THE ONCE AND FUTURE PRINCE (3) by Olivia Gates: Phoebe Alexander is the king's messenger, and she's come to New York to bring Leandro D'Agostino his fondest wish: reinstatement of his title and citizenship to Castaldini in return for coming home and becoming Crown Prince. Before he was exiled, Phoebe and Leandro had been involved in a clandestine affair and, as a condition of his return, Leandro demands Phoebe continue their affair out in the open. She agrees, knowing he won't marry her when he takes the throne, and she'll be able to move on with her life then. Gates' tale is a bit complicated. It's hard to follow the story at first, and both protagonists veer from weak to demanding in what is otherwise an intriguing story.

Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper