by Rebecca Winters
Released Date: Published June 3rd 2014 by Harlequin
Series: Princes of Europe #2
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A forbidden love...with a prince!
Attorney Carolena Baretti has learned to keep her cards close to her chest. But when a chance encounter with the handsome crown prince ignites a fiery attraction, Carolena finds that he may just be the one man she can trust....
Crown prince Valentino finds himself increasingly distracted from his duty by the mesmerizing gaze of beautiful commoner Carolena. But Valentino knows he is playing with fire...to be with Carolena he would have to sacrifice everything - including his right to the throne....
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Attorney Carolena Baretti has had a rough past, she has promised to herself that she will no longer be responsible for anyone and by that she has decided to not marry. But soon her plans to stay single are thrown out the window that minute she meets Crown Prince Valentino while vacationing with her best-friend Abby and her husband Vincenzo. The attraction between the two begins right from the start, and as the two start to spend more time together, the more she realizes just how much she is attracted to Valentino. Crown Prince Valentino knows the he has a duty to the crown and his family. After been betrothed to marry a princess for a while, it's already set that his destiny is to become a king one day. But his long interest in volcanoes has made him think twice about becoming a king and giving up on his dream profession. His mother has made it clear to him that he is to marry soon, but after seeing Carolena for the first time, he must decide whether or not it's worth giving up the throne to marry the one he loves.
I really enjoyed reading Becoming the Prince's Wife, it was a sweet yet fast-paced romance story. The characters had their troubles and they had to learn to overcome their pasts in order to be able to move on. Carolena's character was a bit frustrating to read, it took her a while to finally accept her feelings for Valentino. Whereas Valentino's character is sweet and romantic, he is definitely a true prince that wants to please Carolena and give up everything for her. While both characters had their personalities, the writing style felt a bit too rushed, especially the ending. I'm still not sure if I liked the writing as much. But the overall was good and the ending was satisfying to read.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*