Friday, October 17, 2014

Prince Hafiz's Only Vice by Susanna Carr - Review/Giveaway

Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr


What a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!

Prince Hafiz loves Lacey, and Lacey loves him, but she thought they had a future, and he must marry for country and duty to be the faithful son. I felt both characters, Lacey for her disillusioned hopes and dreams and Hafiz, because he’s stuck in a life he doesn’t want.

This had a lot of angst, and I was almost sure the story was going one way, and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t fall back on overused tropes to pull itself out. I wanted to yell and scream at the characters a few times, and that’s usually a sign of a good book to me if I care enough to become so engaged.

In the end, I enjoyed the twist and turns and liked that while it had its struggles and angst filled moments, I didn’t feel like any of that angst was just used without cause. I definitely enjoy and recommend this story.

I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review. 


Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. "Marry?" she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz's harsh face. "You're getting married?"

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn't realize she was holding her breath until he answered. "Yes."

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. "I don't…I don't…." She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

"You have been with another woman." She couldn't believe it. "All this time, you were with someone else."

Hafiz's eyes narrowed at the accusation. "No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago."

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? "Then how are you…I don't understand."

He braced his feet a shoulders' width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. "I met the bride today and she agreed."

Lacey's mouth gaped open. "You just met her?" She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. "So, it's an arranged marriage."

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. "Of course."

"Then, what's the problem?" She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. "Say that you won't get married."

He looked away. "I can't." Regret tinged his voice.

Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and review PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE. I appreciate it!

  2. An interesting dilemma curious how you played it out. Congrats on your release. Thanks for the contest and great prize :)

  3. Great review, sounds like a good book.

  4. I haven't read a Harlequin Presents in a while, but this one makes me want to!!

  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the review.

  6. Yeah, I'm the same way when I get vested in a story. I get the feels and even start talking to the book. Sounds good. I'll have to check it out.

    Oh and Hi Sherry! I just popped by after seeing Anna at Herding Cats Burning Soup sing your praises. I enjoyed poking around your site.

  7. I love when you can really get into a book like that! Thanks for the review :-)