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The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes #2)

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From New York Times bestselling author Julia London comes the second novel in her irresistibly romantic Desperate Debutantes trilogy, in which three suddenly destitute aristocratic young ladies must resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.

Lady Greer Fairchild's only hope of avoiding marriage to the first bidder lies in jou
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 solid 'Beauty and the Beast' stars

The Perils of Pursuing a Prince is the second book in the Desperate Debutantes Trilogy and a fun, romantic, sexy tale. It was my first taste of Julia London's writing as well as my first listen of Anne Flosnik's narrating, and I enjoyed both very much.

Lady Greer Fairchild hopes to avoid guardian Lord Downey's plan of marriage to the first bidder by seeking her distant inheritance, controlled by Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor, Prince of Powys
Fani *loves angst*
I'm huge fan of Beauty and the Beast tales, and this one was a perfect example of this theme. Adding to the fact that Julia London is a favorite author of mine, it isn't a surprise that I ended loving this.

Greer goes to Wales to find her late uncle and persuade him to sign over her inheritance, modest as it may be. In her trip there she meets Mr Percy who convinces her to go on, even when her companion dies and she discovers that her uncle is dead. Together they arrive at the Prince's of Powys c
BJ Rose
This is the tale of a very naive ninnyhammer who travels from London to Wales to demand her inheritance from an uncle who received the inheritance from her father, who had no male heirs. That uncle is now dead and the inheritance has been transferred to the man known locally as the Prince of Powys. The Prince is also the uncle of the man with whom Phoebe, the ninnyhammer, traveled alone for the last part of her trip (her female companion had died mysteriously shortly after Percy joined them), in ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first sentence of the novel as an example for thr brilliant writing style Julia London possesses:

"For some inexplicable reason, the first thing that occurred to Greer Fairchild when three men—robbers, for all she knew—stopped the coach in which she and Mr. Percy were traveling was that the death of Mrs. Smithington, to whom Greer was a traveling companion, was not only tragic, but extremely inconvenient."

Just four stars because the attitude of Greer, the heroine, was more than confusing a
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
****2.5 stars****

Hum. The plot was mainly was okay, but the main female character, Greer, was a so annoying and lacked common sense... She was a supposed to be very clever, but all of her actions depicted her as a silly debutante.

I would have given the book 2 stars if it weren't for her male counterpart, Rhodrick a.k.a The Prince. Even though he keeps being described as "ugly" during the whole book (which is truly annoying... I mean once it's said, we get it), I found him so manly, and quite end
I could easily have given this book two stars, the only saving grace of this book was the male mc, Rhodrick, who is utterly adorable. The female mc, Geer, was so fucking annoying and in my opinion didn’t deserve him.

So, in the previous book we learned that Greer travelled to seek her Welsh inheritance. On the way she met Mr. Percy, in the beginning of this book, we learn that Greer’s elderly traveling companion has died and she has been convinced by Mr. Percy to continue her mission, without a c
May 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really, really wanted to like this one.

The Prince wasn't perfect in his appearance and I found that pretty intriguing because as you know their usually always perfect knight and shining armors, but other than that his personality was as entertaining as watching paint dry (harsh I know). Greer (the main gal) just grated on my last nerve with all her so called innocence and naivety, I honestly couldn't stomach another page of her if I had too, and after spending the day trying to like th
Jessica Grogan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bleah. Greer seems to be an idiot and I think I'll get sick of reading about her. Also, I hate books that exclude the hero's POV. Really hope my two Laura Lee Guhrke novels show up early tomorrow!!
Sara ♥
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2008
Book 2 in Julia London's Desperate Debutantes series.

I found this review on Amazon and thought it was particularly good:

