to see her princess dreams come true. Though Alexander struggles to transform Jocelyn from a title-hungry mercenary into a loving, humorous wife, the change doesn't take, perhaps due in part to Jocelyn's misguided focus on the problems in Avalonia instead of in her own marriage. Readers will rush through this romance with their sights set on the youngest Shelton sister, the irrepressible Becky. (Dec. 4) Forecast: Avon is pushing Alexander, its romance Superleader for December, in an impressive way, and it's no wonder, considering that the author's previous titles have achieved over a 70% sell-through. Although this isn't Alexander's best effort, readers who were hooked by her earlier books will undoubtedly pluck this one off the shelf. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380818211
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 634,220
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.

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Chapter One

Late Spring, 1819

It was generally acknowledged, in the circles of polite society, that staring was not permissible-never permissible, regardless of the circumstances. Yet each and every guest in the too crowded ballroom — from jaded rakes to overdressed matrons, from sweet young things in the first flower of youth to elderly lords on their last legs, from the envious to the curious to the vastly amused — did indeed stare...or at least observed carefully, which was much the very same thing.

Oh, discretion was in order, of course. There were no open mouths or overly wide eyes. No pointed fingers or upraised brows. Besides, regardless of the rules of proper behavior, no one who was anyone would ever admit he was not already privy to the liaison unveiling itself before the very eyes of the ton. And everyone in attendance at the gala reception given by the Marquess of Throubridge for the crown prince of Avalonia was indeed someone, or at least believed himself to be someone, which was nearly as important.

Still, even the illusion of good breeding and fine manners could not prevent a fair amount of discreet tittering behind fans, an inordinate number of speculative smiles, and more than a little nudging of elbows.

And why not? It wasn't every day London had a foreign prince in its midst. That he was handsome and wealthy and unmarried made his every move of utmost interest to the mothers of eligible daughters as well as to the daughters themselves. That he was showing particular attention to one young lady made him the subject of intense curiosity for everyone else. And that the young woman inquestion was the incomparable Lady Jocelyn Shelton made him the envy of the majority of men, married or otherwise.

Whatever their circumstances, each and every guest in the room watched Prince Alexei Frederick Berthold Ruprecht Pruzinsky escort the lady from the dance floor. Jocelyn herself was well aware of the scrutiny. Indeed, she could feel it almost as if the gazes directed toward her had a physical presence: long, probing fingers of curiosity. She lifted her chin the tiniest notch and tried to maintain as natural a smile as possible.

Not that she was uncomfortable at the attention. On the contrary. She reveled in it. She simply didn't want to appear too smug, too satisfied, and too, too triumphant.

At this particular moment, Lady Jocelyn Shelton, sister of the Earl of Shelbrooke and relation by marriage to the Duke of Roxborough and the wealthy Effington family, believed, regardless of the differences in their stations, that she would soon be the bride of the heir of the House of Pruzinsky, the crown prince of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia.

The prince bent closer to speak low into her ear. "I had quite forgotten the English tendency to stare."

"Had you, Your Highness?" Jocelyn said lightly. "I was under the impression that you rarely forgot anything. Or that you were especially bothered by being the subject of observation."

"Quite right." He smiled that particular smile worn only by men who have no question as to their standing in the world. "When one knows one's own worth, one expects such attention. But then I need not tell you that." He studied her in a satisfied manner. "You are as aware of your worth as I am of mine."

She ignored his comment as she could not deny it and raised a brow. "Are all royal princes as arrogant as you, Your Highness?"

His eyes widened with surprise and she feared she'd gone too far. Then he laughed, the kind of unfettered, rather personal laugh that ensured the continued attention of onlookers and upped the stakes of any number of wagers made in recent days in the betting books of London.

"Indeed we are, my dear. Arrogance is a privilege of rank and the higher the station, the easier it is accepted. Besides, I see no need for false humility." He shrugged. "Surely my attitude does not surprise you?"

"Not at all. Since our first meeting, nearly everyone of my acquaintance has made it a point to tell me all they know of you. About your arrogance and your reputation and" — she paused for effect — "your women."

"You are extremely impertinent, my lady." A wicked gleam danced in his eye. "I have always enjoyed impertinence."

"I have heard that as well, Your Highness."

He laughed again, the intimate nature of the sound increasing her confidence. They reached the edge of the dance floor and he turned toward her. "You have not told me if you liked the flowers I sent today."

"Haven't I? Do forgive me. They were lovely." She tilted her head to gaze up at him, allowing the slight enigmatic smile men had likened to those seen on Renaissance portraits to graze her lips. A smile well practiced and always well received. "As were those delivered yesterday and the day before and the day before that. In truth though, we are inundated in blossoms. Your generosity is appreciated yet it seems a bit excessive."

