Review: Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

Review: Prince Charming by Julie GarwoodPrince Charming by Julie Garwood
Published by Pocket Books on February 1st 1995
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy

Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor's cousin. Now dear Esther -- one of London's richest and most formidable matriarchs -- lies dying. But first she was going to help Taylor pull off the scam of the season.

To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor would wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Lady Esther's money would enable Ross to return home to Montana. Taylor had her own urgent reason to go to America...a precious legacy she hadn't revealed to Ross, for they had agreed to part ways once they reached Boston. But as her handsome new husband spoke of life in Montana, Taylor began planning a new future. To Taylor, the wide-open spaces of Montana sounded like paradise....

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know of my deep love of Julie Garwood’s historical romances. My favorites are her highland romances, but I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. Since I’ve been craving comfort reads the last few months, I decided to re-read Prince Charming by Julie Garwood. While this isn’t my favorite Garwood romance, it’s still fantastic.

What’s the Story:

Prince Charming is about Taylor Stapleton, who is a British Aristocrat, and Lucas Ross who is an American Frontiersman. Taylor was raised by her grandmother, whom she loves deeply. But her grandmother (who is very wealthy) is dying, and her fortune will be passed on to her relatives. Some of her relatives are kind of awful, so Taylor’s grandmother comes up with a plan to keep Taylor safe. And that plan involves Lucas Ross. Lucas is in London trying to help his half-brother. In order to do so, he needs Taylor’s grandmother’s help. Which is how these two meet, and travel from England, to the United States. And, of course, they fall for each other.

What I Liked:

  • Lucas Ross is soooo dreamy. Julie Garwood almost always creates heroes that are right up my alley, and that’s certainly the case with Lucas. Lucas is honorable, strong, intelligent, competent, and kind, although he can be a bit gruff.
  • Taylor is pretty awesome, too. She’s a very typical Garwood heroine. She’s kind, wins people over easily, non-judgmental, and she’s, of course, gorgeous. She’s somewhat a dated heroine, but I love her anyway. It’s hard not to love her, as Lucas discovers.
  • I just loved Lucas and Taylor together. It was pretty adorable to see Lucas try to resist Taylor, but ultimately failing. It was adorable, and frustrating (in a good way) to see him decide to move to a city because he thinks it’s better for Taylor. Lucas lives in the mountains, and prefers it. And I loved how Taylor wasn’t interested in living in a city at all.
  • I also loved how Lucas immediately stepped in to help Taylor when she was in trouble. And then how very good he was with the babies.
  • I also liked the secondary romance, which is rare for me. This smaller romance is between Victoria, a woman Taylor meets on the ship to the U.S. and one of Lucas’s friends. It was pretty cute.
  • It was hilarious how Victoria would quote William Shakespeare, especially when stressed.

What I Struggled With:

  • I felt like the big show-down at the end was a bit anti-climatic.
  • There was a lot going on in the story, and sometimes I think that slowed things down a bit. It also made the book feel a bit disjointed.

Final Thoughts:

Julie Garwood continues to be a one of my all-time favorite authors. She writers the best comfort reads. Prince Charming was adorable, and I loved it, but some of her other books are stronger, in my opinion.


14 Responses to “Review: Prince Charming by Julie Garwood”

  1. Nick

    Lucas sounds like my kind of guy. You make me want to pick up books by her so much, Quinn. I’ll look for them at the library. Which do you recommend starting with?

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      She really is one of my favorite authors. Well, her historicals. I haven’t kept up with her romantic suspense, which is what she writes now. I think I would recommend starting with The Secret. It’s my personal favorite, although so many love Ransom, which is the sequel to The Secret. Not really a sequel, but characters from that book are in Ransom.

  2. Angie @ Ba_BAMB

    I have read and loved Julie Garwood in the past, but I haven’t picked up one of her books in a long time. I really need to, as I do love the historicals from the time she was writing them. They seem to have more depth than some of the more recent ones, in my opinion.

    Nice review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I agree. I’ve read some of her romantic suspense, but not many, and they’ve never wowed me. But her historicals! Almost all of them are favorites of mine. But my real favorites are her highlander ones.

  3. Rowena

    Yes, I absolutely adored Lucas Ross. He was such a dreamboat to me back when I read this book. Julie Garwood is a favorite of mine too. I don’t mind her romantic suspense stuff but my heart belongs with her historicals. This was a great book and now it’s going on my re-read list for this year. I’m so excited to jump into this one. Great review, Quinn!

  4. Lover Of Romance

    The hero in this book is so amazing isn’t he?? I believe this was one of the first few books I read from this author. The Bride was my first, but I believe I picked this one up next. And I LOVED it so much and it got me hooked on westerns. So many good feels in this book, definitely a good reminder that I need to do a re read especially since I don’t think I have done a review of this one yet.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Lucas was just so wonderful. I think the first JG I ever read was Heartbreaker, which was her (I think) first romantic suspense. But then I read The Wedding, and I was a goner. Lover her books so much.

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