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The Not-So-Perfect Princess

(Her Royal Duty #2)

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Duty requires her to marry—but she’s having second thoughts.

Princess Julianna dreams of marrying for love, but no one cares what she wants. The future of her kingdom—and countrywomen—depends on her arranged marriage. Too bad, her intended’s brother is the one who captures her interest with his good looks and sailing skills. She’ll just have to push aside her attraction and
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Published July 11th 2019 by Cardinal Press, LLC
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Bed and books
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
The second book in the series is The Not-So-Perfect Princess and It can be read Stand Alone. This story is about Princess Juliana who got rejected for marriage by Three Princes Including prince Nikola and this is the last chance of her to move away from her all the Restrictions on her. This is the last chance of her to be a free bird and do whatever she wanted to do Including Sailing which is one of the things she knew since Childhood. Now, she is arranged to meet Prince Enrique and she could ta ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Not-So-Perfect Princess by Melissa McClone is book Two in the Her Royal Duty Series. This is the story of Prince Alejandro and Princess Julianna. I have read the previous book and feel that added to my enjoyment of this book, but this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Julianna has a few failed engagements and her father has set her to marry Prince Enrique and if that fails he will marry her off to a regular nobleman. Which if done in her country she is more or less property of h
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-Jenna, ☆☆☆☆☆

If you read the first book in this series and loved it, than you'll be even more blown away by this one.

We met Julianna in the first book, and even in the first book I loved her. But in this story, her story, I fell even more in love with her. She is such a strong female heroine and as the book went on, I just couldn't get enough of her. Her hero on the other hand, Alejandro is everything she needed. He's sexy, has the same hobbies as her, and really gives her the wings to fly. Hone
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KS
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Each book is better than the last.

Princess Julianna is set to wed Prince Enrique to serve her country. This isn't the first time she has been betrothed, but she is hoping this is the last time she is involved in an arranged marriage. All is well until she realizes the hot prince she met is Enrique's brother and the black sheep of the family.

Ironically the reason Julianna agrees to go through with this wedding is for female independence...something she doesn't have. However, with Prince Alejandro
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Gitanjali  .C
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second royal story has the perfect title and I loved this story more.Princess Julianna is caught between love and her duty.It was hard to watch her struggle with her choices when the men in her life try to make decisions on her behalf.
This book captures her growth and how her matured self makes the perfect decision.Julianna and Alejandro have sizzling chemistry and I was so happy for them.
Women are not just meant to stay at house and do regular chores.There are strong enough to contribute mo
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Jane
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not so Perfect Princess! This was a sweet, fun story of a princess torn between duty and love. I was rooting for Prince Alejandro throughout the whole story and was VERY happy when him and Jules realized love is more important than any kind of duty you think you have to do. I loved that Jules finally found her voice and finally stopped letting the men in her life control her. I also loved that she could command that sailboat as good as any man. Great story!!
Eileen
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author, booksprout
I loved reading The Not-So-Perfect Princess, book two in Melissa McClone’s Her Royal Duty series. Like many girls and young women, Princess Julianna dreamt that she would marry for love, but her father the king did not care what she wanted. Despite doing everything asked of her, each of the matches the King arranged left her cold and disheartened. After being introduced to Prince Enrique, her betrothed, she is discouraged by his antiquated attitude toward women, just like her father’s. Basically ...more
HeartBreaker
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I have to go and say that this book was pretty much boring to me.And the main heroes weren't all that special,in fact they were boring.

Princess Julianna,after three fallen engagements,is set to merry Crown Prince Enrique.This is her father's last attempt to marry her into the royal family and if it this engagement fails,Julianna will marry a nobleman from her country.For Julianna,marrying a nobleman would be total disaster,because that means she will forever be at mercy of her husband.At her old
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CarolKat
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Julianna captured my attention in 'The Reluctant Princess' and I really wanted her to get her own HEA. Her father has arranged several matches, and not one of them have panned out to this point. They were all in love with another. This time her match is the Crown Prince of an Island in the Mediterranean.

With her love of sailing, she is pretty sure that living on an island will afford her many opportunities to sail the ocean.

