Seducing the Princess

Seducing the Princess

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by Diane Alberts
     
 

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He'll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He'll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633751620
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
12/15/2014
Series:
Shillings Agency , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
221
Sales rank:
45,060
File size:
1 MB

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Seducing the Princess

A Shillings Agency Novel


By Diane Alberts, Candace Havens

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Diane Alberts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-162-0


CHAPTER 1

Gordon Waybrook sighed and shifted his weight in the overly padded seat of the coffee shop booth he'd been sitting in for the last twenty minutes. The seat next to him was empty. Not for lack of trying, though. He'd already sent three women away, but he wasn't hanging out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, trying to pick up women.

He was there to scope out his charge, Princess Isabelle VanGuard of Maldeva.

All he knew about the woman was she was a spoiled princess, magnificent in a way that screamed for him to see if she was as stunning under her clothes as she was in them—and she was late. He glanced down at the copy of her official schedule to double-check the time, and sure enough, coffee was penciled in at four o'clock in the afternoon.

Of course, the Princess didn't have to worry about being on time. People just waited for her and didn't dare to complain because, well, she was a fucking princess. She probably never said please or thank you. Just expected life to be handed to her with a shiny silver bow. Wait, no. Platinum.

With priceless diamonds.

If she thought he'd bow at her feet and kiss her toes, she had another think coming. She might be royalty and way above his reach, but he was an American.

And he didn't bow at anyone's feet unless he fucking wanted to.

Fifteen minutes and thirty-six seconds later ... the royal princess herself walked in. As soon as he saw her, he stiffened. She wore big brown sunglasses, and held herself so stiffly he couldn't believe she didn't faint from the sheer energy it must take to stand so damn perfectly. Her long legs were covered in black pantyhose, and she wore heels that looked to be at least three inches high. Her blonde hair reached halfway down her back and was flawlessly smooth.

She was drop-dead gorgeous.

Way too much so for royalty.

Two women, who looked to be assistants of some sort, flanked her, their eyes narrow, and their mouths pinched tight. Isabelle scanned the room, her gaze slipping over him and then popping back immediately. When she didn't look away, he raised a brow and stared right back at her. He expected her to blush from being caught staring at a tatted up dude in a shop ...

But she stared right back at him.

Not only that, but she sashayed over, too. That was the only word for it, because her hips swung like he couldn't believe. Holy mother of fucking shit, she was going to kill him before this mission was over. He cleared his throat and tugged on his collar. Great. Now he'd actually have to talk to her and introduce himself as her guard.

"Hello, I'm—"

"Staring at me," she said, her soft accent washing over him. "Do we know each other, or do you make it a habit to stare at strange women in coffee shops?"

"Well ..." Looking her up and down, he smirked. "You don't look all that strange to me, so ...?"

She laughed, then cut it off and glanced over her shoulder quickly. It was almost as if she was surprised she'd laughed at all. "You must not know me at all, then, because I'm one of the strangest women you'll ever meet."

He grinned. "I doubt that."

"So you just like watching women in shops, then?" she asked, a small smile playing on her lips. They were soft and pink.

"Pretty women?" He shrugged. "Hell yeah. But no, we haven't met."

"Ah." She tilted her head. "I'd hoped we had met, so my coming over here wouldn't seem quite so ... forward."

He chuckled. "Lady? This is America. You don't need a proper introduction to walk up to someone. You just do it."

"In that case ..." She nodded at the two women frowning at her from across the room, slid out the empty chair next to him, and smiled. They moved to the opposite side of the room, watching him closely the whole time. Especially the pinch-lipped one. "Nice to meet you."

Grinning, he nodded. "Likewise. Please. Have a seat," he said sardonically.

She laughed that musical laugh again. "Thank you. Don't mind if I do. That's an adorable accent you have."

The grin slipped off his face. Adorable? Adorable was for tiny puppies and little orange kittens that chased their own tails. He'd never once been described as adorable.

"I don't have an accent at all."

She smiled. "Not to you, but for me? It's quite unique."

"As is yours," he said. After taking a sip of coffee, he motioned the barista over. "Not quite British, but almost French."

Pursing her lips, she said, "Close enough."

So, she wouldn't tell him where she was from. She got an A+ for secrecy.

The woman who'd been watching him from behind the counter came over, all smiles. "Yes?"

"Can you get my friend here a ...?"

"Fat free caramel mocha, please. No cream," she said, smiling and friendly the whole time. "Thank you."

So much for her never saying please and thank you.

She was proving him wrong on so many aspects without even trying. Usually, that pissed him off, but in this case? It was refreshingly good news. "Living dangerously, I see," he murmured. "Who doesn't get whipped cream?"

Tossing her hair behind her back, she met his stare head on. "I don't live dangerously at all, for the most part. Taking risks is foolish and irresponsible."

Spoken like a true princess.

"I agree." He leaned back in his chair and laced his fingers in front of his stomach. "If everyone got whipped cream on their mochas, just think of the madness that could ensue. Rioting. Murder. Downright insanity."

She laughed. It was perfect. Almost as if she practiced it everyday until she got it just right. "All right, Mr. Ass Pants."

He choked on a laugh. "Mr. What?"

"Umm ..." She froze, looking mortified. "Isn't that a phrase here?"

"No." Laughing fully now, he reached out and squeezed her hand. "I think you were going for Mr. Smarty Pants. Or maybe smart ass. But the two don't really get combined."

"Oops. See what happens when I try to be silly? Utter madness."

"I think it's refreshingly cute," he countered. "Not mad at all."

She blushed. Actually blushed. "Thank you."

That was twice in one minute. He'd been so wrong.

And he had no idea what to do with that knowledge.

He shook his head, unable to look away from her. She was so ... beautiful. Even more so now that he knew she didn't have a stick lodged permanently up her ass as he'd originally suspected. He didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing just yet, though, because it made her even more tempting than before.

The barista came over, a to-go cup in her hand. "Here you go. That'll be four twenty- six."

Isabelle reached into her purse, but Gordon beat her there. After handing the cash to the worker, he smiled at Isabelle. "I've got it."

"This isn't a date," she said, her lips twitching. "I should pay."

"In America, we pay when we want to." He locked gazes with her. "And I want to."

"You keep throwing that statement at me. 'In America, we ...' fill in the blank."

He snorted. "I'll be honest. We love 'filling in' stuff here in America. I can't argue with that."

She covered her face. "Oh my."

"It's okay. You kinda walked into—"

"Excuse me?" the stern faced, pinch-lipped, gray haired woman interrupted. Gordon recognized her as one of Isabelle's assistants ... or whatever they were called. "We need to go now."

"Hello," he said. Time to come clean and tell Isabelle who he really was. He didn't mind doing so anymore, because he liked her now. A lot. Too much, maybe. "Don't worry. I'm her—"

"I wasn't speaking to you." She frowned at him, as if he was dirtying Isabelle by simply being near her. Truth be told ... he might be doing precisely that. He wasn't exactly a prince or anything. "We need to go. You have a schedule to stick to."

Isabelle's hands dropped, and she looked up at the woman. "Yes. Yes, of course. I'll be right over, Mary." She sat up straighter, her face falling back into that regal expression. "Thank you."

And right now, he saw the princess he'd expected to see. Regal. Proper. Uptight. Spoiled. "Duty calls, huh?"

She glanced at him. "I'm afraid so. It was lovely meeting you, though."

"You as well." He held his hand out, waiting for her to take it. She studied it, then slid her fingers into his palm. Staring at her, he raised her knuckles to his mouth and kissed it. "I have a feeling we'll be seeing each other again."

She flushed, her fingers wiggling in his. "I doubt that. I have a very busy visit planned."

"We'll see," he said, grinning.

After glancing over her shoulder nervously, she turned back and whispered, "But maybe if you'd like to—?"

"Miss." The gray haired woman crossed her arms and stepped closer. "I really must insist we continue on. There is a lot to do before six tonight."

The cranky assistant referred to Isabelle's dinner plans later on.

"Right." She offered Gordon one last smile. "It really was nice meeting you."

"You, too." He let go of her hand reluctantly. "See ya later."

"Goodbye," she said, slipping out of the chair.

He watched her walk away, her hips swinging gracefully with each move. As she walked out of the door, she glanced back at him, the light in her eyes subdued. With a small smile, she slipped her sunglasses on and left.

He couldn't wait to see the surprise on her face when he introduced himself later as her guard, couldn't wait to hear his name on her lips. Would it be as soft and lilting as everything else she said? What if she screamed it out in pleasure as he went down—shit.

He was screwed, because he wasn't supposed to touch her ...

And that's all he could think about, but he wouldn't even think about trying to pursue that avenue. She was a princess, and he'd never be good enough for a woman like her. She'd expect castles, horses, world tours, and jewels.

