THE MARCELLI PRINCESS
The always splendid Mallery takes on a tough challenge with a hero whose royal arrogance and dedication to duty make him a tad unsympathetic. Longtime readers will be thrilled to catch up with the whole Marcelli clan and see Mia finally come into her own in this series finale. This family drama has been heartwarming and filled with complex emotions.
Unexpectedly, the man she believed dead reappears, and Mia learns that he's really Rafael, Prince of Calandria. Having discovered that he has a 4-year-old heir, Rafael is determined to take Danny back to Calandria by whatever means necessary. Mia is torn. While she is happy the man she loved is not dead and that Danny has a father, she is concerned about how his royal roots will affect the boy. Mia is right to be concerned -- for Rafael's plans do not include her. (POCKET STAR, Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)