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(Ascension Trilogy #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Gaelen Foley is a captivating writer who will sweep you away with this unforgettable story of forbidden love and wondrous destiny.

Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted spy. He is charming, ruthless, and he has one weakness--the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has always worshiped Darius, knowing that de
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 28th 1999 by Ivy Books
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and a C- at AAR, which equated to a C+ overall, so I'm leaving it at 3 stars.

There may possibly be some snark within :P

Originally published in 1999, Gaelen Foley’s Princess is the second book in her Ascension trilogy and contains enough cheese to keep several branches of McDonald’s going for the next decade.

It’s very much a romance in the Old-Skool vein, set in an exotic location (an island off the Italian coast), with a youthful, impossibly beautiful yet schol
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 4-star, series
If I could give this book 4 1/2 stars I would. I rated the Pirate Prince a 5 star and this is not quite up to the first installation of this trilogy, however, it is excellent and worth your time.

We met Darius in the Pirate Prince and now 20 years have past. He is now the King's most trusted spy and almost "son". He has many "issues" from his past, but unfortunately they are only describe in about 1 page towards the end. It would've been great if Foley would've given more of Darius's history so
Sophie ♥
There were so many things I loved about this book. I suppose it was one of those books that just worked for me. It's not one of those books I would heartily recommend to everyone, but one I enjoyed immensely because it seemed to contain all the elements that I look for in a historical romance. One thing worth pointing out is that the sex scenes were the most SENSUAL non-erotica ones I have ever read. Wow. Wow. Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting it since the rest of it was so tame, so fairy-tale l ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
3.5 stars

The angst! There is so much angst!

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Quick! Pound your head against the nearest wall so you're up with the latest trend.

My second endeavor into Gaelen Foley's delightful world of romance, intrigue, murder and mayhem was a crazy good time. Princess is full to the hilt with sometimes insane plot devices that keep the story rolling on and on (and on and on and on and on) like the freaking Energizer Bunny. It opens with the heroine, Princess Serafina of the fictional is
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A description rich read. 2nd in the Ascension series. Although the characters in book 1 and 2 are very similar they were great books and worth the read.
I'm not a fan of May-December romances, especially when the heroine grows up in love with the hero, and the hero has watched the heroine grow up from a baby into a woman. Ugh. Well. At least Darius is 34 and Serafina is 20.

It's clear this taboo doesn't do anything for me but I was so obsessed with Princess. I think at some points I was even more obsessed with Princess than The Pirate Prince. I thought The Pirate Prince was sexy? Princess is a very strong contender. From the very first scene, it
Oleta Blaylock
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this story a number of years ago and I had forgotten how heart wrenching the last third of the story is. Darius Santiago is one of the most tortured heroes I have read about. He is so full of hate and anger which is mostly directed at him. He has been told most of his young life that he is worthless and he has come to believe that. He has work tirelessly to build himself into a better person. Someone others would be able to love and care about. While there are a number of people that do l ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read the first book in this series. That said, I don't think it mattered, because as I understand it, this one is set 20 years after the first one. So I don't believe that impacted my enjoyment of, or rating for, this one, and I never felt lost or confused.

I've been really looking forward to reading this author for literally years. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. I expected more given this author's profile, but I didn't find this to be a
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Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of galen foley,historical romance lovers,tortured heros ,
This is the 2nd book in Galen Foley's Ascension Trilogy and it was wonderful,so romantic.Parts of this book was so heartbreaking that you felt the torment of the characters.Ms Foley's heros are of the tormented and tortured variety and I like that,makes for a good read.All I can say is WOW!,will be reading more from this author .The ending was so beautiful and can truly say that this couple really deserved their HEA. ...more
Lady Darcie Guenon
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: myself
My favorite out of this trilogy, it was so cute and romantic. it just makes your heart melt
C Joy
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Shh I'm reading!
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
My first foray into romance, so I'll admit to be biased, but I absolutely loved this book! Intrigue, passion, and all consuming love that heals- be still my tortured teenage heart. It's been years since I've read it, and it may be time for a reread just to see if Santiago and his princesa still warm my heart. ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i love this book it has a mixture of love and hate
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED, LOVED this book! It is one of my top three, for sure. I didn't read the first in the series. I am definitely going to read the third, though. ...more
Lucie "a heart so wild"
Good very romantic, my first experience to read with 'bodyguard' theme. Excellent. Great chemistry with great tensions before the love-scene. Gaelen Foley is a great romance writer! ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
Believe this could easily be my favorite book by Gaelen Foley! It's magical:) ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicals
I absolutely LOVE Gaelen Foley. I can't get enough of anything she writes. ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Steamy Historical Romance; Tortured Heroes
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There are a few of my favorite authors who’ve not yet failed me once (meaning I’ve not yet rated any of their books below four stars and the majority of them were keepers). Gaelen Foley is one of them, and Princess just became the latest book I’ve read by her that has earned keeper status from me. It was an incredible read full of adventure, passion, and romance. I’m always up for a tortured bad boy hero, and Darius is definitely one of those. His torment runs deep and th
Ivana Azap Feješ
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Darius has many "issues" from his past, but unfortunately they are only describe in about 1 page towards the end. It would've been great if Foley would've given more of Darius's history so the reader could've understood him a little better. Seraphina is princess of Ascention, daughter of Allegra and Lazar, and loved by Darius..even though he fights that feeling. She has pledged herself to Darius and will stop at nothing to "win" him.

The angst! There is so much angst! Quick! Pound your head again
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Princess is the second in Gaelen Foley's Ascension trilogy. I loved The Pirate Prince. Foley's books are what I call "classic, traditional" romance novels. Straight out the '70s (even though they were written near the end of the 90s). Rife with words like "manhood" and "woman's flesh." Things that make me simultaneously cringe and laugh. In The Pirates Prince, I could overlook it, because the story was so good. In Princess, I couldn't do the same. There was a teaser for Princess at the end of Th ...more
K.C. Bateman
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun napoleonic-era romance set in an unusual (fictional) island location. Bad boy bodyguard Darius Santiago and feisty Princess Serafina make an enjoyable team.
Andrea AKA Catsos Person
I give this book 1 1/2 stars because It was steamy. The author does steamy well. However, the author used the word s-e-x or a variation thereof. Mary Balogh bandies variations of this word in her regency romances on far too many occasions. I consider once per book to be to often . How I hate seeing that word in a historical romance. It really has no business being used at all IMHO. Keep the word S-E-X and it's variants out of historical romances! It ruins the illusion.

Oh dear! I really had troub
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Angsty hero. Check.
Unbelievably beautiful, spoiled heroine with heart of gold. Check.
"I've loved you forever" trope. Check.

In spite of (or maybe because of) these things, I still found myself fully engrossed in the story. I enjoyed the evolution of their relationship.

What kept this from being 5 stars was really the portrayal of Serafina's parents, for whom I felt a great affection after reading the first book of this trilogy. I realize it's hard to maintain the fully fleshed out characters of on
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Loved the book. Gorgeous hero and heroine, hot lovin'. The side story/mystery was even exciting. ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Okay, I just have one thing to say about this book: the breast suckling scene. Wow and wtf?
Solange Henry
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
same thing with the 2 nd book
Annette Meier
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very tantalizing and adventurous story!
This is just what the doctor ordered for my book blahness lately. This was the perfect historical romance with just the right amount of adventure and romance.
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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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