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

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,128 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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...more
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

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...more
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
Sara ♥
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...more
Barbara M.
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...more
This is actually a Welsh historical as opposed to English. Set in the 1820s, Greer Fairchild is stuck at the remote Welsh home of Rhodrick Glendower, known as The Prince. He's uncertain if she's come to defraud him or truely belongs but soon doesn't want to let her go, and Greer finds herself fascinated with Wales and with Rhordrick.

It's a plot line oft used in historical romances but never felt hackneyed at all. I was sucked into the characters and the story from the beginning; I enjoyed how th...more
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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.
Tonya Warner
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...more
Crystal Bennett
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!
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
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
When I first started this book the 2nd book of the Debutante series I thought it was a flop!!! But than I keep reading out of my loyalty to Julia London and all of the other great books she has written. I being to realize that these characters such as Greer was frustrating me so much that I could have gone in the book and slapped her silly and say to her wake up you stupid fool!!! That's when I realized I was reading a story and not really their! When a author can evoke this kind of emotion from...more
Dec 20, 2010 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beauty and the beast fans & fairy tale enthusiasts
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OMG...I hated Owen Percy's presence in this book with a passion. I kept thinking "Ok, when's this jerk gonna get written out?!"

I got the sense of Jane Eyre or something whilst reading it. I think it's because of the dark and stormy setting it's taking place in. The characters are nothing like it, although there is some Beast in Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre, and a lot of beast in Rhodrick. Where Jane Eyre is a frumpy field mouse, Greer is a brunette beauty, I guess.

As far as the romance & th...more
this was my favourite book of the desperate debutantes series. the 1 st book was very slow paced while this book never bores you. it is one of the best beauty meets the beast books and the hero at first appears as brooding and dark and all sorts of wrong ends up being vulnerable and very much in love. although I did not like the part where greers mother comes in dreams of the hero and they decide that she is trying to get them together. however without that angle the 1 st night scene of the hero...more
Karyn Gerrard
4.5 rounded up to 5

Thoroughly enjoyed, 38 year old hero who has love and lost, and due to a riding accident in his late teens, had a facial scar and limps. Not handsome by any stretch, but I defy you not to fall for this Welsh prince who is walking virility and who smolders right down to his toes. Radnor has to put up with a lot, haunting memories, an annoying family, a silly 22 yr old heroine who acts in turn childish and churlish. But the beauty and the beast aspects works, despite how annoyin...more
This book was excellent. I like that the heroine had a mind of her own and did not back down. I like that she was not afraid to speak her mind. I also like that Rhodrick was a Prince that had his own issues and was not the stud that all romance novels seem to have. He had two physical injuries and despite those Greer was still able to fall in love with him. I think this book was very witty and it had sex where it needed too but did not overwhelm the book. I think this is a keeper in my shelf for...more
Hero was awesome. Not a fan of magically magicalness.
This novel is very much a combination of Beauty and the Beast, Pride and Prejudice with a smattering of Jane Eyre. A couple are forced to endure each other in essentially a castle, where she's forced to join him for dinner (much like the Disney classic), they constantly misunderstand each other and there's a mysterious past involving a mad woman locked up.

Lots of drama! As I found with #3 in the series, this novel leans closer to the side of romance than historical fiction, espicially when it co...more
i very much enjoyed this fluffy historical romance set in wales. i didnt realize wales was so cold! rhodrick sounds very handsome, even with his scar. :)
Greer Fairchild, and her 2 cousins are in shock after the untimely death of her aunt and her uncle's departure with their money. He promises to marry them off when he returns so Greer decides to take matters into her own hands and heads to Wales where her family is from in order to see about her possible inheritance. She meets the Earl of Radnor, Prince of Powys who has her inheritance under his control and finds herself drawn to him and he to her. This is a normal historical romance and #2 in t...more
This book was a little slow getting into, but it sure made up for it at the end. "The Prince of Powys is a rough, ruthless---even a murderer. But Greer never imagined that the brute would refuse to let her leave his remote castle until she has proven her identity. The further Greer falls under his spell, the more determned she becomes to unravel the secrets of her Welsh heritage." Lady Greer is a lady after my own heart, she won't take NO for an answer.
Julia London is also a new author to me. I enjoyed this book about Lady Greer Fairchild and her pursuit of her inheritance. Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor, seemed as brooding as Heathcliff but Greer knew instinctively what to do. Greer, of course, has to defy his edict not to go to Kendrick but she realizes it was the home of her mother and can't resist. The prince is not happy but they do manage to communicate!
This is my first book of Julia and it is impressive. There is something in plot which keep the reading occupied with no moment of dullness.

Enjoyed the major characters of Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor who is not handsome or good looks but very good at his heart.He is resorted to his lonely wife after his wife death married only for 3 years. Lady Greer is pleasant the way she presumes and fights Rhodrick.
This is another part of my 'Beauty and the Beast' theme binge.
It was a very pleasant read. Rather light story, although there are ghosts in it and a little bit of angst.

Throughout half the book heroine has a TSTL attitude, and I felt for hero's mistrust of her.

The big mistery could have been explained few chapters earlier.
4 stars for extra steamy sex scenes.
This was my first Julia London book and it was pretty good.
The only thing that bothered me was the main characters constant reference to "Oh I wish my friends were here, they would know what I should do." It got old after the 2,3,4th times.
I'm picking up the others in this series to see how they fare... we'll see!
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