Review: Princess Charming by Nicole Jordan

Princess Charming by Nicole Jordan

Series: Legendary Lovers Series (# 1)
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Page Count: 343
Source: ARC from Nancy Berland Public Relations

In Nicole Jordan’s dazzling new Regency series, the scandalous Wilde cousins seek true love by imitating history’s legendary lovers . . . beginning with Ashton Wilde, Marquis of Beaufort, who takes on the daunting role of Prince Charming to an unlikely Cinderella.

Thanks to the mischievous meddling of his matchmaking sister, Ashton Wilde meets a damsel in distress during the midnight magic of a lavish ball. But Maura Collyer isn’t looking for a prince—or an intimate pairing with any member of the scandalous noble Wilde family.

Intrigued by Maura’s beauty and daring, Ash is determined to aid in the rescue of her beloved stallion, gambled away by her wicked stepmother to an evil viscount. As their adventure becomes rife with peril and passion, Ash suspects he’s found his heart’s desire.

Even though her dearest friend may be her self-proclaimed fairy godmother, Maura is mortified at being pushed into a romance with a notorious rake such as Ash. Dashing and charming, he comes to Maura’s rescue just in time to help her steal back her precious horse. As they flee across the countryside, she can’t resist his sweet seduction. But is her prince playing a role in a fairy tale to test an improbable theory, or is the love awakening in her heart proof of her own happily ever after?

Review: With an entire shelf on my bookcase dedicated to Nicole Jordan’s backlist, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Princess Charming, the first book in her new Legendary Lovers series. Loosely based on the timeless classic, Cinderella, we have the dashing hero Ashton Wilde, Marquis of Beaufort, Maura Collyer as the damsel in distress wronged by her wicked stepmother and the two (not so wicked) step-sisters.

Ash’s sister, Katherine with the help of Uncle Cornelius, develop a theory that each member of the Wilde clan will have their own fairytale. When the situation arises with Maura’s stallion being sold to a dastardly villain by her step-mother, Katherine presents the idea to Ash of being Maura’s “prince charming”. While both Ash and Maura scoff at the idea of the fairytale romance they are drawn to each other and sparks start to fly.

Maura was a great heroine who was strong and independent but also showed a vulnerable side as well. Ash was a sweet, romantic kind of take charge guy but sensitive and vulnerable too, afraid of getting hurt after the loss of his parents. The playful banter between Maura and Ash and actually, between the entire Wilde family was fun and enjoyable.

Ms. Jordan has done it again by creating an enjoyable, action-packed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more about the Wilde family.

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