HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS - Alyssa Cole
Harper Collins/Avon Books
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B+
REVIEW: June marks the 51st celebration of Pride Month, and what better way to acknowledge the LGBTQIA Community than to read the Contemporary Romance, HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS. Kudos to author, Alyssa Cole for this entertaining story that highlights a lesbian, Makeda Hicks, as the heroine. Makeda’s love interest is Beznaria Chetchevaliere, the World Federation of Monarchists’ investigator. They make quite the pair as Makeda is more of a pragmatist while Beznaria, is an adventurer. HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS presents a different twist on a few tropes: One being the lost royal, the second, a fake relationship, and lastly, the bodyguard.
Beznaria, aka Bez, is clearly keeping secrets from Makeda. Bez, the protector, lives up to her side-hustle business, “Damsel In Distress Rescue Services” as she tries to shield Makeda from worry. So, the “big secret” is the heart and soul of this story. Is Makeda a Royal? Can Bez prove it? Will Makeda be able to obtain the funds needed to save her Grandmore’s B&B? It all stems from Makeda’s grandmother’s claim that her affair with a young Royal from the Kingdom of Ibarania back in the day produced a royal offspring! It’s a complicated story, and I’ll leave it to you to unravel the details.
The storyline gets a little bogged down because it leans more toward characterization than plot. The quixotic storyline progresses in directions that are totally unexpected. For me, the highlight of the story is when Bez convinces Makeda to travel to Ibarania, Bez’s home, to finally end the Royalty mystery. They travel by cargo ship, the Virginia Queen, which is another issue that Bez has to resolve with Makeda. I’ll allow you to discover what’s up with that! However, the scenes with the eclectic, multi-cultural crew of the ship are delightful. They are instrumental in helping Bez and Makeda solidify their relationship as lovers.
The minor characters, from family to the ship’s crew, all contribute to the intrigue of the story and the development of the main characters. The ending seemed a bit rushed, with Bez’s family members making brief appearances. I want to believe that Makeda and Bez had a wonderful HEA, but it is not mentioned. I was left hanging on the proverbial cliff. When you read the story, I think you’ll agree that an Epilogue is definitely needed.
I enjoyed HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS. It is quite creative and different. I recommend that you pick up a copy and read it for yourself. It’s an excellent story for a book club discussion.
8th June 2021 | email@example.com