Not cape cods, dogs, Maine, and nightmares.

CHAPTER 2

Isabelle Van Guard, third in line for the crown of Maldeva, stepped into the dark hallway of La Boheme, pulling her big sunglasses off. She smoothed her white Coco Chanel dress that hit directly an inch above the knee with a steady hand. She knew exactly where the dress hit because the palace stylist had measured it three times before her mother gave her stamp of approval.

As her mother always said, a princess never shows her thighs.

She sighed and tucked her hair behind her ear. She'd been forced to sit on a wooden chair for an hour after landing in America, so her stylist could poke and prod her into perfection. Too bad she felt anything but perfect. She felt like a mess, because she was late.

And she really, really hated being late.

To top it all off? She couldn't stop thinking about the man she'd met in the coffee shop. When she'd seen him watching her, she'd ignored the manners that had been drilled into her all her life and walked right up to him. When he'd started flirting with her, and watched her with those deep brown eyes of his ... she'd fallen into his web without a fight.

And she hadn't wanted to get out. Alas, duty had called. She was here for a reason, and that reason wasn't to flirt with cute men in shops.

Even now, her dinner partner, the Governor of Maine, would be sitting at the table waiting for her, and he would more than likely be cross with her for the delay. But he'd have to wait a little while longer, because princess or not? A girl had to pee. Princesses don't pee. They powder their noses, her mother's voice reminded her.

That annoying voice of reason was always there. It had been going crazy when she'd sat next to the guy in the coffee shop, shouting at the top of its lungs. She'd ignored it. Princesses don't flirt with strange men, and they definitely don't do it without proper introductions.

Princesses did not do anything fun at all, according to her mother.

"Can you go make sure that the table is secure?" she asked her assistant, who was attached to her like her shadow. "I don't need company to visit the ladies room."

The girl hesitated. "But—"

"Please. I'll be fine. I won't wander off or get lost." Leaning in, she whispered, "Besides, we're supposed to be blending in, remember? Small security team, normal girl. That's my cover. We can't risk showing our true feathers."

She still hesitated, but then nodded. "All right. But I'll be right back."

"Can't wait," Isabelle said drily.

But she smiled, lest the sarcasm be sensed.

After she was blissfully alone, she closed her eyes and let out a long sigh. Moments of silence were few and far between, so she'd enjoy it while it lasted.

Thunder crashed behind her, making her jump. She'd only been in Maine for a few hours, but the whole time she'd been here, it had been pouring. Legit pouring. The lights flickered briefly but came back to life. Thank God.

Sighing, she checked her watch for the tenth time and waited for the person currently occupying the women's restroom to open the stinking door. She tapped a red Louboutin clad foot on the floor. If this woman didn't pee quicker, her bladder would explode. Another boom of thunder shook the building. Within seconds, the lights went out. No flickering. No warning. Just pure blackness.

She froze. Well, bonkers. Now what? Something, or someone, moved behind her. Her heart hammered in her ears. A low, masculine chuckle sounded. She whirled on a heel, her hand brushing against a warm body as she did so.

When arms closed around her, her heart sped up even more. She tried to yank free, but the man didn't release her. Oh no, what if this was all a ploy to kidnap her and ransom her off to her parents, piece by piece? What if—?

"Whoa, there," the man slurred, sounding completely drunk or high ... or both. "What do I have here?"

This is what her parents had warned her about. She'd instructed her guard to stand by the front entrance, since it was the only one, and they'd already scoped out the place and approved the inhabitants as "worthy" enough to be in the same room with her.

And, darn it, she'd wanted to pee in peace.

Princesses don't go in dark alleys or hallways alone. Princesses don't leave their guard. Princesses don't assume they're safe. That's what they'd told her all her life. She'd rolled her eyes and done exactly the opposite, because why not?

Well, she should have listened.

"Hey, there." She used the cultured American accent she'd been practicing for a year now, for situations such as this. The lessons had seemed stupid at the time, but now they made perfect sense. "Sorry about that."

"Oh yeah?" His hands roamed lower, over her hips. "Well, I'm not."

She stiffened. "Unhand me now."

"Unhand you?" The man holding her said, the words slurring together into one long one. He snorted and didn't let go. "You crashed into me, lady."

"It was an accident I assure you," she said quickly. "Please release me."

