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Two princes. One bride. A dire misunderstanding…
Geo and Dmitri are the princes of Tybiria. Though Geo is the obvious athlete, it's bookish Dmitri that yields the credit - and consequences - for slaying a foreign prince. But whose arrow really struck the boy?
Luccia Camerlane is the Baron of Backshore’s enigmatic daughter...as well as Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri.
When Dmitri is abducted by the deranged King of Llewes, star-crossed lovers Geo and Lucie must set aside their woes and differences to rescue the Crown Prince from the formidable Wintersea fortress. A precocious castle ward, a fascinating love-quadrangle, and a hit-woman harlot complete this action packed rom com in another wickedly fast-paced fantasy adventure from C.K. Brooke, author of The Red Pearl and the Books of Jordinia.
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Michele DeLuca on Goodreads wrote:
Come join Geo and Lucy [sic], as they join forces to save Dimitri. Find out about their incredible quest, an adventure that includes lost boys, swamps, sea creatures...
Ray Simmons on Readers' Favorite Book Reviews & Award Contest wrote:
I read this book once and could not stop until the end. When I opened it a second time to refresh my memory so I could leave a review, I read it through again, staying up long past my bedtime.
The story starts the way most fairy tales end, with the heroine chosen as the bride of a prince. Although bespectacled, uncoordinated and with his nose always in his book, Crown Prince Dmitri is a likable and handsome man. Unfortunately, in author CK Brooke's fast-paced story, Lucie's betrothed is "The Wrong Prince." It is his brother, Geo, who really owns Lucie's heart. Because she wants to do right by her family and her country, she vows her beloved will never know of her true feelings, but when Dmitri is kidnapped by an enemy of her nation, she stubbornly insists on joining Geo's quest to save him. The pair's trust and admiration for each other grows with every step of the adventure, which is fraught with thieving forest urchins, underground rebels and a “lady of the night’ who is also a hired killer. Meanwhile, Dmitri, imprisoned and left to die in the castle keep, forms an unlikely friendship that could save them all. Don’t choose this as bedtime reading if you hope to get a full night’s sleep!
Look alike princes have been a trope in literature for a long time. There are a lot of books like this because the trope works. With the right writer wielding the pen, you can even get a classic. The best example of this that I can think of right now is The Man in the Iron Mask. It was my favorite story developed around this trope until I read The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke. Don’t get me wrong. They are different kinds of story at different levels of levity. The Wrong Prince is a lighter read. But in the final analysis, I just found it more fun and enjoyable. I like romance. I like swashbuckling, and I like drama. When you throw in well written combat scenes between two medieval armies, for me that’s a hard combination to beat. Good writing can take these elements to the top of the bestseller charts and I suspect that will happen in the case of The Wrong Prince.
I like everything about this novel, to be honest. I like the brothers. I like that they resemble each other, but that their personalities are very different. I like that they look out for each other. In many feudal stories, the brother bond is given a very bad rap. Two princes who act like good, normal brothers is refreshing. I like the plot and I like the writing style that moves it along. Everything was set at just the right level for this type of genre novel. I would pick up another C.K. Brooke novel in a heartbeat.