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Penelope & Prince Charming (Nvengaria #1)

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Welcome to Nvengaria, a land where magic happens, shape-shifters are real, and fairy tales come true.

England 1819
Wallflower Penelope Trask believes nothing will ever happen in her village of Little Marching, Oxfordshire. Handsome princes only sweep in and carry off innocent maidens in the fairy tales she collects, never in real life.

Prince Damien of Nvengaria is tired o
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Leisure Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I thought I had posted this review, but apparently I didn't. So here it is.

I finished Penelope and Prince Charming by Jennifer Ashley yesterday (read back in September, 2008). I had started it months ago, and put it aside. Not that it wasn't good. I did the fatal reading habit thing: skimming ahead. The love scenes are definitely on the erotic side. As we have discussed, I am iffy about erotic elements in a "mainstream" romance. But on the second read the love scenes were tastefully done. I supp
Jennifer Ashley
Aug 29, 2016 Jennifer Ashley added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nvengaria
I have revised and updated this book in this edition--story is the same, though. It is now available in print and e- . I'm pleased to be able to bring out this series once more.
As hinted by its title, this book has a fairy-tale feel with the usual tropes: love at first sight, magic bringing the H/h together and evil oponents trying to thwart their road to HEA. I usually like that kind of story, but... not this time. Having Prince Damien and Penelope already in love in the first chapters could have been okay if the obstacles to their HEA were developed in a more suspenseful way, but I didn't feel any real danger in the threats that were thrown their way and I became sli ...more
Feb 21, 2010 Nisha rated it really liked it
Again, I am thoroughly surprised how amusing this book was. The basic set-up is a English miss and a foreign prince(of a make-believe kingdom which is 4 centuries behind 19th c. England), brought together by some sort of shady prophesy. So essentially, it's a mix of fantasy (fairy tale) and historical romance.

The hero, Damian (how typical) was slightly overbearing and very debauched, an expressive nod to his alpha-ness. The heroine, Penelope, was supposedly plump and twice-jilted, yet utterly go
Aug 21, 2013 Gwaxa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, historical
1.5 stars

Everything about this fell short.

The romance depended entirely the insta-love provided by the prophecy thing that that it was underdeveloped. The indecision of Penelope just didn't hold enough substance that it just came across as annoying. Decide, then move on. Every single time she wants to protest, she just brings up the you-only-want-me-because-of-the-prophecy card. Not to mention the "How can you find me - plain Penelope - beautiful?" Those parts were mind-numbingly boring.

~* 2.5 Stars *~
Practical Penelope Trask was resolved to spinsterhood after jilting two fiances whose habits and desires she found...objectionable. She's quite happy with accepting that lot in life, until Prince Damien of Nvengaria shows up in her quiet little hamlet and claims she's the prophesied princess of his country and destined to be his wife. Prince Damien doesn't particularly believe in prophecies, but he needs to take control of his country after his evil father had run it into the grou
Jul 08, 2016 DemetraP rated it liked it
Not my favorite Jennifer Ashley book. The hero only wanted her, once he met her. There was some magic and assassins.

I felt like they yapped about the prophecy too much. "Do you love me because of the prophecy? Is the prophecy making us feel this way?"

I kind of hope the evil duke gets a book. Yeah he was the bad guy but he wanted to make the country a better place.
I thought this story was very entertaining. I also thought it was a bit unbelievable. They wanted to take off each others clothes from the moment they met. Later in the story you find out why they are acting and "thinking" like that. The paranormal aspect throughout the story was well done..... The book has a fairy tale feel to it.

My complaint, and the reason I didn't give it 4*'s is, the sex scenes were extremely hot and the most peverted I've ever read!
Mollie *scoutrmom*
The likable characters were mired in a poorly plotted novel, awaiting rescue by a better author than the one they had.
Apr 17, 2015 HJ rated it liked it
reread 4/2015
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Miss Penelope Trask has always loved fairy tales; however, she never really expected to ever be in one, especially one with a Prince Charming. But Prince Charming seems to have arrived in her village telling tales of her being his long lost princess and that they must marry at once to safe his kingdom Nvengaria. Prince Damien didn't really believe in the prophecy of the long lost princess but he is willing to do anything to once again rule his kingdom and obliterate the memory of his cr
Feb 25, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Jennifer Ashley is a definite must read for me. After reading the two (amazing) books so far in her Highland Pleasures series, I wanted to read her backlist just to see if her other books were just as good. Although I cannot say this is as good as The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, it was very good and I am definitely going to check out the rest of the series.

