The Princess Affair – Nell Stark

Lambda Literary FInalistThe Princess Affair - Nell StarkPrincess Alexandra (Sasha) is second in line to the throne. Like all second children in the British Royal family she is the rebel who is determined to break the glass cage around her. She spends her time clubbing, partying and scandalizing the press. She is living a double life, hiding her true self, because she thinks it is easier and more acceptable than being honest with the world. But in reality her anger over the loss of her mother, the withdrawal of her father, and the constant need to pretend to be something she isn’t, is a cancer that is fueling her self-destruction.

When Sasha meets Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan at a reception at Oxford the attraction is obvious. Despite being a player Sasha is drawn to the open honesty and integrity of the intellectual soccer player from upstate New York. Kerry knows this is going nowhere, but like a moth to a flame, she finds it impossible to resist.

Both women want something they can never have. Only time will tell how long they can sustain even the closeted secret of their passion for each other.

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This is a wonderful fairy-tale romance that will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart. For Brits reading this you definitely need to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to dream, but if you can imagine a Cinderella who can help Prince Charming escape from Victorian expectations then this is the book for you.

Nell Stark BioThe writing is elegant, witty and extremely well done. While there are moments of angst when our less than charming princess does not behave at all well, for the most part it is light and filled with humor. Ms Stark’s term at Oxford was clearly well spent noticing not only a wide range of British and Irish scenery and architecture but also absorbing the essence of Englishness.

Kerry and Sasha are delightful. Very human in the frailties, wanting to be better for each other but struggling to overcoming their insecurities and the expectations placed upon them. Sasha’s growth from the spoilt brat to the strong, proud woman who she becomes is joyful to read. The supporting cast are also well penned, from the withdrawn father figure that is recognizably the ‘old-school’ of the English monarchy, to the adorably supportive Artie and Ashleigh who represent the future and the always present, silent but supportive bodyguard, Ian.

This is traditional LesFic romance at its best. Hugely entertaining, completely absorbing and keeping the roller-coaster will-she-wont-she suspense throughout. Definitely one for the reread pile for when you need a 100% feel good factor.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWX8XFS
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