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La Princesa Fugitiva

(Princess #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,142 ratings  ·  92 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd brings you romance, adventure, and a bride who will do anything to escape a marriage of convenience...

English orphan Miss Evangeline Scoffield has spent her life contenting herself with dreams. But with an unforeseen inheritance, she can afford one perfect summer. She buys herself expensive clothes, travels abroad, and prese
Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Ediciones B (first published March 1999)
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Yikes. Thus far this is way too bodice ripper-y and not nearly enough good story-y for me...I actually considered not reading it at all, I was so turned off by the sample on the first page (especially now that there are Christmas present books to be read!) But I started it, and it's not awful (yet), so I'll probably finish it because that's what I do. Definitely glad I didn't pay for it though!

Update: forgot I was actually going to sorta kinda write a review of this one, and now it's been a whil
Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars) I've read this book four times and though it dropped half a star this time from the last read, that brings it to a still-very-strong 4.5 star-read. Apparently doesn't have great ratings, but I don't know why — I enjoyed it!

I really loved the heroine; I thought Evangeline was refreshing, loved that she was so independent and intelligent and that that was shown off again and again. I also appreciated that she kept on insisting she wasn't the princess, and Dodd didn't have her immediate
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little ashamed that I even picked this book up in the first place. But it was there, it was free, and I needed something to read.

Given that this kind of book, a romance, isn't generally my style, it was difficult to get into with my pausing every few minutes to stifle my giggling. I will say that I would have had to put the book down if there were the words "heaving bosom" in there anywhere.

Also taking into consideration the time period this book was written in, I had to stifle my inner Al
Rea K
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far (and I'm about halfway through, much to my shame) this book is soldly built on sexual tension (well... almost entirely built on sex and some minor tension). The story sucks. Seriously, why not have some fantastic discussion as to why the hell you are kidnapping someone before you kidnap them (at least before you make an attempt to rape them)? When I picked it up, I was craving historical romance with an actual story (read some decent build up to romance and kissing, etc, not just mashing ...more
I know this book is Fictional, but the so called "Heroine" is so completley STUPID that I had to put the book down 3 times and force myself to finish it!!!! Come on C.D., I know there has to be some conflict and drama, but really!!!!

There is lot of lack of realism throughout the story and Im not referreing to the milennia old nun!! The female character Evangeline is simply an idiot who by the way,did amazing feats things - like descending a cliff- simply from reading about how to do it. Evange
3 but it ended at 1

I didn't understand that this was a fantasy romance when I started reading. So I was disappointed with the prophecy, the saint that was a 1,000 year old nun, and the magical box.

The sexual tension was good but the rapey vibe was strong (view spoiler). The action does
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is the first of Christina Dodds books that I have read, and I really enjoyed it and will definately be ferreting some more out more.

It is about Evangeline Scoffield of East Little Teignmouth Cornwall, who whilst seeking adventure gets mistaken for a princess of a remote European country and dragged back there by the prince of the neighbouring country so they can marry. I know the story sounds quite far fetched and a little silly, however; it was an enjoyable read with some funny moments. My
This was a really cute story, I enjoyed it.
Evangeline Scoffield was the heroine, and Prince Danior of Baminia the hero. Danior is convinced that Evangeline is the princess he's to marry, but she insists she isn't, and you're left wondering, trying to figure it out yourself, is she or isn't she? It's was enjoyable watching the two together, and their bantering and interaction as they made their way through to the country of Baminia.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christina-dodd
This is not a page Turner, it took 5 months to finish it. The only reason why I pushed through is that I paid for it and I didn't want to remove it from my library without finishing it. Now I have to figure out a way to remove it from my brain.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This is a fairly shallow romance about a woman mistaken for the runaway princess of a made-up country. Naturally, the person mistaking her is a prince of a neighboring made-up country. And did I mention the countries are made up? If you know geography, this will bother you.
Angela Delgado
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Any book where the 'hero' doesn't stop when the heroine says STOP doesn't count as a romance, in my opinion. I found his lack of respect for her, his constant refusal to believe her, and his running rough-shod over her wishes throughout the entire book (not just relating to sex) disgusting.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I read a romance novel just to remind myself how utterly stupid they are.
Elven Johnson
Great until the ending. It just fell apart.
Read in digital format for Readers' Advisory, part of the challenge to read past my usual genres.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers with a high tolerance for frustration
WTF throws-book-out-of-window

This was not my book. Even though I tried hard to struggle through, I couldn't finish it. 98 pages before the end I lost the battle and resorted to skimming. It was the millionth "I'm not the princess!" that was the final straw.

