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The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes #2)

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From New York Times bestselling author Julia London comes the second novel in her irresistibly romantic Desperate Debutantes trilogy, in which three suddenly destitute aristocratic young ladies must resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.

Lady Greer Fairchild's only hope of avoiding marriage to the first bidder lies in jou
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 solid 'Beauty and the Beast' stars

The Perils of Pursuing a Prince is the second book in the Desperate Debutantes Trilogy and a fun, romantic, sexy tale. It was my first taste of Julia London's writing as well as my first listen of Anne Flosnik's narrating, and I enjoyed both very much.

Lady Greer Fairchild hopes to avoid guardian Lord Downey's plan of marriage to the first bidder by seeking her distant inheritance, controlled by Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor, Prince of Powys
I'm huge fan of Beauty and the Beast tales, and this one was a perfect example of this theme. Adding to the fact that Julia London is a favorite author of mine, it isn't a surprise that I ended loving this.

Greer goes to Wales to find her late uncle and persuade him to sign over her inheritance, modest as it may be. In her trip there she meets Mr Percy who convinces her to go on, even when her companion dies and she discovers that her uncle is dead. Together they arrive at the Prince's of Powys c
BJ Rose
This is the tale of a very naive ninnyhammer who travels from London to Wales to demand her inheritance from an uncle who received the inheritance from her father, who had no male heirs. That uncle is now dead and the inheritance has been transferred to the man known locally as the Prince of Powys. The Prince is also the uncle of the man with whom Phoebe, the ninnyhammer, traveled alone for the last part of her trip (her female companion had died mysteriously shortly after Percy joined them), in ...more
Apr 23, 2015 [Aengell] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first sentence of the novel as an example for thr brilliant writing style Julia London possesses:

"For some inexplicable reason, the first thing that occurred to Greer Fairchild when three men—robbers, for all she knew—stopped the coach in which she and Mr. Percy were traveling was that the death of Mrs. Smithington, to whom Greer was a traveling companion, was not only tragic, but extremely inconvenient."

Just four stars because the attitude of Greer, the heroine, was more than confusing a
Apr 07, 2016 Lorena rated it liked it
I could easily have given this book two stars, the only saving grace of this book was the male mc, Rhodrick, who is utterly adorable. The female mc, Geer, was so fucking annoying and in my opinion didn’t deserve him.

So, in the previous book we learned that Greer travelled to seek her Welsh inheritance. On the way she met Mr. Percy, in the beginning of this book, we learn that Greer’s elderly traveling companion has died and she has been convinced by Mr. Percy to continue her mission, without a c
Apr 25, 2016 laurooou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
****2.5 stars****

Hum. The plot was mainly was okay, but the main female character, Greer, was a so annoying and lacked common sense... She was a supposed to be very clever, but all of her actions depicted her as a silly debutante.

I would have given the book 2 stars if it weren't for her male counterpart, Rhodrick a.k.a The Prince. Even though he keeps being described as "ugly" during the whole book (which is truly annoying... I mean once it's said, we get it), I found him so manly, and quite end
Jun 15, 2009 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really, really wanted to like this one.

The Prince wasn't perfect in his appearance and I found that pretty intriguing because as you know their usually always perfect knight and shining armors, but other than that his personality was as entertaining as watching paint dry (harsh I know). Greer (the main gal) just grated on my last nerve with all her so called innocence and naivety, I honestly couldn't stomach another page of her if I had too, and after spending the day trying to like th
I have to agree with the reviewer who called Greer, the heroine, a "ninnyhammer." She was a most irritating, annoying character, who was so naive and insistent on her own misguided assumptions that she bordered on TSTL. This is the second book in a trilogy, about Greer, and her two cousins (who are sisters). In the first book of the trilogy, Greer is considered the smartest of the three, and is sought out at society events as a partner at cards and games because she is such a good strategist. We ...more
Sara ♥
Jan 22, 2008 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2008
Book 2 in Julia London's Desperate Debutantes series.

I found this review on Amazon and thought it was particularly good:

"Greer arrives in Wales thinking she is finally about to locate her much-needed inheritance only to find that instead her money has been given away to Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor and the Prince of Powys. Greer's traveling companion, Owen Percy, who claims Rhodrick has also stolen his inheritance, convinces Greer to accompany him to the Prince of Powys' estate, where they
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
libro divertido e intenso por el personaje masculino!!!!! hay una tension entre ellos , a veces divertida , a veces tensa pero al fin y al cabo interesante para el lector;)
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Then how about Mr Percy??? Why nothing happened to him? At least bring him into justice.
Aug 15, 2016 Medeiros rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Zel Polev
Mar 30, 2015 Zel Polev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 28, 2016 Lucimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Rhodrick e um herói com defeitos físicos coxeia de uma perna, tem uma acentuada cicatriz e é daltonico. É um ser solitário e não confia muito nas pessoas. Greer é uma heroína as avessas, pois é assediado por outro, Percy que a envenenou contra Rhodrick e aceita seus beijos. Deseja a Rhodrick, mas não quer nada com ele. os encontro dos dois ocorre porque Greer vai atrás de uma herança e Rhodrick, é responsável por entregá-la, mas primeiro que saber se ela está dizendo a verdade.
Oleta Blaylock
Mar 19, 2015 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this story 3 stars if there had been an option. The only reason I didn't give it a lower rating is that I applaud Ms. London for giving us such a flawed hero. Rhodrick Glendower is not the usual handsome and perfect man that we find in so many of these stories. He is color blind and has a limp and a prominent scar on his face. He is plain and more than a little self-conscious of his size. He has been teased by everyone, including his family, about his looks and size most of l ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Asti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
I was thinking of giving it 2 stars only.
The writing was ok though.
It was just disappointing to read 'one of the smartest girl in London' put as the dramatic heroine in this book.
I know very bright people could also be very unsuspecting, but Greer was suppose to have the advantage of having people-experience too.
But the girl in the book was painfully an average silly debutante with not much common sense in her head.
Aug 07, 2016 Urszula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It was a very light read. The story and it's characters are not very complex and the characters. Overall I enjoyed the setting in a Welsh castle, yet I found it very strange that a smart, intelligent lady would find herself alone in a remote castle with a man. And she would trust another man, that she has just met to hep her retrieve her inheritance... Yes, Geer was not the best heroine and for a young lady who was intelligent and smart she showed many time how naïve and stupid she can be.

