A princess for Christmas A novel

Jenny Holiday

Book - 2020

"Leo Ricci's already handling all he can, between taking care of his little sister Gabby, driving a cab, and being the super of his apartment building in the Bronx. But when Gabby spots a 'princess' in a gown outside of the UN trying to hail a cab, she begs her brother to stop and help. Before he knows it, he's got a real-life damsel in distress in the backseat of his car. Princess Marie of Eldovia shouldn't be hailing a cab, or even be out and about. But after her mother's death, her father has plunged into a devastating depression and the fate of her small Alpine country has fallen on Marie's shoulders. She's taken aback by the gruff but devastatingly handsome driver who shows her more kindness... than she's seen in a long time. When Marie asks Leo to be her driver for the rest of her trip, he agrees, thinking he'll squire a rich miss around for a while and make more money than he has in months. He doesn't expect to like and start longing for the unpredictable Marie. And when he and Gabby end up in Eldovia for Christmas, he discovers the princess who is all wrong for him is also the woman who is his perfect match"--FantasticFiction.com.

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Romance fiction
Christmas fiction
New York, NY : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2020]
Main Author
Jenny Holiday (author)
First edition
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390 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

New York City, cabdriver Leo Ricci is no knight in shining armor, but he can't resist the pleas of his little sister Gabby to stop and help the "princess" frantically trying to flag down a taxi. It turns out she is, indeed, royalty, HRH Marie of Eldovia, and she is about to turn Leo's world upside down when she asks him to be her chauffeur for the next three days. RITA-nominated Holiday deftly mixes a dash of Hallmark-style holiday movie magic with the fairy-tale charm of Roman Holiday and then deftly layers in her own brand of sensuality and wit to create the perfect Christmas romance.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Opposites attract in this thoroughly charming Christmas romance from Holiday (Mermaid Inn). When architecture student Leo Ricci's parents died, he dropped out of college to take over raising his 11-year-old sister, Gabby, supporting them both with a job as a taxi driver and as the on-site super of their Bronx apartment building. He meets Princess Marie of Eldovia when she commandeers his off-duty cab, desperate to get to an important diplomatic party. Gabby, riding shotgun, persuades Leo to take pity on the plucky princess and chauffeur her to her destination, leading Marie to hire Leo as her personal driver while she's in town. Leo doesn't expect to like Marie, but he soon learns that underneath her posh exterior is a sweet, vulnerable woman. The unlikely pair grow close, leading Marie to invite Leo and Gabby to spend Christmas in Eldovia. The snappy prose, charming atmosphere, and Hallmark movie--style plot combine to create a delightful romance, underpinned by strong supporting characters. This Christmas treat, with its intoxicating blend of heat and sweet, is a winner. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary. (Oct.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A New York taxi driver picks up a European princess in desperate need of a lift. Leo Ricci is a young man of 25 with a heavy burden: He became the guardian of his 11-year-old sister, Gabby, after their parents died in a tragic car accident. Leo holds down several jobs in order to make ends meet, including driving a friend's cab. One day, while he's driving Gabby home from school, they see a beautiful woman in a ball gown trying to hail a cab outside the United Nations, and Gabby insists they pick her up. Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Eldovia is in New York determined to kick-start political and economic changes that will improve life in her small European country. Marie appreciates Leo's charming combination of old-fashioned charm and gentle teasing--he's the only person who treats her like a woman, not a princess. She hires him to be her driver for the rest of her visit, and both try to resist the powerful attraction they feel. When her trip comes to an end, she impulsively invites Leo and Gabby to Eldovia for Christmas. Holiday is clearly aiming at readers who enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, which often feature sweet, everyday characters thrust into extraordinary love affairs with royalty. There is depth and nuance in Leo and Marie's romance despite their vast differences in wealth and status. Marie and Leo are both determined to live with dignity and strive to achieve their individual goals. The novel is charming and self-aware and successfully plays with the conventions of the "commoner falling in love with royalty" script. Sizzling chemistry and witty banter elevate a common Christmas romance premise into a royally entertaining fairy tale. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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