A prince’s surprise twins may turn his royal marriage into something more?
Prince Gabriel Alessandro’s top priority is continuing the family line, and he’s found the perfect bride-to-be in Lady Olivia Darcy. While their royal marriage is not based on love, he desires her. Making a baby together will be pure pleasure. Then Gabriel learns he is already a father to twins.
Olivia surprises Gabriel with her acceptance of his motherless girls, making him believe their loveless union could blossom into something more. But Olivia’s agreement conceals a devastating secret. In danger of losing the dynasty he so desires, will he risk choosing love over duty?
I’ve been reading quite a lot of books with an MOC trope lately, and this book is one of the better ones I’ve read.
Prince Gabriel Alessandro is the crown prince of Sherdana. He is expected to marry not for love but for duty. His intended bride is Lady Olivia Darcy. To Gabriel, she is the perfect queen and mother to be. But there are some hiccups along the way. Gabriel’s old lover died and left him with two-year old twins. Not only that, Olivia is keeping secrets as well.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the chemistry between Olivia and Gabriel. I was a bit worried especially when Gabriel’s old lover dropped a bomb on him. I’m not fond of books where the hero is pining for another woman. But slowly but surely, their relationship started gaining steam and we get to witness Gabe starting to fall slowly but surely in love with Olivia. I loved how he protected her from the press and how he stood by her.
Olivia for her part came off as too saintly for the most part. I mean, she eagerly accepted another woman’s children. But her character got better — more well rounded as the story progressed and I understood why she was accepting of Gabriel’s kids. On the outside, she was the perfect queen to be but in reality, she couldn’t be more wrong for Gabriel. I won’t divulge the details why but Olivia’s struggle made me tear up a little bit.
But the best part of the book for me was probably towards the end when Gabriel sets out to prove that he loves Olivia not for the heirs that she could provide but love her for who she is. Oh gosh, Gabriel’s gesture made me swoon. I could totally say it’s one of the most romantic gestures I’ve read in a while. It was perfect. It proved once and for all that this two really fell in love with each other and it wasn’t just a marriage of convenience to them.
ARC provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.