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Once Upon a Princess

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  168 reviews
A Lesbian Royal Romance
Can true love be their crowning glory?
Olivia Charlton is a princess who believes in love — not a high priority in a royal family hung up on tradition and duty.
Meanwhile, village sweetheart Rosie Perkins has no time for affairs of the heart — she's just struggling to keep her cafe and life afloat.
When Olivia heads to Cornwall to escape her royal du
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Ladylit Publishing
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May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars. A solid but also predictable good feels book. It's like any other royalty x commoner read. I liked the characters, but I didn't love them. The plot as already mentioned is extremely predictable.

I feel they played too safe with this one. I also didn't see much of Harper's style in this book and I'm not that familiar with the other author.

An OK read to pass some time with minimal angst.
I’m not typically a fan of princess stories, so this alone may influence my review/enjoyment of this book. Just putting it out there. I decided to give this a go because it’s Bliss and I consider myself a Bliss fan. Though I haven’t loved all of her books, I’ve loved most of them (like maybe 90%). I also really like some of Lydon’s stories, so I was ultimately just curious about this mash up.

‘Once Upon A Princess’ was a sweet (almost cavity inducing) story about Princess Olivia (AKA: Charlie) w
Gaby LezReviewBooks
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Olivia Charlton is an out lesbian and the fourth in the line for the British throne. After a long period of service in the army, her mother, the Queen, asks her to settle down and get married. Her parents find a suitable candidate in Jemima Bradbury and all is arranged for an imminent royal (and lesbian) wedding. Olivia decides to take a break under a false name in Cornwall to relax from the commitment stress. In the small town of Otter Bay she meets coffee shop owner Rosie Perkins. Rosie is bea ...more
Lexxi Kitty
A princess (or should that be Princess?), fourth in line the English (and other) throne, is weeks away from marrying an ex . . . she's been pushed into this position by her mother, the Queen. The, as in the Princess - Olivia, and Jem dated when both were in their twenties, roughly 9 years before the start of this story, but their time had come and gone. They weren't actually in a relationship when the Queen arranged this situation, and that is what this is about - an arranged marriage.

Instead of
Once Upon a Princess is a modern fairy tale, wisely published after the British royal wedding. In fact, the dedications says: To Meghan and Harry.

The story is very cute, very well written and the main characters are very likable. But the story is also extremely predictable. Princess Olivia (aka Charlie) goes incognito to Cornwall after announcing her wedding. There she falls in love with the commoner Rosie.

One thing I don't understand. How can princess Olivia hide her identity with a pair of gla
Every now and then I'll pick up a book that is essentially a modern day fairy tale and be pleasantly surprised by it. This wasn't one of those. Though I read through the book in one sitting, I did so by skimming every now and then because the story was very predictable.

Unfortunately I also didn't really feel a lot of chemistry between Rosie and Olivia/Charlie. They just didn't seem to make any kind of impact on me as characters to even be very memorable. Overall for me this was just an average r
This book was ok. I was looking forward to reading it but it stalled for me midway through. I wasn’t feeling the connection. I put it down for a bit before I finished it, which probably didn’t help. Oh well, others have given it 4* or more so your mileage may vary.
BTW - it’s a relatively small village. Wouldn’t they notice someone was visiting the manor, especially since it had been closed for awhile?
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Modern fairytale come true (it happens, look at the royals). I love the main characters and the wonderful story. Well done, ladies!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Olivia just announced her engagement to a women she doesn't love or particularly like, so to get her head straight she decides to spend a few weeks at her estate in Cornwall. What she didn't expect was to fall in love with the local owner of a struggling cafe down the street.

I've discovered that I really enjoy the royalty romance, I didn't understand how all these straight girls can read book after book about a commoner falling in love with a royal but all it took was changing a few pro
Anna lost in stories *A*
unfortunately this one is the first DNF of 2020 for me... I gave up at 20%, not because the book was bad or problematic, it was just too much of a "meh" and "blah" for me... the writing style was ok, not great... I didn't really connect with either of the main characters and there was way too much telling instead of showing, for example, how Olivia was spending time in Rosie's cafe meeting other people and sort of bonding with her, but we never really saw that happening... and I decided I don't ...more
Corporate Slave
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For some odd reason I loved this book :) it’s definitely not my style but it put the biggest smile on my face ! Very predictable but yet so deliciously predictable !
Ameliah Faith
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YAY Royal Love!!

Princess Olivia is an out lesbian and second in line for the throne. Since she has because she is a woman of a certain age, her mother has decided that it is time for Olivia to be married. To make matters simple, the Queen has already picked out the woman she will marry, her ex Jemima. Jemima has the perfect pedigree and even though Olivia does not love her nor does she want to marry her, it is a done deal. Begging time to get her head together she runs off to the small town of O
I’m a sucker for books where princesses fall in love with commoners, so I was thrilled to find another one! The tourism board in Cornwall should also send a gift basket to the authors because this book made me want to book a flight.

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May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, queer
Very timely story, smart move 😉

Of the handful of books I’ve read in this teeny lesfic subgenre of princess novels, this is my favorite. Yes, it’s cheesy, yes, it’s playing with cliches, but I didn’t care.

It had a bit of a Poppy Jenkins feel, not sure if it was just the cafe/countryside vibe or something else as well.

