Feature book: The Defiant Princess
The Defiant Princess by Alyssa J Montgomery
Sabrina St George has lived a fairly quiet life in Australia with her nanny. Oh, she knows that is not her real name—she has lost her parents and she really is a princess of Rhajia. But when she was sent away from her parents and country at the age of eight, she was told someone would come for her when the time was right. She also knew that she was betrothed to the Crown Prince of a neighbouring country, Turastan. Sabrina kept abreast of things happening in her country, and when her betrothed married someone else and no-one came for her, she got on with her life. She became a teacher and moved to the country, but when she makes headlines for being a hero, her life is about to change.
Khalid Ul-Haq is now the Crown Prince of Turastan after the death of his brother. He knows it is time for him to settle down and take a wife. He must give up his life as the polo-playing playboy, and he has decided on marrying someone who will understand her duties and be a good consort. Khalid does not believe in love. Everyone he has loved, he has lost, and with trouble brewing between his own country and Rhajia, he must work hard. Then his father informs him he has finally found the true leader of Rhajia and things are going to change. Khalid is sent to Australia to bring her home and inform her of the danger she is in. He needs to convince her that being his wife is necessary for the future of both countries. Sabrina is convinced that a temporary marriage will work, but Khalid thinks differently.
When Khalid arrives at Sabrina’s house, there is an instant spark between them. Sabrina has never forgotten Khalid, even though it was his older brother she was to marry. Khalid was the one she noticed more, and when danger arrives, things get very tense between them. Sabrina is so strong-willed and determined; Khalid does not find it easy to convince her to return to her former home—one she has pushed to the back of her mind. But she is caring and knows the people of Rhajia need her.
I really enjoyed this story. It is fast-paced, sensual and passionate, as Khalid and Sabrina journey through danger. Khalid helps Sabrina in so many ways. It will make you smile, especially as he was convinced emotions would not play a part. I loved the tension between them, the banter and the strength that Sabrina shows through so much angst. When Khalid finally realises he truly loves Sabrina, you will be smiling. Ms Montgomery knows how to write a story that will keep you turning the pages as we travel from Australia to the Middle East. This is a story I highly recommend.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.