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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Marrying the Rebel Prince by Janet Gover - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Lauren has landed her first commission and it's a big one, she'll have the chance to paint a prince. Prince Nicolas is the second in line for the throne. He has quite a reputation, so Lauren isn't sure she's going to like the man. When they meet she can only stare and think about how handsome he is. However, she can't mess up her assignment and has to remain professional. Lauren stands out at the palace, with her colorful hair and regular clothes. She also isn't afraid to speak her mind, even not when dealing with a prince. Will this get her in trouble?

Lauren is painting Nicolas to celebrate his thirtieth birthday. Nicolas is intrigued by the fierce woman who constantly makes him do things that are out of his comfort zone. Unfortunately the life of a prince is never private. When the press finds out about Lauren they won't leave her alone. Juicy stories are being made up and Lauren's whole world is being turned upside down. To finish her painting she spends a lot of time with Nicolas and they're growing closer. Royal life is not for her though, so what will she do when she's finished her painting?

Marrying the Rebel Prince is a wonderful romantic story. I was immediately intrigued by the two main characters, a love story between a prince with a reputation and an eccentric artist makes fabulous reading. I loved Lauren's fiery attitude, she's smart, talented and brave. I admired how she isn't afraid to tell Nicolas the truth. He's a kind man who needs to find direction and Lauren gives this to him. They constantly challenge each other and the sparks that fly between them are amazing. Lauren and Nicolas are a fascinating dynamic couple and their story kept me glued to the pages.

Janet Gover's writing style has a lovely easy flow. I liked her vivid descriptions of Lauren's work, she makes it come to life in a terrific way. I was captivated by the opulence of the palace and enjoyed reading about the good and the bad sides of being royalty. Janet Gover has written an entertaining story filled with adorable love and plenty of surprising twists and turns. Marrying the Rebel Prince is a fantastic feelgood book that warmed my heart and put a big smile on my face.


If you love royalty romance you don't want to miss Marrying the Rebel Prince.

About Janet Gover

Janet Gover was born in Melbourne, Australia. When she was very small, her family moved to a small country town in Queensland. She studied Journalism and Politics at Queensland University. She went on to forge a path in television journalism, she worked as a reporter and producer of news and other factual TV programmes in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Today matched with a Englishman, she lives in West London and works as a consultant, implementing high end digital systems in TV stations and production facilities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Janet Gover published her first short story, called The Last Dragon, in 2002, and since then she published some short stories. In 2007 she won the Romantic Novelists' Association's Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, and now she is part of the RNA's Committee. She published her first romance novel in 2009.


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I love a Cinderella story, don’t you?
Guest post by Janet Gover

I think we all like the idea that today we might be cleaning the oven, but tomorrow we could be dancing at a ball in the arms of a handsome prince. And who doesn’t feel in need of a fairy godmother from time to time?

Although I now live in England – just a few miles from Windsor castle – I grew up in the Australian bush. My town had a population of about 18. That’s not 1800 or even 180. My town had about eighteen people living in it and of course everyone knew everyone else. I was also the only person in the town under the age of about forty. It’s a bit hard to fall in love with the boy next door when he’s about ten miles away. I did try.

I read a lot because there weren’t many other things to do. I read and I rode ponies. I used to dream that my handsome prince would come riding up on his big white horse and carry me away to the bright lights of the big city, where there would be adventures and parties and beautiful dresses.

When he didn’t, I bought myself a medium-sized grey horse named Cassie and started making up my own stories.

Of course, when I grew up, I did leave that tiny town and move to the big city. I became a journalist, and actually reported on several events during the Australian tour of Prince Charles and Diana. I remember thinking how beautiful she was.

My handsome prince, when he came, was on foot and carrying a guitar rather than a ceremonial sword; but I know a prince when I see one.

And I never stopped writing stories.

This particular story was inspired by a visit to an art gallery, and a lovely painting of a young woman in historic costume. My husband commented that the artist must have been in love with the sitter, because the painting was so full of passion. That set the wheels in my head going and this book is where they took me.

I wanted to write a book that said everyone deserves to fall in love, no matter what their family or their past. I wanted to say that love can make each of us a better person than we might otherwise be. And I wanted to say that we should never be scared to dream, no matter how far out of reach that dream might seem.

I love Lauren, the artist who falls in love with the man she is painting. Common sense says no, but she has the strength to follow when her heart says yes. And I love Nick – who discovers being a prince can involve many things not connected to his royal blood.

I always put a secondary love story in my books. There’s a surprising small love story in this one too. I didn’t plan it. It just happened and it actually made me all misty as typed.

I wrote this book a while ago. Long before we knew about Harry and Meghan. It got a little overshadowed by my outback Australian novels. It’s lovely now to have such a fabulous reason to bring it out of the shadows.

Weddings are always a cause for celebration. I always smile when I think back to my own wedding. I hope you will always have memories to make you smile.

And I hope you never, ever stop believing in fairy tales.


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  1. Marrying the Rebel Prince sounds like a heartwarming and fascinating romance showing a side to royal families we don't often think about.

  2. The book sounds like my kind of books !! I love royalty romance !!I wish I could read though. .It's hard getting a good book here in Tanzania East Africa.

  3. Such a perfect book to read around the time of a royal wedding.

  4. how charming - such a wonderful premise xx

  5. Sounds like a great book can't wait to read it.

  6. You know what they say: Paint a picture, it'll last longer.

  7. Marrying the Rebel Prince sounds like my kind of story! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Thanks for shsring, sounds lovely.

  9. I enjoy fun romantic stories! Thanks for the chance!!

  10. Thank you for the chance to win!

  11. Many thanks for the review and giveaway!

  12. I love this cover! Would love to read the book.

  13. Sounds like such a good story.

  14. thanks for the chance to win,sounds great :)

  15. Sounds like a lovely read - thanks for the chance to win

  16. This sounds a thoroughly enjoyable book

  17. I love a Cinderella story too, this sounds really nice.

  18. Looks like a lovely read, fingers crossed

  19. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  20. Oh this sounds like such a great read! I would be so nervous going into the palace! I am excited to read what all happens between them!

  21. Janet's own love story sounds as good as any you'd read!

  22. What a lovely and witty guest post, I really enjoyed it and yes I believe most would love to have a handsome prince whip them off their feet. When I read the title of this prize I immediately thought of Prince Harry, not unusual I'd say :-)