STORY: “I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.
REVIEW: The story begins in Autumn of 2007 when Rebecca (Bex) Porter arrives in England from America to take art classes at Oxford. She is immediately immersed with lots of fun students including Heartthrob Heir Nicholas (Nick), Prince of Wales. Of course, Bex is intrigued by Nick and finds him as handsome as she has ever heard, but does her best not to pant after him.
Bex had left her twin sister, Lacey, back in the U.S. attending medical school which had been Lacey’s dream. It was difficult for them to be apart from each other as they had always been so close. However, she dives right in with her new friends and participates in all of the drinking games and fun activities which is part of the Oxford scene.
Bex and Nick soon become friends and spend lots of time in her room watching American DVDs and just relaxing. Nick has his bodyguards close by but the press has agreed to not pester him while at Oxford in exchange for occasional interviews with Nick and his brother, ginger-haired and fun-loving Freddie.
Before long, Bex and Nick start to date and become lovers. Trying to keep their relationship from the press becomes more and more difficult. However, with the help of their friends and Freddie, they manage to have a relationship. Soon, Lacey sees what her sister is enjoying and decides to chuck it all and join her. Happy as Bex is to see her, her presence soon causes big problems.
Pressure from the royal family and the press continues to build which makes it very hard for them. The Family feels that an American is just not the person Nick needs to marry.
We see how they party really hard while hiding from the spotlight of the press. The stress of maintaining their love while the royal family tries to freeze Bex out leaving her on the sidelines watching Nick as he performs his duties and interacts with beautiful girls, slowly begins to break Bex’s heart.
As the years pass, Bex and Nick work at maintaining their relationship and love but find it very difficult to do. However, they are finally engaged and a wedding is planned which blossoms into even more problems.
Will they be able to overcome the odds and finally be married?
As the world awaits the birth of William and Kate’s second baby, this book was published at the perfect time. Followers of William and Kate will love this novel.
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