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The Prince Who Loved Me

(The Oxenburg Princes #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,876 ratings  ·  290 reviews
A handsome, rakish prince who doesn't believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less...

In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!

Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Pocket Books
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Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Romance fans
This is a (very loose) retelling of Cinderella in a historical romance format.

Bronwyn is a minor Scottish lady. She, her eccentric inventor father, her stepmother, and her two younger stepsisters are living in genteel poverty - able to keep on a servant and a cook, but sometimes unable to afford firewood or the ingredients for apple tarts. Sense and Sensibility-like.

One day, Bronwyn is reading in the forest with her two wolfhounds, Walter and Scott. A huntsman chasing a small fluffy white dog bu
The Prince Who Loved Me
4 Stars

Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his rakish ways and has no intention of marrying despite his grandmother’s machinations. When Alexsey meets brainy and bookish, Bronwyn Murdoch, he realizes that courting her is the perfect solution as she will never meet his Tata’s requirements. Bronwyn enjoys her quiet life and has plans of her own for the spoiled and arrogant prince - none of which include falling in love with him.

A sweet, but exceedingly loose retelling of the classic C
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With a little bit of inspiration from Cinderella, The Prince Who Loved Me tells the tale of the loveable shy spinster Bronwyn and the dashing rakehell prince Aleksey. He is intrigued by her and would like to whittle away the country hours by engaging in some bed sport. She is wary of his slick charming attitude but would like to have a real life adventure that s
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Release Date : September 23 rd

Reasons why I loved this book:

Bookish main characters who agree on the vital importance of reading!
Brownyn goes as far as to affirm that she would rather own a library "subscription", than to be a princess...which is a very sensible statement for her to make!
Because how one finds the time to read with all those people looking at you, I have no idea!

A rakish prince of a somewhat modern kingdom who is determined in
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tina Hairston
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's delightful! It's delicious! It's Karen Hawkins at her delovely best! Karen's refreshing take on the classic Cinderella tale is infectiously funny with an endearing cast of characters set in the romantic and picturesque wilds of Scotland.

Dashing and debonair Prince Alexsey Romanovin is not exactly how or what you expect him to be. Since he's not heir to the throne, Alexsey knows what he wants for his life, to lead the Romany people of his dual heritage as his grandfather did before him but h
As much as I liked the Cinderella premise and a heroine who loved books more than anything, the hero was just too big of a male jerk who only cared about sex (as far as I read), with no redeeming qualities whatsoever (as far as I read). The status updates and reviews indicate that my opinion isn't going to change, so I yield.

He’d wager his favorite summer palace that her breasts would fill his hands like ripe fruit, soft and succulent. His mouth watered and he wished they were alone, where he co
Decent if not predictable read, but cute. I do have to point out though that the setting is in Scotland and the heroine and her family are supposedly Scottish but not one trace of Scottish accents or dialogue is to be seen or used here except for the maids and a Lord Henry(?) who is a visiting guest. Which I found odd and glaring. I kept forgetting Bronwyn was Scottish until the hero would remind me. And what little Scottish dialogue that is used by the housemaids is so comically off and wonky t ...more
So bad.

This entire story reads like Pepé Le Pew chasing the poor black kitty cat.
Swoon-worthy & a barrel of laughs, The Prince Who Loved Me was a wonderful read :)
4 stars

The formula for this book is similar to that of other regency romances out there. You mix a beautiful, innocent girl with a handsome, roguish man and you've got a recipe for an enjoyable read.

However, Karen Hawkins's book managed to insert a few significant differences in the generally-used model.

For starters, the main character, Bronwyn (love, love the names in this book), is what the aristocracy considers a spinster. At twenty-four, she remains unmarried and does not wish to change
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Historical, Romance

A handsome prince who is also a rake and doesn’t believe in true love meets a lass that is stubborn and who won’t settle for less.

Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys a carefree life with flirting and more with any lady that crosses his path. Then the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it is time for Alexsey, her grandson, to wed. Alexsey soon finds himself in Scotland determined to put an end to those plans. Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer as she isn’t to the duche
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book! I received a copy via NetGalley and jumped right into the story. The Prince Who Loved Me is about a prince who is both Romany and a Prince of a country called Oxenburg. He comes to visit a small Scottish village where Bronwyn Murdoch lives with her father, stepmother and stepsisters. They actually seem to be a close family despite their differences. Bronwyn is a bookish or "bluestocking" who does not really think about the future other than helping her father file patents fo ...more
Kimia Safavi
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!

The Prince Who Loved Me is a fantastic fairy tale story with the most beautiful written quotes like " IT WAS AS IF THEY WERE IN THE SAME BOOK, BUT ON FAR DIFFERENT PAGES". This is one the best Cinderella's story I have ever read with great characters and sparkling dialogue.
Prince Alexsey Romanovin is a charming rake with an interfering grandmother ,Grand Duchess Natasha, The last thing he wants is to get married. When he travels to Scotland with his grandmother, he meets Bronwyn Murdoch
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Bronwyn Murdoch is perfectly happy with her life. She’s a sensible and bespectacled bluestocking beloved by her inventor father, for whom she helps organize patents. She lives with her stepmother and two loving stepsisters in the Scottish countryside, independent and firmly a spinster at age twenty-four, which is perfectly fine with her. She has her books and her large hounds, who trail her into the woods for her solitary reading sojourns.

