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The Reluctant Princess

(Her Royal Duty #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  613 ratings  ·  95 reviews
She wants to work on a pit crew—not be a princess.

Mechanic Isabel “Izzy” Poussard’s life revolves around cars. Determined to be a member of a racing team’s pit crew, she’ll do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. The last thing she expects is for a gorgeous guy to step out of a limousine and tell her she’s a long-lost princess…and his wife.

Crown Prince Nikola “Ni
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published April 25th 2019 by Cardinal Press, LLC
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
-Jenna, ☆☆☆☆

If you are a royal lover than this story is definitely for you.

We meet American Izzy who is spunky and feisty and not what you expect a princess to be. We also meet Prince Niko who is your very typical royal, very proper and follows the rules.

This story takes you on a bit of a roller coaster, but an extremely enjoyable one. The chemistry between these two is fantastic, despite their stubbornness lol. The story line flows very nicely and ends so very beautifully.

Bed and books
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I am honoured to review the whole series of The Royal Duty series by Melisa McClone. I am a huge fan of the Royal Books and I love to read these kinda books but this is the first time I am reviewing this author's book.
The first book in the series is The Reluctant Princess and it can be read stand-alone. This story is about Crown Prince Nikola Tomislav who has already signed a contract to marry Princess Juliana for the betterment of their country and so that he can be the future king. But things
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Prince Niko is looking forward to his weeding with Princess Juliana and while he is not in love with her,they are great friends,wiling to marry and make their kingdom a better place.There is only one problem,Prince Niko is already married.Twenty years ago Niko's parents had arranged him a marriage yo Princess Isabel in hope of establishing peace.but that plan didn't worked and Princess Isabel hhad vanished years ago.Upon finding her Niko is more than ready to end their marriage so he can continu ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Reluctant Princess by Melissa McClone is book One in Her Royal Duty Series. This is the story of Isabel “Izzy” Poussard and Crown Prince Nikola “Niko” Kresimir of Vernonia.
Izzy is working toward her goal to be a mechanic on a pit crew racing team when her life has to make a turn. Nicko is working to save his kingdom which he thinks will work if he marries but first he needs to annual a previous marriages set up when he was young. Izzy is informed that she is the long lost Princes and her pa
Gitanjali  .C
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not a fairytale love story and I love how Izzy was more relatable and real.Izzy stands strong and she doesn't change herself even when it is revealed that she is a princess..
Prince Nicholas,though hot and perfect definitely needed a good lesson from Izzy.I didn't enjoy all those too old traditions he was following and how he pushed Izzy to follow them.He needs to first modernize his own ideas and beliefs and then bring changes in his kingdom.
Good plot but dull at times..I felt it dragged
Isha Coleman
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Reluctant Princess (Her Royal Duty, #1) by Melissa McClone  
Is there a such thing as a heartgasm, because I'm pretty sure I've just had one. McClone builds a fairytale out of heartache. Izzy and Niko must grow their happy ending from the ashes of despair. The Reluctant Princess is the beginning of a second chance for a nation that almost lost it's way. One woman provides the key, but in redeeming a country, will she lose all hope or find the missing pieces of her broken heart? Ever girl lov
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book on a lark. I found it schmaltzy, formulated, highly improbable, but I liked it....REALLY LIKED IT! What set it apart from all the other Cinderella-like fantasies? The very unique and original story, the writer's considerable writing skill in pulling it off, and the lovable and attractive characters in the story itself. This is a stand-alone in a 3 part collection. Well, I'm off to read about Princess Julianne's adventure in the next installment. Such an entertaining and escapist ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, royal romance.

Izzy and Niko are like oil and water, quite literally in Izzy's case since she is a grease monkey. This book stretches the imagination, but it is a cute, fun read with a quick HEA and sweetness.

I enjoyed the stubbornness of Izzy and the interplay between these two.

Cute, fun read.

I voluntarily requested and read an advance reader copy.
Hopeless Romantic Chick
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a joy to read!

