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The Prince's Bride (Effingtons #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,053 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Even at the tender age of ten, Lady Jocelyn knew what she
wanted -- to be a princess. And since she wasn't born one, she knew she'd have to marry a prince to become one. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of princes in England early in the 19th
century (George III had a large family), none of them seem interested in marrying her. But Jocelyn thinks that is just as well,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 4th 2001 by Avon (first published 2001)
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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
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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.
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
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
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
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
I enjoyed this book the best so far in this series!!!
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LuAnn Frimmel
You have to love British nineteenth century romance novels. This is another one of them.
Jan 29, 2012 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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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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
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!!
Decent, about what you'd expect from a fast paced romance. No surprises.
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.
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
Diane Sallans
My favorite of the series so far - loved the characters & the adventurous political intrigue and the series connection . Introduced the characters from the Royal House of Avalonia who's story continues in two of the other books in the series.
I loved seeing Joclyn grow up in this book. Always wanting to be a princess could effect your whole life if never realizing that you make your own world the way you want it. This book is full of wit and fun characters. I would read it again.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)
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  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
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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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