Title: The Prince and I
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Karen Hawkins
Publisher: Pocket Books, Aug. 25, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins, the lively and sizzling second book in a new fairytale-based Scottish historical romance series, The Princes of Oxenburg. Max Romanovin, Oxenburg’s warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a house party deep in the Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians led by a man the locals have dubbed “The Scottish Robin Hood.” The battle-savvy prince instantly realizes there’s something different about this thief, and it’s not just the Scottish accent—it’s the fact that “he” is really a “she.” Lady Murian, a young widow out for revenge against the powerful earl who killed her husband and stole his birthright, is now living in the woods with her family’s banished retainers. To stay alive, she and her band of men rob rich nobles coming to visit the evil earl. But when she ambushes the Prince of Oxenburg’s golden coach, she gets far more than she expected. For when the prince uncovers her true identity, she’s afraid that he might be the real thief…of her heart.
This is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend with a woman as the “King” of thieves, Murian. She has a band of merry women with two loyal men to aid her. The prince, Max, is captivated by her and makes it his mission to help her and her women by fixing their humble homes and to get rid of Lord Louden who she believes stole her castle and murdered her husband.
I found this story to be repetitive and very slow moving. The characterization was done well. The side characters were made interesting especially Tata Natasha, Max’s grandmother and Ian, Murian’s servant and right hand man. The whole of the action took place in infiltrating the castle on several occasions in the same manner and it became boring. I couldn’t help but wonder why Lord Louden didn’t follow the prince on his daily outings since Louden obviously wanted to find the outlaws. Max and Murian were interrupted in their attempts at love making on numerous occasions until I lost interest in whether they managed a hook-up. I struggled to finish.
I can only recommend this book to a reader who might like to read a different type of Robin Hood story.