This book take you to an understanding of how royalty marries. Majority of the world is curious of every royalties lovelife. Some news exaggerates for publicity. The emulation is ridiculous! End of the day, they are human and individuals like us. I truly enjoyed reading this story its one of those HEA. But of course not all is as perfect, classic example is Charles and Diana. Anyway, thanks for this. Entertaining and insightful!
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author, booksprout
Imagine one day getting your entire life upended and discovering your entire life has been one lie after another. This is what happens to mechanic Isabel “Izzy” Poussard. Izzy had one dream in life, become a pit crew member for a racing team. She knew it was all lies that she was a long lost princess and the wife to Prince Niko. Izzy agrees to visit Vernonia, instead she finds that she must fulfill her obligations and complete the dreams established for her by her parents, before their death. Iz ...more
Sofia Wren
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored this little book and the connection between the main characters gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that lasted after I closed the final page.

I found the writing to be well done for the most part: I didn't find myself skimming or cringing at anything. Although at the beginning I was a little confused by the situation in the monarchy. Of course it's not very long, and the character of the prince isn't extremely developed so it is somewhat fluffy. Still, it hit a deep spot with me because of th
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No one is more surprised than Izzy when a limo shows up at the garage where she works. The occupant is even more shocking, a prince who claims she is his wife. All because of a box that belonged to her mother that she is looking for a key to open it.

Prince Niko now has a problem, he has a fiancé, Princess Juliana, their marriage will help rebuild and modernized his country following the conflict that had taken his brother's life. Not a love match but one that is advantageous for both their count
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prince Niko and Izzy look to be polar opposites in this wonderful story from sweet author Melissa McClone, but first impressions are often wrong, as our couple discovers.
Izzy is an independent and modern women, more interested in repairing cars and working in the pit crew for a Formula One race car. She’s understandably taken aback by the very attractive stranger who claims she is a princess!
Prince Niko is on the verge of marrying Princess Juliana, as well as modernizing his small country. But
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love the story of a Prince and Princess? Niko is the crown prince and knows all about duty to his country and the sacrifices that come with it. He's planning to get engaged to a princess of another country for the betterment of his country of Vernonia. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Izzy is pretty alone in the world but she has big dreams. Being a woman in a predominantly male world, she is strong and confident even with no family to offer support. Then her ent ...more
Leslie Ooten
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was okay for me. The writing wasn't bad, but it didn't flow as well as I would have liked. Izzy was SO stubborn, and it made me not like her for the most part. While I understand doing things for yourself, she was thrust into a situation that she knew NOTHING about, and was annoyed when Niko tried to tell her what was expected of her. He could have been nicer about some things, but I don't think it would have mattered. Izzy could have not agreed to be the princess, but she chose to, but was ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the book because of the well-developed and likable characters. Izzy is definitely a unique woman, while Niko is trying to fulfill his duty to his country as has been drilled into him since he was a boy. They are very attracted to each other even while pursuing an annulment of their child marriage. The plot has a lot of twists and turns and moves quickly. There was only about one page that I did not care for. I usually read clean/wholesome romances, and in this book readers stay in the be ...more
Sherri Babb
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am hooked. This book grabbed me on the first page. I fell in love with all the characters and the story. From the moment that Niko and Izzy meant there was this strong connection between them. They were drawn to each other. Both of them were stubborn and refused to give in. Then Niko's father manipulated the situation and they had no choice but to stay married. On their wedding day both of them knew in their hearts that they had fallen in l ...more
Marie Bourgery
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It would seem like a fairy tale, Izzy finding out she is a long lost princess and married to prince. But reality is far removed from fantasy when she is forced to move to another country and change who she is and give up what she loves all for a man who keeps pushing her away and making her feel like she is not the princess he would have ever wanted. I loved that Izzy was a mechanic and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and do what was needed for the good of her people. Prince Niko does r ...more
Amy  Crull
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
So Izzy isn't your normal princess. She likes getting dirty while working on cars. She knows her way around an engine and has plans to be on a pit crew someday. Her world get rocked when she gets an email. Prince Niko has a plan to save his country and keep his crown. His country has been rocked by a civil war. They are trying to heal and move on. Izzy has a marriage box that connects to him. She doesn't know what it means or why she is needed. This is when the story turns.. Prince Niko and Prin ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!
It's an enchanting new series!
Excited to read the other stories in it.
It is a captivating & charming story.
Niko, is the Crown Prince of Vernonia.
He was raised to put duty to his country, first. When the family's Bridal box, that
has been missing for decades was found, Niko, was sent to retrieve it.
Izzy, a mechanic in Charlotte. She had
been raised by her late Uncle Frank.
She has worked hard toward her goal
of being on a pit crew, for the Formula
One race cars.
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
The Reluctant Princess is a sweet, royal romance about duty, loyalty, honor, and most of all - love. The storyline is clever and intriguing and the book moves at a good pace. This would be the perfect weekend or beach read. Prince Niko of Veronia is well aware of his duty and knows that he must marry. He is a likable, well-developed hero and one cannot help but admire his dedication to the throne and to his people. He knows he must marry and he never expects to find love. Isabel/Izzy is a fun he ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A great book! The Reluctant Princess is a story about going from rags to riches. This is not your everyday Cinderella story though. Instead of a hopeful girl wanting to be a princess, you have a girl who would rather be anything but. That is what makes this book a unique read.

