Title: The Princess and the Prix (A Princess Affair Novel #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Nell Stark (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 10, 2015 – 240 pgs
Her Serene Highness Pommelina Alix Louise Canella of Monaco has lived her life as the “ugly duckling” of her glamorous family. But graduate school has kept her too busy to pine for a relationship, and being ignored by the media allows her to devote time to humanitarian projects without interference. Prima donna Formula One racer Thalia d’Angelis knows she’s been hired as a publicity stunt, but that only fuels her desire to be the first woman on an F1 podium. She might be on the verge of making history, but her behavior off the track is as risky as her driving.
The approaching Monaco Grand Prix—the crown jewel of the Formula One circuit—brings them together, but will these opposite and headstrong stars collide, or are they destined to cross?
This is the second book in Stark’s A Princess Affair series. I actually listened to the audiobook of the first in the series, and was looking forward to a good read. I wasn’t disappointed. There’s a lot to like about this book. The playgirl racecar driver and the stuffy academic princess isn’t exactly a combination that seems like it would end well. It was fun to watch the journey each took to open themselves up to the possibility of a relationship with the other.
I have to admit, I’m not a racing fan. However, I found it fascinating to read about Formula One racing. Admittedly, America seems to have fallen in love with NASCAR a lot more, but the tracks in Formula One would definitely be more challenging. I also wasn’t aware of all the physical strain the drivers went through. So thank you to Stark for the mini-education. I really enjoyed it.
There were two reasons for the loss of that half star. One, while I enjoy reading these stories, I’m not sure how well it would really go if a Royal actually did come out. So for me, at least, there’s a kind of disconnect between reading this and what I believe would happen ‘in the real’ world. I’d be interested in reading what the fallout for Alix is, especially with her family. However, that would probably be a whole new book, so I feel it was a good choice for the story to end right before we found out. The other reason had to do with Thalia, the playgirl racecar driver. She’s so adamant about not wanting to ‘settle’, that it’s a little difficult to credit the complete about face she makes. I’d like to hear a little more of her thoughts on why she made this enormous change. I understand why she gave up that type of behavior for the race season. I’m a little more unclear on what makes her decide to make it a permanent change.
Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable read that kept me turning pages until I finished.
Author of the following lesbian romance novels:
1) Running With the Wind (Bold Strokes Books, 2007)
2) Homecoming (Bold Strokes Books, 2008)
Co-author (with Trinity Tam) of the EVERAFTER paranormal romance series:
1) everafter (2009)
2) nevermore (2010)
3) nightrise (2011)