Tracy’s rating: 3/3.5 of 5 stars
Series: Regency Royals. #3
Release Date: November 16, 2021
With things at home becoming unbearable, Miss Priscilla Linfield jumps at the chance to attend the Royal wedding on Athawick with her best friend Lady Ophelia, sister of the Duke of Gilmore. After several failed seasons Priscilla knows that this trip is likely her last chance to find a husband and if she doesn’t make a match, she has a backup plan, one that will guarantee that she is no longer welcome in polite society. When she shares her options with Ophelia, she suggests that Priscilla set her sights on King Grantham and offers to help. But it is actually his brother, Prince Remington “Remi” that catches her eye and who in turn offers to tutor Priscilla in flirtation.
Remi has been restless since returning from England and feels like a man without purpose, especially since his playboy lifestyle has begun to bore him. His family has always been his anchor and now that his sisters have found love, they will soon be heading back to England, and his relationship with his brother the king is strained, as Grantham is struggling with his duties and the ongoing unrest among his people, that just leaves his mother, the queen, but he doesn’t want her turning her matchmaking sites on him, so helping Priscilla land Grantham is perfect – as his mother will be able to direct her attention at Grantham and leave Remi in peace.
Remi won’t deny that he is attracted to Priscilla, but fights the draw until it is clear that Grantham is not the man for Priscilla. It is then that Priscilla shares her backup plan and asks Remi for lessons. Remi happily agrees but makes it clear that their affair will be temporary. Priscilla has developed feelings for Remi that go beyond the desire she can’t deny, but she knows there is no future for them. Or is there?
This book picks up shortly after the end of the previous book and all the siblings and the queen are featured in this story as well as the surprise addition of the Duke and Duchess of Gilmore and Lady Ophelia who were all part of the “Three Mrs” series. The book is well-written and is steamier than the other books in this series, but I felt like it lacked substance, the mystery, and intrigue from the first two books was missing in this installment, and the ending felt rushed and incomplete. This is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone title with no problem. Despite my lackluster feelings for this book, I am looking forward to Grantham’s story.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*