Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review for To Catch A Princess by Caridad Pineiro

To Catch a Princess
By Caridad Pineiro

Publisher: Entangled: Ignite
Release Date: August 12, 2013

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 191 Pages

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Book Description: 

Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief...or trust the heart of her true love.

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My Review

A Russian royal hiding in plain sight, a Russian princess trying to avoid an arranged marriage and a jewel heist all take center stage in Caridad Pineiro’s To Catch A Princess.  With likable main characters, good dialogue, the right amount of intrigue and mystery and a sexy romance, Ms. Pineiro grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go.  With the action taking place in both the U.S. and Monaco, Ms. Pineiro gives us a whirlwind romance with a little mystery, and reminded me of some of my favorite classic Hollywood films.

Young, beautiful and a royal, Princess Maria Theresa Tatiana Christiania Ivanov is used to living life on her own terms.  Second in command of the family business in the U.S., she never imagined her parents would have agreed to an arranged marriage on her behalf and expect her to go through with it.  Determined to marry for love, Tatiana has no intentions of marrying a stranger.

Police Detective Peter Roman has three secrets; his real identity, Russian Grand Prince Pyotr Romanovich, a private family secret, and the fact that he’s the only son of Grand Duke Roman Alexandrovich – and Tatiana’s intended husband.  Though determined never to marry, Peter can’t help but be attracted to Tatiana – the younger sister of Alexander, his best friend.  When an international jewel thief targets Tatiana’s charity fundraising event in Monaco, Peter finds himself volunteering to be her personal guard. 

The scenes between Tatiana and Peter are full of smoldering chemistry, lively dialogue and light humor.  Both secretly attracted to the other, neither one is willing to risk losing their friendship.  Only Peter knows he has to tell Tatiana about who he really is if he wants to have a chance at saving whatever relationship they already have.  Angry at being lied to, Tatiana isn’t sure she can forgive Peter for his lies of omission.  Ms. Pineiro does a good job developing both Tatiana and Peter, their attraction and their romance.  I really enjoyed watching them fall in love.

The secondary characters were interesting and contributed quite a bit to the story, especially Tatiana’s family and the international jewel thief known as the “Thief of Hearts”.  While you would expect the villain to have been the jewel thief, he’s really only the secondary villain; the primary villain is another character and is a nasty piece of work.

Will Tatiana and Peter realize their love for each other is destined – even if they both opposed an arranged marriage?  Will they both make it out of Monaco alive and in good health?  And will the jewel thief end up having a heart of gold?  You’ll have to read To Catch a Princess; I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Pineiro’s work.  

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I did not receive any additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided. 

A bit about Caridad:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library.  Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released.  Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of more than thirty published novels and novellas.  When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista. 


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