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The Marcelli Princess (Marcelli #5)

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A smart, independent woman with a gorgeous four-year-old son, Mia Marcelli lost her one true love. Four years ago, while working undercover for the CIA, she watched Diego, the father of her unborn child, perish before her very eyes -- crumbling the world around her. But one morning she awakens to find Diego lying next to her, alive and well with an unbelievable confession:
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Published February 27th 2007 by Pocket Star
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Honestly, I had some trouble with this one. I really liked all the books in the series, and while I liked this one... it just didn't seem up to par when compared with the other books.

I think my main problem was with the hero Rafael. As he so frequently mentioned throughout the book to the point of annoyance he's the Prince of Calandria. He was obnoxious, pompous, arrogant, and annoying. To say the least. I really disliked him, and by the end although the author had set it up so that he could red
It's been a long time since Mia Marcelli woke up next to a man in her bed, in fact the last time was with the father of her five year old son who died in front of her. When Mia opens her eyes to find "Diego" laying next to her, she is shocked, he is supposed to be dead.

Rafael, Prince of Calandria, never forgot about Mia. Had he know she sired his heir, he would have found her sooner. Now Mia has questions about his disappearance, identity and wants to find out why he is here now. As Rafael offe
I so wanted to read Mia's story but i just could not overcome my instant dislike/antipathy for the i-am-so-superior-n-royal alpha jerk diego/rafael who keeps lying and befooling Mia. she's such a strong and resilient character but rafael keeps using her with complete insensitivity for her feelings. I cant even say it was a great juicy angsty read as you just wanna kick him where it hurts most and tell Mia to find another daddy for her lil son!
I really didn't enjoy this installment in the Marcelli series.[return][return]Look, if some guy, no matter how hot, has been plotting to steal your son away from you to another country, where you'll only be able to see him a couple of weeks a year, you're NOT going to forgive him in a matter of days or weeks.[return][return]It would take a good, long time, and lots and lots of repentance and tangible evidence of reformation before you'd let him anywhere near your son, much less in your bed.[retu ...more
Another jerk as the hero. And the series started off so well. I was really happy Mia was getting her own story but it seemed like the smart sassy girl in the previous storylines got lost here. There was just very little of the Mia I'd been introduced to previously that I couldn't help but to be disappointed in this book. What carries it through, again, is the strength of the supporting Marcelli family characters. In here, David and Kelly are reintroduced as supporting characters to this story. I ...more
Lady Allison
The last of the Marcelli stories ended with the youngest, Mia, & her not quite fairy tale.

I didn't like Raphael for most of the book & I think I would have preferred it if he'd stayed abdicated from the throne, but I guess it doesn't work like that.

I'm pretty sure my favorite was her son, Danny, what a cutie!!!

VERY HAPPY this one finally had an Epilogue!

Read it in about 4-5 hrs, fun quick read & definitely a series worth picking up :)
Not a ton of steam in this book, but I thought it was pretty good considering the premise, "wild and crazy Marcelli girl become princess of a fictional country", but I liked the way the story played out. I gained new respect for Mia. IMO Mallery top notch contemp romance writer.
i rarely write a review; most of the books i read are by authors i love and usually range as mostly 4 star, with the occasional 5 and the occasional 3. this one, however, was a huge disappointment. i have read everything by susan mallery i can get my hands on, and have loved all of them. mostly 4, the occasional 5, never even the thought of a three. but if this had been the first mallery book i read, i would never read another. mia, who was introduced in the first book of this series as an 18 ye ...more
Mia's my favorite sister but her story failed to meet my expectation, given how wonderful the first three books of the series were.
Tonya Warner
Mia had always been the Marcelli with her heart on her sleeve, eager to love, ready to take on the world. Working as a spy, she met and fell in love with a dangerous man, Diego. She watched as he bled to death, shot. Years later, Diego reappears, but he is not really Diego, or dead, but the Crown Prince Rafael of Calandria and he has come for her and her son.

Rafael has always had the priviledge of having everything he could want. One day, he would be king and everyone must do as he asks. Mia wil
Mia, the youngest of marcelli sister, smart, independent woman with a gorgeous four-year-old son, Mia Marcelli lost her one true love. Four years ago, while working undercover for the CIA, she watched Diego, the father of her unborn child, perish before her very eyes -- crumbling the world around her. But one morning she awakens to find Diego lying next to her, alive and well with an unbelievable confession: he is really Rafael, Prince of Calandria, and he had been working covertly on the same m ...more
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Deepthi Terenz
A smart, independent woman with a gorgeous four-year-old son, Mia Marcelli lost her one true love. Four years ago, while working undercover for the CIA, she watched Diego, the father of her unborn child, perish before her very eyes - crumbling the world around her. But one morning she awakens to find Diego lying next to her, alive and well with an unbelievable confession: he is really Rafael, Prince of Calandria. Little does she know that Rafael has returned to give his new found son a proper up ...more
1,5 stars
Eventually the author lost track of the children* and it seemed to me that in the end (almost)all the sister had twins...o_0
I'm sorry that the reader doesn't get the chance to see the gradual transformation of the main male character - it's only stated and talked about it in a few sentences in the epilogue.
*an e.g. at the beginning of the story Mia says to Rafael : <Francesca's a psychologist. Sam's a security expert. He has a daughter from a previous marriage— Kelly. She's a dance
April Anne
It has been an emotional rollercoaster ride eversince I started reading Marcelli Series. I love every single story. It made me cry silent tears, laugh so hard, and everything in between. I love each sisters personality and how they found they way through the complications of love. I love how strong Mia is, how she resisted Rafael even though in her heart she knows he's the love of her life. Such deceit could really tarnish even the greatest of love. I love how Rafael worked his way through with ...more
I had loved this whole series, and though Mia was my least favorite of the Marcelli children, I was looking forward to wrapping up this series. At least I was until I read the description on the back of the book. I nearly didn't read it. I just could not imagine enjoying the story that was summarized. But...I am a 'bitter-ender' so to ensure completeness, and to see what the other siblings were up to, I bit the bullet. I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would, but it is still the le ...more
Definitely my least favorite of the Marcelli series and all because of Rafael - Crown Prince of Blah de Blah Blah (as Brenna put it). If I had to read about him saying "but I am the Crown Prince....." one more time I thought I was going to scream. He was such an egotistical schmuck. As someone else pointed out in a previous review, yes, he redeemed himself at the end, but it was just very hard to believe considering his actions throughout the entire book.

However, even with Rafael, I enjoyed re-
Mia Marcelli found and lost her one true love one summer while working undercover for the CIA. She was supposed to bring Diego in for smuggling, but instead watched him die before her eyes. She returned home, heartbroken and pregnant. Fast forward 5 years, her son is 4 years old. Rafael, Prince of Calandria appears in her life. He was also undercover as Diego and had staged the death that Mia witnessed. Supposedly he's just found out that she is still alive and has come to claim her and their so ...more
All Night Books
This was the final book in the Marcelli family series by Susan Mallery. It was the perfect conclusion to the family story. I am glad the author kept Mia until the end her character deserved to be the last one. It was a unique story with enough twist to make you think. Hoping all future books by Susan Mallery are this good.
I kinda enjoyed this book, despite it being somewhat farfetched. I have loved Mia in the previous books and it was good to see her get her own story.
I only slightly felt that the end was rushed and I very much missed Colleen and Marco. I was only slightly disappointed because we didn't get to see much of Darcy, especially in those girl to girl talks. I would have loved to see if Joe and Darcy had kids...
Awful. I get the idea of setting up conflict in a meet again novel, but this was so over the top that I was more likely to believe the Heroine was going to have the hero killed, or arrested. Disappointing, as I loved Mia throughout the other books...skimmed this one to make the pain end faster.
the book was ok. My big problem with it is the Hero, sometimes its good for the book to have a an unlikeble hero that in the redeems himself. But here Susan Mallery went a bit too far. He was just disgusting and mean and way too calculating. To try to do something that horrible to a mother and trick her into falling in love for his twisted agenda just didn't sit well with me. The I have t admit was good if too quick. I would have liked to see the king and the Marcellis interact and a bit more gr ...more

Least favorite of the series. Had to almost force myself to finish it, although it got better the closer to the end it got.
Perfect vacation read. I'm a sap, but even knowing the title, I was not sure how this would work itself out. Alas, awesomeness ensued.
DNF. Complete hack. The heroine being a CIA agent was a great storyline, then it got diverted. Too bad.
Laurel Horner
I just love this author, just always takes me on a whirlwind romance and I relish in it.
Really torn about what to rate this book, 2 or 3. I liked the supporting female characters, they were strong and feisty. I also enjoyed reading about the Marcelli family.


However, Rafael is an unforgivable jerk. In my opinion, what he did would take years, at the very least months of hard work to rebuild trust.
I do not feel that the character development adequately supports Rafael's rather miraculous internal growth. I also do not believe his love for Mia. I would give their relatio
Fifty pages into it I realized it was the fifth in a series, which might have been why I couldn't really get into it. It definitely can stand alone(they explain the backstory), but I didn't care about the characters or the far fetched storyline. Maybe if I'd read the rest of the series and was already invested in the characters I'd feel differently. I look forward to reading more from Mallery(next time in chronological order.)
Love Susan Mallery - and I really liked this series, but this book was a huge disappointment. I hated Rafael and wasn'nt really crazy about his son. And if Rafael said "I am the crown prince of Calandria" and if Danny said "I'm the heir" one more time I may have gone postal. I wish I would have counted the number of times those two things were said, but I am guessing at least once per page. Crazy excessive.
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