The Prince Who Loved Me

The Prince Who Loved Me

by Karen Hawkins

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Romance sizzles in this Cinderella story set in Scotland, the first in a sparkling new spinoff series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins.

Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the Duchess’s taste.

Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So…wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451685244
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Oxenburg Princes Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 381,231
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond series is a nod to the thousands of books that opened doors for her to more adventures, places, and discoveries than she ever imagined possible. To find out more about Karen, check in with her at, @KarenHawkinsAuthor on Instagram, and at her website,

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The Prince Who Loved Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute continuation of her previous series with another Oxenburg prince finding love in Scotland. It is a quick lighthearted read. If you have enjoyed her other books you will like this one. This and the last series have not seemed as in-depth as her previous ones but they are still good and I will read the next one.
Dzneychica More than 1 year ago
A charming, humorous take on the classic fairy tale! This book is about Bronwyn, an avid romance reader who lives with her inventor father, ambitious step-mother, and beautiful step-sisters. Escaping from her duties assisting her father and the household, she retreats to her favorite reading spot in the find a handsome huntsman with delicious kisses! A few days later, she discovers that he is not a huntsman but a prince visiting their neighbor! Alexsey is intrigued by the bookish Bronwyn and sets out to have a delightful few-weeks tryst with her...and use her to spoil his grandmother's matchmaking plans. Brownyn overhears his nefarious plan and becomes determined to use his own game against him. What follows is hilarity, a meddling step-mother and grandmother, passion and wonderful surprising twists and turns! As a lover of fairy tales, I have read many versions of the Cinderella story; but this is by far the most humorous and interesting! I was really able to identify with Bronwyn as she was so different from the usual romance heroine of the Regency era and so much more like a regular person. Karen Hawkins has introduced yet another marvelous book into our world, and I cannot wait for the next one to see where she takes us next! I highly recommend this book! Please note: I received a copy from the writer for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
I have to say this was a wonderful, fun filled read. I really enjoyed it. The Prince in the story is Alexsey Romanovin, and he's a bit of a rogue and has no intention of settling down. Until his grandmother says it's time he did and sends him to Scotland and she expects him to find a wife.........but it's still not going to happen as far he's concerned.......Until he meets an unusual but pretty in a quite way (if you looked close) woman reading in the woods. Who turns his world upside down. Bronwyn Murdoch loves books she's plain spoken and thinks she's on the shelf. And any way she has two younger and prettier stepsister to help marry and she helps her father with his patents, so she is happy how she is..... Until a huntsman comes into her life one day in the woods.......Well he's dressed like a huntsman and is plabergasted when she finds out the huntsman she has been dreaming about and had shared a kiss with is Prince Alexsey and is way above her station. When the Prince finds Bronwyn again he's not going to let her escape, and the fun and passion begins. The chemistry between the two main was characters great. Alexsey's grandmother and Bronwyn's stepmother would like Alexsey and one of her stepsister to marry. So the pressure is on Alexsey, but he holds his own, he knowns who he want's. Bronwyn is a little confused at times but she does the right thing in the end. The secondary characters were excellent, they were interesting in them selves. I had a great time read this novel and I look forward to the sequel very much. If you love romance and fun I highly recommend this book.
