A Return Engagement by Stephanie Laurens

A Return Engagement by Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (49 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Everyone’s eyes are on a royal couple, but there is more behind the scenes than they’ll ever know.

Lady Nell Daughtry is certain her sister will be a perfect princess, if only she gets the reluctant bride safely to the church to marry Prince Frederick of Lautenberg.

But what she doesn’t know is that, in the wedding party, she’s been paired with her former fiancé, Robert Knightly … and now she’ll be face-to-face with the man who walked away.

A fairytale wedding between a duke’s daughter and the Prince of Lautenberg also brings two ex lovers together. Nell keeps watch on the bride, her sister, while trying to remain civil to Robert, best friend of the groom and the man from her past who she had hoped to marry. Robert is suspicious of Nell’s protective attitude and eventually discovers the truth, which provides a revelation about his past relationship with Nell.

Once again Stephanie Laurens has written a superb historical romance. A little touch of humor, a lot of tension, hidden meaning – these are all in this story and bring the characters to life. I was fascinated by how Nell’s absorption on her sister’s problem blinded her to her own past behavior. Robert tries to hide his fascination with Nell and his concern her family might be hiding something detrimental to his friend the Prince.

For a small novel, this is packed with emotion, suspense and tenderness. Add to this the nervousness of the bride and the concern of the groom and mix in the political overtones of the marriage. All together Ms Laurens provided me with an excellent read, something I read from start to finish in one go.

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