The Reluctant Princess (Her Royal Duty, #1)

The Reluctant Princess (Her Royal Duty, #1)

by Melissa McClone

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Overview

She wants to work on a pit crew—not be a princess.

Mechanic Isabel "Izzy" Poussard's life revolves around cars. Determined to be a member of a racing team's pit crew, she'll do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. The last thing she expects is for a gorgeous guy to step out of a limousine and tell her she's a long-lost princess…and his wife.

Crown Prince Nikola "Niko" Kresimir of Vernonia wants one thing from Isabel—an annulment. The pretty American wearing grease-stained coveralls is too rough around the edges to be the future queen. Their marriage, the result of an archaic custom neither knew about, needs to end so he can modernize his country.

As sparks fly, Niko and Izzy fight their growing attraction for each other. Neither wants to remain in an arranged marriage, but that might be the only way to keep peace in the kingdom. Is a love match possible where all their dreams can come true? Or will aspirations and pride keep them from living happily ever after?

Her Royal Duty series:
Book 1: The Reluctant Princess
Book 2: The Not-So-Perfect Princess
Book 3: The Proper Princess (coming soon)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156496174
Publisher: Cardinal Press, LLC
Publication date: 04/25/2019
Series: Her Royal Duty
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 77,564
File size: 1 MB