christalvp More than 1 year ago
This Cinderella based story is my first experience with a book by Karen Hawkins, and I thought it was a fun one to read. It was an enjoyable story with likable characters. I liked the intelligence and pluckiness of the heroine, Bronwyn Murdoch, and I found Prince Alexsey Romanovin, with his love of books and his grandmother's tiny dog, very compelling. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Bronwyn Murdoch's one season didn't go well, and she feels that she is firmly on the shelf and destined to be her inventor father's assistant. When her family's long absent neighbor shows up with a large group for a house party at his castle, Prince Alexsey Romanovin is among the guests. When Bronwyn and Alexsey encounter one another in the woods, they both are left with misconceptions. Bronwyn believes him to be a huntsman, and Alexsey thinks she is a housemaid. When they meet again, surprise ensues over their identities, but they are no less attracted to one another. As they get to know one another, they both believe that they will have a flirtation until Alexsey leaves, but as their hearts become involved, they must decide what they both want for the future.  This was a nice take on the Cinderella story. I liked the way Hawkins even brought a lost shoe into the story. The inclusion of Bronwyn's dogs and Alexsey's grandmother's dog was a good touch. The dogs were all lovable. I felt really invested in the two main characters, and thought some of the secondary ones were great too. I was very satisfied with this book.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Bronwyn Murdoch is perfectly happy with her life. She’s a sensible and bespectacled bluestocking beloved by her inventor father, for whom she helps organize patents. She lives with her stepmother and two loving stepsisters in the Scottish countryside, independent and firmly a spinster at age twenty-four, which is perfectly fine with her. She has her books and her large hounds, who trail her into the woods for her solitary reading sojourns. Until a handsome huntsman comes upon her and sweeps her up in desire, just like in one of her romance novels. All of a sudden, Bronwyn begins to imagine a different kind of future for herself. But when she discovers her huntsman is actually a prince of a small Russian principality, intent on only seducing her, she decides to turn the tables on him and play his game, only this time she will be in charge. But it all blows up in smoke. This is a charming, if rather fluffy, novel. I don’t really feel I get a sense of Alexsey as there is not enough from his point of view, so I don’t really believe his transformation from selfish seducer to devoted lover. But this story reads more like a fairy tale, albeit with a kind and loving stepmother and stepsisters who adore her. Bronwyn has no pretensions or interest in most ladylike fripperies. And the last thing she wants to be is a princess. “I’d rather own a library subscription than be a princess.” (p51) I like the nice family interaction between Bronwyn and her sisters, Sorcha and Mairi. But is it also a bit unrealistic? Perhaps, but this is a happy novel without much tension, so I guess it is appropriate. I think the machinations between Alexey’s grandmother and Bronwyn’s stepmother are a bit over the top and outrageous, but then again, so was Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Finally, I just don’t really feel the love between Bronwyn and Alexsey; it’s more like lust and a young girl’s first infatuation. Alexsey seems rather immature especially in his planned conquest conversation with Strathmoor. This novel is the first in Karen Hawkins’ Oxenburg Princes’ series. A light, frothy confection.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Bronwyn Murdoch is shocked when a woodsman appears in her wooded reading haven, especially since he’s exactly as she imagined the hero in the novel she’s reading. But when the woodsman shows Bronwyn that passion must be experienced and not merely read she’s awed. Prince Alexsey Romanovin adores the little one he found in the woods he’s not as happy when he finds her on the ballroom floor. The fact that she’s a lady will make their flirtation a bit more problematic. Especially since every other eligible maid is thrown in his path and Bronwyn is deemed unfit for royal life. But a Prince always gets what he wants, right? Hott Review: The Prince Who Loved Me is a wonderful new take on a Cinderella story. Karen Hawkins weaved a story that’s reminiscent of the fairy tale we all know, but is still completely enticing and new. I loved the sarcasm and wit in this book, and Karen Hawkins other books, most of all. She’s so much fun to read! There is some steaminess to The Prince Who Loved Me, but it’s only a few pages and, while steamy, isn’t too descriptive. More… Author: Karen Hawkins Source: Pocket Books via Netgalley Grade: A+ Ages: 16+ Steam: Adult Setting: Scotland Series: The Oxenburg Princes #1
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
The Prince Who Loved Me A handsome, rakish prince who doesn't believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less... In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist! Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it's time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn't at all to the duchess' taste. Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So . . . wouldn't it be fun to turn his "game" upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees? This is a new to me author and I enjoyed reading this story. I didn’t really get the whole “Cinderella” theme until the very end which was silly of me. I didn’t read the description of the book before and thought it funny some of the similarities to Cinderella not thinking it was by design. We are introduced immediately to Alexsey and Bronwyn and one thing is for sure, Alexsey is an irrestible hero. Didn’t hurt that I pictured David Gandy as Alexsey – mamasita! Bronwyn is a sweet, bookish, independently-minded, and considerate heroine. She is the oldest with two stepsisters who are very likeable. Bronwyn wasn’t interested in a season and does not like social situations. She prefers to be by herself with a good book, which is how she comes to meet Alexsey. It is hard to see Alexsey’s attraction to her though. He explains, many times, that she is “intriguing”. He explains this many times, to many people, as I’m not the only one who has a hard time seeing the attraction. But, there is an attraction between them that cannot keep him away. I liked that he defied social convention and his grand-aunt, a duchess, to visit her and see her. He was a very strong and determined character and used to getting his way. There’s a plot theme with Brownyn trying to foil plans she overhears him making regarding their relationship. It is funny how she implements this plan and at first it seems like it is not going to work but Alexsey is so smitten with her that she can be an idiot and he is still attracted to her. The characters in this book, and there are many, are likeable and fairly interesting. The only one I didn’t care for was the step-mother, but as step-mothers go she was very tame. And as I discovered, this was a Cinderella story! Overall a light, fun, sweet, sexy read and I will be reading more of Karen Hawkins.
