Having always enjoyed the legend that surrounds Robin Hood I knew that The Prince and I was a novel that I had to read. Quickly this book became one of the best selections of books to review that I have made this year as I loved the thrilling adventure and the sweep-you-off your feet romance-both which accompanied this story.
From a reviewer's point of view I believe that there is a great deal to love about this story. However what stood out to me the most was not necessary the romance, but instead the characters. Both the heroine and the hero as individuals switched places within this book. Lady Murian is not the damsel-in-distress that I originally that her to be and instead it was in fact Murian herself that claimed the role of Robin Hood in this tale. Normally I would consider such a switch to be huge negative in a romance novel and yet Hawkins invented realistic characters that were very convincing within their parts.
As for Prince Gregori I was somewhat concerned that he would somehow lose his masculinity since Murian was a strong-witted heroine, but my fears were quickly diminished upon my introduction to him. Both he and Murian proved to be a couple that were more than capable of surviving even the greatest of life's obstacles together in order to achieve their happily-ever-after.
Lastly I want to point out that prior to this book I had never read a novel written Hawkins. This is somewhat shameful for me to admit considering the fact that the author is a remarkable storyteller and possibly one of my favorite new discoveries in the writing industry. I am immensely looking forward to continuing the The Oxenburg Princes series as I am to all future releases by the author.
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins, the lively and sizzling second book in a new fairytale-based Scottish historical romance series, The Princes of Oxenburg.
Max Romanovin, Oxenburg’s warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a house party deep in the Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians led by a man the locals have dubbed “The Scottish Robin Hood.” The battle-savvy prince instantly realizes there’s something different about this thief, and it’s not just the Scottish accent—it’s the fact that “he” is really a “she.”
Lady Murian, a young widow out for revenge against the powerful earl who killed her husband and stole his birthright, is now living in the woods with her family’s banished retainers. To stay alive, she and her band of men rob rich nobles coming to visit the evil earl. But when she ambushes the Prince of Oxenburg’s golden coach, she gets far more than she expected. For when the prince uncovers her true identity, she’s afraid that he might be the real thief…of her heart.