"Greer arrives in Wales thinking she is finally about to locate her much-needed inheritance only to find that instead her money has been given away to Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor and the Prince of Powys. Greer's traveling companion, Owen Percy, who claims Rhodrick has also stolen his inheritance, convinces Greer to accompany him to the Prince of Powys' estate, where they
I have to agree with the reviewer who called Greer, the heroine, a "ninnyhammer." She was a most irritating, annoying character, who was so naive and insistent on her own misguided assumptions that she bordered on TSTL. This is the second book in a trilogy, about Greer, and her two cousins (who are sisters). In the first book of the trilogy, Greer is considered the smartest of the three, and is sought out at society events as a partner at cards and games because she is such a good strategist. We ...more
Zel Polev
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers!
Julia London is a great storyteller. Enjoyed the unique setting of this book as it takes place in Wales in an old castle. I have ready many historical romances but very few with a Welsh flavor. A little experience of the Welsh language even. It perked my interest in the history of Wales itself. The romance is rather unique also in that the hero is not your typical handsome, sure-of-himself, dashing gentleman. That's not to say his personality isn't "Big" because he certainly dominates the story. ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recently, an unknown someone dumped a bunch of “bodice rippers” on the back counter at work with a sign “free books”. Not being one to pass up free books, I looked through the stack and grabbed a bunch. I’m definitely still stuck on a never-ending YA kick, but these make a nice diversion. And some are definitely better than others. This one was okay. Greer sets off to discover if she can claim any of her deceased father’s inheritance (since he fathered no sons). Instead she discovers a hermit (o ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good thing this book had an interesting storyline and hero. Without that, it would have easily been a one-star book. Why? Well, that would be because of the "heroine," Greer. What a twit. Actually, that's not the word I want to use to describe her, but I'll keep this review PG. She was supposed to be witty and clever. I found her stupid, shallow, annoying and whiny. I really liked Rhoderick though. He deserved much better. My rating is mostly based on him. The plot was interesting and un ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Greer really is a nitwit. She's supposed to be the smartest of the three Fairchilds and yet she believed the words of a moral-less playboy con man without questioning his story or why he was helping her? It's really hard to like a heroine who is purported to be quite smart and logical yet, turns out to be a totally lacking. I'm going to go ahead and finish the last book of the trilogy, but I'm seriously doubting if I'll ever read another Julia London. She keeps making mistakes with the time peri ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Rhodrick e um herói com defeitos físicos coxeia de uma perna, tem uma acentuada cicatriz e é daltonico. É um ser solitário e não confia muito nas pessoas. Greer é uma heroína as avessas, pois é assediado por outro, Percy que a envenenou contra Rhodrick e aceita seus beijos. Deseja a Rhodrick, mas não quer nada com ele. os encontro dos dois ocorre porque Greer vai atrás de uma herança e Rhodrick, é responsável por entregá-la, mas primeiro que saber se ela está dizendo a verdade.
The hero was nice. The heroine so-so, especially in the first part, when she seems to be dwindling between the hero and his much-hated cousin.
Then how about Mr Percy??? Why nothing happened to him? At least bring him into justice.
Olanrewaju Olarinde
2.5 stars but got 3 because I like the first book in the series. The other two books disappointed me but this is probably the worst. The supernatural part of the book didn't feel right and the romance felt uninspired.
Debbie Dodd
I enjoyed reading.
Gilliam Melanie
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good. Very interesting on how the main characters met
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story!

Loved this second book in series. It had a little mystery but the tension and then love between greer and rhoderick was awesome!
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all things Julia London. Loved this book
Amanda Ryan
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redonk Nutshell: Naive down-on-her-luck heroine is stuck staying at the Earl of Radnor's Gothic Wales home & becomes entranced by his haunted yet tender nature

I have and will always be a fan of Gothic fiction. Something about dark castles, haunted heroes and ridiculous heroines always manages to bring a smile to my face. It makes me feel like...well, autumn. Like cracking the windows on a windy brisk day, climbing beneath a blanket with a good enthralling Gothic book and a cup of tea. Heaven
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ugh. This is not the type of romance I generally read, but it was recommended to me so I gave it a try and I did not enjoy it. Greer is ridiculously distractable, unintelligent, and doesn't learn from past mistakes. The author tells you she's smart and interested in politics etc that women of her time usually weren't, yet constantly shows you that she's almost the exact opposite. Rhodrick is not terribly likeable either (view spoiler) ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this story 3 stars if there had been an option. The only reason I didn't give it a lower rating is that I applaud Ms. London for giving us such a flawed hero. Rhodrick Glendower is not the usual handsome and perfect man that we find in so many of these stories. He is color blind and has a limp and a prominent scar on his face. He is plain and more than a little self-conscious of his size. He has been teased by everyone, including his family, about his looks and size most of l ...more
The second book in the desperate debutantes series. Although I don't agree with the 'debutante' title as the girls are in their early twenties and could be considered 'on the shelf'. Miss Greer Fairchild is mentioned in the first book The Hazards of Hunting a Duke as she is already on her journey to Wales to find her inheritance and her long lost past and there are mentions of her letters. We start off with her finally arriving at Llanmair, Wales to the residence of Earl of Radnor who has taken ...more
Sandra Munger
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greer is also in danger of being forced into marrying whoever asks. When her aunt died, she was in more danger because she was not a daughter. So she decides to track down family because she should be her father's heir and with whatever money she can get, she can lead her own life. Unfortunately when she meets the prince who has her inheritance she is in the company of a man that he detests. All issues are resolved and romance ensues. This leaves only Phoebe unmarried.
Haley Osborn
I wasn't sure how many stars to give this book. Iam between 3 and 4 stars so 3 1/2 stars. London is one of my favorite authors and she didn't fail to deliever with this book. However, I found something missing that I just couldn't get past. In the end I was left a little wanting but of what I don't really know.
I must say however, that I LOVED the characters. They developed amazingly throughout the novel and what I enjoyed is that they didn't fall in love right away but instead couldn't stand eac
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more
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