How To Find a Princess

Avon. (Runaway Royals, Bk. 2). May 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780062934000. pap. $7.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
For her whole life, Makeda Hicks has heard that she’s the descendant of the infamous pirate queen of Ibarania, but she has no interest in being a princess. Beznaria Chetchevaliere, a neurodivergent junior investigator from the World Federation of Monarchists, wants to restore her family’s lost honor; her grandmother was guarding Queen Aazi when the royal disappeared. Makeda and Beznaria find themselves at odds in this contemporary queer retelling of the life of Anastasia, the Romanov princess. Makeda has just lost her job, she owes money on a loan she cosigned with an ex, and her grandmother is in danger of losing her bed-and-breakfast. If Makeda were proven to be the lost heir to Ibarania’s throne, the accompanying royal riches would solve a lot of problems, but she has seen how her mother was destroyed by her own dreams of being royal.. Makeda reluctantly agrees to accompany Beznaria to Ibarania, but privately vows she’ll never take the throne. The story features a fake marriage, abrasive but lovable matriarchs, and a two-week ocean crossing on a cargo ship. This is the second book in the “Runaway Royals” series (after How To Catch a Queen), but it can be read as a standalone.
VERDICT Cole’s humorous and delightful romance is perfect for those looking for a fun read with a memorable cast of characters and neurodivergent representation, whether the reader is new to Cole’s work or an established fan.
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