Prince of Dreams : Stokehursts

  • by Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden
  • Series: Stokehursts
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand - though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart.
But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place - a land of splendor and romantic dreams. For only there can he experience true ecstasy in one remarkable woman’s tender touch - achingly familiar yet gloriously new - and learn, at last, to love.


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A great second book to the series!

I admit I was liking the story a lot up until it backtracked to 170 years before that point in time and the hero began to live as his great, great, grandfather. It was too much time devoted to reliving the past for my taste. However, once it was done, I realized why it was so important to have that section in the book. It ended up being such a sweet story that I almost felt my heart skip a beat. S Duerden was also as amazing as always. A definite must buy.
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- Cam

Whoa...didn't see that coming.....

Be careful not to get whiplash with all of the swift turns and twists in this book. This novel follows Midnight Angel. I really enjoyed Midnight Angel, but had a harder time with this second book in the series.

The novel centers around the love of Nikolas Angelovsky and Emma Stokehurst. Nikolas is a Russian prince who was exiled after being tortured due to the suspicion of killing a governor as retribution for his brother's murder. Nikolas is a conflict-ridden character due to the emotional and physical abuse of his childhood as well as his physical torture as an adult in Russia. Emma Stokehurst the fiery-haired, free-spirited beloved daughter of Luke Stokehurst (hero from Midnight Angel). Emma comes across as a "rebel without a cause" type and in a moment of emotional vulnerability she decides to marry Nikolas despite her family's protest.

It was a hard read because of the suffering that Emma encountered in her marriage with Nikolas. As a young woman, she did not realize what type of man she was marrying. Her happy ending comes after much heart-ache, suffering and tumult.

This book was divided into parts and I must say that I forwarded the majority, if not all, of Part 3. The surrealism and magical aspects that arose were somewhat odd to me. Even at the end of the book I wasn't sure if Nikolas and Emma were reincarnates of his ancestors a century past, or if he had some really strong connections through dreams to his ancestors's past love experience.

But, I must say, even though Prince of Dreams was an angsty-read, it was still interesting. One of the challenges I faced was in forgiving Nikolas for being such a miserable husband to Emma. Yet, even after he asked Emma for forgiveness and changed his ways, I still had a hard time with him as a hero because of his coldness and infidelity to Emma during the bad times.

I'm glad they found their happy matter how hurtful the path to get there....
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- Yvette "I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio