Line: Mills and Boon Modern/Harlequin Presents
Release month: UK: Nov 2010/ North America : Dec 2010
The S-Factor: Sizzling
Demetria Andreou has only a few hours of freedom left! Playboy prince Kristo Stanrakis must take his brother's place as King of Angyra—and he's planning to take Demetria, his brother's fiancée, for his queen!
Only Kristo realizes innocent Demetria was his for the taking a year ago when, as strangers, they nearly made love on sun-baked white sand. The arrogant king's contempt for his reluctant bride is only matched by his burning desire to finish what they started….
Years ago, the King of Angrya made a marriage contract/agreement for his first born son, Crown Prince Gregor. This arranged marriage would be with the lovely Demetria Andreaou who was ten years younger than Demi. From a very young age, she had been groomed to be their future queen. She was not looking forward to this marriage because it was not a love match and she wanted to pursue her fashion design career. So much so, that she mentioned it time and time again to her father.
She was magnificent with her beauty and she was also a very talented fashion designer. She so wanted to be a success and she had only a year to do so before she married the Crown Prince. She tried to encourage her father to speak with the King to see if after she married, she could continue her career. Of course, he refused. On one particular day while in Angrya, Demi went for a walk on a deserted beach and came across the most handsome man she had ever met in her life. Neither of them recognized each other from their childhood, they just sat watching the sea turtles and then somehow it ended in kissing and touching. One can well imagine when they again saw each other later that night at the palace how they both reacted. Prince Kristo was furious because he thought Demi had betrayed his brother.
As second son, Kristo and his younger brother had been sent away to school, while Gregor had been groomed for being the future King. Kristo was some sort of ambassador and rarely returned home. What neither he nor his younger brother counted on a year later was their father dying. Later on they would both learn from Gregor, that he too dying. Kristo would assume the duty as King; he would also need to marry Demi as his father had originally wanted her as Angrya’s Queen. Can you imagine how this prince must have felt not only loosing his beloved brother but also having the same woman who had betrayed his dying brother? The very same woman he lusted after?
Kristo didn’t trust Demi one bit, in fact he locked her in her room in the place. Demi knew his feelings for her but she couldn’t change the fact that she too lusted after him. She was furious she was a prisoner, that she was expected to wear a wedding dress she had no say in and I died laughing because she literally tore it apart with her bare hands. She finally convinced Kristo to allow her to design and make her own dress, with his approval, of course. On every level, they battled, they argued, they agreed to disagree. She was strong, beautiful and not to be trusted, yet Kristo desired her away.
All Demi ever wanted was to be loved and to marry for love. She hoped after sharing some of her life with Kristo, he would understand, especially since he and his younger brother had been passed over and ignored by their parents. They had a lot to face……first the death of their King, the death of Gregor and then of all things, her sister fed a scandal to the press concerning her betrayal of Gregor. On top of that, their royal wedding. However, there was one thing for sure, Kristo was not waiting until their wedding night and he was shocked to find out his future wife and queen was a virgin. I can well imagine he was more like stunned? He realized she was not a schemer, not a flirt and that he had wronged her.
They had the state funeral for his brother to get through, so they postponed their wedding for a month. Demi fully knew she loved Kristo but for him she knew he didn’t and it caused her heart ache. Due to his duties of now being King and with the wedding delay, he suggested Demi return to work with her partner and get involved in the runway shows she had mentioned to him. She was desolate because he also told her being King he could dissolve the arranged marriage contract. However, if she was pregnant, of course, they would marry. King Kristo realized his feelings way too late but this stubborn King learned a valuable lesson. He remembered seeing her that day on the beach and realized she was perfect for him. How he got her back and convinced her he loved her was amazing to read.
Captured and Crowned was part of the Bride On Approval series and a perfect royal romance by author, Janette Kenny!
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Reviewed by: Marilyn
Behind the Book:
Janette talks about second sons and this book at I(Heart)Presents