Princess Ellaria Salvatore is accustomed to getting what she wants—regardless of whether she’s supposed to have it or not. But now that her brother’s arranged marriage has fallen through, she’s left brokering a deal that will save her country and her family from the clutches of war. And while it’s not out of the question for a princess to sacrifice her future for a husband she’s never met, this little hitch in the plan is standing between her and the one thing she wants most of all—her smoking hot bodyguard. She knows that a man like Luca can’t bring himself to dishonor his station by having his way with her, but she can’t possibly leave forever without having one small taste of what might have been. So, left with no choice, she decides to do the one thing she has left: seduce him before time runs out.
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Our heroine, Princess Ellaria, is the second oldest of three royal children. In this story, Ellaria is betrothed to Damian, a king from another country in order to solidify an alliance between their two countries. Her older brother, Antone, who is about to become king, should have been the one, but now the responsibility is on Ellaria. Her younger sister, Regianna, is constantly trying to play matchmaker for Ellaria when Damian when he and his family come for the coronation of the new king. Right after, Ellaria is expected to depart with Damian to marry him. As royals growing up, for security reasons, the only "friends" they had were children of the palace staff, including Luca, son of the Captain of the Guard (head of security) and our Hero. With her departure imminent, Ellaria is desperate to create a one time memory with Luca. Because this story is told from a dual perspective, we know the inner struggle Luca has in fighting his feelings for Ellaria since he is beneath "her (royal) station". They eventually cave in to their desire for one another acknowledging they will never be able to be together again after her marriage. I enjoyed the story and the author did a good job relaying the characters' respective frustrations with their no-win situation. I'm surprised Ellaria, being a very smart and resourceful 26 year old had not somehow figure out a way to break down Luca until now, but I guess that's part of the story. Additionally, there were hints at a possible solution that would enable them to have their HEA. And though that solution did come to fruition, no pertinent details were supplied that would have made it a better ending...which is why I gave it 3 1/2 stars. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. When your brother's arranged marriage to help save the Nation which has fallen apart what is a young princess to do? Ellaria has loved the Head of Security, Damian, all her life but he won't dishonour her and she really doesn't want to marry some unknown man. Does she go with her heart or her brain? Love or Country? A quick and fun read that will keep your engrossed DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED