THE PRINCE'S BRIDE
MacLean’s royal romance trilogy comes to a charming end as a dashing, sexy prince meets his match in a feisty French minx. From the first page, MacLean lures readers into a different style of captive/captor plot and entices them to keep turning the pages even as the pacing slows until the satisfying climax.
To pay off her father’s gambling debts and reclaim their home, Veronique Montagne is forced to abduct Prince Nicholas of Petersbourg, hold him captive in a house outside of Paris and await her employer. A rakish seducer, Nicholas is planning a tryst with the lovely masked woman he met at a ball when he’s drugged and taken captive. From the instant they were alone in the carriage Veronique felt an overwhelming attraction to Nicholas, so it’s easy for him to convince her to help him escape. Then, Nicholas learns the truth of his heritage. To avoid scandal, he proposes marriage and Veronique accepts. The newlyweds travel to Petersbourg where past indiscretion, dark secrets and a sinister plot threaten to destroy them. (ST. MARTIN’S, May, 334 pp., $7.99)