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I Loved this book. I was hooked from the beginning and could not put it down. A fast paced storyline, sizzling chemistry between the leads and cute banter. Do I need to say more? Perfect read for a cosy weekend!
The title is a bit misleading, as it has nothing to do with lost princesses. However, the story is lovely.
Grier Hadley was born on the wrong side of the blanket to a gambling hell owner. She and one of her half sisters have been sponsored by the Dowager Duchess of Bolingbroke, who has three unmarried sons and no money, so need to marry heiresses. Prince Sevastian of Maldania has come to England following a civil war to find a rich bride who can help rebuild the kingdom.
Grier Hadley first attracts his attention at a ball when she overhears him insulting her origins and pours water all over him. However, he can't help kissing her after she unwittingly foils his tryst with another married guest. They are both subsequently invited to a house party where further arguments and kisses ensue.
The story moves at a good pace; there is a bit of action towards the end of the book, a rather unexpected twist, but the books is mainly taken up by the two characters learning about each other, and having to amend their first bad impressions. However, Grier is entirely unsuitable to be a princess or a queen, and Sevastian has a hard choice to make.
After rediscovering Mrs Sophie Jordan’s writing talent with her latest release, I checked my kindle and found some of her older work in it. I do loved Sevastian and Grier’s story, it was entertaining and sensual. I love a strong woman, and Grier is one of them, except when she becomes knees weak around Sevastian. It is something I have problem to accept, loosing completely your wits when around an attractive man. I was just glad it came from both side, they have an insta-lust attraction, despite each one representing what the other quite loathes, they can’t avoid being drawn to another like moth to a flame, and their mouths can’t stop colliding. Sevastian must wed some blue-blood girl to satisfy his country’s obligations, just his hunt puts him in the track of the worst eligible woman, too blunt, too dark, too illegitimate, too old, too much everything and also too attractive. Even if I disliked the few moments when Grier was unable to use her brain and stand because of limp legs, hopefully the plot was enough entertaining to eclipse these weak excerpts and help me overcome something I do not like. In all it was a lovely and spirited read, why I give it a 4,5 stars rate.
Wicked In Your Arms was so cute! It's an opposites attract, from different sides of the tracks, hate to love mash-up of adorableness! Grier and her half-sisters have just been reunited with their father. He may be untitled and have a less than stellar reputation, but he's provided the girls with very generous dowries. Unfortunately, that's not quite enough for them to snag husbands. In fact, Grier overhears the crown prince of Maldania saying just how unsuitable a bride she'd be, prompting her to dump her drink on him! But the prince can't seem to get his mind off the feisty woman and is desperate to have her as his mistress.
I absolutely adored Wicked In Your Arms. I loved that instead of being lords and ladies, we get a prince and a low born woman who was once a game master! Quite the unusual pairing! I also absolutely loved how these two are first thrust together after their initial meeting. It's quite hilarious and awkward, but it causes feelings to begin stirring! From there, Grier and Sevastian keep running into each other and misreading the situation which leads to many misunderstands, but nothing too over-the-top. It all just causes them to not be able to keep their hands off one another!
Wicked In Your Arms was just a delightful read. Grier knows she's not what the men of the ton are looking for in a wife, but she's also not going to settle for less, even with a prince. She has standards and dignity! Sevastian's life has never been his own, even his choice of bride. But once he gets a taste of Grier, pedigrees be damned! He loves her, and she's going to be his queen! They also have far more in common than their opposite upbringings would suggest. This leads to my favorite epilogue that I've probably ever read! Those two are just too funny!
I'm new to Historical Romances, I'm a paranormal romance person myself, and I'm so glad I found Jordan's books! This series is beyond amazing! I tend to like books with strong female leads, and Grier does not disappoint. She'd rather hang out behind potted plants at parties and eat biscuits then put up with the false smiles and gossiping ton. Because of her 'new father' and her low birth status, Grier has it a bit harder than most to fit in. And when prince Sevastion decides to drag her character through the mud a few times in gossip...well let's just say, he gets a drink to the back of the head.
Grier is witty, strong willed, and just wants to be loved for who she is. Who doesn't? YOU GO GIRL! Sevastion kind've starts off as an...well, an ass. You find out the WHY later, but he's just as stubborn as she is, with a sharp mind and keeping his people back home his number one goal. Not many people are that noble, eh?
I loved the sparring between them, how Sev will through something at her (verbally, of course) and how she throws it right back at him. (She doesn't care he's a prince, a jerk is a jerk right?) How they each resist each other, but so end up falling head over heels. And there was one part of the book I did not see coming at ALL, but it totally fit and brought them closer together. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time during that part!! I'm trying not to be spoilery, but once you finish the book - you'll know what I mean.
There are times when you just want to beat Sev over the head and tell him to get with the program, and Grier to buck up and have confidence in herself because SHE IS WORTH IT, but that's just because you come do adore both characters and just want them to get their happy ending. Because they both deserve it!!!
All in all? I LOVED THIS BOOK. And I'm buying the entire series. End of story. So go fall in love with Grier and Sev like you should, ok? :)
I always enjoy Jordan's books... she has a wonderful talent of making you feel like you're part of the story. Seb's & Grier's attempts @ fighting their mutual attraction is enticing but the scene in the coat closet took my breathe away.
My only complaint is Jordan's book are about 100 pages too long & need a bit more heat... 3 or 4 scenes for almost 400 pages isn't enough to truly hold my interest.
If you're looking for a true regency but one that shows a h's backbone & a man who appreciates it.... this is your story.
I started the series after I found "How to Lose a Bride in One Night" was on sale for $1.99 so I went and bought the whole series.
I think to be a fan of Regency romance novels, you have to love the idea of Cinderalla stories where a lowly peasant girl (or in this case, the illegitimate daughter of a gaming hell owner) meets a prince, and you know a happily ever after is coming. Grier and Sev don't hit it off right away. Grier was a perfect mix of forthright personality mixed with insecurities at finding herself thrown into the midst of the upper echelon of London. Sev was the normal self-sacrificing prince, looking for a future princess with a good inheritance. I loved reading them fight through hatred and then turn to attraction.
My only complaint was Sev seemed a little superficial. You don't really see him grow too much over the story, except in large leaps that make it hard to connect with him. However, by the time I finished the series I realized Ms. Jordan doesn't delve too deep in the male side of the emotional-relationship, which was a little disappointing.
In the end, I would still recommend the "Forgotten Princesses" - another twist because only one of the females in the series becomes a princess so "Forgotten Heiresses" would have been better - for light, happily ever after stories.
Grier Hadley has a new fortune and is looking for a husband who doesn't care she's illegitimate when he gets her enormous dowry. It's a difficult task, specially since her skin isn't so light, she has freckles and a fierce personality. So it's not a surprise to listen Prince Sevastian Maksimi talking about her like she's garbage, but she isn't going to take it anymore, it doesn't matter he's the hottest man on earth....or a Prince.
Prince Sevastian needs a respectable wife and fast, so Grier is not a choice....maybe only for a couple of nights. But every time he spends with her their attractions grows and he wants to know more and more of her.
Their attraction was instant and hot, and I loved their altercations! Grier isn't like any other young woman, she doesn't mind Sevastian's tittle and isn't ready to throw herself at him. Sevastian is definitely hot but he isn't at cruel as it seems at first. He's actually interested in her and very soon realizes he wants to be with her. Everything happens quickly, and after some predictable drama, the finally can be together.
Overall, I really loved this book, Wicked in Your Arms. Sophie Jordan knows how to keep me interested and fall n love with the characters, and it was exactly what I was looking for, a fun and sexy historical romance with the perfect HEA ending.