Title: His Chosen Bride
Author: Sherry Gloag
Publisher: Astraea Press
Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him, until he meets Monica Latimer.
Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.
What will happen when both mindsets are challenged?
Henri Gasquet is forced to take a holiday from his duties as heir to the throne. Far from pleased with suddenly having nothing to do, he visits his brother and sister-in-law in Scotland. The one redeeming part of the trip—and one of the most frustrating—is the appearance of Monica Latimer, the woman he hasn’t been able to forget since the day he first met her. Can he win over Monica’s heart and accept her special gift? Can Monica learn to trust Henri and break through the royal wall he’s built around his heart?
This is a short contemporary romance filled with contention between the hero and heroine. Although portrayed as being unable to resist each other, they rarely have a conversation that ends without an argument or hurt feelings. Yet there is still an undeniable attraction that keeps the reader hoping they’ll look past their fears and see how much they care for each other. The fact that they have trouble keeping their hands off each other also shows the developing romance.
While this book was an enjoyable read, some scenes felt cut short. This was disappointing, but didn’t detract from the strength of the romance between Henri and Monica. I also would have liked to see some of the events that were mentioned but never shown. The sweet ending makes up for some of this and put a smile on my face. All in all, His Chosen Bride was an enjoyable read.