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To Charm A Prince (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2003


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  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821774727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821774724
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AVS on March 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow. This book was really something. For the first half, you have your cardboard cutout characters: an arrogant, yet likable prince meets a sweet young girl who has brief flashes of spirit. Very brief. Anyway, our story progresses, the couple fall into lust, fall into bed, even though the prince has sworn never to marry and our heroine has resigned herself to a life as a limping spinster.

Here comes the unwanted pregnancy. Now our prince does a complete 180 and becomes a total you-know-what. He "despises" the heroine, and proceeds to verbally abuse her, humiliate her in front of friends and family, lock her in her room, and force her to marry him, even though he makes it perfectly clear that he can't stand her. What a guy.

The heroine, meanwhile, cries and sobs and feels sorry for herself (with reason),all the while professing her love for the prince, taking his abuse (and her family's), and obeying his every command to "sit" and "stay". Woof woof.

What a disaster. And in the end, all is made clear and they all live happily ever after. Yeah, right. By this time you'll be wishing the prince would get run over by a bus and the heroine would be the one pushing him.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. DeMario on May 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"In to Charm a Prince", readers are treated nee tortured with an "I hate you, don't leave me" mentality. Dubious heroine Samantha varies from righteous indignation, to easy capitulation. She hates Rudolf, she loves Rudolf, she speaks up for herself, she allows herself to be trampled all over. And for a hero Rudolf is sadly lacking. At times incredibly arrogant and rude, he persists in reminding Samantha and the reader that he is a prince and therefore entitled to unswavaring obedience from all his belongings including Samantha.
Were I Samantha and I had been hit in the eye, told I were a piece of chattel, publicly humiliated on a grand scale, and demeaned every day, the prince would have been history. Instead Samantha chooses to take him back time after time only citing the fact that she loves him.
I continued to read the book in hopes that Samantha would come to her senses, her family would intervene or divine providence would assist. As it neared the end and the pages dwindled, I realized that no such thing would happen. The only highlight in this book were the surrounding cast of characters, Aunt Roxie, Samantha's sisters especially Victoria and adopted sons Drake and Grant.
If you choose to read this book, don't be surprised to find yourself banging your head with the book, mentally screaming back at the pages telling Samantha to run and don't look back.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was one of the worse romance novels I've ever read! The "hero" (I use the term very loosely) is absolutely despicable. He shows no respect for the heroine and is very condescending. He's an autocratic, uncommunicative bore who verbally and mentally abuses the heroine throughout the novel. ****SPOILER**** He abducts her the night she intends to announce her engagement and later seduces her, even knowing it will ruin her and knowing he will not marry her. The "heroine" is spineless and in need of some self-esteem. She wallows in self-pity and (to paraphrase the "hero") doesn't know how to do anything aside from cry and vomit (yes, he's surely a prince!). This book defines wall banger and it was a test of my willpower to simply finish it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on October 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a large fan of Ms. Grasso but this read is not what we normally get from this very talented lady. The problem with this read really boils down to characterization. Both lead characters were very hard to like for different reasons. Rudolf may be a prince of Russia but he's just to autocratic to be a romantic lead. Samantha...well, Samantha limps everywhere and she has more pity parties than any heroine I've ever read.

Samantha is getting ready to marry and by doing so bringing an end to the animosity that has been between the Douglas and Emerson's families. But, when the Prince abducts Samantha in an attempt to save her life, things for these two are now much different. Rudolf can't offer marriage and Samantha only wants the chance to live a happy ending with a man that will be willing to overlook her limp. But, try as they might these two people can't escape the attraction that burns between them and when they finally arrive in Scotland, they play house and find out that the attraction between them will not be denied. Now these two must work together to stay one step ahead of a killer that wants not only Rudolf dead, but Samantha as well. Will these two people ever be able to have a happy life?

Again the self-pity and arrogant nature of the two leads took away from the romance just a touch. On the flip side of this coin the conflict between Rudolf and his family was a very good vehicle for the story and in actuality was a saving grace for a story that tended to flounder due to inconsistency between Rudolf and Samantha.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To Charm a Prince suffers from an tyrannical hero; he absolutely ruined this book for me. The secondary characters were either wonderful or ridiculously manipulative and unfeeling.

Prince Rudolph is a displaced Russian Prince living in England. He abducts heroine Samantha the night she is to announce her betrothal to a nice decent man. He whisks her away and seduces her knowing this will likely ruin her chances to marry however he has no intentions of marrying her himself. He is rude and commanding and takes arrogance to a new level, telling her several times not to talk back to a prince whenever she expresses an opinion differing from his. Someone dearly needed to remind his Imperiousness that he was no longer ruling in Russia.

Samantha is a genuinely selfless person but suffers from low self esteem due to an injury causing her to limp. She is authentic and unaffected but way too willing to obey Rudolph.

When she gets out of line, Rudolph is quick to punish her and even worse Samantha's family is approving of his dictates, all except her younger sister. Even when she is locked away in her room, called names and even blamed for her own seduction by Rudolph, her aunt and brother-in-law fall in lock step with Rudolph's punishment.

What saves this book from a one star rating is the sweetness of Samantha, yes she has some confidence issues but she reaches out to others, is kind to animals and fiercely protective of those she loves. If only her hero could have had half of her virtues this would rate higher than two stars.
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