Just by reading the first few pages, I got a feeling that it would be one of those trashy bodice rippers that are so bad you don't even find it funny anymore. A shame, really, because the plot was interesting and had potential if both the plot and the characters had been
The premise is interesting, but I kinda hated large swathes of it. This is a story of a woman who is kidnapped, abused, nearly raped, belittled, gaslighted, and denied her own identity by men from start to finish, including both those who want to harm and kill her and those who think she's a princess to be protected and worshiped. No matter how many times she proclaims her own non-royal identity or her own story or her own innocence, the men just bulldoze over her. Even every sign of her compete ...more
Margarita Wojtulski
I first picked it up because I enjoy Christina Dodd's work, the plot idea introed me, and always a
sucker for a pretty cover. However, I am very disappointed it this book.

The heroine is the smartest yet an incredibly stupid woman. She a very well read and educated women which she uses to make the most boneheaded decisions ever. I see were Christina Dodd was depicting this character idea, it sadly just came out awfully annoying.

And the hero is just as awful. He had one redeeming quality as he re
Nancy Brooks
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this one at three and a half if I could. It was well written with an elaborate plot.
Evangeline is a briliant heroine but the "too stupid to live" moments she has a couple of times keep me from giving this a higher rating. Danior is the honorable prince of a fictional kingdom who is trying to find his fianced princess in order to unite their warring kingdoms and restore prosperity according to legend. Here's where the plot gets dicey. Evangeline is taken from an English orphanage at age
Like the previous times I've read this book, it went by fast and easy. The older I get however, the less I find it romantic. This time I found I was angry at Leona and Marie Theresa for playing with Evangeline's live. She could have died, she could have been raped, Danior might have abandoned her if he ever believed her- instead they played around with an old prophecy because Marie Theresa was meant for God????? It was her duty, not Evangeline's to bring the two countries together and she had we ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
There were too many moments of dubious consent and down-right non-con to make this an enjoyable read for me. There's often a fine line romance authors tread in issues of consent (and as someone who loves trashy romance I understand the heaving bosoms and the oh-should-I-let-hims) but to have our heroine's big secret be that she loves this egotistical brute who in many ways did act like the father he despises...Nope. Just terrible.
Staci Morrison
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd stopped reading historical romance for a decade. On a whim, I picked up this book and was swept up in a frolic of adventure and a real love story. This story holds a special place in my heart for being so special among so many trite and poorly written books published during this era. A true gem.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Older title

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading these earlier works. So many of the writers that I follow started in the historical genre before they moved on to more contemporary lines.
Naomi Shack
I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked this up for 50c at a thrift store in florida. The "love story" wasnt my thing.

I did like the twist in the end, though. I thought it was a smart idea.
Not her best.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the whole thing through without stopping. It was that good!!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet and simple romance! Danior is the epitome of the best morals in a man. Nominating Evangeline for Disney princesshood, her campaign slogan, "Beauty is Found Within"
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Paranormal Romance
Growing up in an orphanage, poor and without family, the heroine was saved by her patroness who took her in and taught her the wonders to be found in books. She knows several languages, she knows how to fight (at least in theory) and she knows the overall working of sex. But reading these things in book is far different from experiencing them for yourself so with that in mind and with the inheritance she received, the heroine has begun traveling the world. And things were going decently if a bit ...more
Erin Kyle
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It's marvelous. It's a little girl's "I'm really a princess in hiding?!" fantasy with a real-world edge. The prince doesn't whisk the willing princess away on horseback, waving to fawning crowds. Oh, no. This prince hefts the reluctant princess over his shoulder (ingloriously) and stomps away with her, taking secret backroads and dodging rebels and traitors on his way to the palace. Evangeline spends 3/4 of the story shouting "It's not me! It's not me! You've got the wrong one! ...more
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