Prince Enrique has signed a somewhat unique marriage agreement,
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United Indie Book Blog
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is the second book in the Her Royal Duty series. This book is about Princess Julianna and Prince Alejandro. Princess Julianna been trained to be the perfect Princess, and to follow all the rules. I love how I was able to get to know Princess Julianna alittle from the first book. Now we get to know her more. Princess Julianna loves to go sailing but it's not proper for a princess. Princess Julianna meets Prince Alej ...more
Chantelle Bouffanie
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is the second book in the Her Royal Duty series. This book is about Princess Julianna and Prince Alejandro. Princess Julianna been trained to be the perfect Princess, and to follow all the rules. I love how I was able to get to know Princess Julianna alittle from the first book. Now we get to know her more. Princess Julianna loves to go sailing but it's not proper for a princess. Princess Julianna meets Prince Alej ...more
Christyg
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jules has buried her own dreams to do her duty to her family and her country. But it's really hard to give up on dreams. Her father makes arrangements for another arranged marriage. She is promised to Enrique. Unfortunately, Enrique is almost as controlling as her father. Her dream of sailing and having more freedom dwindles even more as she learns more about Enrique's expectations. She meets her future brother-in-law Alejandro and convinces him to help her to have one last chance to live her dr ...more
Sharon
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Julianna has strived her whole life to meet the requirements of her father the king. She dreams of a marriage with love. This is not to be the case as her father has arranged an marriage for her to Prince Enrique who has many similar qualities ( not good ones) as her father.
She meets Prince Alejandro who is the younger brother to her future husband. The see similarities in each other in their wish to free and not buried by roy requirements. The connect on so many levels as well.
With an
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Jennifer
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
What a unique story! The Not-So-Perfect Princess was so different than other books. I really enjoyed the fresh plot and dynamic characters. This book was even better than the first. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Julianna is prim and proper, just as her father demands of her. The only problem is she has a wild side that she cannot seem to let go. Will an arranged marriage to a foreign prince tame her wild spirit? I really loved Julianna. Her wild spirit spoke to something inside of me. I
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Amy  Crull
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is more like a 4.5 star rating. You get a glimpse of how awesome a person Princess Julianna is in book #1. She is the diligent daughter. She went and did what her father wanted her to go or do. She was all about staying loyal to her country but she wasn't happy. She wants to marry for love and be able to sail whenever she wants to. Just simple things like that. She meets Enrique but is drawn to his younger brother Alejandro. He doesn't care about being the prince or having an royal duties. ...more
Cindy
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though I did have to look up some of the sailing terms, I enjoyed Jules’ story.
A princess born to follow orders and fulfill her duty , even resigning herself to an arranged marriage. Few people knew the real woman beneath her mask of duty. Her father, her family, and even her fiancé could not hold back her love of sailing. And is it so bad that her soon-to-be brother-in-law sees the truth and makes her sailing dreams come true? But what will be the price when the truth comes out, because the tr
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Shari
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book of Jules finding her HEA and listening to her heart. Princess Julianna has an arranged marriage to Prince Enrique, to carry out her duty to her father and country. But once she meets Enrique's brother, Prince Alejandro who shares the love of sailing with her. Alejandro does not want to be part of the throne but enjoys living on the wild side. Julianna feels no chemistry with Enrique, like she feels with Alejandro. Does she follow the duty of her family or does she follow her hear ...more
Marie Bourgery
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jules was cold in the previous book with her relationship with her fiance at the time Prince Niko, but it was clear that she was passionate about sailing. Her father was controlling and cruel even from a distance as he worked out her marriage contract with her latest fiance and the restrictions Prince Enrique should impose on her. His brother Prince Alejandro was a sexy bad boy business man and sailor and she was attracted to him from their first meeting. I loved his rescue kitten Boots and it m ...more
Mindy Lopez
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Book 2 of Her Royal Duty Series by this author and can be read as a standalone. It is a clean, wholesome romance between Princess Julianna and her betrothed's brother, Prince Alejandro. These characters are likable, their connection strong, and the unconventional plot makes for a heartwarming read. It is refreshing to read the push and pull and ups and downs in their relationship. It is a sweet love story with more than enough drama, humor, and love, plus engaging secondary characters to ...more
Isha Coleman
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Not-So-Perfect Princess (Her Royal Duty #2) by Melissa McClone  
 
This may be her story, but her journey proves to be his salvation. Julianna is the heart of the story. A woman who yearns for her own happy ending, but her sense of duty holds her back. Alejandro comes into her life at the worst possible time. Promised to another, she must not follow her heart. Will the woman who would be queen risk everything she knows to gain her heart's desire? McClone gives old time romance, a modern day fe
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Pamela Mitchell
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and charming princess romance with captivating characters that you feel like you know and a lovely story that kept me entertained and engaged from beginning to end. I really liked duty-bound Princess Juliana and her dynamic with the other characters especially Alejandro, the second son of King Dario.

