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Once Upon a Princess

(The Lost Royals #2)

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A vengeful rebel...
Forced to live in hiding after his family is assassinated, Prince Callum of Embury leads the rebellion to restore his family to the throne. Knowing only grief and revenge, Callum searches for a chance to destroy the king and rebuild his alliances.

A protective princess...
For Princess Zara of L’Ortagia service to her people comes first, while hiding her m
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ebook, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Ainsley Wynter Press
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San
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I haven't read the first book in this series but it doesn't stop me from enjoying this book. Maybe if I did read the first one I could enjoy this one even more but I still think it's ok to read it as standalone.
I enjoyed plot and all those intrigues - as a fan of books about royalty fighting for power. Zara was my favorite character as she's strong female character that isn't afraid to fight for what she wants.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of the book in exchange for an h
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Ivy
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Callum is trying to take the throne back from his uncle Gracchus, the usurper, after his family was massacred. He is part of the rebel group and they enlist the help of Zara, the princess of L'Ortagia and a nocturne, to ensure the support of the nobles.

I liked the plot of this book. The romance made it engaging but I felt it was a little bit rushed. I was also hoping that Zara would be able to provide more persuasion to gain the support of the nobles but it seemed like she was only there to prov
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Myron Clifton
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In book 2 of Ainsley Wynter's delightful Once Upon a Princess (The Lost Royals Book 2) readers find more court intrigue, just enough nocturne magic to keep everyone on guard and a bit afraid, and more of her always well-written love and romance scenes that are hot, adult, and steamy enough for late night reading.

I enjoyed book two for many reasons but primarily because Wynter's strong handling of her protagonist's character arcs that made both main characters Zara and Callum likeable and worth r
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Angie Barnes
Ainsley Wynter has written a 5-star book. This book starts out with Zara finding out that her mother has decided to marry her off to a man she does not like. Her way of getting out of it is to leave. She has been in touch with Ash who is with the rebels and they are trying to get rid of King Gracchus, he had his cousin the true king, queen, and their children killed or so he thought. Ash is Prince Cullum, one of his father's guards saved him when his parents were killed. Cullum needs Zara's help ...more
Linda Walters
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book that I have read in the series and I did enjoy it.
I liked both of the main characters and they had a depth of character. There is plenty of emotion, danger and people out searching for them. At times it was hard for them (and the reader) to know who exactly to trust. And others like Viola it was as clear as day that she was 100% on their side. There were a few others that fell into that category as well. So they made for good secondary people.
Zara had a gift that her mothe
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Yolanda Smythe
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the fantasy kingdoms of Embury, L'Ortegia and others in this realm bearing similarities to British monarchy back in the day, equality among sexes is in full swing. There doesn't seem to be any role dedicated to a male or female per sey, but of course the name would be different depending on the role and gender occupying it. For example, male would be king and female queen. It is a complex book, in my opinion, as it involves politics, people with powers called nocturnes, and violent conflicts, ...more
Jamie Jack
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
Lots of Intrigue and Magic!

What a delightful fantasy novel! I liked how the author jumped us right into the action, showing a pivotal event from the hero’s past. The book had all sorts of elements that are always fun to see in fantasy, like court intrigue, hidden magic, forced betrothals, rebel camps, and much more. But I'll let you discover that for yourself if this kind of fantasy interests you. The book could be read as a standalone, but you would most likely appreciate the deeper background
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sherri jones-teachout
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Will love flourish while on the run? Now that she is with the Embury rebels and Prince Callum, she wants to do what she can to see him or his brother Duncan, if he can be found, put on the throne and the usurper Gracchus gone. But Gracchus has people looking for them everywhere and they have to keep moving. She and Callum have grown close, but as one noble woman warned her, Callum has no room in his life or heart for a relationship or love. His only goal right now is finding his lost siblings an ...more
Shweta
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good start to what can prove to be an interesting series.

Magic, murder, mayhem and more define this book, and a lovable set of characters along with an easy & engaging writing style adorn it. Though the pace goes up and down, it plays well with the overall script.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Barbara
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in The Lost Royals series a well written story that kept me turning pages. This is Prince Callum of Embury and Princess Zara of L’Ortagia's story, it starts with Callum watching from his hiding place as his parents are assassinated at the hands of a very evil man. This story grabbed my attention from the start and did not let go until I had finished reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tania
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book, the story was well written and the characters were intriguing. Once I started I could not get enough, from the start till the end I was engrossed I was even on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, lust and raw passion, strength, happiness with a happily ever after. Do yourself a favor and buy the book you want be disappointed.
Thank you for allowing me to review your book.

