[book review] A First Fifty Pages Review for Princess on the Run by Meredith Bond

They say you’ll know a book is “for you” within the story’s first fifty pages. That is why many agents will request an author’s First Fifty Pages during the query process. While I am no agent, I can recognize that this is a great method for approaching “initial thought” types of book reviews. As such, let’s take a look at the First Fifty Pages of PRINCESS ON THE RUN by Meredith Bond.

In this sweet, and thrilling Regency romance by USA Today bestselling author Meredith Bond, we follow a princess and a marquess on a road trip to escape a murderer and find a prince.

Princess Louisa of Aachen-Düren knows that her brother isn’t dead. She knows it deep in her heart, no matter what the newspapers say—and she’s going to prove it. But when Nik isn’t where he should be, she has no choice but to go out and search for him. How hard could it be to travel from Oxford to Dover… on her own… with no money and no means of transportation because her purse and horse have both been stolen? She’s never been on her own, but she’s not going to let these obstacles stop her. When she’s offered a ride by a handsome nobleman, she makes up a fake identity, certain her bodyguard will be sending men to find her.

Samuel, Lord Ranleigh, is off on his very last adventure before settling down and becoming respectable. He briefly stops in Oxford and discovers a clueless, beautiful foreign young woman trying to wheedle her way onto the mail coach. This might be the opportunity he needs to prove to his mother and the world he’s responsible. Ranleigh has no idea what he’s getting himself into when he offers the girl a ride.

Picking up strangers and stray animals is the least of his worries when men begin to follow them, trying to kidnap Isa. But when bullets begin to fly, he knows he must do everything within his power to protect this beautiful, if not entirely honest, young woman in his care.

Part of a Series

Book Two of Three of the Royals and Rebels series:
1. In Lieu of a Princess
2. Princess on the Run
3. A Prince Among Spies

Publication Info

Release Date: 12/08/2022
Publisher: WOLF Publishing
Length: 284 pages
Genre(s): Historical Regency, Victorian Historical Romance

Book’s Source

This book was gifted to me for reviews directly from the publisher via NetGalley. This did not affect my opinions whatsoever.

What Drew Me To This Book

Not only is PRINCESS ON THE RUN a romance, but it’s one that promises plenty of action as well. Adventure interlaced with a bit of romance is always a perfect match. The Hero’s potential redemption arc drew me to the story as well, especially considering his high title in society. These were the reasons I requested to read this story.

The Characters

The heroine of this book is Princess Louisa of Aachen-Düren, and never have I read a heroine so, well, so elementary. Granted, she receives some rather tragic news at the beginning of the story, but her childish outbursts and blind trust of a man she just met only emphasizes how sheltered she truly is.

Because this is Book Two of Three, and a direct continuation of the first, the author assumes the reader has already read Book One and jumps right into the story. However, this doesn’t give a new reader any indications about how old she’s supposed to be.

The same goes for the hero, Samuel. We know he’s old enough to enjoy rum, and frequent clubs with his friends. Conversations he has in the beginning feel far too manufactured. Unrealistic. Of course, there will always be a need to suspend reality for a time while enjoying a novel, but his introduction into the adventure seemed a bit too easy.

The Writing Style

Unfortunately, this romance series reads as though it was written for a younger audience. Sentence structure hardly varies away from “she did this, she did that,” with both sentences and paragraphs being short and choppy. Many characters also repeat similar actions: sighing, screaming, snapping, screeching. Due to these elements, I had a difficult time connecting, or sympathizing, with either the h or H.

What I Disliked About This Book

PRINCESS ON THE RUN is not a standalone tale, and any character building for the h that may have occurred in Book One isn’t present within the first few chapters of Book Two. All three books are meant to be read as one, thus encouraging the reader to purchase the entire tale. This fact alone can, in effect, make Book Two a hard sell for those who don’t realize it’s a continual story.

This romance series feels as though it was written for a younger audience, with sentences and paragraphs often being short and choppy. The characters and their actions are elementary at best, with the female lead was too juvenile and naive. So much so that I couldn’t get behind her character.

As a long time reader, I could tell that this was a pet project for the author, and the story was more inspired by the era it is set in than written with the era in mind. Even if you enjoy a light romance, this book may not be it for you. It has a good synopsis and a promising plot, but I don’t think this was Ms. Bond’s best work. As such, I give PRINCESS ON THE RUN 2/5 stars.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

About Meredith Bond

Meredith Bond’s books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun, traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith loves to take her readers on a journey they won’t soon forget. She is currently living in Europe enjoying the Bohemian life. bio from Amazon

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