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The Prince's Bride

(Effingtons #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,384 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Even at the tender age of ten, Lady Jocelyn knew what she wanted -- to be a princess. And since she wasn't born one, she knew she'd have to marry a prince to become one. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of princes in England early in the 19th century (George III had a large family), none of them seem interested in marrying her. But Jocelyn thinks that is just as well, ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 4th 2001 by Avon (first published 2001)
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Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance w/a Fairy Tale Theme
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"4.5 stars" Many a little girl dreams of growing up to marry a handsome prince. As a lover of fairy tales in my childhood, I know I did. And that’s part of the premise around which The Prince’s Bride is based. Our heroine, Jocelyn, believed from the time she was ten years old that she was going to marry a handsome prince. She’s been having a successful season in London and has even caught the attention of a visiting foreign prince, but when he entices her into a private meeting at
Grace Cieleen
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
You remember (or probably familiar with) that book with the lovely stepback? The one that everyone was raving about how lovely the heroine's gown looked like? Well - let me tell you a short story. Once upon a time, I went to this humungous book sale in a mall, digging my way through books, historicals and YA's. Out of curiosity and interest at the title, I checked out this book and HELLO THERE!

Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jocelyn has dreamed of marrying a Prince since she was a little girl. What little girl hasn't? The difference is her dream may come true. She is the center of Prince Alexi's attention. Unfortunately, while waiting to talk to him in private (she believes to propose to her), she over hears a conversation of conspiracy that proves to ruin her plans. In order to be protected from those who think she can identify them she must run away with the mysterious and handsome man who has saved her from their ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Spent the summer trying to find and read all of Alexander's books. This is my favorite so far. Loved Rand in the last book, and was waiting for Jocelyn's story. Rand is almost as clueless as Thomas was in saying the right thing, and I love that. Fortunately Jocelyn seems to know what he really means. This book has excitement, love, secrets, castles, Prince's and much more. A really fun read.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Hanah Tahir
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's the first historical romance I have ever read, and I blame the addiction to this book! It was an easy read, yet, there are some parts, especially at the ending, where it became somewhat dragging, or maybe because I wasn't really interested in the other story (the adventure) other than the romance itself!

I suggest people reading it because it's fast-paced, light, and relaxing. And the heroine and the hero in the picture are gorgeous! The lovemaking was hot, though I thought it would be bett
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The 4th book in the Effington Series.

Jocelyn, the 3rd sister in the Shelton family, was always known as the pretty one. She just wanted a rich husband so they would never be poor again. Her two older sisters had found love. Emma was married and living in Paris where she could paint and Marianne was about to marry Thomas Effington the following week. The long season was almost over and here Jocelyn was with a real prince. Her dreams were about to come true. She would marry Alexei and
Trudy Miner
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Poor but proud growing up, Lady Jocelyn Shelton vowed that she would marry a prince and live in a castle. When circumstances forced her to forgo her chance at that dream and quickly marry Rand, Viscount Beaumont and flee on horseback to his uncle's estate for her safety, Jocelyn was sure all was lost. But Uncle Nigel lived in a real castle which was crumbling to the ground and things were not as they seemed when Prince Alexi, the very same prince she was chasing, showed up uninvited. By this tim ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Effington series continues with Jocelyn Shelton, Marianne's younger sister and Thomas Effington's best friend Viscount Beaumont; Randall.

Caught in the middle of a trouble, Jocelyn's life is in danger and she has to marry Randall in order to protect her family and herself.
Jocelyn is a very smart lady and a mercenary as well. Both Rand and Jocelyn are determined to make their marriage work.
Jocelyn has always wanted to marry a prince but instead she got a viscount. The story is really intere
Princess Thuy
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great story by Victoria Alexander. To save her life Rand, Viscount Beaumont, is forced to marry Lady Jocelyn, who has to settle for a mere viscount when she has always dreamed of marrying a prince. It may appear as if she is shallow and mercenary because of the tantrum she throws when she realizes she has to marry Rand but she redeems herself as the story progresses and you learn why she had always wanted to marry a prince. Reading the love develop between the two was very nice and there ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Jocelyn always knew she wanted to be a princess. And since she wasn't born one, she would just have to marry one, unfortunately, none of the available English prince's seemed to be interested in marrying her. When Prince Alexei Frederick Berthold Ruprecht Pruzinsky of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia, comes to London for the Season Jocelyn might just get her chance.

