The Accidental Prince
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His runaway princess
Princess Serena of Badenstein intends to flee—from her violent father and from the man to whom she's been pledged in a political marriage of convenience.
Karl von Lohenberg is without a country, a title—and a bride if he lets Serena get away. A ruthless man, he takes her to a secluded island, hell-bent on seduction. Only, he discovers a broken woman behind the prim princess facade. The time they spend together mends her spirit and touches his soul, but how will she react when she finds out how he's deceived her?
you.’ ‘I wish it could be so,’ Frau Bauherzen responded, ‘but it’s been two years now. And...nothing.’ Though she knew it was none of her business, Serena couldn’t stand back idle when people were suffering. Surely they could bring in more food and workers to help restore the island. ‘We’ll see what can be done,’ she offered. ‘About what?’ came the voice of the fürst. He entered the shop, taking Serena’s gloved hand in his. The matron cleared her throat, her face bright with
‘Now, what has brought you here?’ ‘I understand the islanders are leaving because of the famines. Tell me how the king should intervene and help them.’ The priest seemed to relax at this and began revealing information about the island and its difficulties. * * * Over the next hour, they ate a feast of roasted venison, fish and spring greens. Serena was so hungry, it took all the years of royal training to keep from devouring the food down to the last crumb. The longer the men
understand his meaning and sent him a questioning look. ‘You haven’t slept in two days,’ the prince said. ‘I can see the weariness in your eyes.’ She started to protest, but he reached out to take her hand. ‘Do you trust me, even a little?’ She wanted to say no, that two days wasn’t long enough to trust anyone. But he had done what he could to keep her safe. ‘A little, I suppose. But not very much.’ ‘I want to help you get some sleep tonight. Since you have no ladies’ maid to
king. ‘I’m only trying to help,’ she said. ‘Why can’t you be reasonable?’ ‘Because you’re asking me to be a coward. And that’s not the sort of man I am.’ Her troubled green eyes met his, as if she were searching for a way to convince him. Karl turned his attention back to the map. ‘Is that all you wanted?’ ‘No. I thought I would return to the village today and speak with Frau Bauherzen.’ She walked back into the hall, where her ladies held out her red cloak and bonnet. ‘While
cheek from where the king had struck her, his anger turned thunderous. ‘You aren’t going to take her back,’ he informed the king. ‘After what you’ve done to her, I wouldn’t mind pulling this trigger.’ Whether or not Karl knew it, the king’s men were already encircling them. She closed her eyes, knowing he’d just sentenced himself to death. Karl couldn’t possibly outrun or fight the three dozen guards her father had brought with him. And an ember of fury smoldered inside of her.