As she waited for him to obey, she calculated his weakest attack point. Maybe an elbow to the windpipe would be her best move. She'd need to catch him off guard and take him down, so she could run as fast as she could back to the crowds.

"Or you wanted a guy to catch you before you fell." The man lowered his face way too close to hers. "Girls like that chivalrous shit."

"Not this one." Isabelle scrambled for something to say. Something to get this guy to let go of her, without giving away the fact that she was a princess. "My ... my boyfriend is here. My big, muscular boyfriend." She shoved his chest, but he didn't budge. Okay. She might need more than a well-placed elbow to throw this guy off his game. "He'll knock you out if you don't let go of me. He'll ... he'll take you down. So you better—"

The man snorted again, and his breath washed over her. He smelled like a bottle of cheap tequila. No, scratch that. Two bottles of cheap tequila. "I'd like to see him try."

Isabelle sucked in a deep breath, acutely aware of how much bigger the man was than her. Why wasn't he releasing her? She tried to wiggle free, but he didn't budge. "Just let me go."

"Say please, and maybe I will."

She narrowed her eyes. "I won't beg. I don't beg."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Seducing the Princess by Diane Alberts, Candace Havens. Copyright © 2014 Diane Alberts. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. Diane has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasnt until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was and became a published author. Though she lives in the mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot, she dreams of being surrounded by hot, sunny beaches with crystal clear water. In the rare moments when shes not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