What I really liked about Penelope and Prince Charming was that it is quite different than most ot
This was an okay book. Not the worst that I've read but not the best either. It was a pretty sweet romance novel until the magic figured in ... then it just got kinda weird. By the end of the book, I was just ready for it to be over. I had no idea there were magical creatures or anything when I started reading ... guess I need to pay more attention to the back of the book ... was that on there? I still haven't even looked. Anyway, it was okay. I liked the characters and they were really well dev ...more
Heather Tisdale
Dec 20, 2010 Heather Tisdale rated it liked it
This was free kindle download, otherwise I wouldn't have tried it. For a freebie it was much better than I expected. It was cheesy and fluffy, but it was also a bit to kinky for me. There was 3, maybe 4 moments when I just went, "oh woah, tmi!" I'm torn because even though it was cheesy, I'd like to finish the series, but I don't really want to read about certain subjects ever again if I can avoid them, so I don't know if I should keep with them. As for my rating, I didn't mark off any stars bec ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The main characters are a little oversexed. It probably wouldn't have really been a big deal except it got repetitive.

I wish the author had explored the magical aspects of her story more. It's funny I found the idea of a logosh existing much more probable than a maiden climaxing three times in two paragraphs.

I am also not a fan of silly mistakes, like Penelope enjoying the landscape because she has never left England, then several pages later Penelope recalls wintering in Scotland when she was
Lin #Historical lover...❤️
This book is set in a fictional place called Nvengaria. The people are passionate violent and oh so sexy.

I love with this author did with her creative license. she made these people sooo interesting!!!

I love historical but the English are so stuffy and ridiculous with some of their culture that read one... you feel you've read them all.

Highlanders are more interesting than English but Nvengaria make them all look like prissies and prudes.

Add a little magic... some shape shifting.. and you have a
I thought this was just a historical romance with a fairytale-like twist to it, so the magical/paranormal elements threw me. I really enjoyed the love story between the to characters, but I thought some of the fantasy stuff didn't quite click with everything else. (view spoiler)
However, I did really enjoy Ashley's writing. So I'm going to check out some of the other books in this series. Maybe now that I u
Jan 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Well..........wasn't this a fun lil read? I thought this was a straight Historical Romance and was pleasantly surprised when I realized that there were some magical/fantasy aspects to this. It gave the book a fun twist that I really enjoyed.

We have prophecies, mythical creatures, magic spells o my!

Damien was delicious and Penelope was funny and didn't take Damiens shit, loved that.

Some wonderful sex scenes..........

The secondary characters were GREAT. Can't wait to read Alexander's story.

Jan 25, 2015 Noura rated it it was amazing
I've not come across a good romantic, funny steamy historical romance for some time and this is it! The pace of the story is fast but not rushed, there's a bit of magic, a bit of intrigue and lots of thigh-clenching steamy moments when you read Penelope and Prince Charming.

What i like:
1) spunky heroine, playboy hero, lots of side characters - especially Egan the Mad highlander (comic relief) and Meagan (mischievous bff)
2) a villain who's not really a villain
3) witty dialogues

What i don't like:
Aug 17, 2015 Debby added it
Shelves: romance
Penelop Trask is resigned to being a spinster when Prince Damien of Nvengaria shows up and declares that she's an answer to prophecy and they have to return to his kingdom. The magic of the prophecy instantly binds them, but their journey is delayed and there are lots of problems and enemies to overcome. She discovers magical qualities in herself, and the do fall in love and have a happy ending.

