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Book Review: Not So Perfect Princess by Melissa McClone

“Effecting change meant not passively wanting and hoping, but required real, risk taking leadership.” ~~ Melissa McClone (Book: Not So Perfect Princess)

This one is also part of a 3 in 1 box set called ‘One Summer At The Beach’.

Before diving into the book I checked its cover on Goodreads. Turns out, this one is from Harlequin’s Romance line of novels that are known for sweet romance.

The sweet romance is fine with me. I have read a couple of books from this line and I found the stories good and engaging.

Let’s check out how ‘Not So Perfect Princess ~~ Melissa McClone’ is story wise…

Genre: Contemporary Romance; Mills and Boon.

Main Characters: Princess Julianna, Alejandro.

‘Not So Perfect Princess by Melissa McClone’ ~~ Synopsis:

All Julianna wants to do is sail and have freedom to do as she wishes. But since she’s a princess and that too of a kingdom, where women are second class citizens, she’s no freedom.

The only time she feels happy & free is when she sails. But her father puts restrictions on her sailing adventures because her mother died sailing.

Julianna doesn’t allow all the restriction to make her feel sad. Not even when three of her engagements end. Not until her father, who wants her become Queen someday, decides if her new engagement ends, then she’d have to marry the son of some nobleman from their country.

Julianna vows not to let the new match say no. Her future, her future children’s and her country’s future depend on it.

She doesn’t like the idea of marrying someone from her country and not having any power to try to change her and women’s future in her country.

Julianna believes if she becomes a Queen of some other country, then she’d be able to direct her brother to introduce changes to make women’s life better in her birth country. Marrying an outsider is also her ticket to freedom.

When Julianna collides with the handsome guy in the palace on her arrival, she’s sure, things would be fine.


The man, Alejandro, Julianna meets and feels instant attraction towards. isn’t her husband-to-be.

Alejandro is the second son and wants nothing to do with the pomp and show that’s modern royalty. If he were the king, he’d have abolished monarchy. But no one asks him, so he doesn’t care.

Or rather he does care to make his country better than it is. For that to happen, he wants to pay more attention to his business than attending to royal duties.

When he meets Julianna, he’s happy because her marriage to his elder brother is his ticket to freedom. The sooner the royal couple would produce heirs, the farther he’d fall down the line.

This suits him better as that would also mean he’d have more time for his passion: sailing.

Julianna quickly recovers from her crush on Alejandro. More like she tries to as she knows she can’t have or even indulge in what her heart wants.

But she’s sure that the crown prince of a progressive country would be better than her controlling father.

Alas! Her wish doesn’t come true. The crown princess Enrique cares for no one, but himself and seems to be as controlling as her father. A little hope of having freedom begins to fade away.

When Julianna finds out about Alejandro’s passion for sailing and that he participates in the race too, she convinces him to take her sailing.

Even if it’s for the one last time before there’s nothing, but duty in the future.

She’s surprised when, after the sail Alejandro asks her to participate in the race with him. Julianna doesn’t want to do anything that’d risk her engagement to his brother.  

After discovering her love for sailing and disappointment at his brother’s attitude towards her, Alejandro wants to save Julianna. But he can’t even suggest she leave and live her own life.

As he quickly understands that the princess feels bound to the duty to others and refuses to acknowledge what makes her happy.

Whatever’s happening in her life is not what makes her happy. But what can he do? Alejandro can’t even prompt Julianna to break up with his brother as their marriage is his one and only chance to get away from royal duties.  

Julianna feels tormented between her desire to have freedom to live her life as she wants to and the responsibility she feels for the welfare of women of her country.

She wants to make a change, something she believes she could only achieve by sacrificing her life for duty that’s crushing her.


It’s a beautifully told story. I loved reading about Julianna’s character. By the time, the story ends, she develops a lot as a character. The story is about her, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

Ms McClone did an awesome job developing Julianna’s character. Julianna’s character she learns her lesson and changes her life. I approve.

Lesson from ‘Not So Perfect Princess by Melissa McClone’:

1: The oppressors rarely grant freedom to their victims. Even if those oppressors are none other than our own family members. Why?

Because…. Freedom is Power. And where there’s power, there’s a power struggle to get it. Julianna’s character took some time to understand it and take away what’s hers.

2: You teach people how you should be treated along with your family members.

If you’re not treated right or with respect (& you don’t object to that behavior right then) by your family in public, then others will get the idea to treat you the same way too.

3: “Effecting change meant not passively wanting and hoping, but required real, risk taking leadership.” ~~ Melissa McClone (Book: Not So Perfect Princess)

Hit or Miss: Hit.

Ratings: 4stars/5.

Buy:  Amazon iTunes

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