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Once Upon A Time: Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka

(Runaway Princess Bride, #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 ratings  ·  168 reviews
When a modern princess falls in love with her bodyguard, a royal fairy tale turns dangerous.

there was a beautiful princess, Flicka von Hannover, who lived an enchanted life. She jetted around Europe staging charity events with friends, had married a handsome prince in the most spectacular royal wedding of the 21st century, and should have lived happily e
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Malachite Publishing LLC
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Moondust Moth
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 18+
What was supposed to be an exciting read ended up being a dull farce. The plot intrigued me so I decided to give this book a read. I had fully expected maybe a chapter or so describing the situation up until the point where Flicka runs to the safety of her bodyguard whom she may have had chemistry with, and then exciting espionage and sizzling romance, but that didn't happen.

The plot is misleading. Almost the entirety of this book leads up to that plot, which I'm sure will continue into the nex
Jun 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
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When a real princess falls in love with a man who is definitely not a prince, a royal fairy tale turns dangerous.

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a beautiful princess, Flicka von Hannover, who lived an enchanted life. She jetted around Europe staging charity events with friends, had married a handsome prince in the most spectacular royal wedding of the 21st century, and should have lived happily ever after.

But then she found the handsome prince in
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flicka von Hannover thought she had it all. She married a handsome and powerful man, the crown prince of Monaco. Her wedding day was the event of the century and her charity cases gained several millions on that day alone. Flicka and her brother are used to the dangers that come with living in the spotlights and they have heavy security around them at all times. Soon after her marriage Flicka finds out that her husband isn't who she thought he was. His indiscretions are out of control and Flicka ...more
This is the night my life ended, and though I didn’t know it at the time, the night I was reborn. — Her Serene Highness Friederike Marie Louise Victoria Caroline Amalie Alexandra Augusta—Prinzessin von Hannover und Cumberland (aka Fricka)

Your judgement of this book likely relies heavily on what you want for a book, what your expectations are. I don't read literature, it doesn't appeal to my tastes because I read to keep myself occupied usually fun and either sexy of fluffy. I can tolerate badly

Dawn Gehler
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a good read

It lost me in a few spots but for the most part very intriguing can't wait to read book 2 of the series
NAT.orious reads ☾
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 ★✩✩✩✩
This book is for you if… you are in search of worst practice examples of how to not write a book.

I talked about how precious life is with a friend yesterday and not to waste time on things that don't pay off, no matter what they are. I once promised myself that if a book is not gripping me by about 1/3 in, it ain't worth it. Today, I am picking that up again.
cringeworfy af. This book was so cringeworthy, I don't even know where to start and frankly, I don't wanna.
worst G
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Time has set my heart aflame with its fiercely devastating plot twists and unapologetically bold yet forbidden love. This story gave me the long awaited true love of an honest to goodness modern princess who favors love above duty and more than anything wants to watch her staid world burn down around her. Nothing in her world is as it seems, and only the truly battle hardened survive the obstacles and dangers littered in her path. If she isn’t careful, she might find yourself at the ...more
Serena Buffaloe
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can never say enough about this Author, or this SERIES! Her style of writing is simply exceptional, and the fact that it is the same story from differing points of view is beyond GENIUS !!! Because it doesn't seem like the same story at all !
In this story , WULF'S little sister, Flicka , is all grown up , and it is her wedding . Some of her past has been revealed in previous books, but here , we find out even more, And it is very emotional , as growing up can be for most people, but for her
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-finished
3 stars. I read this because it was free on amazon and looked intriguing. I hadn't read this author before and wasn't aware that this is not a standalone. I'm kind of disappointed because I want to know what happens in Flicka and Dieter's story, but I'm not invested enough to read three more books.

there were some things I really liked about this - the writing style was definitely unique and interesting but not in a trying-to-be-too-cute sort of way. there was never a dull moment. I liked Dieter,
Ana Rita
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It's been a while since I had a book from this author and I couldn't start it fast enough. I'm in love with her writing and each book is a challenge.
Blair Babylon had proven that she can make you dream without leaving your house. Each book is a breathe of fresh air. Her writing is simple yet powerful, super detailed and engaging and with lots of hot stuff into the mix.
Once Upon a Time: Flicka is her latest release and it's the first book from the Runaway Princess Bride series. Let's just give
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Once Upon A Time: Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka by Blair Babylon is about princess Flicka, who just married another prince. However, her brother’s personal bodyguard still lets her heart beat faster, but she knows she cannot have him. When things go south, she knows that he is the only one that can save her. And He would do anything for her.

This was not the best book I have read, but I enjoyed it. The beginning was super weird. It took me a while to get into the story. Also, I can’t get over
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Review of Once Upon A Time (Runaway Billionaires: Flicka, Book 1) by Blair Babylon

Flicka - 5+++++ Stars

We finally get to see how things played out from Flicka's point of view. Gahhhh, there are sooo many things I want to talk about, but I really don't want to spoil this for others. If you are like me, you may want to have your copies of Rae and Wulf's story (and all of the epilogues that concern them) available while you are reading this. I found myself going back to their story to review thin
Dawn Myers
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my opinion this is a set up book for the rest of the series. What this book did was go over many things from the previous series Billionaires in Disguise Wulf and Rae, Rock Stars and Billionaires Xan and Georgie. Many characters from previous books. Once Upon a Time did fill in some missing pieces from other books also. For the most part I enjoyed this book, but sometimes I felt it was rehashing things I already knew. I do understand Blair Babylon was trying to set this book as a standalone s ...more
Kirsty Lyon
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

You know I have read Blair's entire library (or close to it ) and you would think I'd have learnt my lesson...but no.
Without spoiling anything, you get to see history from the other billionaires in disguise series. I couldn't put it down and am now waiting for the next one to be released
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I’m hooked. Complex, fully realized characters, great dialogue, and an actual plot. I completely enjoyed Flicka, Dieter, Wulf and all the rest. Wonderfully readable romance!
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was a great start to the series. I really enjoyed the characters. The emotion was felt throughout the story.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
So...I found beginning and continue of the story a little bit repetitive, it is everything what we know already from the Ficka´s point of view. But it was interesting, and then start to be VERY good, so, 4,5 stars. and can´t wait for next part:)
Kentucky Bohemian (Grace)
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blair Babylon, you Evil Genius! I want to hate you. But I love your work *sob*. Why cain’t I just quit you???