Along the way, there's LOTS of hot sex - this is a fast, well written story, but not clean. Believable
Jan 20, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Damian is a dilettante expatriate, he is truly the thing that royal princes are made of, he beds lots of women, charms men & women alike and lives rather lavishly but he is also hunted assassins are constantly after him. It all changes one night after Damian receives word his father is dead, no he must decide will he become the Imperial Prince or will he continue his playboy lifestyle. Well in case you did not guess he goes home to save his country, but to save his country he must fulfill th ...more
Lover of Romance
Penelope Trask, has been jilted twice in the past, and is determined not to have her heart broken a third time. Penelope lives in a home with her mother, soon to be step father, and soon to be step sister; all of whom she is dearly close to. Prince Damien of Nvengaria is the most sought after man in Europe. Every woman would feel grateful to be chose to be his bride. However once he meets Penelope he realizes that there is only one woman that he wants to be with, it will be a challenge to convin ...more
What I liked:
The secondary characters - I loved Penelope's best friend Meagan, Damien's friend Egan, Penelope's mom and Meagan's dad, and even the "villain," Alexander.
The fairy tale bits

What I didn't like:
The "convenient" magical prophecy that made Penelope and Damien fall in love/lust at first sight. It read like an excuse to have sexy scenes between them from the very beginning with little or no relationship development.
Verging on erotic romance rather than what one thinks of when one thinks
Jan 16, 2011 ~Megan~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dangerous-dudes
I really enjoyed this fairy tale historical romance! Jennifer Ashley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I don't think I've disliked anything I've read by her so far.

I found Damien to be an interesting kind of hero because he really had two distinctive sides....he could be Prince Charming one minute and a raging beast the next. He was tortured and exiled by his father, and I wish Ashley would've explored that a little more. He fell hard for his princess and that is something I alway
May 13, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, traded
Observation - this sort of tale has been told before - Devereaux did, Lindsay did... True, they didn't have mages to assist in taking the stray supposed princess back to the imaginary European country. That was different. But still... there must be SOMEthing to elevate this one above others with the same basic theme. Sigh;; the thing that was mentioned in the synopsis, which had the potential for some amusement, was pretty much glossed over in favor of time limits and dramatics. And then there w ...more
Yossra kerkeb
Apr 03, 2013 Yossra kerkeb rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
Jennifer Ashley! How could you? WHAT.WAS.THAT?
We go from the beautiful,eccentric ,sexy MacKenzies, to THIS?
This was just too corny. I've read corny before,but there are 2 sorts of corny.
There's the corny where you roll your eyes, sigh but really you think it's adorable corny. And there's the corny where you hit your head against the wall all the while screaming: WHAT? WHAT? no. NO. You have GOT to be kidding me!
Okay. Calm. Caaaalm.
Where to begin?
The guy, I don't remember his name (seri
Sep 19, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I was a child, I always wondered why there were so many princes and princesses in books and movies and so few in real life. It took me a while to realize that writers were making up countries and entire royal families just so their heroes and heroines could be royalty. I've come to accept it now and hardly bat an eye, but in this book, the author goes a step further and adds a bit of magic and fairy tale to the story.

So the hero is a prince from Nvengaria, a sliver of a
Nov 28, 2014 Natasha rated it liked it
Kind of lost interest and was unable to keep my interest. I feel there are some parts that are well written parts, however the book lags and before long you are skipping paragraphs then whole chapters just to finish. Overall, blah primise, bad book. I usually devourer anything written Jennifer Ashley so I want stop. Just not loving this.
Jan 16, 2016 Mareena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical romance
Recommended to Mareena by: Walmart
For my #7 Challenge ('Prince' or 'Princess' in the Title), I chose to read Penelope and Prince Charming by Jennifer Ashley. This is the story of Prince Damien of Nvengaria, who, as the result of a magical prophecy, journeys to England in search of a princess to marry in order to unite his kingdom. He finds the woman of his dreams in Miss "Twice-a-Jilt" Penelope Trask. Now the question is, in the midst of multiple assassination attempts, wild magic, and in the face of overwhelming desire, can the ...more
2.5 Romance all the way, sometimes unbelievable. A young maiden, a naive country girl from a upper class family, is faced with a stranger, handsome of course, on a huge stallion. He needs directions, so she gets on his horse and rides away where he kisses her and she almost goes all the way. Ok this is old time England and that is put of place. I found quite a few sections in this story where I was shaking my head is disbelief. This outlandish behavior for the time period was explained as a mag ...more
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