In Lieu Of A Princess is an easy-to-read, lighthearted romance. Lucinda North is capitulated into impersonating a princess. Anthony, the Earl of Melfield is tasked with escorting the princess around town. As Lucinda gets more comfortable in her new role, Anthony falls for this enigma of a princess.
The storyline is straightforward and flows well. I found Lucinda lovable and related to her even if she lived a lie. Lucinda’s journey of becoming a princess leads her to self-discovery. I liked Anthony’s kindness and ability to look past the obvious and see the truth. I would have liked more spark between Anthony and Lucinda; their relationship could have developed more decisively and quicker. However, the stolen moments the couple had alone were sweetly passionate.
In Lieu Of A Princess is the first book in the Royals & Rebels series. There is a prequel to this series in the anthology Naughty Or Nice. I enjoyed this book. However, there was one giant hurdle for me – a cliffhanger. I might not be happy about cliffhangers, but I can accept them when I know beforehand. This cliffhanger was a complete surprise. I had fun reading this book and can even appreciate the conclusion. I will be reading the next book in the series. I wished I had been forewarned. That being said, In Lieu Of A Princess kept me entertained and turning the page. Meredith Bond’s new series has promise, and I look forward to the next book.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: November 10, 2022