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Feature book: Conquering His Virgin Queen

7 November 2018

Conquering His Virgin Queen by Pippa Roscoe

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Apr 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Format: print / ebook
Length: 256 pages
RRP: A$7.99 / A$5.99

I really liked the way this book is set out. Each chapter takes place during one hour, most of it in Heron Tower in London where a reception was being held, then in the Farrehed Embassy in London. (I got a flashback to the TV series 24, where each episode was one hour; no idea if it was an inspiration or not.) The book starts 1 August, 20.00 hours, and finishes 2 August, 07.00 hours, followed by an epilogue. Cool style!

Odir Farouk, Prince of Farrehed, has come to London on an urgent quest. He desperately needs his estranged wife-of-convenience, Eloise, by his side. With the help of his trusty sidekick, he’s tracked her down in Switzerland and pretty much ‘summoned’ her to come to him in London.

I was surprised Eloise actually did, but as the book went on I realised how decent a person she is, a true and brave heroine. Despite her bullying, power-hungry ambassador father and a mother struggling with addictions, Eloise has grown into a really nice, intelligent, emotionally giving person. She realises Odir wouldn’t ask for her if there wasn’t a super important reason.

There is. I won’t give the plot away by disclosing all the secrets, but it’s a doozie of a reason.

However, Eloise refuses to return. She’s made a life for herself away from her parents, and away from Odir, and Farrehed. In fact, there are some pretty big reasons why she now can’t easily return.

Game on!

This couple is carrying huge baggage. They have unresolved marriage issues, unresolved political issues, unresolved family issues, and they parted on the untimely intrusion of war and a massive personal disagreement. It’s the sort of disagreement they could have solved if they each talked to each other when they split, but everything prevented it.

Fortunately, this is the night they are talking … and doing a lot more. The heat and attraction from their abruptly aborted marriage kicks in big time.

Is it enough to save Odir, and the crisis in Farrehed? Can Eloise structure her life so they can resolve their marriage? Can they actually stay married?

I enjoyed reading the whys and the hows, and watching this couple struggle with honesty versus duty versus lots of other obstacles. Bravo. An excellent debut, Pippa Roscoe.

Reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.

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