I liked the plot and characters in this book. They were written well and made me feel invested in the series. I really loved how I was able to relate to Izzy. She is what I would imagine myself to be if I was put in a simil
United Indie Book Blog
Loved it! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This author is new to me. The Reluctant Princess is the first book in Her Royal Duty series. This story is about Izzy who is not your normal type of a princess. The Reluctant Princess is a sweet, royal romance about duty, loyalty, honor, and love. Prince Niko was raised to put duty to his country, first. Izzy is a very strong and stubborn lady. Izzy and Niko have a connection and chemistry that is undeniable. This story i ...more
Pamela Mitchell
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was completely enchanted by "The Reluctant Princess", a beautifully written contemporary romance that kept me entertained and intrigued from the beginning and I wanted it to continue when I got to the end. I really liked independent and stubborn Isabel "Izzy" Poussard who wants to work on a racing team's pit crew and loved her dynamic with the other characters especially Crown Prince Nikola Tomislav Kresimir of Veronia. This is a great beginning to the Her Royal Duty series by gifted author Me ...more
Cheryl Sanders
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book one in the Her Royal Duty series and it features Niko and Izzy. This story is highly entertaining. It’s about family, duty, responsibility, obligation and ultimately love. She is about as far from princess material as she can get and he doesn’t EVER let her forget it. I thought Niko was going to be a nice guy. I thought he was going to be the prince of every girls’ dreams but in my opinion, he was a disappointment. There is so much happening and he’s so stuck on his ideals, that he ...more
Chantelle Bouffanie
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This author is new to me. The Reluctant Princess is the first book in Her Royal Duty series. This story is about Izzy who is not your normal type of a princess. The Reluctant Princess is a sweet, royal romance about duty, loyalty, honor, and love. Prince Niko was raised to put duty to his country, first. Izzy is a very strong and stubborn lady. Izzy and Niko have a connection and chemistry that is undeniable. This story i ...more
MN Book Girl
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prince Niko is all set to marry the women his father chose for him when he finds out about his bride box and is sent to go get it. Oh, and turns out he married the woman who has it when he was six and she was six months old.

Izzy hasn’t known much beyond the garage she works in and wanting to be a part of a NASCAR pit crew. But when Niko comes and shares the tales of their past and asks for an annulment, she’s on board.

But Niko’s father is playing games behind the scenes and never means for the
Lori R
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and I could not put it down until I had finished reading it. I had a little trouble with Niko and Isabel being married as children but as the story unfolded I got over that part. I enjoyed watching the characters grow into their new roles together and I really liked that Izzy was so refreshing as a princess who used to be an auto mechanic. I enjoyed seeing her as a modern day princess leading her country into the future. The love story seemed very realistic too given t ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Izzy had one dream, become a member of a pit crew, but soon her life will change when she finds out she is a long lost princess and the wife to Prince Niko. She is whisked away to Vernonia to fulfill her obligations, but will the prince and the people be ready for a strong willed and stubborn princess.

Loved this story from rags to riches. Izzy is a very strong and stubborn lady, and loved how she refused to change her ways just because she became a princess. Niko, shows so much pride in his titl
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