www.dianealberts.com

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Seducing the Princess (Entangled Brazen) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author. First thing i did after reading this book: Bought 2 more from this series. Second thing i did: put 4 more of her books on my nook wishlist. This author put in as much work into the passion as she did the characters. Not the longest story, but she made every page count.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I started this year as a big fan of Jen's NA novels and, over the course of the last few months, I've become just as big a fan of her adult novels in the Brazen line. The Shillings Agency novels are perfect for those of us who like our heroines strong, our men sinfully sexy and our romance smoking hot (and just a wee bit dirty). Isabelle and Gordon were perfect opposites and I loved them together. They shared a fiery passion. Gordon made me sweat. He was fiercely protective and, while he was controlling in the bedroom, there was never any doubt he had Isabelle's needs in mind. And boy did he ever tend to them. *fans self* While their affair was hot and steamy, it also had real feels attached. And I felt every single one of them. Of course, Isabelle's betrothed to another man and that was bound to cause some serious drama. It's not the first time I've read a story about a woman willing to give up passion and love for the good of her family (or company or country) but there was a bit of an unexpected twist to this one. Not only was it unexpected, but it made the book just that much better for me.  I don't really like to play favorites when it comes to books in a series (even a standalone series like this), but there was something about Seducing the Princess that definitely made it stand out for me. Hence the five-star rating. I'm a sucker for pretty much anything having to do with royalty, so the book grabbed me right from the start with the idea of a princess and her bodyguard getting it on. Add in the fact that the hero is ex-military and I'm all over it. I can't recommend this book highly enough.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book about a royal princess who falls for her bodyguard. Isabelle was refreshing as a princess - kind and down to earth. She's been raised to do everything for her country, even marrying someone she doesn't love. When former-marine Gordon is hired as her bodyguard while she's in the US...sparks fly. If I ever need someone to guard me I'd pick Gordon, too. He's blunt and knows what he wants, but he also has a sweet side and tries to do his best for Isabelle. Their romance was both hot and sweet. It's book #3 of the author's 'Shillings Agency' series, but can be read on it's own without any trouble. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Not for me. I found the hero to be extremely unlikeable. He wanted the princess to beg him for his attention. Over and over. "Beg me", "ask me nicely", "you know what you need to do, beg or I walk away".....ugh. Don't let the door hit you on the way out dude. And how could they fall in love in two days when all they did is have sex. This story lacked depth for sure. Even the groveling wasn't very good. Won't be reading again.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars for this sweet hot book. The instant flirtation and chemistry between Isabelle and Gordon was fun to read. I loved their banter during their first meeting when he knew who she was but she had no clue who he was. Isabelle's inner dialogues along with her English slang sayings were hilarious. She was just way too cute. The speed and depth to their connection and seeing the "real" person underneath was amazing. I would have loved a little more on this story because the pace seemed a little fast but definitely enjoyed reading it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Gordon Waybrook has been assigned by the Shillings Agency to protect Princess Isabelle VanGuard. He's not to happy about the assignment until he sees who he's protecting. What will happen between the Alpha protector and the desirable princess? Gordon is a complex hero. He's haunted by the deaths of his fellow warriors. He's not ready to commit to a permanent relationship, but he's attracted to Belle and lets her know his desires. She feels the same and they make love. Their passionate relationship leads to problems that threaten their chance at happiness. I was hooked. I wanted them to be together. Isabelle is a strong woman who has grown up knowing that her country came first. I cheered when she took a chance with Gordon. The secondary characters were an interesting bunch. Her mother had meddling down to an art form. She made me laugh. Diane Alberts wrote an engaging story that had me alternately sighing and fanning myself. Seducing the Princess is a very sensual romance.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Seducing the Princess by Diane Alberts. I think this is probably my favorite story out of the Shillings Agency books. Truth be told I wasn't to sure if I was going to like Princess Isabelle, because she does come off as a bit standoffish at times. However, when you read her inner struggle on trying to do what's right for a princess. For example: A princess never shows her thighs. Princess don't flirt with strange men, and they definitely don't do it without proper introduction. Some of those principles were drill into her head, and so she tried to live by those expectations. Yes, she might come off a bit cold. However, she wasn't like that, and she was trying to focus trying to do what was right for her country, because duty comes before happiness. Or at least that's what she was brought up to believe. Yet, those thoughts to slowly drift out the window when she gets to know Gordon. I totally adore Gordon. He's sexy, badass, and honorable. I love his moral code, which is he won't go after anyone who is in a relationship. It stems from his father's behavior. He actually quite funny too. He just throws out these one liners and he doesn't give a crap that Isabelle is a princess, and he treats her like a normal human. Anyway, Seducing the Princess was a lot of fun and sexy. You have big bad Gordon who is a bit domineering, but he truly cares for Isabelle. Isabelle who is trying to do whats right for her country by marrying the guy her parents want her to. A lot of the conflict stems from Isabelle sense of duty, which almost sacrifices her happiness. So, if you are looking for a domineering guy who brings out the naughty side of a princess, you might find a winner with Seducing the Princess.
charismaMK More than 1 year ago
A great story of love between the classes. Smart, sexy and fun- it's definitely something I would recommend. It's one of those books that is a fast read but a good one. Our hero-Gordon- is the perfect kind of alpha male and Isabelle is such a strong female and very easy to like.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
royal romance a la bodyguard style. but in a 2014 style. wonderful read. highly recommend ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** Gordon works for the Shillings Agency as a bodyguard.  He is assigned to guard Princess Isabelle VanGuard. He thinks the princess will be some party princess who is messed up and seeking attention. Gordon is going to do his  best to keep her out of trouble til she goes back home.          Isabelle has only come to the US for issues of   enormous concern in association to the continued benefit of her country as well as meeting the man her parents suggest may be suitable for marriage to her. Then Isabelle is assigned to tattooed, straight talking, take-no-prisoners, former marine Gordon Waybrook. Immediately the bond between both of them is there. The chemistry is instantaneous but both wondered could their relationship even last, when the Marine has to be in charge, especially in the bedroom? I loved that they had to deal with issues couples have to do with every day, even if there were rich persons’ issues thrown in. Also, Gordon was so down to earth and so into protecting Isabelle, that even when he  hurt Isabelle, he did it with pure motives at heart. Keep the Kleenex box handy. This story will have you laughing, crying and needing a fan because the heat is so HAWT. I really enjoyed the story the author wove throughout  and cant wait to read again. My rating: 4.5 stars ****
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim As the only child of the King and Queen of Maldeva, Isabelle VanGuard has grown up knowing what was expected of her. Simply put, she is expected to marry someone of her parents’ choosing and produce heirs to the throne. This duty is what brings her to Maine and into the path of Gordon Waybrook. Gordon is a former Marine, now working private security for Shillings Agency. His current assignment is to protect Princess Isabelle. Immediately, Gordon is hating the assignment and has a preconceived idea of what Isabelle is like. Their attraction is immediate and Gordon soon discovers that first impressions are wrong. When I first heard about Gordon, I wasn’t sure if I would like him. But, oh my gosh. He’s up there with Cooper Shillings and I have a serious thing for Cooper. I found Gordon to be sweet. Yeah, not something he would want to be called, but he is. Gordon has a dirty mouth and likes to be in control, but it’s all good. He’s loyal, insightful, and understanding. He brings out the best in Isabelle and introduces her to life and having fun. Isabelle and Gordon agree to a one-time sexcapade, but once just isn’t enough. Twice isn’t enough. Three times isn’t enough. You get where I’m going. While the two think they are keeping things under wraps, to anyone paying attention, their feelings for one another are visible. When their secret relationship hits the press, Isabelle’s reputation is put at risk and she risks losing the respect of her people. Gordon steps in to do what is needed, proving just what kind of guy he is. Gordon Waybrook and Seducing the Princess are definitely in my top five favorite reads from Diane Alberts. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Isabelle is the princess if a small European country, here in the states to meet her intended. She is being guarded by a hot former marine named Gordon. She and Gordon are instantly attracted to each other, and hookup. She meets her parents choice of future spouse and realizes he's a jerk. They overcome many obstacles to find their happily ever after in this hot modern fairy tale.  I was given an arc copy for an honest review. 
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
 This book is a great read. Isabelle and Gordon story is sometimes you do get your fairytale ending after all.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
SEDUCING THE PRINCESS by Diane Alberts is the third wonderful story in her Shillings Agency series and can be read as a stand-alone book. This time around it's Gordon Waybrook, who works security for Cooper shillings and is an ex-Marine who is as alpha male as they come. He's rugged and yet gorgeous, looks great in his suit for his bodyguard duties and even better out of it. He's a good man with some solid and unbreakable moral values acquired by seeing the result of a broken home first hand, but yet lives life by those rules he's made for himself without concern for the expectations of others. When he's assigned to protect the Princess from a small European country while she's in the states he is expecting an uptight, snobby, beautiful, spoiled, well... princess. Princess Isabelle VanGuard is nothing like Gordon assumed. She's very down-to-earth, having been raised by loving parents to always put what's best for her country above what she wants. She's well-taken care of, but not spoiled in any real sense of the world. In fact she's accepted the fact her wishes come after most everything else, and her life is led at the direction of others. When she meets Gordon, all her self-discipline falls to the wayside. She has never met a man that affected her like he does, so she goes after what she wants, telling herself it's just for a night before she fully submits her life to what she dreads mosts. And as long as it doesn't break the princess rules her mother and her P.R. advisor have been drilling into since birth. These two have an immediate attraction that neither of them care to fight to hard against even though both recognize it can't be more than a temporary thing. The sexual pull is just too strong to ignore and Diane writes their time together, sexually and otherwise, so beautifully. Isabelle is used to issuing orders to "hired help" and Gordon is used to being in control, especially in the bedroom. The banter between these two sparks and really had me smiling pretty much throughout the book. I loved the growth and the sacrifices they both made to protect the happiness of the other even when it seemed to soon to truly be love. I have to say this book was just a really fun read, pretty light, no real drama or danger, just two people who in the world's eyes being completely wrong for each other realizing they are a perfect fit. Great love story, and this princess defines who she considers to be a prince in her eyes, worthy of sharing her kingdom. 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy provided in exchange for a honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
