👑💍 "The Prince and the Wedding Planner" 💍👑 (2020) - Book Review #PrincPrism
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The Prince and the Wedding Planner
(The Bartolini Legacy #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance
When different worlds collide
With her family name on the line, wedding planner Bianca Bartolini needs this royal wedding to go perfectly she can't afford distractions. Too bad the bride's dashing brother has other plans! Duty-bound Crown Prince Leo has mere weeks to announce his own engagement, but none of the candidates measure up to Bianca. They're the most unlikely match, but might that just make them perfect for one another?
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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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Thank you in advance to the author, Jennifer Faye and Prism Book Tours for providing a complimentary review copy. A positive review was not required. All words and thoughts are my own.
While I’m not new to the Harlequin books, this is somewhat of a re-introduction to the Romance line. It is definitely my first introduction to the author.
This isn’t a clean read due to the fact of a one-time off-screen (or not depicted in the book) sexual encounter. Still, I found the book clean enough for myself. There is no foul language, and there are no Christian themes to it.
This is the first in what looks to be a trio of the Bartolini Legacy. The Bartolinis are a trio of siblings (Gia, Enzo, and Biance) from Italy whose parents have been killed.
This is Bianca’s story.
It begins with a funeral and then a wedding. Talk about a contrast. Still, the Bartolinis are now shaken by a secret their mother was hiding from them – one that puts their futures on the line.
While trying to make sense of it, Bianca is asked to be a wedding planner – that is no surprise she is one. But, this is no ordinary wedding, it is the wedding sister of Prince (soon to be King) Leopold, and Leo has drafted Bianca to settle the rift between the Princess (his sister) and their mother the Queen. And, Bianca’s job isn’t going to be easy, especially with her family’s name in question.
This was a sweet, fun, and whirlwind read. I didn’t even know it was over until I got to the last page. The author’s vivid writing brought the scenery to life. Bianca and Leo were such a perfect couple, and it was easy to see where the novel was going.
The romance element was absolute perfection – walks in the garden, private dinners, even a balloon ride. It wasn’t a sizzle, out of control romance’ so much as a comforting campfire type of romance. And, again … all with a Prince!
Leo was definitely believable as a royal prince – and a more modern one at that. I enjoyed his calm, yet commanding demeanor. His romance skills were off the chart.
There is enough drama to balance everything out as well.
This is a standard “happy ending” novel. Readers will be happy to learn that another royal wedding planner will be needed. Of course, this is also a “to be continued …” as well. The second book, is to be released this June. The readers will have to read that one as it details the results of the DNA test.
The author does a terrific job of keeping the pace going for the romance. This short, but addictive little read is the perfect beach day or even rainy day read.
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐– Goodreads
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐– Bookbub
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐– Personal Rating (see rating explanation in this blog: https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com/2020/01/rating-system-2020-changes.html)