Tuesday, 17 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #289
His Pregnant Princess - Robyn Donald
Mills & Boon Modern
In 'His Pregnant Bride' Mills & Boon By Request, 2009
From the back cover:
"Hunter Radcliffe is like no other man Princess Lucia Bagaton has ever met. Giving herself to a commoner could cause a royal scandal. But then Lucia finds she's expecting Hunter's child!
Hunter is insistent that they should marry; it will be just one more union of convenience for the royal house of Bagaton -- the first with a pregnant princess!"
This is the second book in the By Request omnibus, as above.
The hero Hunter is travelling to the small Mediterranean island of Dacia in order to visit his good friend, whom has recently married the Prince of Dacia. He is met at the airport by Lucia, the heroine, the cousin of the Prince and a Princess herself. Hunt believes her to be a cold hearted temptress and makes his dislike of her obvious. Cia recognises this dislike but she does her best to welcome him to her country. Ever since her cousin married, Cia has been feeling lost. No longer needed as a royal figure, as the island now has a new Princess, she has planned to leave and attend university. Although Hunt doesn't want to like Cia he ends up spending time with her and they are undeniably attracted to one another. Hunt takes Cia to his cattle station home in New Zealand for a break, where their relationship begins to bloom. When they realise Cia is pregnant Hunt wants them to marry but thinks Cia will refuse as he is not royalty, and Cia believes that Hunt feels nothing towards her.
I have to be honest and say that I found this book really boring. It doesn't have the usual intensity of Robyn Donald's books, and it seems to drag a bit. The hero and heroine are OK characters but I didn't really 'believe' either of them, the heroine in particular was a little too whiny. Also the conflict between them, such as the reason the hero doesn't initially like the heroine feels a little flimsy. And, Dacia + Lucia/Cia ... comes off as a bit lazy to be so similar.
I don't really know what else to say about this book, it's just a bit blah!