He'll give her exactly what she needs… Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her. When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs. Review: I have never been one to pick up a book based on the Royalty falling for the Commoner trope, but I thought the blurb for this one seemed very intriguing.  Well, thank goodness I did.  I have been wanting to read this Author for awhile and just have not had the chance.  I really enjoyed the story she wove and I devoured this story in one sitting.  The one thing that had me snickering every time I read it was Isabelle's home country of Maldeva, all I could think of was Ghostbusters 2 and Vigo the Scourge of Carpathia, sorry I know not the same but my mind works in strange ways and has nothing to do with the story...lol  Enough of the rambling! This really was a super sexy story, with explosive chemistry between Isabelle and Gordon.  Gordon's domination of Isabelle was a great aspect to the sexiness of the story and helped set it apart for me.  I thought Gordon's past and Isabelle's obligations were done wonderfully and made great tension for the story.  There were some predictable moments, but for me they did not deter from my reading enjoyment. Again, I seem to pick up books out of sequence in a series, but other than one scene in the Shillings Agency Office that referenced other events, this really could be a stand-alone book. 3.5Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this addition of the <i>Shillings Agency</i> we meet Gordon an ex-Marine and now security expert who is set to watch over the Princess Isabelle. Their chemistry is immediate upon first sight and undeniable regardless of the standards that the princess is held accountable to. But what kind of future does a working class American have with a foreign Princess?? None in Gordon's mind, but what happens if she gets caught with a regular man?? Well we're set to find out in this story when the roles are reversed and a pauper meets his princess!
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Someday her prince will come... I make no bones that I am a bugger to please when it comes to the royalty trope, but Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts has done what she does best and her take on it was pretty near perfect. Everything just worked; the chemistry, the fight, the fun and the emotion, and whilst it held no huge surprises, it was a hot, romantic journey with slight air of one of my all-time favourite films, Coming to America. Seducing the Princess seduced this commoner. 'You might own a f****** country, but tonight...I own you. Understood, Princess?' Princess Isabelle VanGuard may have the title and the etiquette and the elegance to match it, but when she meets her protector whilst on US soil, her composure is put to the test. There's no resisting tattooed former-marine Gordon Waybrook, the feeling is mutual and it's not long before they're performing duties that would make the palace blush... 'I'm going to drive you crazy, but you're not allowed to come. Not until I let you. And you won't complain or make a sound the whole time.' They were fabulous together...and a little surprising. Gordon is a talker. Oh yes, aside of being protective, demanding and bossy, he has a bit of a dirty mouth on him. But he's also a complete and utter sweetheart. Isabelle is strong-willed, stubborn and fiery, yet submissive. And it worked; their chemistry jumped off the pages from the start, it held humour and frustration and with huge expectations resting on Isabelle's shoulders, it's always there that Gordon can never be more than a one night fling. 'I told you. If you want more...all you have to do is ask nicely.' If you're a fan of Jen/Diane, I doubt you'll be disappointed. Seducing the Princess has leapt to the top of the leader board in her Shillings Agency series and I adored Gordon, Isabelle and their journey. 'I don't care what anyone says. You're a prince.' Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Now this story is one to check out! A princess being protected by a strong military man? Yes, please. And another book by Diane Alberts? Yes, definitely. From the second this book starts, you are drawn in. I enjoyed watching Gordon break down Isabelle's defenses, teaching her about life beyond being prim and proper. And I loved seeing Isabelle give in to it. Her royal obligations--to marry to benefit her country--is something that she believes is necessary to do. The idea of marrying someone for love isn't a possibility. Being with Gordon, however, is stirring up emotions in her that she never imagined she could have when she marries. But is it possible that she could marry the person she wants to marry, and not the person her family expects her to? Seducing the Princess completely pulled me into the story. Seeing everything play out--the back and forth and the emotions and the possibilities--it was just spectacular. When Gordon and Isabelle are together, the sparks FLY. I just loved it. The ending was so lovely. I could read it over and over! My Rating: Very Good
Kiwibooknerd More than 1 year ago
Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Entangled Publishing This is the third book in this series and it was kinda like Disney meets Erotica. Isabelle is a Princess and is currently in America to meet her future husband who is also a Prince. Shillings Agency gets hired to protect the Princess while she is in town and Gordon is one of the bodyguards assigned to her. When these two meet, the sparks fly but they could not be more wrong for each other. She is a uptight Princess and he is merely a humble bodyguard. However when the mask slips and he gets to know the real Belle, he sees her in a way no-one else does. She still has to marry the Prince though as she owes it to her country and her sense of duty always comes first. As I said it was a bit of a Disney Fairy tale story with the Princess theme, however lots and lots of hot steamy scenes, which are far far from any Disney movie you will ever see or read about!! A enjoyable read, however I still preferred the first two books in this series more....:) I guess I am not a fan of the whole Princess theme!!!!
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review.. 2.5 Princesses don't....stars Isabelle VanGuard of Maldeva finds herself in America to meet her potential husband that has been arranged for her. It will please her parents, and most importantly, her country, if she went along with this highly suited union. Gordon Waybrook is the Shillings agency protector, who has been assigned to accompany Princess Isabelle whilst she is in the country. An ex-marine with trauma issues that still gave him nightmares, he hadn&rsquo;t envisaged the hot headed, single minded woman who approached him in the coffee shop, to be his royal client. Especially as his immediate attraction to her was going to be difficult to contain. I cannot fault the writing of this book, because I have enjoyed Diane&rsquo;s stories before, but this one was very difficult for me to get into. I feel the story lacked a little depth, and as a consequence found the concept more like Disney porn, as a reviewer has already eluded to&hellip;Merida does Maine. The storyline for me could have been acceptable, but it just converted in my brain as steamy cheese. I could not align Gordon spanking Belle&rsquo;s royal dimples as anything erotic. I&rsquo;m sorry to say, but in this instance, this was a right royal flop for me :(