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Tanya
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He was forced into hiding when his parts were killed and he wants revenge as well as well getting his throne back. She is being told.She needs to marry a man she hates so she runs away. She joins the rebels and she also.wants to find who he really is. Will.She one out? Can they overthrow the throne we hatwl.appen

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Ashleigh
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the Sci-Fi/Paranormal Romance genre!

The writing draws you in and keeps you involved throughout the whole story, I found myself in love with not only the characters but also the world she created.

The attitudes toward the events that are happening make the story even richer and the characters more relatable.

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Erin
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the story within this book and of course the twists and turns. Zara and Callum are great characters and i love how they build and grow throughout the book.I'm excited to see what Ainsley Wynter has next.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Bane
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 of The Lost Royals Series. It’s a well written book with well developed characters. It has a storyline that keeps your interest and a beautiful book cover. I would recommend reading this story.

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Sonja
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Even though this is book 2, it can definitely be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first book and didn't feel like I needed to at all. At most there were just a couple times that it would have probably enhanced a situation or such, but that's about it.

So this was okay. I liked it, and I enjoyed it...but I'll not ever read it again. I liked the premise and everything that happened here, but I just didn't get that into it. It was great to have a sheltered princess not balk about living in t
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Kaye
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ONE ELECTRIFYING EXPERIENCE!!!
Sizzling! Ainsley bakes the mold, seals the pattern and masters the cracks fusing this baby together piece by jagged piece. She spins a block busting, prize winning masterpiece into one tantalizing creation of perfection, catapulting this gem into an incredible mind blowing culmination. One chaotic ride with a bounty of swirling emotions bursting forward front and center. The drama, intrigue and engaging suspense thrusts this little gem into a tailspin with marvelou
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Annabelle Heath
First off, this is book two in a series, but you don't have to have read book one to engage with the characters. The plots appear to run concurrently, so there's maybe a little additional depth to be gained, but the story stands on its own.

The set up of the story is about a power play between a tyrant usurper and the rebels opposing him. Head of the rebels is the true heir to the throne, although he's still looking for his older brother, who might have survived the attack on their family many ye
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Maya
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Princess Zara flees her home from an unwanted marriage to the neighbouring kingdom's usurper's heir. She joins a group of rebels fighting to overthrow the usurper, only to find one of the rebels is her old friend, Prince Callum, presumed dead. What follows is their adventures as they fight to free the kingdom and uncover secrets.

This book has a good mix of adventure, fantasy and romance and was an enjoyable, easy read. The characters are interesting and strong without crossing the line in to stu
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Rose Brown
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lazy afternoon fun read
“Once Upon A Princess” is a wonderfully funny adult paranormal fairytale that has intrigue, action, suspense with a romantic bend that is both exciting and sweet. The storyline is fast-paced and flows smoothly from action to steamy romance and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat through the last page. This is a truly enjoyable and fun read.
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Adena Lee
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is it possible to write a sweet romance that is also steamily sultry? Apparently it is, as the story is as sweet as any fairy tale but the scenes when Zara and Callum are alone are HOT. That together with Zara learning to stand rather than follow and Callum pursuing his dreams make for a delightful light read for young adults over 16.

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Jaycee Jarvis
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I loved this fantasy romance!!! Both steamy and sweet, with enough political intrigue to make it a worthy successor to the first book in the series. There is a definite Robin Hood vibe to this story of an outcast prince and his band of rebels, with a touch of magic and all the kissing. This book stands alone, though I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the series.
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A very cute and a little steamy at times fantasy romance, fast paced and fun with a Robin hood feel to it, a lovely way to spend some time in the pages of this fun story

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Karen Machamer
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommend this book to everyone. Can't wat to read more from this author.
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Ainsley Wynter writes steamy fantasy romance and is the author of The Lost Royals series. Once Upon a Princess, is the second book in the series. Her debut novel, Kissed at Midnight, was a 2016 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in paranormal romance. The Lost Royals is a fantasy romance series about royal and not-so-royal families vying for control amidst a growing population of hu ...more

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“Heat traveled up his spine and he resisted the urge to pull her closer. She surprised him over and over today. But this, this swirling tension, that tightened and curled each time she touched him surprised him the most.
She wasn’t supposed to kiss like that.”
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