Whenever a new book comes out, we writers look for the first reviews and hope that they’re good. And while we try not to take negative reviews to heart, it’s still nice to read about the good stuff. After all, our stories are meant to entertain and please our audience. Keeping my amazing readers happy is so, so important!
I haven’t written a book like The Playboy Prince and the Nanny for a while. It’s reminiscent of my first books for Harlequin Romance – on the sweet side of heat level, with a touch of glamour, a bit of fairy-tale, and a heart of very human emotion (and of course a happy ever after!). I had so much fun writing it (and it’s partner, out in January). Here’s what some of the reviews have had to say:
“I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in one sitting.” — Scandalicious Book Reviews
“At first glance you might think this may be a rather silly — just for fun story — but those that know Donna Alward will realize you should never judge a book by its title. I got THE PLAYBOY PRINCE AND THE NANNY because it’s by Donna Alward. I loved it because the characters were simply wonderful — real — funny — sassy — awesome.” — Fresh Fiction
“A surprisingly simple and elegant spin on Cinderella with a side of heartbreak, healing and acceptance, the Prince and the help journey to trust and love.” –Books and Boys Book Blog
“With a le sigh-inducing story and a cast of characters that I couldn’t get enough of, The Playboy Prince and the Nanny makes you wish for your own royal happily-ever-after. This one gets 4.5 stars! ♥” –Dog-Eared Daydreams
If you haven’t grabbed Diego and Rose’s story yet, you can grab it at these retailers!
And one “behind the scenes” blog: The Inspiration behind the Princes of Marazur!
When it came to really sitting down and planning out the Princes of Marazur duet, I had to do some serious thinking about my princes. I’d already established them a bit in The Rancher’s Runaway Princess, but this was different. They had more of a walk-on role in that book, and now they were going to be center stage.
I knew that:
Raoul is the Crown Prince, and takes it seriously. That he’s married with a girl and a boy. That he and Diego lost their mother when they were very young, and that Lucy (their half-sister) is born of an affair.
Diego is the “Spare” heir, and he’s the one who rebelled as he grew older, establishing a reputation as a palace bad boy and playboy. Sure, he went to university, but he was more interested in the polo ponies and fillies of other sorts than really studying. I also knew that when the story started, he would need to be trying to shed that reputation, build some credibility, and be an asset to the family.
Sound like anyone else you can think of? #willandharry
I also found myself thinking about the remake of Sabrina that was out years ago, featuring Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear. Now granted, this heroine isn’t going to fall for Diego and then really realize she’s in love with Raoul. But it does represent a bit of the dynamic between the brothers, much like Linus and David in the movie. Linus doesn’t think David will ever settle down, doesn’t think he takes things seriously, and David’s used to being underestimated. In the end, Linus learns to loosen his stranglehold on his responsibilities and trust David, who is ready to grow up and show there’s more to him than his past reputation.
Of course, once I started writing, the characters took on a life of their own and simply became Diego and Raoul, with their own issues and struggles and triumphs.