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The Reluctant Princess (Her Royal Duty, #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Excellent read about a grease monkey whom unbeknownst to her is a long lost princess. Just enough conflict and angst to make the story entertaining yet believable. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cheryl-S 11 months ago
This is book one in the Her Royal Duty series and it features Niko and Izzy. This story is highly entertaining. It’s about family, duty, responsibility, obligation and ultimately love. She is about as far from princess material as she can get and he doesn’t EVER let her forget it. I thought Niko was going to be a nice guy. I thought he was going to be the prince of every girls’ dreams but in my opinion, he was a disappointment. There is so much happening and he’s so stuck on his ideals, that he doesn’t take her feelings into consideration. I feel so sad for her because he listens to her but doesn’t really hear her. The story line is fantastic! The characters are great too. I just didn’t like the prince.
DisneyMarie 11 months ago
It would seem like a fairy tale, Izzy finding out she is a long lost princess and married to prince. But reality is far removed from fantasy when she is forced to move to another country and change who she is and give up what she loves all for a man who keeps pushing her away and making her feel like she is not the princess he would have ever wanted. I loved that Izzy was a mechanic and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and do what was needed for the good of her people. Prince Niko does redeem himself, but I didn’t like him and how he treated Izzy at first. I loved the idea of the marriage box that contained pictures and letters from her parents who gave their lives for their country and that Niko held the key. His father King “Dee” was funny and romantic at heart. Poor Princess Julianna with all her doomed arranged marriages, I really hope she finds the one for her in the next book.
Nicolerko 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this story. It had a Princess Diaries vibe to it. I really liked Izzy. She's a breath of fresh air for Vernonia and Niko. Izzy's life is turned upside down in this book. What she thought she knew about her past is false. For everything she deals with she meets head on. She is a strong character to admire. I really liked all the secondary characters as well. This is a book that hooks you in right from the beginning and you don't come up for air until you're done. This is a book you're sad to see end.
SherriBabb 11 months ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am hooked. This book grabbed me on the first page. I fell in love with all the characters and the story. From the moment that Niko and Izzy meant there was this strong connection between them. They were drawn to each other. Both of them were stubborn and refused to give in. Then Niko's father manipulated the situation and they had no choice but to stay married. On their wedding day both of them knew in their hearts that they had fallen in love but in their heads they were not so sure. This book is about learning to love and accept someone for who they are. It is about listening and knowing that sometimes it is okay to make some changes. It is about not only about two people falling in love but it is about a country learning to love each other and learning to love Izzy. I cannot wait for Jules book. I highly recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
poohbear1970dc 12 months ago
Princess Isabel Poussard and Crown Prince Nikola Kresimir are the main characters. Isabel was raised in the United States and does not know that she is a princess until Nikola comes to find her at her job as a mechanic. They find out that they were married when they were children. They want to divorce so that they can go back to their normal lives. Isabel does not know how to be a princess but falls in love with Nikola so learns. I really enjoyed this book and would totally recommend. I was given an arc for an honest review.
EileenAW 12 months ago
Imagine one day getting your entire life upended and discovering your entire life has been one lie after another. This is what happens to mechanic Isabel “Izzy” Poussard. Izzy had one dream in life, become a pit crew member for a racing team. She knew it was all lies that she was a long lost princess and the wife to Prince Niko. Izzy agrees to visit Vernonia, instead she finds that she must fulfill her obligations and complete the dreams established for her by her parents, before their death. Izzy is quite strong willed and stubborn which drives Niko crazy; but he must learn to adjust his reactions to Izzy and her behavior in order to keep the peace between them. Izzy is enthralled with her part of the country and appreciates that the people accept her for who she is. I loved this rags to riches love story. I loved how Izzy refused to change her ways just because she became a princess. Niko has so much pride in his title as a prince that he forgets he’s also human. I loved how he realized that loved Izzy and would do anything to keep her as his wife. Ms. McClone wrote a wonderfully sweet and moving love story that is not to be missed. This story contains laughable and lovable dialogue, endearing and likeable characters and the magic of love. I highly recommend this sweet book, The Relunctant Princess, and I look forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
cgarr 12 months ago
Who doesn't love the story of a Prince and Princess? Niko is the crown prince and knows all about duty to his country and the sacrifices that come with it. He's planning to get engaged to a princess of another country for the betterment of his country of Vernonia. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Izzy is pretty alone in the world but she has big dreams. Being a woman in a predominantly male world, she is strong and confident even with no family to offer support. Then her entire world is shaken. Imagine the surprise of finding out you are not who you thought you were. Then add in that you are really a princess who was thought to be dead. Talk about a twist in the road! Niko and Izzy have a connection from their first meeting. Niko has finally met his match. They both have to figure out the path they will take both individually and together. I really enjoyed this story and will try some other books by this author. I received an advance copy for an honest review.
SullyGirl 12 months ago
Prince Niko and Izzy look to be polar opposites in this wonderful story from sweet author Melissa McClone, but first impressions are often wrong, as our couple discovers. Izzy is an independent and modern women, more interested in repairing cars and working in the pit crew for a Formula One race car. She’s understandably taken aback by the very attractive stranger who claims she is a princess! Prince Niko is on the verge of marrying Princess Juliana, as well as modernizing his small country. But his very old-fashioned views are in conflict with his headstrong child bride’s current reality. Can these two royals work out their differences for the good of both their home country as well as themselves? With rich, full characters and a delightful tip of the hat to The Princess Diaries movies, McClone once again weaves a magical spell of love, loyalty and friendship between not only our leading couple but with the fun secondary characters from both the U.S and Vernonia. Sweet with a slight touch of heat (yes, the closed door scene is a little less fade to black than other books by the author, but by no means racy!), The Reluctant Bride is a delicious page turner. Bravo!!
Renee25 12 months ago
Izzy and Niko come from two different worlds or do they? She is such a great character who makes you fall in love with her strength and self-sacrificing love for others. These two do fall quickly for each other but the author makes it believable IMO. There is some angst but how they struggled through it was such a great part of the story. I was shocked when I found myself really liking Princess Julianna and can't wait for her book. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
LGUS 12 months ago
I liked the book because of the well-developed and likable characters. Izzy is definitely a unique woman, while Niko is trying to fulfill his duty to his country as has been drilled into him since he was a boy. They are very attracted to each other even while pursuing an annulment of their child marriage. The plot has a lot of twists and turns and moves quickly. There was only about one page that I did not care for. I usually read clean/wholesome romances, and in this book readers stay in the bedroom longer on the wedding night than I thought at all necessary. It was not vulgar, but just more information than needed. I would not let my tween or young teen read this. Again, it was only about a page or so. I loved the way that Niko and Izzy both react to a national disaster in their country. I also enjoyed the humor in the book. There's a great scene about The Princess Diaries. There is a touching HEA and epilogue. I received an ARC. I chose to write a review and share my opinion.
JaneN17 12 months ago
Not your everyday fairytale! This was a GREAT story and I loved how Izzy was so strong and independent but still willing to go the extra mile for loyalty and Prince Niko is HOT!! LOL!! All kidding aside, this was a great story of love, loyalty and change and how life never stands still!! I also fell in love with Princess Julianna and can’t wait for her story!!
Lashea677 12 months ago
Is there a such thing as a heartgasm, because I'm pretty sure I've just had one. McClone builds a fairytale out of heartache. Izzy and Niko must grow their happy ending from the ashes of despair. The Reluctant Princess is the beginning of a second chance for a nation that almost lost it's way. One woman provides the key, but in redeeming a country, will she lose all hope or find the missing pieces of her broken heart? Ever girl loves a fairytale. McClone steps outside of that and creates a masterpiece.