Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: A Prince Of A Guy by Eileen Dreyer

Book coverA Prince Of A Guy by Eileen Dreyer
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When New Yorker Casey Phillips visits the tiny country of Moritania, she simply wants to see where her ancestors came from. Instead, she's mistaken for a princess.

The real princess has been kidnapped, and Crown Prince Eric von Lieberhaven insists Casey—a dead ringer for the missing royal—step into the princess's shoes until she can be freed.

As Casey upends royal tradition, Eric finds himself hoping the cheeky American never returns home. But can a secretary from Brooklyn really find happiness with a prince?

"You don't want to miss this delight." ~RT Bookclub

"Not your average Cinderella story." ~Rendezvous 

Eileen Dreyer has written a delightful romance which has stood the test of time. Even today, this story is sweet, funny and engaging.

This story is set in 1987 and I'm assuming written in 1987, where a princess of a small European country has been kidnapped. I thoroughly enjoyed this throwback read as I grew up in the 80s and I remember the lack of technology. Rescuing a kidnapped princess (though this story is not about that) is very different when there are no smart phones, no social media, no Internet, no infrared photos from satellites and no GPS. I particularly enjoyed the part where Eric and Casey go off on a little recon adventure and Eric has to stop in the local post office to use their phone in order to check in with the palace. Talk about lack of technology when your only phone option is the public phone in the post office!!

Despite the fact that this story was written in 1987 and it has all the hallmarks of its time, I did not feel as though the story itself was dated. A love story is a love story, and this is no different. It is still a well written story of two people getting to know each other and falling in love.
There was only one thing that threw me, and it was the fact that they had unprotected sex. I was too young to know the norms of what was acceptable or not back then since I was only starting to read romance but I'm guess safe sex was not high on the priority list back then? I can't imagine a contemporary written today without even a hint of the mention of safe sex. It didn't detract from the story though.

Let's talk about Eric. Eric is one of those guys you want to take home to meet your mother. He's the kind of guy you want as a boyfriend or better yet, to marry. I read a lot of heroes since I read a lot of romance and while I love many of them, there are few of them I would want for a partner. The sexy ones usually have a bit of a$$h*** in them. Not so Eric. Eric is responsible, down to earth for a prince, kind, generous, funny and an overall great guy. He's sexy too if Casey's reaction to his rugby and polo playing honed body is any indication, but geez, he's just a great guy. Some girls may not like him saying he's too nice, but I like a nice guy and Eric is the quintessential nice guy. It's no wonder Casey fell so hard and so fast for him! I'd bring him home to meet my mother. :-)

Casey is adorable. She's caught in this situation where she's impersonating a princess in order to keep a country stable. She is such a fun heroine. She's spunky, funny and very level headed. She knows who she is and she's not afraid to be herself. I love that even with all the craziness of pretending to be a princess happening around her, she is able to maintain her equilibrium and you fall in love with her because of who she is as a person.

I'll also leave you with this seriously hilarious line which made me LOL while reading:

Somebody was using it as a cleaning closet, hiding brooms and mops and cleaners. Eric shoved Casey right in. "Stay here," he ordered. "If anyone comes along, make a noise like a broom."

This was such a fun read. I think I'm going to pick up the next book which features the kidnapped princess and read that too.

Note: This book has been recently re-released by Eileen Dreyer. Previously published under the name of Katherine Korbel.

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About the author

jsNew York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she's been taking with a friend's ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and
large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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