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The Prince's Bride (Effingtons #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,152 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Once upon a time there was a young debutante of means who dreamed of marrying a prince. So she traveled to London to become . . .The Prince's Bride

As a poor but proud young lady, Jocelyn Shelton had but one dream: to marry a prince and bring comfort to herself and her family. Now circumstances bring her to London, where her charms could make her wish come true. But her r
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2001)
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Jun 13, 2016 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance w/a Fairy Tale Theme
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"4.5 stars" Many a little girl dreams of growing up to marry a handsome prince. As a lover of fairy tales in my childhood, I know I did. And that’s part of the premise around which The Prince’s Bride is based. Our heroine, Jocelyn, believed from the time she was ten years old that she was going to marry a handsome prince. She’s been having a successful season in London and has even caught the attention of a visiting foreign prince, but when he entices her into a private m
Grace Cieleen
You remember (or probably familiar with) that book with the lovely stepback? The one that everyone was raving about how lovely the heroine's gown looked like? Well - let me tell you a short story. Once upon a time, I went to this humungous book sale in a mall, digging my way through books, historicals and YA's. Out of curiosity and interest at the title, I checked out this book and HELLO THERE!

Wow, what can I say? Doesn't this step back make you already fall in love with the book and give it 3 s
Oct 05, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spent the summer trying to find and read all of Alexander's books. This is my favorite so far. Loved Rand in the last book, and was waiting for Jocelyn's story. Rand is almost as clueless as Thomas was in saying the right thing, and I love that. Fortunately Jocelyn seems to know what he really means. This book has excitement, love, secrets, castles, Prince's and much more. A really fun read.
Mar 29, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jocelyn has dreamed of marrying a Prince since she was a little girl. What little girl hasn't? The difference is her dream may come true. She is the center of Prince Alexi's attention. Unfortunately, while waiting to talk to him in private (she believes to propose to her), she over hears a conversation of conspiracy that proves to ruin her plans. In order to be protected from those who think she can identify them she must run away with the mysterious and handsome man who has saved her from their ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Sadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the Effington Series.

Jocelyn, the 3rd sister in the Shelton family, was always known as the pretty one. She just wanted a rich husband so they would never be poor again. Her two older sisters had found love. Emma was married and living in Paris where she could paint and Marianne was about to marry Thomas Effington the following week. The long season was almost over and here Jocelyn was with a real prince. Her dreams were about to come true. She would marry Alexei and be a real pr
Hanah Tahir
Jun 11, 2009 Hanah Tahir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the first historical romance I have ever read, and I blame the addiction to this book! It was an easy read, yet, there are some parts, especially at the ending, where it became somewhat dragging, or maybe because I wasn't really interested in the other story (the adventure) other than the romance itself!

I suggest people reading it because it's fast-paced, light, and relaxing. And the heroine and the hero in the picture are gorgeous! The lovemaking was hot, though I thought it would be bett
Trudy Miner
Jun 09, 2013 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor but proud growing up, Lady Jocelyn Shelton vowed that she would marry a prince and live in a castle. When circumstances forced her to forgo her chance at that dream and quickly marry Rand, Viscount Beaumont and flee on horseback to his uncle's estate for her safety, Jocelyn was sure all was lost. But Uncle Nigel lived in a real castle which was crumbling to the ground and things were not as they seemed when Prince Alexi, the very same prince she was chasing, showed up uninvited. By this tim ...more
The Effington series continues with Jocelyn Shelton, Marianne's younger sister and Thomas Effington's best friend Viscount Beaumont; Randall.