This is the perfect beach read or for anytime you need to getaway from the stress of everyday life. If you enjoy sweet and tender romances that will warm your heart, don't miss The Not-So-
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Nethanja
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julianna is raised to be a proper princess and to do her duty. Now she’s one opportunity left to get married. She’s hoping for a husband who won’t restrict her in her passions, sailing and helping other women. Alejandro the second son of a king just wants one thing, to be free to help his island to prosper. When they first meet it seems they have nothing in common, but why would they, they are not meant to each other, she would marry his brother. But when they discover a mutual passion what will ...more
Cheryl
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Princess Julianna’s story after meeting her in The Reluctant Princess, but I kept wondering where the backbone she displayed in that book was in this one. I wanted her to be bolder than she was and not let her father walk on all over her. But I guess that’s why I’m not a princess!
Alejandro caught my attention and admiration right away. As the “spare” in his royal family, he’s virtually ignored by his own father, while the responsibility for the monarchy falls on his humorless b
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Paula
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first met Julianna in A Reluctant Princess and loved her. She has such a kind heart and wants to honor her father by fulfilling her "duty". He just made me so mad. How can a father treat his daughter that way. Alejandro was the second born son so not in line for the throne. These two are adorable together. I will admit I wasn't crazy about them spending time together while she was engaged to his brother. Julianna finally stands up for herself even though the consequences were pretty bad. Glad ...more
Nadine
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really felt it!

Princess Julianna is to be married to Prince Enrique; that’s her royal duty. But then there’s Enrique’s younger brother Alejandro… And he’s not the one for her, she needs to marry Enrique. But Jules… she’s not so perfect; the title says it already. How to find a way to follow her heart?

Oh, the feels! Oh, the intrigue! Oh, how I felt for Jules!

This book felt good right from the beginning. I was immediately drawn in. I really enjoyed it! Well-written with a good flow, and good pa
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Nicole Smith
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Right from the opening of this book my heart goes out to Julianna. I'm not a fan of her father. I wanted to knock some sense into him. She has one more shot to make him happy and do her duty of marrying a prince of his choosing. It's going to lead her on the path she never expected. I really liked Alejandro too bad he is not the prince she's arranged to marry, but his brother is. That right there sets up some interesting scenarios. What I loved most about Alejandro is he sees Julianna for hersel ...more
Sherri Babb
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series.This is the second book in this series and it is about Jules and Prince Alejandro. Jules is just looking for her happily ever after in love. It seems that her duty to her family is going to mean she does get the love she is after. Jules is given one more chance for an arrange marriage to Prince Enrique. When she gets there and spends time with his brother Prince Alejandro she becomes torn about what she should do. Will love win out or will Jules duty to her famil ...more
Debra Floyd
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: melissa-mcclone
OMG Melissa has done it again. The story of Jules takes you on quite a ride. A princess who wants to do her duty but still follow her heart. This does cause lots of conflict.

Jules gets a chance to agree to one last arrangement for marriage. Can she fall in love with Prince Enrique or will his brother win her heart?

With her love of sailing will she be allowed to continue or will she have to give up? You must read to find out
Melissa
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books about princesses and their duty to their country. Jules wanted to change how men looked at women and their roles. She wanted to love her husband and be loved but in an arranged marriage it may not happen. She put duty before what she wants. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!
Read more from this author? Yes!

Happy Reading!
Melissa
Regan
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good story but...

Although the story was enjoyable and I likes Jules from the first book, this one wasn’t really my cup of tea. I am not a sailor and at times the story got bogged down with nautical terms. Also, as hard as I tried, I couldn’t find an acceptable pronunciation for her country. I ended up calling in Nestle.
When the story was actually talking about her relationship with her father, her fiancé, or the hero, it was interesting.
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