The Crystal Rose kThis was a good read about pain and how love conuers all It seems the author and I think the same Inew what I wanted for them at the end and it happened Having read the rest of this series I thought I should catch up on the missing episode Considering who the author is I was expecting something outstanding but sadly it was just okay Sophia and Ash both had was expecting something outstanding but sadly it was just okay Sophia and Ash both had history but it took her escaping from her father s determination to marry her off to a Spanish prince by hiding on board Ash s plane thereby starting a scandal which could only be rectified by marriage to bring them together Of course we then had to be with them working their way to a happy ever after The story had some really good bits in it and I did enjoy it Somehow I was just expecting Happily recommend it as the start to the Santina series Penny Jordan wrote 187 books for Mills and Boon and after reading a lot of them my overall view is that she should just avoid writing about royal families She writes a lovely book about normal down to earth heroines but
when she becomes embroiled in the politics of royal families It no longer works somehowThis is basically a rewrite of she becomes embroiled in the politics of royal families It no longer works somehowThis is basically a rewrite of earlier novel of hers Bride for His Majesty s Pleasure which was dire I hasten to add but The Price of Royal Duty is a better reworking of this The book itself actually has uite a strong start with royal Santina Princess Sophia hitching a ride on the Maharaja of Nailpur s is that in Manchester private jet unbeknownst to him She s on the run from an arranged marriage which he has already refused once to help her get out of despite the tried and tested trick of oh dear my ballgown s fallen off can you shield me in your arms whilst I cover my nakedness earlier on in the royal ball announcing her brother s and her s engagements He then discovers her naked again in the bedroom of his private jet and decides that to protect her reputation he needs to marry her There was a moment when I thought it was going to get really exciting and they were both going to get idnapped by a slightly dodgy air steward but no the moment passed and lovely feisty Sophia suddenly morphs into dull as ditchwater dutiful wifeShe then marries him the next day and they both trudge along together telling themselves they don t love the other and that all this is about is conceiving the royal heir The marriage it is clear is built on sand with the ghost of Ash the Maharajah s first wife featuring a lot in it not a literal ghost it s a mills and boon after all but she definitely manages to come between the couple despite being dead after strangling herself with her sari in a car accidentAs usual there s a series of misunderstandings poor decisions and rules that they tell themselves they must live by which just make them unhappy and would be solved a lot sooner if they just talked to each other instead of just having lots of sex and then him sneaking off back to his private uarters to feel guilty about his dead first wife if only he hadn t made her wear that sariHowever it s a Penny Jordan book so there ARE some redeeming factors Nobod. Santina's rebellious princess Sophia made a shock exit from her brother's engagement party last night following the surprise announcement of her own arranged marriage It seems Sophia did not fav. If you don t hide it you get branded with a giant red V on your head for all to seeAnyway they marry for heirs and spares and Royal protocol as you do but not really the lurve signs are already there then both angst about not needing emotions etc and he s still in love with his dead first wife he s not she s the archetypal evil dead spouse Anyway pregnant avoiding the marital bed he has a cheeky tear or 2 big declaration and twins and it s all over and we never get her relationship with her dad resolved here either It was nice to see an Indian H for a change in among all the usual suspects Italy and Greece must be running short of billionaires now what with the state of the economies in Europe at the moment and Russia is probably
falling out of favour what with the world out of favour what with the world and whatnot Another thing that bothered me was he made a huge deal about the age difference but I don t recall ever reading how big of a gap it was I can t see it being a big as some of the old skool vintage books and he is a friend of her big bro so it can t be too shocking Also I don t recall them mentioning how much time has passed since the incident at 16 to the present small niggles but they irked me Anyway the book passed time for me but it was a bit too low on drama Too much telling versus showing and a higher than normal dose of inner monologues decreased my reading pleasure I also felt the lea This was a very nice story about a love that little by little came to be Even against their own
wishesashok is ais a and takes his duty very seriously But he can t forgive the few mistakes he thinks he has to make amends for even if they weren t his So now he eeps all his feelings locked tightly away Sophia lives a life os scandal but that s her way of hiding in plain sight Sophia is trying to run away from an unwanted arranged marriage she thinks her one slavation is Ashok but he doesn t want anything to do with her and her scandals Finding no other way to escape she stows away on Ashok s private jet She plans to then escape to London after their arrival at his destination But the press found out about where she was and her family demands he marry her Now married by duty they will have to find a way to live together and find happinessBut will Sophia be able to open Ashok s heart and will he be able to let go of the past and start a new future You have to read it to see how they find their HEA The first in The Santina Crown series and I have to be honest as say that i didn t like it say that I didn t like it much as I hoped I wouldPenny Jordan is one of the best Harleuin Mills Boon writers ever and I think her writing is fantastic This book isn t badly written but I just felt that it is overdone and with a little too much purple proseActions and events in this book are so drawn out and over descriptive that I d forgotten what was actually going on in certain scenes by the end It got a little tedious to read to be honestI have a real lack of affection for heroes that don t believe anything a heroine says or presumes something about the heroine and cannot be changed in his thinking Ther before being caught on film on arrival in MumbaiScandal is the last thing the Santina royals need right now might this maharaja be persuaded into taking Santina's runaway princess as his wi. Y writes a romantic line like her consider Here in this room was everything in his world that held real value Ash found himself thinking Here was everything he could ever want or need because here was Sophia and the romance of IndiaManchester is beautifully portrayed in a series of scenesMy favourite line is when Ash realises that he loves Sophia cutting it fine I had to wade through 240 pages of self inflicted angst before he finally admits this A bond of the truest ind of love given from the heart of a man who d had to overcome so much to be able to make that gift The sad fact of the matter is that the main thing he s had to overcome is their mutual stupidity and inability to communicateNot the best Penny Jordan I ve ever read but it s okay I particularly liked the interview with the author at the end of my edition where she describes her working day and how she spends the first part of the day reviewing her work to make sure it makes sense yes she should have done a bit of that 3 OK decent readsKindle UnlimitedPortuguese Edition Same old plot two royalties who are attracted to each other but for some reason one of them rejects the other cruelly leaving scars after some years again they meethook up unplanned pregnancy leading to MOBMarriage of babytry to eep distance but still fall in love and HEA I don t now if it was just me but some way along the line I just got really frustrated with this whole story The beginning alone had me rethinking if I should really continue Like when the heroine hatched her plan and tried to get the hero to go along with it The writer took us all around the world and back before we got to the half concocted plan that she wanted to execute By this time I was sorely annoyed because I couldn t believe we had to go through all of that just to get to the simplest explanation of a plan to begin withThen it was the sentences with uestion marks that really didn t seem like uestions or were even conveyed in that way and made it remarkably hard for to not become uninterested in continuingThere was way too much detailing in some scenes that by the time they were finished being described you forgot what it was connected and what image or feeling exactly it was trying to conveyAll in all I can honestly say I finished the book because I felt like I had already invested too much time in it not to see it through but it was a complete an utter let down It was just too confusing and jumbled to really enjoy it I really really really wanted to like this than I did but confess to having to plod through this book It was just pretty BoringThe h ind of started off with a little backbone wanting to escape her royal marriage and stating what she wanted from the H but escape her royal marriage and stating what she wanted from the H but push came to shove she had follow through and just caved to marrying the H instead of the original groomYeah yeah I Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis know she used to be in love with him when she was 16 but he turned her down and broke her heart so now she has a reputation of dating anyone in trousers Of course that s not true she was just hiding her virginity in plain sight because yeah. Or the matchinstead boldly stowing away on the magnificent Maharaja of Naipur's private jetStaff insiders to the charismatic maharaja Ashok Achari aren't denying the pair spent a wild night toge.