Princess (Ascension Trilogy, #2)
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Princess (Ascension Trilogy #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,160 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Dear Reader,

I'm so proud to introduce Gaelen Foley, a captivating new writer who will sweep you away with this unforgettable story of forbidden love and wondrous destiny.

Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted man, a master spy and assassin. He is handsome, charming, ruthless, and he has one weakness--the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and eve...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published (first published June 28th 1999)
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If I could give this book 4 1/2 stars I would. I rated the Pirate Prince a 5 star and this is not quite up to the first installation of this trilogy, however, it is excellent and worth your time.

We met Darius in the Pirate Prince and now 20 years have past. He is now the King's most trusted spy and almost "son". He has many "issues" from his past, but unfortunately they are only describe in about 1 page towards the end. It would've been great if Foley would've given more of Darius's history so...more
In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read the first book in this series. That said, I don't think it mattered, because as I understand it, this one is set 20 years after the first one. So I don't believe that impacted my enjoyment of, or rating for, this one, and I never felt lost or confused.

I've been really looking forward to reading this author for literally years. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. I expected more given this author's profile, but I didn't find this to be a...more
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Sophie ♥
There were so many things I loved about this book. I suppose it was one of those books that just worked for me. It's not one of those books I would heartily recommend to everyone, but one I enjoyed immensely because it seemed to contain all the elements that I look for in a historical romance. One thing worth pointing out is that the sex scenes were the most SENSUAL non-erotica ones I have ever read. Wow. Wow. Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting it since the rest of it was so tame, so fairy-tale l...more
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Rachel (BAVR)
3.5 stars

The angst! There is so much angst!

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Quick! Pound your head against the nearest wall so you're up with the latest trend.

My second endeavor into Gaelen Foley's delightful world of romance, intrigue, murder and mayhem was a crazy good time. Princess is full to the hilt with sometimes insane plot devices that keep the story rolling on and on (and on and on and on and on) like the freaking Energizer Bunny. It opens with the heroine, Princess Serafina of the fictional islan...more
Lady Darcie
Oct 19, 2008 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: myself
My favorite out of this trilogy, it was so cute and romantic. it just makes your heart melt
Oleta Blaylock
I read this story a number of years ago and I had forgotten how heart wrenching the last third of the story is. Darius Santiago is one of the most tortured heroes I have read about. He is so full of hate and anger which is mostly directed at him. He has been told most of his young life that he is worthless and he has come to believe that. He has work tirelessly to build himself into a better person. Someone others would be able to love and care about. While there are a number of people that do l...more
Princess is the second in Gaelen Foley's Ascension trilogy. I loved The Pirate Prince. Foley's books are what I call "classic, traditional" romance novels. Straight out the '70s (even though they were written near the end of the 90s). Rife with words like "manhood" and "woman's flesh." Things that make me simultaneously cringe and laugh. In The Pirates Prince, I could overlook it, because the story was so good. In Princess, I couldn't do the same. There was a teaser for Princess at the end of Th...more
Angsty hero. Check.
Unbelievably beautiful, spoiled heroine with heart of gold. Check.
"I've loved you forever" trope. Check.

In spite of (or maybe because of) these things, I still found myself fully engrossed in the story. I enjoyed the evolution of their relationship.

What kept this from being 5 stars was really the portrayal of Serafina's parents, for whom I felt a great affection after reading the first book of this trilogy. I realize it's hard to maintain the fully fleshed out characters of on...more
I was enjoying the story. 'Til something ticked me the wrong way.

I really liked the first novel, Lazar and Allegra were so wonderful and entertaining. This novel, however, nearly killed whatever affections I have of the two. I guess with old age they turned stupid and hypocritical. I can't fathom what the author was thinking. What's the point of including old characters if you're going to change their personalities? To be honest, I wish Gaelen had either stuck with the Lazar and Allegra from the...more
Sep 22, 2011 Vashti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of galen foley,historical romance lovers,tortured heros ,
This is the 2nd book in Galen Foley's Ascension Trilogy and it was wonderful,so romantic.Parts of this book was so heartbreaking that you felt the torment of the characters.Ms Foley's heros are of the tormented and tortured variety and I like that,makes for a good read.All I can say is WOW!,will be reading more from this author .The ending was so beautiful and can truly say that this couple really deserved their HEA.
Shh I'm reading!
My first foray into romance, so I'll admit to be biased, but I absolutely loved this book! Intrigue, passion, and all consuming love that heals- be still my tortured teenage heart. It's been years since I've read it, and it may be time for a reread just to see if Santiago and his princesa still warm my heart.
Lucie "a heart so wild"
Good very romantic, my first experience to read with 'bodyguard' theme. Excellent. Great chemistry with great tensions before the love-scene. Gaelen Foley is a great romance writer!
I LOVED, LOVED this book! It is one of my top three, for sure. I didn't read the first in the series. I am definitely going to read the third, though.
Rachel Hollis
I love that this is the first book I've read of hers and it's like 16th on her list... Can you imagine how good her other stuff is gonna be?!?
Stars: bolehlah 3.5

I knew it I won't really like this story. Sejak aku baca sinopsis untuk pertama kali (setelah aku baca cerita tentang Lazar) dimana heroine yang suka ngebet banget sama hero-nya. Tapi untungnya ini menceritakan setelah segala sikap memuja itu tidak mendapat respon dan sang princess yang manja mulai berbenah diri dan bisa berpikir dengan lebih bijak.
Lumayan. Ceritanya juga mengalir, dimana aku tidak terlalu ingin nge-skip-nge-skip, tapi yah ada lah beberapa paragraf yang kulewa...more
Okay, I just have one thing to say about this book: the breast suckling scene. Wow and wtf?
Loved the book. Gorgeous hero and heroine, hot lovin'. The side story/mystery was even exciting.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Believe this could easily be my favorite book by Gaelen Foley! It's magical:)
I absolutely LOVE Gaelen Foley. I can't get enough of anything she writes.
i love this book it has a mixture of love and hate
Annette Meier
Very tantalizing and adventurous story!
Solange Henry
same thing with the 2 nd book
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 4 // Historical Flavor: 2 / Humor: 1 / Tears: 3½

Overall: 4.35: Princess immediately drew interest by introducing Darius Santiago and Princess Serafina di Fiore in the exciting opening rescue scene that featured the lovelorn thoughts of each character regarding the other. Foley did a great job of keeping that interest as she wove a fascinating story around their unrequited love. A Historical Romance reade...more

Wow. This does get better and better. The best thing was the pace. The girl was in trouble even before the book started! As I said before, I loved to see how caracters from the previous books seem so different from a new perspective. At first I was not so convinced cause it seemed like the author was changing all the characters we knew so that they could fit her new storyline, even Darius bears a slight resemblance in personality to Lazar's youngest version. Yet, I should have realized that we w...more
Fanny Roswita Ria
Sayang, gw sedikit kecewa dengan series ke-2 dari Kerajaan Ascencion karna amat sangat luar biasa gemes dan kesal melihat hero dan heroine-nya yg disuatu waktu bisa sama2 saling mengucapkan "Aku mencintaimu" tapi beberapa saat kemudian saling mengucapkan "pergi sajalah kau, aku membencimu.Jangan ada disini lagi" what the weird story line, i think.

Jujur, seri pertama gw berharap kerajaan Ascencion yg dipimpin oleh Lazar dan Allegra akan makmur dan sejahtera plus memiliki keluarga yg harmonis dan...more
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the...more
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“You saved me again," she told him with a starstruck gaze.

He cupped her cheek and gave her a tender smile in the dark. "Because you are my princess and I am your knight.”
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