PRINCE OF SCANDAL
PRINCE OF SCANDAL (4) by Annie West: Raul, Prince of Maritz, needs to marry a princess in order to inherit the throne. Enter Luisa Hardwicke, a simple farm girl — or she was, before she discovered that she’s a princess. Of Martiz. Despite Raul’s blinding good looks and considerable charm, Luisa doesn’t want anything to do with him. He does what any royal family member would do in the same situation: He buys her farmland debts and blackmails the obstinate princess into marrying him (it sounds more cold-hearted than it actually is). West’s novel is a funny comedy of manners and a romantic fairy tale with a smart, strong heroine who gives the hero a run for his money.