Once Upon a Time (Runaway Princess: Flicka #1)

Once Upon a Time (Runaway Princess: Flicka #1)

by Blair Babylon

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When a modern princess falls in love with her bodyguard, a man who is definitely not a prince, a royal fairy tale turns dangerous.

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a beautiful princess. Flicka von Hannover lived an enchanted life. She jetted around Europe staging charity events with friends, had married a handsome prince in the most spectacular royal wedding of the 21st century, and should have lived happily ever after.

But then she found the handsome prince in bed with a duchess. And then a coffee shop barista. And then her own goddamn secretary.

Finally, the beautiful princess had had enough of the cheating prince, and she ran away.

The prince didn't want to let her go. He couldn't take his throne without her and sent henchmen to take her back to the castle. Her worried royal brother sent people to look for her, too.

The prince threatened her. He said that if the princess contacted her brother or any of her friends for help, he would kill her brother and her brother's new, pregnant wife.

So the princess ran to the only person she could trust, a man who was frankly not a handsome prince.

Dieter Schwarz had been Flicka's bodyguard for years. He had protected her from assassins, kidnappers, and high school dates who got too handsy after a few drinks. He was a sharp-witted, sharp-jawed, hard-muscled former Swiss Special Forces operator who had started his own private security firm, Rogue Security, and had no past that he spoke of.

No one knew that he had been her first lover and broken her heart, but he's the only one she can trust now..

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158579837
Publisher: Malachite Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Runaway Princess: Flicka Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,835
File size: 454 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Blair Babylon is an award-winning author who regularly publishes contemporary romance and romantic suspense fiction. After writing literary fiction where reviews usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance with crazy, breakneck plot turns.

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Once Upon A Time (Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I had hoped that the author would bring these two protagonists from this book together, I was surprised with their backstory. It is an exciting, heartwrenching read. I look forward to reading more about Flicka; she is kick-***. My only complaint with this book is I have to wait a month to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was wonderful, and crazy, and totally insane! I will be wandering around mumbling to myself full of worry until the rest of the books come out. I loved reading all the different threads of Flicka's story that interlace with Wulf, Rae, Georgie, Xan/Alexandre, Lizzy and Theo's stories all here together again from Flicka and Dieter's viewpoints. I also loved reading about their pasts growing up with Wulf. The descriptions of Deiter are yummy and drool worthy. Five weeks until In Shining Armor... how will I survive?
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love this series! All of this author’s books are great in depth stories with complex, interesting characters and enough of both romance and action to keep anyone happy. Great writer and I love her books.
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There's no doubt I'll be purchasing the rest of the series. You are hooked right from the start and NEED to keep reading. J
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the authors style of writing, the action was believeable plus the way the scenes were described made me feel like I was actully right beside flicka. Thank you for writing this story. I didn't want to put the story down until I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So wordy and kind of snooze because of it . I had to struggle to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get into it. None of it made since. At least it was free
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It did get a little wordy in some of the chapters. But over all it was a great read and I'm about to get the next one.
Iona Cabot More than 1 year ago
Waiting for this book was so much like waiting for Christmas morning when I was 8 years old. I knew there would be surprises and even then, stuff that I had so hoped for, but usually, just wasn't in the realm of reality for our family. Well the realm of this (over 30 yo) woman got a totally wonderful hunky, wonderful, huge spark of brilliance and - yes! You did it Blair! This book is fantastical. Not even 5 minutes in and I was thrilled out of my skin! I know there's spoiler alerts, here and there. But, I'm not going to write about that. I've just been looking at my calendar since yesterday and really moaning and sooking(Eastern Canadian term for an adult being babyish) about how long it is until #2. I assure you, I'm totally on board for anything Blair Babylon writes and will keep sooking (probably!) until May 18th.
Amber Kerstiens More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a series about a princess who isn’t living a happily ever after (yet). We’ve met Flicka in Blair’s other books. She’s the little sister of Wulfram, the hero in one of Blair’s other series - Rae’s story. Flicka has always intrigued me in these other books and I couldn’t wait for her to get her own story! Now it’s here and her hero is someone else that deserves a happy ending. Blair’s books are long, entrancing and incredibly detailed. She’s an excellent writer who does research and it shows. All the books are intertwined but this book can be read without having to have read the others (although you will want to after you read this!). Flicka’s story starts with her marriage to Pierre - a rat bastard as everyone likes to call him. Her marriage doesn’t seem to be a love match from the very beginning and for good reason. As the book progresses we see more and more why Flicka needs to leave her new husband and run away to her hero. Flicka’s story is tangled and messy and this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story! Get this book and devour it before the next one comes out because you’ll want to continue it as soon as you finish this one!!
janice1231 More than 1 year ago
A Review of Once Upon A Time (Runaway Billionaires: Flicka, Book 1) by Blair Babylon Flicka - 5+++++ Stars We finally get to see how things played out from Flicka's point of view. Gahhhh, there are sooo many things I want to talk about, but I really don't want to spoil this for others. If you are like me, you may want to have your copies of Rae and Wulf's story (and all of the epilogues that concern them) available while you are reading this. I found myself going back to their story to review things that I had forgotten or to verify things that I thought I remembered being slightly different. I know that this book ends on a cliffhanger, but I've also heard that Ms. Babylon has the full series ready to go at a quick pace so there shouldn't be a lot of lag time before we get the next book in the series. There are many twists and turns that threw me for a loop, but in a good way. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out so that I can find out WTF is going on. Definitely one that you don't want to miss. **Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**
NancyWI More than 1 year ago
Daisy_C More than 1 year ago
This story shocked me from the beginning to the end! Blair Babylon does it again with this book keeping me engaged and anxiously awaiting the next book. It does end on a cliffhanger but its expected since this is a series. I am excited to see where Blair goes with this story and can't wait to learn of Dieter's past, maybe a true prince... Plus, now I'm even more intrigued by Maxence's story.
Daisy_C More than 1 year ago
This story shocked me from the beginning to the end! Blair Babylon does it again with this book keeping me engaged and anxiously awaiting the next book. It does end on a cliffhanger but its expected since this is a series. I am excited to see where Blair goes with this story and can't wait to learn of Dieter's past, maybe a true prince... Plus, now I'm even more intrigued by Maxence's story.
KayDavis21 More than 1 year ago
This is the much anticipated story of Prinzessin Flicka von Hannover. Sister of Wulfram von Hannover from Billionaires in Disguise:Rae. Flickas story begins within the same time frame as the original series. If you haven't read it yet, I will say I think it's better if you have. Reading the Billionaires in Disguise series in order will give you a greater understanding of how all of the other wonderful characters and the intricacies of their relationships with each other, fit in within Flickas series. Having said that, there is enough depth and description within the book in order to read it as a standalone. Be prepared to fall in love with some amazing characters. At the beginning of BID:Rae, I originally felt that Flicka was the typical spoilt Royal. I should've known that Blair Babylon had a plan all along. You can always guarantee she'll take your heart and soul on one hell of a ride, spitting you out at the end, feeling completely the opposite to how you did at the beginning. Flicka had a relationship 2 years previous. One that we learn throughout the book, broke her heart. Step in book villain Prince Pierre Grimaldi, the very aptly nick named Rat B&$!&£) by those who know him! Pierre and Flicka marry, Flicka thinking she has his heart at least. She believes their very grown-up marriage that he can put his d!(% anywhere, as long as she has his heart. After all, she's had the other kind of love, the one that leaves you broken, the kind she feels Hannovers were not meant to have. Well, I should've known there were going to be some serious twists. Don't expect them to be on the page only, my goodness, my heart has been twisted too! To protect herself, Flicka is forced to go on the run. I always have this issue when I buy a book from Blair Babylon. I'm so desperate to know what's going on, I read the chapter/contents page, trying to figure out what each of them mean. Followed by such a sense of excitement, only paralleled by Santa at Christmas time, I'm torn between devouring every page or holding onto it, not wanting it to end. I don't want to give the game away. If you want to know why she runs or what all the twists are then all I can say is, as well as purchasing Once Upon A Time, make sure you clear your diary, buy shares in Kleenex (Or in my case Maltesers) and expect the unexpected! The second book in this series In Shinning Armour is already up for pre-order. I can honestly say I've never pre-ordered a book so fast in my life!
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness I was so excited to finally be reading Flicka's story. She is one wildcat indeed and it shows much more in this story. Her father is still as wicked as ever but not this time... Enter Dieter to the rescue as always Flicka's love for this man has lasted for a very long time but can it be again? Fantastic story and I anxiously await for more more more....
Readnread More than 1 year ago
Blair Babylon has done it YET AGAIN! This first book in Flicka’s story is an exciting, heartbreaking, and at times funny, can’t put it down read! Her story can stand alone, of course, but for those of us who have read other books in the Billionaires in Disguise series, it’s like seeing old friends again. Flicka and Dieter have known each other since she was 10 and he 21, but we find out much more about their relationship as she prepares to marry Prince Pierre Grimaldi of Monaco. I won’t be telling you more, no spoilers, just get a copy and read! I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We, the die hard devoted fans of author Blair Babylon, have waited semi-patiently for Flicka's story. Now that it is here... Oh. My. Word! It was a zillion times more than I ever expected. Normally I would give a short synopsis in my review, making sure to not give away any spoilers. I'm going to skip the review this time because in order to do so would indeed provide spoilers. I refuse to do that to her fans. Just know you HAVE to read this book. It is absolute perfection in every way conceivable. A pure adrenaline rush from start to finish!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Once Upon A Time has set my heart aflame with its fiercely devastating plot twists and unapologetically bold yet forbidden love. This story gave me the long awaited true love of an honest to goodness modern princess who favors love above duty and more than anything wants to watch her staid world burn down around her. Nothing in her world is as it seems, and only the truly battle hardened survive the obstacles and dangers littered in her path. If she isn’t careful, she might find yourself at the mercy of a danger far worse than losing her heart to the man who once shattered it. Flicka can map her life out one event at a time. She knows what is expected of her. She plays the part to utter perfection. All the while her heart is screaming for more. She longs to destroy her perfect princess world. More than words can say she wants to live a life that she can never have. Two parts war within herself, and yet she knows she will always do what is expected of her since that is the only choice she can ever make. When the very foundation of her life is viciously shaken, she runs to the only man who has ever made her feel safe. Can she learn to shore up her protective shield one last time for the ultimate battle of her life, and can the heart learn to reset, move on, and try to live again? I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this story! It feels like going home to revisit all of the wonderful characters from Blair’s previous series. I am tickled pink to delve deeper into the life of the reclusive princess and sister of Wulf. She always had so much more to her that I wanted to crack open and explore and now I am finally granted that wish. Oh happy day! Couple these incredible characters with Blair’s flawless and wickedly talented writing, and you have the recipe for literary perfection on a grand scale! Oh how I love visiting this literary heaven! Blair Babylon sets my world on fire with her spectacular writing! This book is no exception. It is a marvelous start to a fantastic new series that is sure to amazing and delight all of her devoted readers and new readers alike. She is a refreshing delight to the world of staid and reused themes. She pushes you to the limit and then beyond until you realize that you are experiencing something so unique and grand that you can never truly wrap your mind or heart around it. It is a true mystery of the soul that will live and engrain itself onto every part of you.
ledLD More than 1 year ago
A tapestry, each series and book woven to together, making a wonderful flow of characters and story. Wow, and this ribbon was well worth the wait. I try never to leave spoilers in my reviews, who wants to know what happens before the enjoyment of reading the book? Know that this is an excellent story, heartbreak, intrigue and steam are all here. Can’t go wrong with this one. If you have not enjoyed Blair’s earlier releases, consider them now, they are not necessary for this read, but expand on the characters included in this story.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Blair does it again! I loved this story. Reviewing books I love is often much more difficult than reviewing books that are just OK; Once Upon A Time is one of those books. I've been reading Blair Babylon's books for about four years but it seems like just yesterday. She writes compelling stories with characters that have complicated lives. I don't just read her books, I become immersed in the world she has created for her characters. Her Billionaires in Disguise (BID) and Rock Stars in Disguise (RSID) series of books are all connected but they are also written so each series can be read as standalone stories. Even if you haven't read any of the other series (but I implore you to read them!) you will still be able to enjoy Flicka's series because of the background information that Blair puts in the story. And the thing about that background information is that it's written in such a way that it doesn't seem redundant if you are a fan and have read all of the other books, like I have. Because I'm a reader who generally hates cliffhangers, I feel I must disclose that this is the first in what will be a series of 3 or 4 books, and you will definitely be left wanting more after reading it. But there's something other than the wonderful writing that keeps me reading Blair's books – even with cliffhangers – she has never yet failed to complete a series and she releases the books fairly close together so you aren't kept waiting forever for the next one (book 2 of this series is coming in a month). She also hasn't taken one book and chopped it up into multiple parts just to sell more books. This story has nearly 300 pages and, based on past history, the other books in the series will be just as long, if not longer. It's hard for me talk about this story without giving too much away. Flicka married her prince but things aren't good. They had an agreement but he broke the rules and now she has to get away. Fans have been begging Blair to write Flicka's story and also one for another favorite character who's been around since the first BID story. It was a wonderful shock to find this much beloved character a prominent part of Flicka's story. Flicka is a one-woman dynamo. Her organizational skills are awesome. Yes, she has unlimited help to carry out her wishes, but she is the ultimate organizer. It's just a shame that she isn't able to reorganize her life with the same efficiency. I laughed and I cried while reading this much anticipated story. I can't wait to read the next one. Next month can't come soon enough for me. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***