I liked the character of Alexei more than I did Jocelyn but it was still an interesting book to read.
LuAnn Frimmel
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
You have to love British nineteenth century romance novels. This is another one of them.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed other books by this author, but somehow this book fell flat. It was just too silly and I've lost interest in the last 50 pages and don't see the point of making myself finish it. The romantic tension was resolved too early in the novel for me, and I can't seem to make myself care about the last dramatic incident that the author has put in motion. I've got too many other books that will expire soon, so I'm going to set this one aside.
Teresa J. Young
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprise Prince and murderous intrigue

The season's incomparable and a Viscount who might be a spy or a Prince or both end up married and hiding to protect his bride. The story moves along fairly quickly and the takes some twists at the end.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Really nice story. Liked it
Jane Dunning
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 where are you?

This is a great story with likable characters but I was frustrated by feeling like it was over explained. I love to read a book I hate to put down.
Monaya youness
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing story

I liked the unpredictable plot twists, but the story explores certain leads without further clarification or termination. It’s somehow annoying
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe even 4 stars so I'll split the difference and say 3.5/5
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Sabina (Whatsername_reads)
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny, cute and very funny historical romance with princes, who are sometimes very annoying...but they are men. :) ;)

Even at the tender age of ten, Lady Jocelyn knew what she wanted -- to be a princess. And since she wasn't born one, she knew she'd have to marry a prince to become one. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of princes in England early in the 19th century (George III had a large family), none of them seem interested in marrying her. But Jocelyn thinks that is just as well, since she doesn't just want a king's son; she wants a young, handsome prince with his own country and a nice castle. Eight y

Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
Shelves: regency-romance
Very nice story. Enjoyed the witty conversation between the hero and heroine. It has the typical fairytale ending with everyone living happily ever after, but still quite enjoyable. One main complaint I have about this story is the unbelievability of how the marriage between the hero and heroine takes place. He agrees to wed the heroine from the beginning of the story out of a responsibility to protect her from possible harm without even really knowing her. He put up no argument, and yet they ha ...more
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This is an earlier Alexander I picked up because I liked other books of hers I’d read recently (WHAT A LADY WANTS and A LITTLE BIT WICKED). The heroine had an impoverished childhood when she decided she would marry no less than a prince, and never be hungry again. She’s been flirting with a prince visiting England, and is waiting to meet him in a library at a ball, when she overhears bad guys plotting something. She’s rescued by a guest at the ball—Viscount Beaumont, in the service of the king. ...more
Sep 21, 2007 rated it liked it
The Prince's Bride - G+
Victoria Alexander
Jocelyn, the self-described "pretty one" who's dreamed since she was 10 of marrying a prince. Now the belle of London, Jocelyn captures the attention of Prince Alexei of Avalonia, but her accidental eavesdropping on a conspiracy against Alexei endangers her life, forcing her to marry hastily and flee London. Unfortunately for Jocelyn, her new husband is Rand Beaumont, a "mere" viscount; unfortunately for Rand, Jocelyn doesn't take well the das
Jocelyn Shelton has always dreamed that she would marry a prince and become a princess. She's stunningly beautiful, but her family was poor so she had little hope. Now that their fortunes have reversed (see previous books in the series0 she has the chance to marry a real-live prince. However, her chance is ruined when she overhears two men plotting to kill the prince. They see her and are about to attempt to kill her as well. She's rescued by Rand, Viscount Beaumont who even goes so far as to ma ...more
Margarita Wojtulski
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I sadly have to rate this book 1 star.
First has to due with the Heroine. Her ideals and morals where extremely hard to connection with through the book. All that is important to her is beauty, money and titles. The Hero however was a well written out character with heart and strength that you feel sorry he was stuck with such a spoiled child.
Second has to due with the patchy story line. The first half was difficult to get thru because of the Heroine's constant complaining , but then a few char
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
After absolutely loving that last book, this one was a little disappointing. I really liked Rand and Jocelyn and I enjoyed the first half or so of the book watching Jocelyn learn what was really important to her but I was disenchanted with the ending. I really didn't like that fact the Rand ended up helping Alexei despite his treachery and deception. I found it completely unnecessary; the author could have accomplished a similar level of intrigue with Alexei just ASKING Rand and Jocelyn for thei ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Eh... I thought this book was kinda stupid, actually. I was looking for a no-brainer book to give me a little respite between a bunch of heavy books I've been reading lately. While I thought there were some parts of this book that were funny, sweet, etc. I thought the storyline very unconvincing, and improbable. I'm all for the fairytale stories, but it bothered me how very annoying the heroine could be, and how unlikely the hero was. All in all... it was an okay, typical romance book. But nothi ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: effingtons, owned
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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“I think it's your bosoms." Rand Surveyed him critically. "The dress wouldn't be as tight if they weren;t so large. I think your bosoms are too big."
Alexei looked down at his overstuffed chest. "Can bosoms ever be too big?"
Not real bosoms perhaps, but I think in your case..." Rand considered him thoughtfully. "No question about it: they're definately too big"
Are you sure?" Alexei studied his reflection. "I thought they were just the right size for a man of my height.”
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