The Princess Plan. Finished 7-1-20, 3.5/5, historical romance, pub. 2019
Book 1 of A Royal Wedding series
Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart. from Goodreads
Eliza had been rebuffed by society because when she was young she dared to believe a gentleman and his honorable intentions toward her. She now helped her blind father, a judge, and liked to fix clocks. I liked her independent spirit. Prince Sebastian was on his way through town to finalize a trade deal and find a wife. He was entitled and Eliza let him know it. His best friend is murdered and no one seems all that interested in finding out who did it except for him and then Eliza.
As I said, I liked Eliza and am happy that she got her happy ending. I thought mystery moved the story along and Sebastian was a fine enough hero. It was missing something for me, but it was an enjoyable listen during these stressful times.