Wednesday, April 27
I think every great fairy tale romance should begin "Once Upon a Time..." It has to be one of the best and most memorable first lines to begin a story with. First lines set the tone of the entire story you are about to read. Beginnings are just as important as endings, but the stuff in the middle is where the real magic happens don't you think?
Will and Kate are about to embark on the "beginning" of their married life together and I hope they are supremely happy together. And even though their life together is sure to be filled with trials and tribulations I hope they find their own happily ever after...much like the heroes and heroines in some of my favorites romances featuring Princes and their brides. Here are some of my favorites...
- The entire Royal Brotherhood series, In the Prince's Bed, To Pleasure a Prince and One Night with a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries. This is one of the first series that I have read by Ms. Jeffries and one thing I can say is that I have never been disappointed by one of her romances....much like Lisa Kleypas.
- Then there are two early Gaelen Foley romances from her Ascension Trilogy that I enjoyed, The Pirate Prince and Prince Charming. I would compare these as far as style and storytelling to the beginning of the Knight Miscellany series (ie The Duke). I adored them (much more than some of her more recent books sadly).
- I'm also a fan of Patricia Grasso's Kazanov series featuring Russian princes. These princes are alpha all the way, and dare I say a little domineering, yet I loved these stories to pieces. It begins with To Charm a Prince, Seducing the Prince, Pleasuring the Prince, Tempting the Prince, and Enticing the Prince (there are a total of 7 in the series, but these are just the one that have Princes as heroes). I picked up To Charm a Prince at a used bookstore and it was a royal find! I've been hooked ever since and was sad when her publisher dropped her last year :( Most of these books are connected to a two other series by this author because she loves to write about families (which I love) so if you decide to check them out you may or may not want to read them in order.
- Since we are already talking about Russian Princes I thought I should mention a few of Susan Johnson's earlier works also featuring Russian Royalty that I read during my early romance reading days. I'm talking about Seized by Love, Love Storm and Golden Paradise. Now I do have to say that since reading those I've broken up my reading relationship with Ms. Johnson's newer romances...and I use romances in the most loosely of terms. I don't know if my tastes have changed since reading her romances, or her writing style has changed. When I first discovered her I read her backlist back to back to the exclusion of other authors....nowadays you couldn't pay me to read one of her new books. And I just can't bring myself to revisit the earlier books to find out if they are still worthy of bookshelf space, so I can't really say that I recommend these reads or not.
- And even though I haven't read Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas I can't help but note it here with all of the other Russian prince romances since Lisa's hero is also...you guessed it, a Russian Prince. Though I can say I haven't met a Kleypas book that I haven't liked....yet :)
- Royal Weddings by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley and Loretta Chase
- Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd
- Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole (one of the only paranormal romance series that I try to keep up on)
- A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (a take on the Cinderella story)
- A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua (a fiery tale retelling of the Cinderella story)
Don't click away yet, because today I need your help in selecting a wedding gown fit for a soon to be Princess. Kate is said to be modern and chic, yet still somewhat traditional. It has also been rumored that her dress will accentuate her slim physique so it could be a body hugging dress, or one to demurely show off her curves. I can't wait to see it! I tried to keep some of these things in mind when narrowing down the limitless possibilities. I hope you find one that you love!
Option 1: Is an A-Line dress with a beaded waist, a sweetheart neckline and a flowy skirt. Very romantic and fit for a Princess!
Option 2: The ball gown. I think this one is so elegant in it's simplicity and would really accentuate Kate's small waist. With a sweetheart neckline and full skirt Kate would look regal indeed walking down the aisle in this dress.
Option 3: The sheath dress. I think this dress would definitely show of Kate's statuesque physique. It has lace on the bodice, a bejeweled jacket and waist and soft cascading ruffles on the skirt. I think this is a very modern look, yet traditional at the same time.
Option 4: The Fit and Flare dress. Otherwise known as the sexy dress :) It's body hugging and sensual. We know that Kate isn't adverse to showing off her body...after all it was her trip down the runway in the see through dress that finally got Will to see her as more than a roommate. Should she wear a more daring dress like this?
Share your favorite Royal Romances and if you haven't voted for your Bridal Bouquet pick there's still time.
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