THE ROYAL DOCTOR’S BRIDE
ISBN: (13) 978-0-373-06673-5, (10) 0-373-06673-2
Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Rating: 3 Cups
Being a doctor means everything to Gina Sutton. It is her life, and despite the occasional bouts of loneliness, she loves every minute of it.
As Prince of Marestonia, Dr. Ruark Thomas is duty bound to try to bring peace to his people, and the only way he knows of doing so is to reunite the royal families of Marestonia and Avelogne. He must convince the estranged countess of Avelogne to be his wife.
Gina is stunned speechless when her new boss announces his plans to marry her. She would never have guessed in a million years that someone from her native homeland would appear before her demanding marriage. However, when he lays out the reasons why they must marry, she feels her world crumbling around her. Within twenty-four hours she goes from being an independent, carefree, and confident professional to a pawn in Ruark‘s plan to reclaim peace for their people. Her heart and sense of self truly feel under siege.
In my opinion this book would be better presented as a fantasy or fairy tale rather than a contemporary medical romance. I do not believe any self-respecting doctor would allow herself to be completely manipulated like Gina is in this story; actually I was embarrassed for her and her lack of pride. Ruark comes off as domineering and slightly creepy in a stalker kind of way, and I found very little appeal in his character. The dialogue flows easily and the writing is certainly well done, which is why this received a 3-cup rating.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More