Until a handsome huntsman comes upon her and sweeps her u
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This was a Cinderella story where she actually liked her stepsisters and stepmother.

Brownyn is a bookworm (yay for that), she is on the shelf (and does not care). She is helpful and good.

Then there was Alexsey, I was unsure about him. He only wanted her for a quick fling. He did not care if he ruined her, and by association her sisters by it. But it was hard to dislike him since I knew they would live happily ever after. Still, in the beginning he was an asshat, one that started to fall for the
T Counce
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most entertaining, at times hysterically funny Historical Romance Novels I think I’ve ever read. Karen Hawkins never fails to deliver a well written, easy moving, sometimes funny, sometimes tear jerking, heartwarming, and entertaining book or novella all within one book, and The Prince That Loved Me is no exception.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult, steamy
Really enjoyed this book. Very funny, with delightful characters and a sweet story. ;D
In The Prince Who Love Me, Hawkins gives readers a historical romance Cinderella story. This lighthearted romantic tale is full of humour as it follows what happens when an outrageous and self-indulgent prince meets his practical Cinderella. Sparks fly between Prince Alexsey Romanovin and Miss Bronwyn Murdoch when they first meet, but meddling relatives are there to fan the flames.

Bronwyn Murdoch is a practical girl, concerned more with books and assisting her father with his inventions than cat
You know when you're stuck in traffic and you can see cars around you moving forward and you know that if you just got into their lane you could get going but you are hopelessly stuck in your own lane that refuses to hoof it? That was this book for me.

I have only read a couple of Karen Hawkins' books and they are all about the same for me. Pleasant, sweet, occasionally funny, and always slightly threadbare. If you were to ask me about her as an author, I could tell you that I enjoy her books but
" The Prince Who Loved Me" is a refreshing and intresting twist on Cinderella , and who doesn't love a Cinderella story?

Bronwyn Murdoch 24 years old, on the shelf Scottish lass lives with her father, stepmother and two step sisters in the highlands! Unlike Cinderella , other than willingly helping her stepmother with the girls and her father with his patents ; but Bronwyn's passion is reading one that she indulges in as often as possible, she will sneak of with her two dogs to the woods and her
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The art of kissing!

The Cinderella archetype takes a slightly different twist in this regency romp. All the players are turned about. The father is not dead, although somewhat lax in his attention to his eldest daughter, except where she can help him with his business pursuits. Bronwyn Murdoch looks after much of her father's business. She wants to do that. Her father is a muddle headed inventor. The description of Bronwyn seen through Prince Alexsey Vitaly Grigory Romanovin eyes is quite adorabl
While I would have liked a little more depth for the characters, overall this was a very pleasant read. I like that Hawkins made me think she was using certain Cinderella tropes, but then surprised me by turning them on their heads. Sometimes I was worried it was going to get too angsty, but it never did. Issues were resolved fairly quickly, which I'm always thankful for.

Read the review on my blog here.
Hannah Fielding
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight to read – this book gave me a week’s worth of bedtime reading that left me falling asleep with a smile on my face.

The storyline draws from the Cinderella trope in a fun way, but isn’t weighed down by an attempt to faithfully retell the classic fairytale. For a standalone novel, the book has just the right amount of story, I think – plenty of action, but not so much that the author does not make space for great character development.

Alexsey makes for a wonderful prince. I love
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Cinderella based story is my first experience with a book by Karen Hawkins, and I thought it was a fun one to read. It was an enjoyable story with likable characters. I liked the intelligence and pluckiness of the heroine, Bronwyn Murdoch, and I found Prince Alexsey Romanovin, with his love of books and his grandmother's tiny dog, very compelling. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Bronwyn Murdoch's one season didn't go well, and she feels that she is firmly on the shelf and dest
It took me way to long to finish this story. I kept picking it up, getting a bit frustrated with the characters, then putting it down. I wish Karen Hawkins wasn't so fascinated with her imaginary European hamlet of Oxenburg and just left the Scots to fall in love & marry other Scots (or ::gasp!:: the English). These pseudo-Russian heroes just don't seem like great guys and they bring down the rest of the romance with their pig-headedness. I thought the heroine was alright, and I didn't see the s ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading this story i was not impressed. Everything was already said and writen,the characters were lame and without charism.
I't a shame cuz usually i love Karen Hawkins but this book is not mush to remember. Sorry!
amy & erin
A great story but I don't think it really counts as a Cinderella adaption or should really count as an adaption. ...more
BJ Rose
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Really a low 3* - more like 2.5*
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond books are a nod to the thousands of books ...more

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