Amelia Radley thought she had it all when she met a man in a bar and he ended up being royalty. Their love affair was anything but boring, and yet he dumped her almost exactly a year after asking her out to their first dinner date. While the wound was deep and fresh thirty days after their separation, she picked up the morning paper only to see that the man she thought she loved had already become engaged to another woman.
Her best friend, Tina, suggests the only thing she knows would make her feel better. Amelia should start dating any man she meets that she likes so that she can get over her ex. The idea is ludicrous, and yet Amelia agrees to a date with a man she has never met before. All the while, she considers herself nothing more than the prince’s ex, a woman who could not hold the affections of every woman’s dream.
When she finds love in an unexpected place, it’s challenged by the past and the future looks rocky. Amelia’s insecurities might get in the way of her finding true love, in more ways than one.
THE PRINCE’S EX by Nadene Seiters is a realistically written story about one woman’s struggle to find herself after a bad breakup. After exactly one year Amelia is dumped by the royal she had believed she’d be spending the rest of her life with and given no other explanation than it just would never work out between them. This is not the first time a man has left her, starting with her father at a very young age, so she finds it hard not to feel there’s something wrong with her. She tells herself she must be unlovable and goes into a bit of a tailspin. Her best friend Tina gives her about a month of feeling sorry for herself and then calls enough, enough.
I liked her friend, Tina, a yoga instructor, who she meets for coffee everyday in a local coffee bar where they discuss their lives for all in the shop to hear. She was an independent young woman who enjoyed the single life, loved men, and wasn’t the least bit repressed about her sexuality, just because she wasn’t ready to settle down. What I liked most about her is that she truly cared about and was loyal to Amelia. She hated seeing her best friend hurting and decided to do something about it. She’s certain what Amelia needs is to get back out there and meet a guy who can take her mind off her heartbreak. So she convinces Amelia to choose a name out of her phone, from the men Tina knows, and to go out on a blind date with him. The date goes well at first, but then turns into a bit of a disaster. His reaction and Amelia’s reaction were comical to me, but definitely one of those things you can only laugh about after the fact when it’s happening to you.
Amelia herself is a wonderfully written character, beautiful, strong, likeable, independent and successful in so many ways, but also a typical woman with insecurities. A good person you would want to have as a friend and can’t understand why she doesn’t see her own worth. Ms. Seiters does a tremendous job allowing her readers into the rollercoaster of emotions and the mindset of Amelia as she finds her way. I felt that because she had such a rocky beginning her need for affirmation and security left her a bit vulnerable and confused. It took her awhile to open her eyes to what was right in front of her after setting her sights on a different sort of future for so long. I was completely drawn into her journey and rooting for her to find her happiness.
Peter, the barista at the coffee shop that Amelia and Tina frequent was a doll. A dreamy book boyfriend to be sure. Handsome, kind, romantic, patient, sexy, and truly a nice guy. He was smitten with Amelia before she even realized he could be more than a friend. Before she realized his steady, loyal and loving ways were exactly what she really needed to find that stability she craved. Again, so well written and hard not to fall for. All in all this was a wonderful read with characters and a storyline that is written so realistically it’s a love story easy to relate to and get behind. Ms. Seiters is a new author to me and now I will be looking for her others books for more! 4 stars
~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.