Summary: Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?
Review: I’m royally surprised. Admittedly, Angie Stanton isn’t a complete foreign name to me. I read her novel, Rock and a Hard Place before and I quite liked it—in a Disney’s Camp Rock sort of way. Did I have huge expectations? Not really, but I expected it to be good. I expected it to entertain to me. And while I wasn’t jumping up and down with joy, I must admit that it delivered the goods and I enjoyed most of it.
Suffocated by his life mandated by everyone around him, Prince Nikolai of Mondovia wanted to temporarily escape his life in the palace. An impulsive decision came to him and he decided to run away. Outside and while touring, he met Becca, a simple American girl who was reluctantly traveling with her family. And in some strange reason they always met and from there sparks flew. They decided to tour around Europe together. Everything seemed to be going on smoothly, until she found out that he wasn’t just an ordinary guy who run away from home. But his real identity was least of her concerns, not only was he was a prince; she was falling for him, too.
This was a sweet story in very, very fictional way. It was formulaic, unoriginal and really unrealistic. But even though it was laced with these negative components, the overall story was still quite enjoyable. I may not have a firsthand experience on what celebrities or famous people do when it comes to their privacy but I’m pretty sure I understand the gist. It was why Nikolai decided to run away. But he knew that this freedom was momentary. But the desire to experience it even for a while, so he can think and sort things out was big step for him on finding what he really wants with his life.
Becca was reluctant to go but it turned out the trip was once in lifetime moment, so much so that she found someone she never expected to meet. She was coming from a break-up—a break-up cause by someone’s betrayal. So she started the trip with her heart out of it. Meeting Nikolai changed things for her. I wasn’t super keen on how fast and hard they developed for each other. But the beautiful sceneries of the cities they went to, the journey they had, and adrenaline of the freedom they got sort of amplified their feelings. So it helped me digest how their relationship turned out.
I’m glad it didn’t dragged Nikolai’s identity like I expected it to, which is good by the way. I’d like that they got to enjoy each other’s company before the jig was up. But what I liked the most that it also showed how their experiences helped them sorted out their issues individually. Him doing all the monarchy stuff, her finding her own stuff and traveling on her own. They still who they are when they began: he was still a prince and she was still a commoner BUT with slight different attitude now. How they’ll work it out? Who knows? So the ending for me was sorta open-ended, but uncertainties are true in life. They loved each other today and maybe they will still tomorrow…again, who knows?
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Since we both have some time to travel, I thought maybe you’d like to find another bridge and add a lock.” — Nikolai