Here’s my take on The Prince’s Special Bride by Devika Fernando.
Marie doesn’t believe in fairytales and needs no handsome prince to rescue her from misery – but everything changes when she falls in love with Crown Prince Christian of Taragonia. When his sister invites Marie to the palace, their lives collide and leave them both fighting their forbidden attraction.
Prince Christian has no place in his life for love or for a woman who doesn’t fit into the royal scheme of things. But vivacious Marie steals his heart and puts all he has lived for at stake. When the media gets wind of their affair, he has to make a difficult decision.
Will the unlikely couple have a chance at a happy ending?
When Olivia comes to the Maldives to spend some time alone before she gets married to a King and loses her freedom, she meets Marie, a night manager of the resort where she stays. On her freedom vacation, Olivia and Marie become best friends. Towards her last days of holidays, Christian comes to take back Olivia and that’s when sparks fly between Christian and Marie. They both feel attracted to each other at first sight but their love does not blossom as Christian has to go back.
When Marie goes to attend Olivia’s wedding the lost attraction wakes up once more. Will this time they would give up on their attraction? Is it more than just attraction? How will Marie adjust to a new Royal lifestyle? Is Christian her Prince Charming? Read the book to find out everything.
Coming to the review, let me state this: I’m an active fan of Devika Fernando’s writing. Like her earlier books, The Prince’s Special Bride too is well-written. When it comes to describing the surroundings in the story, Devika Fernando gives her best. The writing is smooth, which makes the reading more enjoyable. The Prince’s Special Bride is written in a simple manner and doesn’t strain your brain while it comes to the vocabulary as well.
Personal view: The best thing about Devika Fernando’s stories is the portrayal of strong female characters. Be it Olivia or our heroine Marie, they both know when to stand up for themselves and be their own saviors. Characters as such portray qualities which I like to read in female personas. Marie is a true example of why one’s self-respect should be above everything.
Christian, the Crowned Prince of Taragonia, is tall, handsome, and royal – everything that would charm a woman; and our heroine is no exception. He is shown as a responsible prince who is loved by his people and a bit mysterious, which adds to his charms. He stands for his woman and is not afraid to show his affection towards her. He is a perfect novel hero in most of the cases.
Well, I grew up watching Cinderella so love stories like these always fascinated me. When I got the chance to read this book, I could not let it pass. I’m glad I read this book because reading The Prince’s Special Bride was better than watching Cinderella (no hate to Cinderella lovers out there). I enjoyed reading the book and looking forward to reading further books in the series.
I would like to give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.
I was expecting a bit more of romance in the book but I felt it had more of drama and less of romance. There were many scenes where the storyline was building but it always ended up with some drama, making it repetitive. I felt there was less interaction between the main characters. I would have loved to see more of the two and more development of their relationship as the story progresses, not only romantically but in other aspects as well.
The Prince’s Special Bride is well written but it was a bit detailed in a few places. Places and backgrounds are beautifully described but it got a little monotonous when I was wishing for story development between the characters, as all I got was descriptions of the surroundings and the events. I’d have enjoyed the story more if it would have been more about the characters and less about the places.
To everyone who loves fairytales with a pinch of drama, handsome Prince-Charmings, and a damsel in distress (though our heroine knew how to slay her own dragons perfectly) you can go for this book. The Prince’s Special Bride is a perfect pick if you want to dive in the world of the royal kingdom and its royal romance.
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