CarmellaS More than 1 year ago
Please note that I received a free copy of this book for an honest opinion. Our Prince in this story is Alexsey and our Heroine Bronwyn. Bronwyn in 24 and "on the shelf". She doesn't really care, she has her family, her books and her work with her father who is an inventor. She never fit in with the other ladies, as she is very expressive with her opinions and questions. A lady would never question or disagree in polite public. Alexsey is a handsome but arrogant man. He gets what he wants. He wants nothing but "flirtations" and mistresses, no marriage or settling down. His Grandmother, Tata Natasha want him to marry and have children. She is really a burr in his side, never giving her any peace. Brownwyn and Alexsey meet at her reading spot. They are both dressed in older clothing, she thinks he is a huntsman and he thinks she is a maid for one of the families in the area. They talk and is very intrigued by her. He likes that she is honest and also likes that she is not interested in marriage. He later tells his friend Strath that Bronwyn will become his new "flirtation" and then they will become bored of one another and amicably part. Unfortunately everyone else has different ideas. He is the guest at a house party and his is helping Tata by throwing parties and events to get eligible women around Alexsey. As usual, nothing goes as anyone had planned and all kind of havoc ensues. I am a fan Of Karen Hawkins. I have read many of her books and look forward to new books by her. I think the one thing that bothered me is that Alexsey is so arrogant and it is all about what he wants. He is also manipulative. Bronwyn was never forced or threatened to do anything but he manipulate if he could. Bronwyn made all her own decisions but she had less experience in her life. Alexsey does finally realize that there is more to life than manipulation and mistresses of his past and he does grow up. I only wish that Bronwyn made him suffer a little more!
momlina More than 1 year ago
Karen Hawkins does a different take on Cinderella. Yes there is a poor girl and a prince and a ball, and yes there is also a stepmother and stepsisters, but the similarities pretty much ends there. The Prince Who Loved Me is actually a sweet, funny love story. A standard romance theme, with no big surprises, but I was not disappointed. It’s a nice, easy, entertaining read. It has an interesting story line that unfolds at a steady pace. It doesn’t rush into conclusions, or wrap it up too abruptly. This book was well written with a good bit of humor that caused me to laugh at loud. It depicts realistic scenarios with characters that were genuine and enjoyable. They are written with such detail you really feel you know them. I found myself immediately lost in the story wondering what would happen next. Bronwyn’s is a self-proclaimed spinster who is very much content with her life, with no intentions of ever marrying. However she sees no reason that she shouldn’t at least try to enjoy the attentions of a handsome stranger. Her misguided attempts to seduce him are so funny, as her methods rarely meet the desired results. I will probably always remember this book, especially when choosing to buy a new scent to wear!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book for an honest review This book is a refreshing spin in the classic Cinderella tale. I found the story a nice read that I couldn't put down until it was done. The interactions between the two main characters were well played and highly amusing. I was happy to find that in this telling, the stepmother and stepsisters were very warm and loving and nothing like the original. I can't wait to read the first book in this series and look forward to the rest!
CodyCelest More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm not really great at Reviewing books (or anything for that matter)... But I'll give it a go because I love Karen Hawkins and I won this book via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, so it seems only right and fair. :) With that said, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Yes it had some Cindrellaish undertones but they were mild and didn't make me roll my eyes even once (as some other books have done.) The humor was light and perfect, and I appreciated the lack of overly dramatic angst—which has its place, but wasn't what I was in the mood to read about right this moment. Of course Aleksey, being what he is, has a couple of boorish moments, but one can hardly blame him and Bronwyn handles him just fine. As I've been waiting for this book since I read "How to Pursue a Princess"—I loved Wulf and wanted to read about his brothers. Seeing more Tata Natasha is also a bonus. ;)—I was not only ecstatic to win this book, but knew I'd likely love it to pieces, which I did. What more can I say? If you're a Karen Hawkins fan, you'll likely enjoy this book quite a bit... And if you're not a Karen Hawkins fan, well, what the heck are you waiting for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the first book in the fabulous The Oxenburg Princes. Though one of the brothers has been in a different series; The Princess Diaries Trilogy by Karen Hawkins. I loved this book so much that after reading it I pre-ordered it and bought the Princess Diaries. After all I want to know how the younger Prince found his Princess. Completely fabulous this was funny and heartwarming. I loved it. The Review: Prince Aleksey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life of flirting and much more. He is dashing and handsome, but with no interest in ever marrying. Life is good until his grandmother, Grand Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for him to settle down, and drags him to Scotland to find a bride. Aleksey is determined his grandmothers schemes will fail. When he meets brainy, bookish and bespectacled Bronwyn Murdock, a woman who he enjoys spending time with and who he knows his grandmother will never agree to being his princess, Aleksey decides she’s perfect to stop the Duchess’s meddling into his personal life for once and for all. Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn doesn’t have time for the handsome Prince, no matter how much she enjoys his kisses that awaken in her a desire for her own adventures. After all she knows the arrogant, spoiled prince isn’t seriously interested in her, a determined firm-minded female, and decides she will teach him a lesson and bring him to his knees! FTC Advisory:  Pocket Books through Net Galley provided me with a copy of The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins Published through Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the Oxenburg Princes series. Bronwyn Murdock, a bookish spinster, is surprised by a small dog coming out of the nearby forest interrupting her quiet time reading by her favorite tree. A woodsman soon follows and and Bronwyn is intrigued like never before, especially when he kisses her before leaving. Bronyn soon learns that her woodsman is really Prince Aleksey Romanovin from Oxenburg. When she overhears him talking to a friend about using her to get his grandmother to stop wife hunting for him, Bronyn decides to turn the tables on him. She will make him fall for her and then let him know that she knew of his plan. But what happens when the feelings become all too real for both of them? As always, Karen Hawkins has done a masterful job of storytelling. In her latest book, a twist on the Cinderella story, she introduced us to a whole new set of characters that you will fall in love with. Even though Aleksey was a prince, I thought he was pretty down to earth. Grand Duchess Natasha, Aleksey's grandmother, loved her!! Being a bookworm myself, I totally related to Bronwyn. She had the best attitude! She finds out that that the prince is using her and she turns the tables on him, LOL!  I loved Aleksey and Bronwyn together and hope that we see more of them in the rest of the series. Thanks go out to Pocket Books for a copy of the book for an honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I've never read Karen Hawkins before, so I didn't know what to expect. It was a sweet and romantic story with two strong characters in a classic romantic plot (a very loose Cinderella story). I enjoyed watching Bronwyn and Alexey fall in love, and the meddlesome stepmother and grandmother were fun additions to the cast. How they worked to bring the two together while "breaking them up" was priceless. The surprise with Sorcha and Stroth was pleasant if not really a surprise. Throughout the whole story they couldn't stand each other and was always very tense. The love scenes were sweet and tame; which I won't lie, was a bit disappointing. I wanted more passion and that was the only thing lacking with this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He kisses back roughly, backing you up to a wall and pinning your wrists above your head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very mch enjoyed this obe! A new author or m. Will efinately e hcking out more of her books!
Alyssiana More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. Yes, there was inappropriate behavior for the female character, especially for the time period, but it at least made sense for the situation. Everyone over looked this quiet intelligent girl for her prettier step-sisters. In this retelling of Cinderella, the step-sisters are nice and the step mother is kind if a little clueless at times. The prince is overbearing, but he's also been over indulged. His grandmother is a sly one, determined to get her way. The story comes together and leaves you wanting to know more about the families. Bringing in the gypsies and the cultural bias toward them was an interesting historical touch.
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TexasK More than 1 year ago
If you need a laugh and a good romance at the same time then this book is for you. Karen Hawkins blends the right amount of humor and romance for a great ride.
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bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Prince Alexsey Romanovin is a sexy, flirty, bad boy who is used to getting any woman he wants. Unfortunately for him his Grandmother is ready for him to end his flirty love them and leave them ways and find a wife so he can start a family. Alexsey is forced to go to Scotland and does everything in his power to make himself unavailable to any marrigible Miss on the marriage mart and runs into Bronwyn Murdoch, the last woman his Grandmother would ever want him to marry and the perfect woman to set his sheets and heart on fire. I loved every moment of this book. Bronwyn Murdoch was a woman that was very ahead of her time. She was outspoken, assertive and was not afraid of being herself. The interaction between Alexsey and Bronwyn was great. I laughed so hard at some of Brownyns actions and seduction plans. The story does have a Cinderella feel to it but I honestly felt like it was so much more. This book showed that it was ok to love someone not classically considered the status quo. It showed how love can empower you so much that you take a chance and make the choice to have love and lose that love than to let it just pass you by never knowing what could have happened. It showed the beauty of living, having dreams and how wonderful it can be to have those dreams come true. The ending of the book was very good, I was definitely surprised. I must admit I cried, laughed and had a great time on the journey that Karen Hawkins brought me on. Worth every penny.
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