Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could ve been.
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.
How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is a contemporary fairy tale of modern monarchies, forbidden love, and the power of forgiveness.
Prince Stephen is an army vet, professional rugby player and Brighton Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor. His romantic life is constantly under scrutiny from the press and has reached the apex of fanaticism when a local talk show runs a #HowToCatchAPrince series. What the hosts and all the hopeful single woman don’t know is that this prince has already been caught. Years before, right before his deployment to Afghanistan, Stephen secretly married the love of his life only to abandon her after his traumatic deployment. Believing that the marriage was never legitimate even though they lived as man and wife for a month, Stephen is shocked to realize he will need an annulment to officially dissolve the marriage.
Corina Del Rey is a beautiful heiress, the American equivalent to royalty. She seamlessly navigates through the world of glitz, glam, and celebrity but has a “girl next door” approachability. Beneath the perfect facade of a refined Southern belle is the fractured heart of a sister mourning the death of her twin brother. Carlos’ death in Afghanistan and her secret husband’s abandonment sent Corina back to Georgia where she hid within the shroud of her parents grief for five years. Finally taking steps to reclaim her life, she accepts a journalism job in Melbourne, Florida for a cunning woman with a bloodhound scent for scandal.
Corina soon finds herself the centre of the story instead of the one writing it when Stephen reappears in her life demanding she sign annulment papers. Corina refuses unless Stephen meets her terms: tell her how her brother really died in Afghanistan or remain married indefinitely. When Corina’s boss sends her on assignment to Brighton Kingdom, the reluctantly married couple can no longer avoid each other or ignore the attraction and love that still pulses between them.
In summary this plot sounds somewhat vapid, but it is redeemed from Harlequin-esque clichés by Rachel Hauck’s writing acuity. She balances heavy hitting topics like spousal abandonment, post-traumatic stress disorder, mourning, and society obsessed culture with her signature southern charm and humorous romance. Mysterious magical elements are woven in to the plot and character development as with the previous novels in this series. At times the story did circle around itself and I wasn’t enamoured with Stephen and Corina until half way through the book, but the overarching theme of “how to love well” drew me in to the story’s fold.
How to Catch a Prince is an enchanting story that will please readers looking for a rom-com story with emotional depth. Rachel Hauck concludes the Royal Wedding series with flare.
**Disclosure: review copy provided by publisher**