Review: The Playboy Prince and the Nanny by Donna Alward

Prince Diego Navarro is the “spare” to his brother’s “heir”. While Raoul performs his crown prince duties with the appropriate sense of nobility and poise, Diego’s garnered a bit of a reputation as a playboy – despite the good he does behind the scenes with his favorite charities.

But when tragedy strikes and his sister-in-law is killed in a car accident, Diego knows it’s time for the playboy to step up. If not for his brother, then for his niece and nephew, who now find themselves without a mother.

Which is where Rose Walters comes in.

Rose isn’t intimidated by money or glitz. The veteran nanny has worked for the rich and minimally famous, but a manor house is no comparison to a castle… or the handsome princes who live there. However, the worst thing she could possibly do is fall for the gorgeous playboy with a surprising heart of gold. He’s a prince; she’s the help. He lives in the tabloids; she loves her privacy. But when her two darling charges start to play matchmaker, Diego and Rose don’t stand a chance.

The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is the first book in Donna Alward’s royal duology.

I was quite surprised when I learned something about royals that I don’t normally read or heard on the news. All I thought, if there’s a “party” prince in the midst, you’ll expect scandals and controversies abounding his surrounding him and his life alone. But we or I rather, do not see or know half the story behind it.

Oftentimes, we thought that the first born royals or the ones next in line to the throne are the ones responsible and polite and always in charge of everything that surrounds the royal family. We expected them to be accountable. And we always assumed the worst about the brother or sister of the heir. That they’re just happy-go-lucky, carefree, attention seekers. What we fail to notice is that it’s their way of diverting our attention away from the other family members.

Such is the case with Prince Diego Navarro. He’s got that infamous reputation of being an international playboy, partying night after night with different girls. When his sister-in-law died in a car accident, it was expected that his older brother, Prince Raoul to keep his family intact, his kids attended to and glued together despite everything. But the truth of the matter was, he was losing himself to the tragedy and it was no other than Prince Diego who took matters into his hand.

And that’s where Rosalie came along. A dispute with her other siblings led her foot to other houses, taking care of other families’s children. It wasn’t a big deal first when she landed the job at the Royal Castle to take care of Raoul’s kids, but all her thoughts and opinions about the royal family changed when she met the party prince.

Soon Rose realized, what you see wasn’t exactly what you get. There was more to Prince Diego than the eyes could see.

So far, it has been a great journey getting to know the princes of Marazur. One needs a strong and powerful heart when dealing with death, abandonment, responsibilities and criticisms. I am glad that the characters in this book are flawed but relentless, unconventional but dedicated. Prince Diego was a revelation, Rose was invaluable and those little children were precious. The romance was on point and adventurous, and definitely unforgettable. Donna Alward did a great job with this duology and I am looking forward to more beautiful books in the future!

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A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters plus the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her romance career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody’s Baby, and Someone to Love.

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