"Only a bit? I shall have to do better then." He caught her hand and raised it to his lips.

"Better, Your Highness?"

"Alexei. Perhaps it is too soon for such familiarity but..." His gaze never left hers. "I am an impatient man, my dear. And my position permits me to be. I feel no need for subtlety when I see something I want."

Anticipation shivered in her blood. "And what is that?"

"I want precisely what I wanted when I first danced with you last week. And again each and every time I have seen you since then. And now." He brushed his lips across the back of her gloved hand. "You, my dear Jocelyn, are what I want."

A wave of triumph swept through her. It was all she could do to keep from grinning like a lunatic. A genuine, wealthy, handsome prince wanted to marry her. Prince Alexei Frederick Berthold and so forth and so on wanted her to be his bride. His princess. And one day ... his queen...

The Prince's Bride. Copyright © by Victoria Alexander. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    CUTE

    I liked this book but I thought the ending could have been a lot better. The hero was to forgiving of his cousin and the last few chapters were a little on the weak side. This book could have really played up the villan more. I did apprciate the fact that the heroine wasn't a naive idiot as most are. She just made one critical mistake (I won't spoil it) and her brother was really annoying me by focusing more on her attitude than her whereabouts. All in all it was good though.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining historical romance

    Even as a little girl, the vain Lady Jocelyn Shelton expected to marry a prince. Now in 1819 as a debutante, anyone of a lesser rank is just not good enough for the conceited Jocelyn. As the diamond of the current season, Jocelyn sets her sights on Crown Prince Alexei Pruzinksy of Greater Avalonia. She is so sure of her abilities, she expects Alexei to propose and thus accepts an unchaperoned rendezvous with him. However, Alexei fails to meet her, but instead two assassins believe she has seen and overheard their plot to murder the Prince. <P>The two killers want Jocelyn dead, but Viscount Rand Beaumont, assigned to keep Alexei safe, vows to protect her. To do that, he needs her out of London and entrenched in a safe house until the thugs are stopped. However, he cannot escort a single young woman by himself unless he marries her. To Jocelyn, life is meaningless with a mere viscount even if she reacts to his regal kisses. <P>THE PRINCE'S BRIDE is an entertaining historical romance once the readers moves past Jocelyn¿s princely requirement. Rand is a hunk of a hero and surprisingly readers will ultimately find the lead female protagonist smart and charming. The support cast provides humor or tension depending on their role, but all enhance the relationship between Jocelyn and Rand. Sub-genre fans will relish Victoria Alexander¿s warm tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2001

    Absolutely astounding!

    Lady Jocelyn Shelton grew up with very little money. At the young age of ten she made a heart felt and detailed wish about her future ... <BR><BR> Lady Jocelyn was the incomparable of the Season. She stepped away from a crowded ball thinking she was meeting Prince Alexei, of Avalonia, to (she thought) accept a marriage proposal. Instead she found herself overhearing a threat toward His Highness! The two men though Jocelyn had seen their faces and needed her killed. (Very few knew how near-sighted she was.) <BR><BR> Viscount Randall Beaumont had been asked by his <I>cousin,</I> Prince Alexei to look into a matter involving his security. He ended up rescuing Jocelyn. For her safety, he would take her to his Uncle's home. To do so without ruining her reputation, they were forced to wed first. Neither wanted to marry the other, but both would make the best of it. <BR><BR> Fate brought the two soul mates together and not even the Crowned Prince of Avalonia could tear them apart! <BR><BR> ***** <B><I>Absolutely astounding!</I></B> In my opinion, this is one of the top books of the year! <I>'A Keeper'</I> and very highly recommended! ***** </p><BR> Reviewed by Detra Fitch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    Wonderful

    I absolutely loved this one! It is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    A GOOD READ

    THIS IS A MUCH BETTER BOOK THAN OTHERS OF THIS AUTHOR. THE SENSUAL WRITING(S) ON THE HUMOROUS SIDE-- SOMETHING YOU DON'T USUALLY FIND IN THESE BOOKS. THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T GIVE THIS A 5TH STAR WAS THE ENDING WAS RUSHED--THE VILLAINS WERE RUSHED THROUGH THE LAST FEW PAGES AND COULD HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED MORE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Extrodinary

    The Prince's bride is probably my favorite one of the series so far. Lady Jocelyn is a beautiful and smart creature. I couldn't put the beeok down. Victoria Alexander did a wonderful job with this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2002

    Only OK

    Mediocre at best. Most of it was forced and the billiards table scene was ridiculous. Not a bad story line but not a great romance novel.

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