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Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
By Susanna Carr
Royal and Ruthless, Book 8
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 192 Pages
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About the book:
What a royal wants…
Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.
In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.
Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!
"I will miss you, Hafiz," she said brokenly as her throat closed up. The tears she thought couldn’t happen beaded on her eyelashes.Hafiz let out a shuddering breath. He swept his fingertip against the corner of her eye, taking her tears with him. The moisture clung to his knuckle, and he rubbed it into his skin with his thumb, silently sharing her agony.The image took a chink out of her hard-earned resolve. Lacey wrapped her arms around her stomach before she crumbled altogether. "I had so many questions to ask you, and now I can't remember what they were." All except for one that danced on her tongue. "Did you ever love me?"Silence throbbed in the air.Lacey blinked at the question that had tumbled from her mouth. Of all the things to ask, her mind screamed.Hafiz went unnaturally still."I don't know why I asked." She shrugged as her pain intensified. "Please, don't answer that."The words were ripped from deep within her. She desperately wanted to know the answer. She never questioned it before, but she had been living in a fantasy.Lacey had always felt Hafiz loved her. It was in his touch, in his eyes, and in his smile. But he never said the words, even when she chanted her declaration of love in the height of ecstasy.It was too late to find out. If he didn't love her, she would never recover. If he did love her, then she would never let go. Even if he was married, even if he kept her hidden. And she couldn't let that happen.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation for my opinion of the written material.
Every now and then I find myself going back to my early romance reading roots. As a reader I first started by reading mystery books, Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and books like that. As I aged and moved into other genres, I began to read Barbara Cartland and older Harlequin books. I enjoyed reading about exotic to me locations (Europe and the Middle East), and light pretty clean romance that was suited for my youth. When I was given the opportunity to read a more modern day version of the type of Harlequin book that got me started reading romance, I jumped at the chance to read Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice by Susanna Carr.While I enjoyed Ms. Carr’s foray into the exotic Middle East, I have to admit that I found it difficult to identify with the main characters, Prince Hafiz and Lacey Maxwell. I think part of the problem is that they have both been around the block, so to speak, but still insisted on acting as if they hadn’t been. Hafiz wants passion and Lacey in his life, but isn’t willing to realize he’s never wanted the same thing his parents want for him. Meanwhile Lacey wants to act like a young, sheltered girl who’s been miss-lead about the future, when Hafiz has never introduced her to his parents or friends. They are both emotionally immature which leads to more than plenty of angst between them.The secondary characters are an interesting mix. I found myself liking Hafiz’s younger brother the most; he’s the most realistic and he clearly cares about his brother’s happiness the most. I don’t even want to get started on Hafiz’s parents, we don’t really get to meet them but we do get their thoughts via commentary from Hafiz or others, and I wanted to slap them around. Lol.Overall, Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice, is a quick read with plenty of color, emotional angst and an exotic setting. If you want to make a quick getaway – this might just fit the bill.My Rating: 3 out of 5 Crowns