Caught in the middle of a trouble, Jocelyn's life is in danger and she has to marry Randall in order to protect her family and herself.
Jocelyn is a very smart lady and a mercenary as well. Both Rand and Jocelyn are determined to make their marriage work.
Jocelyn has always wanted to marry a prince but instead she got a viscount. The story is really intere
Princess Thuy
Feb 06, 2014 Princess Thuy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by Victoria Alexander. To save her life Rand, Viscount Beaumont, is forced to marry Lady Jocelyn, who has to settle for a mere viscount when she has always dreamed of marrying a prince. It may appear as if she is shallow and mercenary because of the tantrum she throws when she realizes she has to marry Rand but she redeems herself as the story progresses and you learn why she had always wanted to marry a prince. Reading the love develop between the two was very nice and there ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book the best so far in this series!!!
LuAnn Frimmel
Jul 14, 2011 LuAnn Frimmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to love British nineteenth century romance novels. This is another one of them.
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Jun 22, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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Jan 29, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
Shelves: regency-romance
Very nice story. Enjoyed the witty conversation between the hero and heroine. It has the typical fairytale ending with everyone living happily ever after, but still quite enjoyable. One main complaint I have about this story is the unbelievability of how the marriage between the hero and heroine takes place. He agrees to wed the heroine from the beginning of the story out of a responsibility to protect her from possible harm without even really knowing her. He put up no argument, and yet they ha ...more
Aurora Fenzl
Mar 04, 2015 Aurora Fenzl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-highlands
I am not going to lie. This book was well worth the procrastinated five hours of time I took to read it. By being broken up into almost three parts, it allowed the story to last longer, for characters to develop more deeply. And who am I kidding? Rand was bottom line cute. I made the mistake of opening the cover and I could not put it down after that.
Jocelyn Shelton has always dreamed that she would marry a prince and become a princess. She's stunningly beautiful, but her family was poor so she had little hope. Now that their fortunes have reversed (see previous books in the series0 she has the chance to marry a real-live prince. However, her chance is ruined when she overhears two men plotting to kill the prince. They see her and are about to attempt to kill her as well. She's rescued by Rand, Viscount Beaumont who even goes so far as to ma ...more
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Victoria Alexander
Jocelyn, the self-described "pretty one" who's dreamed since she was 10 of marrying a prince. Now the belle of London, Jocelyn captures the attention of Prince Alexei of Avalonia, but her accidental eavesdropping on a conspiracy against Alexei endangers her life, forcing her to marry hastily and flee London. Unfortunately for Jocelyn, her new husband is Rand Beaumont, a "mere" viscount; unfortunately for Rand, Jocelyn doesn't take well the dashing of her
May 30, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an earlier Alexander I picked up because I liked other books of hers I’d read recently (WHAT A LADY WANTS and A LITTLE BIT WICKED). The heroine had an impoverished childhood when she decided she would marry no less than a prince, and never be hungry again. She’s been flirting with a prince visiting England, and is waiting to meet him in a library at a ball, when she overhears bad guys plotting something. She’s rescued by a guest at the ball—Viscount Beaumont, in the service of the king. ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jocelyn was in the two previous books and was very mercenary. In this book she was irritating through most of the book, but was finally okay at the end.
Sigh. A total disappointment. Rand and Jocelyn both deserved a better book than this.
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Aug 23, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh... I thought this book was kinda stupid, actually. I was looking for a no-brainer book to give me a little respite between a bunch of heavy books I've been reading lately. While I thought there were some parts of this book that were funny, sweet, etc. I thought the storyline very unconvincing, and improbable. I'm all for the fairytale stories, but it bothered me how very annoying the heroine could be, and how unlikely the hero was. All in all... it was an okay, typical romance book. But nothi ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After absolutely loving that last book, this one was a little disappointing. I really liked Rand and Jocelyn and I enjoyed the first half or so of the book watching Jocelyn learn what was really important to her but I was disenchanted with the ending. I really didn't like that fact the Rand ended up helping Alexei despite his treachery and deception. I found it completely unnecessary; the author could have accomplished a similar level of intrigue with Alexei just ASKING Rand and Jocelyn for thei ...more
Raluca Neacsu
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Ooohhh!! I enjoyed this book so much! I am quite fond of books with wanna-be-a-princess pattern and this one was so very lovely!!! Lady Jocelyn has always wanted to be a princess. She is determined to marry a prince and she does everything in her powers to achieve it. After all, she is the pretty one in the family. But when a danger comes and viscount Beaumont marries her, she'll be so dissapointed. But it won't last for long.
A very interesting book!!
May 27, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
This was a cute romance about a woman who gets exactly what she always imagined she wanted--only it doesn't look at all how she expected. Her plans were to grow up and marry a prince--she didn't even have to love him. She thinks she has her man, when circumstances intervene and she ends up with another who is totally not what she wants. Low and behold--he turns out be exactly right for her.
Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice fluffy romance...
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping!

They really are quite a pair! Such an entertaining tale, much farce!

I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read!

A fun series.
I really enjoyed this book .. it was a good dose of fluff and sweetness .. though I did find the heroine slightly annoying at times

For some reason It reminded me of The runaway princess by Christina Dodd which is another book I enjoyed

Definate recommend
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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“I think it's your bosoms." Rand Surveyed him critically. "The dress wouldn't be as tight if they weren;t so large. I think your bosoms are too big."
Alexei looked down at his overstuffed chest. "Can bosoms ever be too big?"
Not real bosoms perhaps, but I think in your case..." Rand considered him thoughtfully. "No question about it: they're definately too big"
Are you sure?" Alexei studied his reflection. "I thought they were just the right size for a man of my height.”
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