Title: A Princess for Christmas
Author: Jenny Holiday
Genre: Holiday Romance
Length: 400 pages
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Recommended for fans of: Hallmark Christmas movies…but with lots of steam!
Leo Ricci’s already handling all he can, between taking care of his little sister Gabby, driving a cab, and being the super of his apartment building in the Bronx. But when Gabby spots a “princess” in a gown outside of the UN trying to hail a cab, she begs her brother to stop and help. Before he knows it, he’s got a real-life damsel in distress in the backseat of his car.
Princess Marie of Eldovia shouldn’t be hailing a cab, or even be out and about. But after her mother’s death, her father has plunged into a devastating depression and the fate of her small Alpine country has fallen on Marie’s shoulders. She’s taken aback by the gruff but devastatingly handsome driver who shows her more kindness than she’s seen in a long time.
When Marie asks Leo to be her driver for the rest of her trip, he agrees, thinking he’ll squire a rich miss around for a while and make more money than he has in months. He doesn’t expect to like and start longing for the unpredictable Marie. And when he and Gabby end up in Eldovia for Christmas, he discovers the princess who is all wrong for him is also the woman who is his perfect match.
Haven’t I seen this movie before? A few times? Leo, an NYC cab driver raising his sister in the Bronx, gives a ride to Princess Marie of Eldovia and ends up becoming her chauffeur for the duration of her stay in the city. The relationship gets off to a rocky start as they are quite literally from different worlds, but it’s not long before sparks fly and the princess extends an invitation to spend Christmas in Eldovia.
This book was so much more than I expected. It was a sweet, hilarious, and steamy romance! I loved how self aware this book was, with characters comparing their situation to a Hallmark Channel movie, until the channel suddenly changed to HBO. Leo was so endearing, and Marie was inspiringly passionate for her country.
The ending felt a bit rushed and confusing to me, but overall I adored this holiday romance and I highly recommend it come December!
Thank you to Avon and William Morrow Books for gifting me a review copy.