Pampered playboy Prince Ché Vedla of the planet Eiryea is caught in the
middle of conflicting royal intrigues. His family is in danger of
losing face in the Federation because his betrothed has thrown him over for
another man, whom Ché's brother Klark is under house arrest for trying to murder. Ché's
advisors decide the best way around the situation would be for him to marry before
his former fiancée does. But Ché, though willing to do what duty and
honor requires of him, doesn't want to stick around through the process of
finding himself the correct bride. So he hightails it to Earth--and
meets with none other than the sister of the man who stole his fiancée!
To the world at large, independent filmmaker Ilana Hamilton looks
strong woman. But deep down she is afraid. Afraid of
flying. Afraid of commitment. Afraid of having her heart
broken. But one thing she is not afraid of is Prince Ché Vedla.
He's simply the arrogant, annoying, uninvited houseguest (and
soon-to-be-brother-in-law) who turned up on her doorstep unannounced in
the dead of night. Clearly, it's not her fault she doused a Prince of the galaxy with pepper spray!
But sparks are soon flying between the two and before long it looks like things will be getting spicier
than the contents of the canister Ilana erroneously emptied on Ché.
If only he wasn't bound by eleven
thousand years of tradition to marry a Vash Nadah woman who is his equal!
What worked for
the ultra-Alpha male Ché were great characters and the culture clash that
resulted from their interactions was very amusing at times.
I loved the fact that the Conan-type
bodyguard in the story (named Muffin of all things!) really dug
And hopefully Ms. Grant's
vision of the future comes true in at least one respect: all the cars on
the CA freeways in her story are electric.
Ilana was barely described and would have been considered an "everywoman"
character but for the briefest of references to her strong, shapely figure.
What didn't work for me:
Dropping into the middle of
this series wasn't a problem for me as I felt I got a fairly good background on
what was happening in this universe. But those who have already read
"The Star Prince" and
"The Star King" may possibly find themselves scanning past
the background passages so they can find out what's new in the Star
I'd recommend this
sexy, enjoyable story to fans
of futuristic romances, but it's not for sci-fi addicts looking for a book
science between its pages.
Warning: The Prince has a brief
steamy dalliance with one of his courtesans in the beginning of the story, and
there are some other spicy passages later on in the book as well.
If you liked "The
Star Princess" you
might also enjoy
"Star-Crossed Lovers", "Oracle",
the "Darkover" series,
"A Civil Campaign",
"The Petaybee Trilogy", "Khorii", the
"Mike Callahan" series, or
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