Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.
As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.
Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.
What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.
A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.
“Great, another downpour,” Katie muttered at seeing rainclouds gathering on the horizon. She had her cell out and vacillated on whether or not to tuck it into her bag. She’d forgotten to ask how she would get in contact with Prince Vagabond.
As she came out of the revolving door, big fat drops of rain pelted down, dancing on the marble steps. She tucked her cell into her pocket, preparing to make a mad dash to the soundstage. Katie didn’t get two steps beyond the production building when a troop of shiny black SUVs pulled up. Lord Sizemore poured out of one.
“I say,” he began, unfurling an umbrella in the rain. “This weather comes out of nowhere.”
“It’s our wet season, plus the Santa Ana winds.” Katie noticed with the umbrella raised overhead and the sudden wind gust, Lord Sizemore limped on the stairs. Something about the man’s frailty softened the edge of her anger. It wasn’t Lord Sizemore’s fault that his employer had basically gone over everyone in Hollywood’s head to get what he desired.
Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.