- Series: Cordina's Royal Family
- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Silhouette; d edition (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373285205
- ISBN-13: 978-0373285204
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cordina's Royal Family: Gabriella & Alexander: Affaire Royale\Command Performance Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
These particular stories by Roberts are shorter and less complex than some of her other books, so I imagine that hardcore Roberts fans might be disappointed. However, if you are looking for an easy and light read, that has a bit of suspense, and lots of romance, you won't be disappointed .
The first book, An Affaire Royal, is about the royal family's daughter, Princess Gabriella. She is kidnapped, and when she's found, they discover she has no memory of what has occurred, or who kidnapped her. A dashing American friend of the family, Reeve, is hired to protect Gabriella, and ends up falling in love with her in the process.
Throughout the story, there is the mystery of who is behind the kidnapping, and whether or not Gabriella's memory will return, and when. But the romance between Gabriella and Reeve is what really drives the story.
In the second book, A Command Performance, the story revolves around the heir to the throne - the eldest son of the royal family - Alexander. This installment takes place seven years after An Affaire Royal. It begins when Alexander requests that a friend of his sister (Gabriella) bring her acting troupe to Cordina, to put on some performances for charity. This friend is Eve Hamilton, who played a small but important role in the previous book.
Eve had a schoolgirl crush on Alexander years ago, but now has no time for anything but her troupe. She never expects to find herself falling for the heir to the throne yet again.Read more ›
While this was a reprint and combination of two earlier works I felt that a little re-editing to make up for lacking skill wouldn't have been amiss. the second story of Alexander and Eve was the one I though posed the most promise and yet the characters were flat, lack luster and the situation completely unbeleivable. The smoking and the misunderstanding that continue on and on I could handle. It was the poor writing, the plot that wasn't really thought out and the lack of any truely interesting secondary characters. Add to that references to previous works in the series that due more to clutter the work than anything else.
I was just surprisingly disappointed with this work. The lack of imagination and skill shown in Roberts later books left me feeling cheated.
I've never had an issue with Nora Roberts' books before this, but I believe for her to write in this abuse - and seemingly condone it, as the characters a) never address it again and b) stay together - is a HUGE misstep.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is really a good book. Plenty of romance and royal family connection. You wonder if the 2 people will ever get together, It keep you interested in the story.Published on October 22, 2011 by ladybug
oh my gosh these two books were magical...
in Affaire Royal- Brie losses her memory and who better that Reeve to help her remember this is by far a true romance that will have... Read more
This book was a good read. For Nora Roberts fans, it's just one more in the line of must reads.Published on December 12, 2009 by Emeresh
Ewww, the first story of Gabriella is really boring. I didn't even finish it. I skipped to the next story of Alexander and it was better. Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by J. Enyeart
my first Nora Roberts novels..
Affaire Royale and Command Performance has changed my viewpoint of Romance Novels. Read more
Despite all of the excitement of kidnappings, royalty, and terroizes it didn't hide the fact the charactors were dull. Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by Andromeda
Well, ma wife lurves Nora Robersta nd beign the inteligent man I am, I thought to my self that I would read some high class mystery. Read morePublished on June 10, 2006 by Terrance Cletus Godiva Turrent