To Charm a Prince by Patricia Grasso

Tormenting love scenes, torturous characters, surprises that didn’t leave a smile on your face and some that did, eternal romance, and endless ups and downs, but amazing to read.

“She is Samantha Douglas, second daughter of a scandalously impoverished earl, a quiet, unassuming miss who is literally swept off her feet at her first London ball by a dashing, mysteries stranger who awakens the passionate woman inside…

He is Prince Rudolf Kazanov, heir to the Russian throne, who has fled his homeland with his English mother and young daughter-and most of the Kazanov fortune.  Though hard and cynical when it comes to matters of loyalty and love, he is enchanted by Samantha’s delicate beauty and sweet innocence.  And as passion draws her into his world, they race to outwit his enemies, hoping with all their hearts that their story will end happily ever after…”

Samantha our lead is seduced into thinking the Prince likes her but she knows that no one will ever really love her, a cripple.  So she is not surprised he does not call upon her when he said he would.  Six months later Samantha is getting ready for her soon to be marriage to Alexander Campbell whom she doesn’t love but is marrying to end a feud.  But her chance of marriage to him is alerted as Rudolf is back and gets Samantha mixed in with his own problems that are dealing with him and his brother, Vladimir.

After surviving the abduction both Rudolf and Samantha journey off to Scotland to keep Vladimir away.  Upon this journey Samantha soon finds she is losing a battle for her heart but that is not all she is losing.  Samantha loses her reputation, her family, her virginity but along the road she gains Rudolf and three strays.  In Scotland for both Rudolf and Samantha everything is bliss, only thing Rudolf wouldn’t due is remarry again because of his first wife, but when they are summoned back to England the old Rudolf disappears.  He has changed to a new person especially when Samantha finds herself pregnant and refuses to marry.  She doesn’t want to trap Rudolf in a loveless marriage.

But Rudolf gets his way along with the families help and gets her to the alter but his first wife interrupts the ceremony.  Of course Rudolf does end up marrying Samantha a few days later, but he had to order her to do it.  But their marriage is anything but bliss.  Rudolf continues to order her around and goes out at night without her to balls and the Times writes about it.  The next day Samantha has to read all about it.  But there is all a motive in all of this torture.

As I was reading this book I feel in love with the two characters of Rudolf and Samantha.  They were very realistic with how they fought at their relationship, but they care for each other.  Rudolf can’t show his feelings and is treating her cruelly to keep her away.  He has a secret that would make Samantha leave him.  I wanted to yell at Rudolf for treating her with such crudeness and to cry with Samantha as her heart breaks.  If the book didn’t end with a happy conclusion I know I would have been very angry, so thankfully there was a fantastic ending.

Overall this was a fantastic, wonderful book to read.   Any good book should get a reaction from the reader and it did.  My reaction to this book had my heart  fluttering and pounding in frustration and anticipation to what would happen next.