Forgive my tantrum. I’ll control myself now. But it truly is all Blair Babylon’s fault. She’s gone and written an amazing princess story (…back up and read that again: I just put the word “amazing” in front of “princess story!”), and I am obsessed. Now, while I think most women share at least a bit of the “Princess Gene” somewhere deep in their souls, I’m not one of those women that get t
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
International Intrigue & Complicated Love Means Exciting Story

I think the only writer I can think of in this genre that is comparable to Blair Babylon is JA Huss. The amount of intrigue, hidden backstories and mysteries is astounding. And the amount of detail (seriously, who knew there was all this stuff about religion involved in royal successions in this modern day???)

Dieter’s been a staple secondary character through all of the books in these interrelated series. He’s been mysterious, efficie
Debbie Turk
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

We've been waiting for Flicka's story ever since we met her big brother Wulf, The Dom of the Devilhouse, & Prince of Hannover💙 She is a Princess of many Countries, Great Britain being one of them though she is far down the line of succession.
This Prinzessin's family line comes through the House of Hannover as does the Queen of England's forefathers. They are related, they are duty bound, they are Royals!!!

Flicka is marrying Prince Pierre Grimaldi of Monaco. She's a modern Prince
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 17%

While I normally try to read at least 25% before abandoning a book, I'm on holiday now and didnt feel like it.. c'est la vie.

Reasons why I picked up this book:
- it was free
- the synopsis sounded good enough, who doesn't like a good modern fairytale?
- as an european I liked that (some of) the plot takes place in Europe.. (big mistake, why you can read beneath)

Reasons why I stopped reading:
- Flicka, really? how do you get from Fredericke to Flicka? and as a Dutch-speaking person, this ann
Ingrid Spera
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted so very much to love this book!!! ...and I couldn't. I felt the mega-sort chapters, the flip-flopping between views, and Flicka's shallowness really effected all of that. Still, I stuck with it only to find out THIS ISN'T A STAND ALONE!!!! I was going to read to the end, but if there's more than one book, I can't do it. I wasn't a fan enough to feel anything towards any of the characters except a slight softening towards Deiter. Overall, could have beenn fun... wasn't.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 36% Too many cooks in the kitchen with names I can't even pronounce. Foreign vernacular that doesn't even reference the English translation. I'm not even half way through and there has already been two assassination attempts. Just eye rolling and a silly plot. 2*not for me, not even a little bit*stars
Sue Me
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was such a pleasure to once again dive into the first of Blair Babylon's Runaway Princess series. If I could give her 100 stars it would approximate how I feel about this book. So, I settled for the 5 stars allowed. Her opening sets the pace for this action filled adventure. The writing style is superb. It was so hard to put down once I started, I had to finish this first book. It is jam-packed with drama. Hints are dropped that Dieter is much more than he seems. We get some ties to other ser ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-from-author
Blair does it again! I loved this story.

Reviewing books I love is often much more difficult than reviewing books that are just OK; Once Upon A Time is one of those books. I've been reading Blair Babylon's books for about four years but it seems like just yesterday. She writes compelling stories with characters that have complicated lives. I don't just read her books, I become immersed in the world she has created for her characters.

Her Billionaires in Disguise (BID) and Rock Stars in Disguise (R
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the much anticipated story of Prinzessin Flicka von Hannover. Sister of Wulfram von Hannover from Billionaires in Disguise:Rae. Flickas story begins within the same time frame as the original series. If you haven't read it yet, I will say I think it's better if you have. Reading the Billionaires in Disguise series in order will give you a greater understanding of how all of the other wonderful characters and the intricacies of their relationships with each other, fit in within Flickas se ...more
Dawn Yacovetta
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like so many others who have read any of this author's Billionaires in Disguise series, I have been dying to know what happened to Flicka since the first time her name was mentioned. We know she is Wulf's sister and was raised by him...and that she married a handsome prince from Monaco. Then, she disappears. But that's where the trail ends, and we're left with the taste of something exciting in our mouths that leaves us wanting more.

Well, this is where it happens. Flicka von Hannover marries the
Jenny Delandro
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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B. C. Booklover
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flicka, FINALLY!

I have read every 'In Disguise' book that the very talented Blair Babylon has written, whether it was Rae & Wulf (loved) or Lizzie & Theo's Billionaire series or, my most favorite, Rock Stars in Diguise with Georgie & Zan (swoon)! All the other band members from Zan's Killer Valentine had a great book also, LOVED THEM ALL. I absolutely devoured these books & for good, steamy, twisty, as little angsty & full of mysterious goodness that intertwines as the stories are t
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, billionaire
I chose this book because it was already in my Amazon why Brear I I'm assuming that I got it for free at some point. I was looking for a boil D bodyguard tied booked and this fit that requirement. In the beginning I liked the main character but the writing style got bogged down in many details and they became really difficult to see the romantic story within the access of details he got very boring. Halfway through it started to get better. I was really annoyed with the Mills story line in the s ...more
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