The Pr
Marion Kuehne
Greer really is a nitwit. She's supposed to be the smartest of the three Fairchilds and yet she believed the words of a moral-less playboy con man without questioning his story or why he was helping her? It's really hard to like a heroine who is purported to be quite smart and logical yet, turns out to be a totally lacking. I'm going to go ahead and finish the last book of the trilogy, but I'm seriously doubting if I'll ever read another Julia London. She keeps making mistakes with the time peri ...more
Haley Osborn
I wasn't sure how many stars to give this book. Iam between 3 and 4 stars so 3 1/2 stars. London is one of my favorite authors and she didn't fail to deliever with this book. However, I found something missing that I just couldn't get past. In the end I was left a little wanting but of what I don't really know.
I must say however, that I LOVED the characters. They developed amazingly throughout the novel and what I enjoyed is that they didn't fall in love right away but instead couldn't stand eac
The story of Greer Fairchild, who embarks on a journey to Wales to find distant relatives, and Rhodrick Glendower, a forbidding man who is in charge of her inheritance.

I really did not like Greer, who moves between unbelievably naive and just plain stupid, trusting a man she barely knows and believing anything he tells her without a second thought. The narrator did not help things much, as the way Greer was interpreted only added to my annoyance with the character.

Rhodrick has his moments of stu
The second book in the desperate debutantes series. Although I don't agree with the 'debutante' title as the girls are in their early twenties and could be considered 'on the shelf'. Miss Greer Fairchild is mentioned in the first book The Hazards of Hunting a Duke as she is already on her journey to Wales to find her inheritance and her long lost past and there are mentions of her letters. We start off with her finally arriving at Llanmair, Wales to the residence of Earl of Radnor who has taken ...more
An Odd1
Jul 06, 2012 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The sluggish preamble drags out how naive Greer jounces badly in stagecoaches cross-country until sudden passing of touring employer cantankerous Mrs Smithington, is taken in hand by obviously yucky overly-helpful Mr Percy who controls too much. As soon as the lawyer names heir for both estates the beloved Welsh Prince of Powys, I remembered who was the good guy, and who framed him for murder and embezzlement. So disliked, no review in my records, found comment and read no further, remembered to ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers!
Julia London is a great storyteller. Enjoyed the unique setting of this book as it takes place in Wales in an old castle. I have ready many historical romances but very few with a Welsh flavor. A little experience of the Welsh language even. It perked my interest in the history of Wales itself. The romance is rather unique also in that the hero is not your typical handsome, sure-of-himself, dashing gentleman. That's not to say his personality isn't "Big" because he certainly dominates the story. ...more
Amanda Ryan
Aug 15, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redonk Nutshell: Naive down-on-her-luck heroine is stuck staying at the Earl of Radnor's Gothic Wales home & becomes entranced by his haunted yet tender nature

I have and will always be a fan of Gothic fiction. Something about dark castles, haunted heroes and ridiculous heroines always manages to bring a smile to my face. It makes me feel like...well, autumn. Like cracking the windows on a windy brisk day, climbing beneath a blanket with a good enthralling Gothic book and a cup of tea. Heaven
Lita Bouquard
Continuing connected stories of the desperate measures taken to avoid poverty. Greer travels to Wales and everything that could go wrong on a journey does. She becomes the reluctant guest of a scarred prince who has harmed innocents in the past according to mr. Percy her new traveling companion. Ghosts, folklore and romance for the 2nd heroine in this trilogy.
Tonya Warner
Jun 22, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greer Fairchild has journeyed to the remote Welsh countryside to seek out the Prince of Powys in the hopes of finding out some remnants of an inheritance that she can claim. It trying to escape her step-uncle's mandates to control her, and her cousins futures, Greer wants to try and stand on her own without a man guiding her life.

Rhodrick Glendower is the Prince of Powys. His large size, intimating demeanor, and the scars he bears contributed to his nickname of Goliath. Growing up, he had always
This one was better than the first book but Greer was so effing naive and sherwish--though not as bad as Ava. I enjoyed the change of scenery as the story was set in Wales. I really like the Beauty and Beast theme so this worked from me. It was a 3.5.

So far, I must admit I'm not overly impressed with this series. Lets hope that Phoebe's story is better than the first two.
Crystal Bennett
May 08, 2014 Crystal Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORED these characters. Greer is amazing, and kind, and eminently relatable (at least to myself). And Rhodrick is just...enigmatic...and yummy. I got this one from the library, but kept it long after I finished it, rereading scenes over and over. It was one of those books I really connected to...take me away Julia London!
Dec 12, 2011 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recently, an unknown someone dumped a bunch of “bodice rippers” on the back counter at work with a sign “free books”. Not being one to pass up free books, I looked through the stack and grabbed a bunch. I’m definitely still stuck on a never-ending YA kick, but these make a nice diversion. And some are definitely better than others. This one was okay. Greer sets off to discover if she can claim any of her deceased father’s inheritance (since he fathered no sons). Instead she discovers a hermit (o ...more
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