Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were a princess? Well, Annie Coste wonders what life would be like if she were you. She is really Princess Annabella Madeleine Irene Osbourne Farrington of Monesta. Monesta is a very small European country. She is engaged to marry Prince Theodore George Jameson Forsythe, a man twice her age. The marriage is an arranged one as royal families sometimes do and Annie wants one adventure before she winds up married to a stodgy prince. She has always loved stories of the American West and the cowboys who live there. When she has the chance, she runs away from all that she knows and seeks the adventure she longs for.
Brady Talmadge is a rambling cowboy. He has no roots and loves his wandering lifestyle. Everything he needs is in the trailer that he pulls with him. He travels from ranch to ranch healing traumatized horses. He has no idea what is in store for him the night he stops to pick up a hitchhiker. Brady should have known Annie would be trouble when she caused him to break all 5 of his unbreakable rules in one night. He should have run then, but it was too late. He was in awe (and a little in lust) with this young woman he met.
I loved this story from the very first page. Lori Wilde has a style of writing that makes you feel as though you are sitting down with the characters and chatting with them. Brady’s way of speaking is so informal and chatty that you can’t help but love him from the moment you meet him. In comparison, Annie has a formality to her speech that makes you think of royalty and posh environs. The juxtaposition of these two speech patterns immediately lets the reader know that Brady and Annie are from different worlds before we even know their backgrounds.
The tension between Brady and Annie is palatable. Annie wants to experience life and Brady is reluctant to pull her into anything that remotely seem real or permanent. And yet, he takes her to his “hometown” with him and introduces her to all of his friends. These two people have a lot to work out and they do so in such a real way. It is easy to believe that this might actually happen to people you know. I appreciate the fact that their backgrounds and the experiences they have both had not only shape who they are now, but also are things they have to work out together in order to be able to make any relationship work.
This is a definite must read. It will make the perfect beach or pool read this summer. It is lighthearted and fun without losing the compelling nature of the romance between these two amazing characters.