Author: Nichole Chase
Provided Synopsis: Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?
Review: Readers were first introduced to Alex’s younger sister, Princess Catherine, in Suddenly Royal, and now she has been granted a book of her own. To feed readers who want to know more about Alex and Samantha’s relationship there is the inclusion of their royal wedding, but this book mainly focuses upon Cathy looking at her brother and sister-to-be with the realization that she wants that sort of love. All her life she has divided her personality into the Princess Catherine the public sees and the Cathy she can be with those closest to her; royalty and the prestige a date with her can bring to young men makes Cathy wonder if she will ever find a man who wants her for her. She finds him, however, in the form of Samantha’s friend from graduate school, David.
In my opinion, this book did not match the charm of its predecessor. This story might have the world “reckless” in the title and Cathy is told by those around her to loosen up, yet she never actually does anything of much interest or that could be considered reckless. Since Cathy was born a princess there is no discovery on how to manage her job, such as what Samantha went through as she fell in love with the Crown Prince of Lilaria. Instead, Cathy must navigate the beginnings of her own relationship within the public eye and issues with a new personal assistant. While the lack of dramatics in the relationship was refreshing in Suddenly Royal, the absence of any sort of stakes seemed a bit suspicious in this story — by this I mean I found it hard to believe David would take to the paparazzi with such little resistance and worry for his family. Cathy and David’s romance was also in no way as romantic as the one between Alex and Sam. I wish the author would have continued this series in the voice of Samantha since I would have liked to follow her life further instead of the glimpse into Cathy’s.
If you liked Suddenly Royal and are desperate to stay in the world of Lilaria royalty, then I can see why you might be interested in this book for it is a quick read. Otherwise, I would stick with Samantha’s story and possibly look forward to Prince Max’s story (which shall be released in August and sounds a bit more interesting than Cathy’s).