Book Review: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander



Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Ryleigh Donnovan lost her parents at a young age and now her grandmother just a week ago.   Just 17 years old she is forced to look after her sister Mia and not let anyone know that her grandmother died.  They had no money, Ryleigh had to find a job to keep them fed.   It would have been alright if she was even old enough to be her sister’s guardian or if an earth quake didn’t erupt during her interview.  She struggled to find her sister in the aftermath of the earthquake. She went back down to the first floor where she had left her. She could not walk any more, later she found herself in the hospital, could this day get any worse? She needed to quickly get out of their before they really started  asking questions. She finally had to rely on some stranger to help them get out without being noticed.

Jackson Maynard, to become a death dealer he had to obtain, kill and bring Ryleigh back to the kingdom of Cymmera. Not exactly in that order. Something about her stopped him.  Now he has to face his father and possibly be charged with treason for going against a direct order.  Jackson’s father banished him and stripped him of all powers with the help of Kai. The kings trusted advisor who bides by the rules and seems to hate Jackson.  Jackson was given three months to prove his case of why he could not do it.   Will what he find be enough to keep them both alive.

It was an interesting story, I was definitely entertained. Very fast paced and action packed from the beginning. You understood the characters especially Ryleigh who would fight to her death to protect her sister. Even if it meant trusting Jackson who’s soul purpose of being in her existence was to kill her. Jackson’s and Ryleigh’s romance evolved through the story, you felt apart of it.  I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

4 Stars



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