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Prince Charming (Ascension Trilogy #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,455 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
"There is star quality in this writer!" raves the Romantic Times about gifted author Gaelen Foley. Her love stories are filled with glorious settings, stunning characters, and unforgettable passion.

Destiny casts its hand one perfect moonlit night when Ascencion's most elusive highwayman, the Masked Rider, chooses the wrong coach to rob.  For inside is Rafael, the prince of
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Ivy Books
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I was bumping along if not, nicely, then pretty well, despite some really modern language for a historical (noticed that also in The Pirate Prince), a fake rake, and a tomboy heroine who changed into an ultra-feminine sexpot a little too quickly for my liking. And then. . .

And then I hit this great big ole stinking, honking pothole along the road to happy reading. See, our hero, Rafael the raffish rake, says he's finally found his one true love, his "soul mate" in Lady Daniela Chiaramonte. He's
♡Karlyn P♡
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-historical
The entire series was great, and I highly recommend reading all of them in order. (They can be read out of order, but the conclusion of this third book felt more like a conclusion to the entire series, not just the book, so that is why I recommend reading the books in order.) I think this book was my favorite of the three.

The story is pure fun and fantasy, and takes place on the make believe isle of Asencion. It's fast paced and very sexy. Before Prince Rafe finds himself in charge of the kingd
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, historical, series
So I will admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Gaelen Foley's novels. Those that I love go on my keeper shelf among my favorites and those that I hate...I tend to really hate.

Unfortunately this one ends up in the latter category. Minor spoilers ahead*******

Here are some of my complaints:
1. I loved loved loved Pirate Prince, and I don't like couples that I love messed with. I don't like how Foley portrays either Allegra or Lazar in this book. They were such great people in Pirate Pr
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-sailboats

I downloaded this book from my library's online e-book library a few nights ago because I couldn't fall asleep and was in the mood for a cute romance story. When I found one that was called Prince Charming I knew I couldn't pass it up. Five hours later it was 5:00 am and I was almost done and I knew the even though I wanted to know the ending, I should probably go to sleep. After a long slumber I spent the next day trying to find any time I could to finish
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance and quick reads
This was my least favorite in the series. A lot of it probably has to do with it being the last one. So by now and looking back all the heroes seem a lot alike, especially in their humour and personality (having a naughty humour but suffering in silence). Also, all of them are presented as the island's casanova, even if they coexist in time (with the exception of Lazar). I brushed it off as that being the heroine's POV, like that is how she perceived them but still I couldn't help making compari ...more
Maureen Feeney
Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, gaelen-foley
The plot has been done so I wont add to it.
The good points are it is very well written with an intriqing plot, and GF has slightly redeemed Lazar and Allegra at the end (whom I thought had a total change of personality in book 2 "Princess").

There was something missing and the story as a whole never really grabbed me. Some subplots didn't ring true, like that twist at the end about the baddie Orlando .

I expect the H/H to have a problem in a book, but with Dani and Rafe every page brought them a
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Lady Daniela is the Masked Rider, a Robin Hood who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. One night she picks the wrong man to rob, Prince Rafael, the crown prince of Ascension. Captured and wounded, she is shocked at Rafael's indecent proposal: become his wife...

This is a very uneven book, going between sweet and distrustful, with plenty of scheming and evil villains thrown in. Dani is an interesting heroine with a lot of spunk, but there are parts where I just didn't like her as much. Raf
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lady Daniela Chiaramonte is a Duke's granddaughter. She's also got a secret identity, that of the Masked Rider, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. All that is about to change when she and her band of merry men rob the Prince, also known as Rafe the Rake. When the chase for her or rather the Masked Rider lead the Prince to her home she catches his eye. He doesn't suspect her, but her men have been captured and will be hanged if she can't free them. Very fun read.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was not charmed by Prince Charming. I could not find it within myself to actually like the jerk. I was just waiting for the book to end.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: too-graphic
This one was too dark. The hero did some things I could not forgive and I just didn't like the story.
Another winner!!! I loved reading about the prince. He was hurt deeply in the last book and he needed the right woman to heal him. I am totally smitten with these books.
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Lady Darcie Guenon
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: myself
lol, what a fun book to read. The character are witty and sassy!
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in 1 day between activities here and there, and made me still woke up till 1 AM
VERY RECOMMENDED friends, and I will reread this book someday..

Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
The book started off good, but I didn't like the hero at all.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku 3 dari Trilogy Ascencion
Bintang 4

Sama seperti buku 1 dan 2, buku 3 ini masih menghadirkan karakter kurang percaya diri (buku terdahulu diwakili oleh Lazar dan Darius) yang diwakili oleh Daniela Chiaramonte. Tapi untunglah karakter heroine satu ini memiliki kelebihan yang lain yaitu patriotisme dan kesetiaan. Dan lagi ditengah tengah cerita rasa percaya diri Dani dapat diatasinya karena tidak mau kehilangan Rafael.

Konflik dimulai saat kereta yang ditumpangi Putra Mahkota Ascencion, Rafael ya
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Lady Daniela Chiaramonte is desperate to help the people on her estate who are suffering from drought and the taxes imposed on her due to her refusal to marry the local tax collector. Prince Rafael is known for his carousing and excesses. When Dani attempts to rob a coach, she picks the prince's and is nearly captures. Her friends are. In an attempt to help them, she becomes involved with the prince who is temporarily in charge while his parents go to Spain. Treachery abounds and Rafe decides to ...more
Pilar Senac
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bonito final de la trilogía (digo yo, porque me he saltado los otros dos, que me entero yo muy bien del orden jaja) La historia me gustó, y la he leído con ganas. La relación de los protas es bonita, y me gusta mucho que ella no sea una damisela en apuros, y aún más is cabe, que a él sea esa fuerza y esa independencia lo que más le atrae de ella, la ve como compañera y no como una tontina sin ás atractivo que el físico.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Final book of the Ascension trilogy. This is Prince Rafael's story.

Again, loved the first one (The Pirate Prince), hated the second one (Princess), and am feeling decidedly lukewarm about Prince Charming.

It's so... eh. Usually, when I'm writing these reviews, I have at least a page of notes I've made while I was reading, but for this one, I only have about five lines and three of them are a summary of what was going on at the time.

I think a large part of why I'm so off about this novel is that i
Rose May
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-plus
Note: This review, and all of my reviews, comes from my blog: Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 3 in the Ascension Series

This was the first Foley book I read outside the Knight series, and I was glad to see her masterful character development did not disappear.

Can I just say - Lady Daniela Chiaramonte is probably one of my favorite heroines ever, in my reading history to date. She is moronically brave and noble, a real spitfire... she has balls of steel. She
Oleta Blaylock
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third and last book of the Ascension trilogy. We finally get Rafael’s story. Rafe has turned into quite the rake since we last saw him in PRINCESS. The betrayal by Julia Caluzzi has left its mark on his personality. The prince has become bored and disenchanted. His father won’t assign him duties that will keep him busy so he spends his time drinking and seeking pleasure and adventure. Unfortunately the people and the cabinet of ministers are not impressed with these past-times. Rafe ...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.55 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Historical Flavor: 2 / Humor: 1 / Tears: 6

Overall: 4.55: Gaelen Foley's Prince Charming turned out to be my favorite in The Ascencion Trilogy. It was a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable book that removed the day's dissatisfactions by replacing them with a make believe story that closed with "and they all lived happily ever after." Foley inspired quick interest in this story by creating an emotional
Sep 12, 2009 rated it liked it
For the last book in the trilogy, this was somewhat a weak link. Characters weren't impressive and strong as the 2 previous books, and if I were to rearrange this I'd put this in the second, and put Serafina and Darius's story for the grand finale.

This novel is also emotionally charged and I noticed a pattern of women empowerment in these books; that's one of the things I like about Gaelen Foley's novels, damsels aren't always in distress, but they get to rescue their heroes, or sometimes get re
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suka dengan buku ini, walau sempet kesel dgn Dani krn sempat meragukan Rafe dan percaya dgn Orlando, namun itu tidak membuat aq membenci karakter ini. Karena Dani mau berjuang untuk membela Rafe hingga akhir. Suka dgn kisah percintaan Rafe dan Dani yg tidak bertele". Dan makin suka dengan endingnya krn akhirnya Orlando dapat perlakuan yang setimpal. Intrik dibuku ini juga menarik, tidak membosankan walau dari awal sudah diberitahu siapa penjahatnya. Untung kali ini Rafe tidak tertipu wajah dan m ...more
Fanny Roswita Ria
Ini cerita historical kingdom pertama yg gw baca dimana penerus kerajaan sangat bodoh banget. Agak kaget melihat author mendeskripsikan hero-nya begitu sembrono, hura2, bodoh, terlalu egois, bahkan cenderung ke arah liar. Biasanya semua sifat ini dimiliki oleh pewaris kedua atau ketiga atau seterusnya sdgkan pewaris pertama haruslah serius; berpikir panjang; tdk terbawa emosi; kepala dingin; berwibawa; arogan tetapi bijaksana.

Jadi 3/4 dari cerita ini bikin gw keki banget, knp authornya menggamba
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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Caroline Greyling
Alas, I have committed the first sin in reading a trilogy! Unfortunately, when I picked my Audio book copy up, the first two novels in the series were not available, so I read Prince Charming without having read the first two books. Thankfully, this did not detract from my enjoyment and I was able to follow the plot quite easily.
I chose this book firstly, because I enjoy a bit of history with my romance; and secondly, because I like to listen to something light and airy that isn’t going to make
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best in the series. Pirate Prince and Princess was a bit of a let down for me but this book was so much fun to read. GF totally redeemed herself with this one. It had several twists and turns in it and to read of Rafael's friends deal with the turmoil in the manners they did was an added depth to the story I liked. Dani was so brave to endure the things she was challenged with.

The story has so much to tell that I couldn't do it the justice it deserves. I will say that when Rafael and Dani fi
Vina Raintree
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Prince Rafe selalu dipandang sblah mata oleh dewan kabinet keluarga Ascencion karena perilaku nya yang cenderung liar serta peristiwa masa lalunya. Tapi rafael tidak pernah sekalipun kehilangan aura kepangerannya. Dia hanya jenuh karena ayahnya, King Lazar, selalu menuntut kesempurnaan darinya.
Suatu hari rafael dirampok oleh prampok bertopeng dan berhasil menembak bagian lengan prampok tersebut. Gerombolan lain berhasil dibekuk kecuali prampok yang terluka itu. Di tengah pengejaran, Rafael berte
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Gaelen Foley's writing when I first read Pirate Prince and once I learned that there were sequels about their children. I think I actually squealed with excitement. It is very rare when I find a book so good that I can read it multiple times and still be glued to the pages. This is what this trilogy is for me, Gaelen is able to capture love the way it is - things are not easy, not in real life. I am also a big fan of period dramas, so this hit the spot. I love how these books ...more
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more
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