Prince Nikolai Romanovin is bored out of his bejeweled crown with London's society scene. If he has to make inane small talk or dance with one more tongue-tied virgin, he might actually run off. So when he gets word his beloved grandmother might be in danger back in his homeland of Oxenburg, Nik is all too willing to rush to the estate she's been staying in in the snow-capped mountains of Scotland. Arriving in secret only to find his grandmother missing, Nik devises a plan to switch identities with a member of his honor guard so he can move around freely without the pomp and circumstance that comes with the Crown Prince title. He relishes the freedom that comes with losing his title, until he spots her...
While her five older sisters all enjoyed seasons, got married to men of high station, and had children of their own, Ailsa, the baby of the family, was left at home to be raised by her absent father and her sharp-witted, but ailing grandmother after losing her mother in childbirth. Now twenty-nine years old, the sole caretaker of her grandmother, and the entrenched mistress of the castle, Ailsa has resigned herself to living at the castle and enjoying the amusements offered - spending time with her grandmother, copious amounts of reading, wild rides through the moors, and the occasional ball in the local town. All in all, it's a satisfying, if sedate, life . . . But when she meets a guard more handsome, and far more arrogant and sure of himself than any man she's ever met, she's determined to figure out his secrets, no matter the cost.
This book had everything historical romance readers will love. There's mystery, intrigue, kidnapping, disguises, betrayal, attempted murder, a strong heroine, and a very alpha hero. Nik and Ailsa do not start off on the right foot. Through a series of letters, Ailsa thinks the prince is an empty headed charmer caring little for his grandmother, who is visiting Ailsa's grandmother. He was so eager to be rid of her, he dropped his poor grandmother off at the door and left immediately. On the other hand, Nik thinks Ailsa is a dowdy old spinster and incapable of handling his demanding grandmother so she pesters him with letter after letter. When Nik's grandmother and male firned are kidnapped, he and Ailsa have to work together to figure out not only who took them, but also why they were kidnapped in the first place. The banter between these two as they journey through Scotland in their search, is uproariously hilarious. Ailsa brought a reality check to Nik's world while the two used their wits and intelligence to finally figure out who the culprit was. And I will admit I didn't see that coming. I can't say much more without giving it all away, so go pick up your own copy of this book today!!!
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