Prince Diego Navarro is the “spare” to his brother's "heir". While Raoul performs his crown prince duties with the appropriate sense of nobility and poise, Diego’s garnered a bit of a reputation as a playboy - despite the good he does behind the scenes with his favorite charities.
But when tragedy strikes and his sister-in-law is killed in a car accident, Diego knows it's time for the playboy to step up. If not for his brother, then for his niece and nephew, who now find themselves without a mother.
Which is where Rose Walters comes in.
Rose isn't intimidated by money or glitz. The veteran nanny has worked for the rich and minimally famous, but a manor house is no comparison to a castle… or the handsome princes who live there. However, the worst thing she could possibly do is fall for the gorgeous playboy with a surprising heart of gold. He’s a prince; she’s the help. He lives in the tabloids; she loves her privacy. But when her two darling charges start to play matchmaker, Diego and Rose don’t stand a chance.
The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is the first book in Donna Alward's royal duology.
A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters plus the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her romance career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody's Baby, and Someone to Love.
Why The Princes of Marazur?
I’ll confess, I love royalty stories. Years ago, I wrote a book for Harlequin Romance called The Rancher’s Runaway Princess. You see, I wrote mostly Westerns for Harlequin, but this book was a sneaky way to indulge my secret love of glamour and fantasy: I took my princess, Lucy, and plunked her on a ranch in Alberta. The thing was, for most of her life she never knew who her father was. Finding out turned her life upside down. Of course, by the end of the story she goes back to Marazur, my fictional Mediterranean principality. She has two half-brothers, Raoul and Diego, who do their part to welcome her into the family.Of course then I wanted to write the brothers. But more cowboys called my name, and then new series, and they stayed, lingering in the back of my mind. Finally last year I asked my editor at St. Martin’s if they’d be interested in the duet and she said YES! So The Playboy Prince and the Nanny was begun, to be followed by The Crown Prince’s Bride in January.Princess Luciana (Lucy) and her family even have a few cameo appearances!
3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time
Review Copy provided by Publisher via Net Galley
This was a sweet read!
Diego and Rose are both characters that are easy to like and easy to root for.
I really appreciated how Diego matured during the story from a playboy to someone who puts others and their happiness before himself.
This is well written and fun. It does a great job of telling Diego's story while also laying the ground work from Raoul's story to come in the future.
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