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The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 17, 2007

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Bestselling author London works a charming Regency twist on the story of Beauty and the Beast in the second installment of her Desperate Debutantes series, following last year's The Hazards of Hunting a Duke. Impoverished socialite Greer Fairchild has set out for her childhood home in Wales to collect a badly needed inheritance, which is thought to be controlled by the glowering Rhodrick Glendower, earl of Radnor. An unctuous fellow traveler named Owen Percy tells horrifying stories of Rhodrick, known locally as the prince of Powys, and when the pair arrive at his gloomy castle, the hulking Rhodrick confirms Percy's most troubling stories. Domineering, vulgar and possibly even murderous, Rhodrick holds Greer captive until she can produce proof of her identity. Eventually, Percy sets off to get help, and Greer reluctantly settles in, waiting for the letter from London that will validate her claims on the inheritance. As Greer and her host overcome their animosity and succumb to rising passion, further complications arise in a mystery from Greer's past. London's love story is tense and tender, held aloft by endearing, dynamic characters. (May)
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Greer arrives in Wales thinking she is finally about to locate her much-needed inheritance only to find that instead her money has been given away to Rhodrick Glendower, Earl of Radnor and the Prince of Powys. Greer's traveling companion, Owen Percy, who claims Rhodrick has also stolen his inheritance, convinces Greer to accompany him to the Prince of Powys' estate, where they will demand their rightful bequests. Once they arrive in Llanmair, Greer quickly discovers the infuriatingly arrogant prince refuses to simply hand over her money until Greer successfully proves who she is to him. Now, until a letter from her cousin arrives, Greer finds herself trapped in a castle with a dark, brooding prince, whose kisses are almost enough to tempt Greer to completely forget why she came to Wales in the first place. Two superbly matched protagonists clash with splendidly sexy results in the second in London's latest wickedly witty, smartly written Regency romance trilogy. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416516166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416516163
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters historical romance series, and the Homecoming Ranch contemporary romance series. She is a six time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By dizzheart on May 15, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Some reviewers have said that the heroine is stupid. I would say rather that she is not a 19th century woman in her mindset; a 19th century woman (one not of the servant class) would not have travelled to a single man's home, let alone have stayed there isolated and unchaperoned, and then have expected to just go back to her life as it had been before. She would have been ruined. Ruin didn't just mean some ladies sneered at her; she would not have been allowed into decent homes and her options (if her family didn't pay her to go away & live somewhere else quietly) would have been marriage to anybody at all, or prostitution, or starvation. No social safety net in regency England! These ideas are given lip service only in the book; it's clear that the heroine doesn't believe them and neither does the author.

Both the central characters are 21st century people in 19th century clothes, so the book should be judged as a sex fantasy, rather than a historically based novel. As a sex fantasy it has too little erotica for those who like that sort of thing and too much for those who don't.

The author has a pleasant writing style that doesn't grate, otherwise I would have tossed it aside, because there's nothing very new or different about it. However, it wasn't so dull that I didn't finish it, and if I put everything I know about regency mores aside, it's mildly entertaining. Nevertheless I felt that this author has done much better books, and there are other books out there much more worth the money and the time.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Lou on June 2, 2007
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"The Perils of Pursuing a Prince" is a dismal follow-up to "The Hazards of Hunting a Duke". Greer Fairchild is the most idiotic heroine I've encountered in years, and I must confess I'm generally quite forgiving. It's not even that she's too impulsive or headstrong, it's that her thoughts don't seem to belong to one person, and, as several other reviewers have noted, although she seems to give lip service to a knowledge of society's rules of behavior for young, unmarried women, her actions don't reflect any of it. She's entirely taken in by the scoundrel in the story, she's beyond rude to the Prince for the first two weeks she is a guest in his home, and I see no consistent rationale for her actions. At one point, she's at Kendrick, cleaning a room, and imagining her future, either married to the Prince, or simply continuing their relationship as lovers. Later that day, he proposes marriage to her, and she responds as if he's crazy and says she hadn't previously considered the possibility of marriage. On top of that, she goes on about how she couldn't imagine life away from London after she spent the afternoon dreaming about living at Kendrick! Makes no sense, whatsoever! She is rude, devious, and stupid, and I can't imagine what Rhodrick could possibly see in her. As the book progressed, I found myself thinking less and less of him for wanting her. At the end of the story, one of her cousins - Ava, I think - makes some comment about how she had to love him for putting up with Greer, and I could only think, `absolutely!' I can't think of one endearing quality to her.

The plot itself is all over the place, too. Much is made of the magic of Wales and ghosts and such, but it's all kind of vague.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cb VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
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I picked up this book because of the author and finished it with hope that author would make a awful story better. In this novel immature Lady Greer goes to Welsh to get her inhertance. She trust the wrong person and believes lies and in the end finds herself a unwanted housequest the Prince of Powys. I really like the prince. The last 1/4 of the book was very good but save your money and pick it up at the library.

If you enjoy this genre I would suggest 'What an Earl Wants' by Shirley Karr, 'Secrets of a Duchess' by Kaitlin O'Riley and 'A Lady At Last' by Brenda Joyce.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Reade on June 8, 2007
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The next installment of the Desperate Debutantes series does not disappoint! With shades of Beauty and the Beast and gothic overtones, Perils offers a love story that builds in classic fashion, with a brooding hero slowly discovering his love for the unflappable woman in his midst. Greer starts on her journey simply looking for her inheritance, a means to support her sisters, but she finds so much more in Rhodrick, the man who vexes her, intrigues her, and ultimately charms her (and the reader right along with her!).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 24, 2007
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Lady Greer Fairchild has come to Wales, and to the home of the Earl of Radnor, aka the Prince of Powys, Rhodrick Glendower, to claim her inheritance. She has the extreme misfortune of arriving with Rhodrick's enemy, Mr. Owen Percy, which immediately raises Rhodrick's hackles and his suspicions. He cannot trust Greer as he fears she may be in cahoots with Percy and that man has ruined enough lives. So, in an attempt at compromise, Rhodrick agrees to give Greer her inheritance if she can provide solid proof of her identity.

In the mean time, Greer is to stay at Rhodrick's home, his unwilling captive, while she waits for a letter from her cousins back in London. Greer is sure Rhodrick is an odious and vile man, but as she comes to unravel the mystery surrounding him and begin to understand the kind of man he is, her heart warms to his gruff personality. Appearances can be deceiving and Greer is starting to realize that in her captivity, she may have found a true friend and a true love match.

Julia London wows and impresses with this second book in her Desperate Debutantes series. Greer and Rhodrick hardly seem like a match made in heaven. She is a social butterfly, very happy amongst the parties and events in London. But there is depth to Greer and she shows it in surprising and subtle ways, even with something as simple as chatting with the servants or enjoying Rhodrick's humor. For his part, Rhodrick never expected to find love again. Scarred both physically and emotionally, Rhodrick has always been content in his little corner of the world, but Greer opens up new yearnings in his heart. Even with distrust standing between them, neither can deny the strong feelings that grow every day of Greer's stay in his home.
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