I‘ve never read anything by Lydon, I might now.

Added: didn’t hold up quite as well in reread.
Pam Holzner
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Even better the 2nd time with a a professional narrator!
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good enjoyable read..... A second book with a royal baby in the making for Olivia and Rosie perhaps?? Hmmm 🤔... Maybe or maybe Not? 😉
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I have to admit I love princess stories that have lesbian characters. It was a little drawn out with the “hiding” part and I wish she would have told her sooner but that is just minor.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely MC’s, nice warm-hearted romantic story. Fun read.
Kitty McIntosh
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting is the perfect word to sum up ‘Once Upon a Princess’ by Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss. Set on the beautiful Cornish coast, it is a story of true love and passion. Princess Olivia goes incognito as Charlie to Otter Bay after being forced to announce her engagement to the eminently suitable Jemima. While trying to clear her head and accept her fate she meets Rosie, local cafe owner and the woman who may just capture her heart. There are so many obstacles to this particular fairytale havi ...more
AnnMaree Of Oz
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I just wanted a light cosy romance to feel fluffy about, and this fit the bill nicely.

Although there was still some light drama enough to keep up interest.

I enjoyed the story of an out lesbian Princess named Olivia (disguising herself as Charlie) falling for the 'common' orphan unsuspecting cafe owner, Rosie.
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
A light romance with a royal touch. The characters are likable enough, with Princess Olivia escaping from London and her arranged engagement. Rosie is running her late parents' financially failing cafe, while worrying about her younger sister's upcoming university expenditures. The storyline is a bit predictable. The ending a bit too convenient. However, I did like the book. It's a nice read to de-stress during a busy work week. ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I think this is one of my favorite princess stories so far. The fact that Clare Lydon wrote it might have something to do with that. At first I didn't realise that Harper Bliss co-wrote this with her but that only makes the book better, in my opinion.

I loved the dynamic between Olivia and Rosie and liked the side characters as well. The story was a bit predictable sometimes but overall that didn't really bother me.

For me this book was hard to put down but at the same time I di
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Princess by Clare Lyndon and Harper Bliss is a delightful story about a royal princess who falls in love with a commoner with a few interesting twists on the theme.

Princess Olivia, (or “Charlie” to the men and women in her military unit) is home from serving her country and her mother, the Queen of England, has decided it is time for Olivia to settle down and get married. The Queen has made peace with the fact that her second born is a lesbian, but if she is going to be married, it
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a little sceptical of the storyline of this book but with two of my favourite LF author's co writing I had to check it out... and I'm so pleased I did. The story sucked me in right away and immediately I was a fan of charlie/Olivia. Rosie was a Fab small town girl who put family loyalties first and wouldn't take off of anyone. This follows your typical Rom com style with the meeting, falling in love, the break up and then the reconnect and you could see where it was going from the start, b ...more
Em Lewis
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosie is running a local run down inherited Cafe on the Cornish Coast and Olivia/Charlie is running from a royal life she doesn’t want but was born into and they literally run into each other and so the story begins.

This book is wonderfully written by two of the best Lesfic authors out there, Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss who joined forces and both authors brought their best qualities to this story. The humour, it’s funny, the angst, yes I shed a tear and of course the romance, heartfelt and it
I just love every word of this story because it brought out so many emotions for me. I never knew there were so many rules that came with being in a royal family and this story is definitely an eye opener because many people envy them but they don't know the personal toll it can take on each individual in a royal family. There are not enough words that I could use to express my deep affection for Olivia and Rosie. These resilient and tender-hearted women seemed like dear friends to me because I ...more
Frank Van Meer
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I'm going to brutally honest here.

I've read this in just under 4 hours, and that's including making and having dinner. The only thing I have to say is: The Princess Affair if you want to read a good book.
N.N. Light
Every princess deserves her own happily ever after…

Once upon a time (sorry, couldn’t resist) there lived an out lesbian princess named Olivia. She wants to marry for love but it’s complicated when the Queen presents her with a good match, royally speaking. Honor and duty has been drummed in Olivia and when the pressure of her life gets unbearable, she escapes to the Cornish coast in disguise. She meets and falls in love with café owner Rosie. Olivia keeps her true identity a secret from Rosie b
Mari Stark
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is undeniably a book to look for, when these brilliant and two of the best Lesfic authors got together there was only one thing we could expect to happen… greatness, and did happen. Love the story, the characters, all the feelings that evokes and the perfect balance between their writing styles.

Olivia Charlton a princess, but not just any princess, a dreamer, a believer, a rebel, with a huge heart, believes in love and if that isn’t enough to be different, she is an out lesbian, certainly n
Cindy Stein
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fourth in line to the throne, Princess Olivia finds herself pressured by her parents into an engagement with a woman in her social circle who she once dated long ago. Olivia wants nothing more than to break away from the demands of royalty that force her to live with expectations of marrying for status and not for love. Asking for a break to reflect on her situation, she heads to a small town, disguising herself a bit and using the name Charlie, her nickname from her time in the army. It's in th ...more
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Clare Lydon is a London-based writer of contemporary lesbian romance. She's a No.1 best-seller on lesbian fiction charts around the globe with five full-length novels to her name, as well as writing the All I Want series, set to continue throughout 2016. If you love romantic comedies, prepare to fall head over heels in love.

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