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Royal Romances

Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton - from The Daily MailCan you believe it's been a year already?  Yesterday marked the first anniversary of Britain's Prince William and his bride Kate (now known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus).  America may not have celebrated with a bank holiday (though you're welcome to pretend, since our banks were closed on Sunday anyway), but I'm certain there were plenty of royal-watching Americans who raised a glass in their honor yesterday.

It's a little strange, isn't it?  We rebelled from England's autocratic king, and we take great pride in being a democratic country.  But despite all that, Americans made up a hefty percentage of the estimated 300 million people worldwide who watched the royal wedding on TV a year ago.  Nor have we completely rid ourselves of the language of inherited privilege-- we still have our beauty queens, kings of pop, princes of Wall Street-- even our mob princesses.

But perhaps it's not so strange, after all.  Royalty isn't just part of our cast-off past; it's part of our stories, which is a heritage a lot harder to abandon.  Even in America, little girls don't grow up dreaming of meeting their Mister Charming (Mr. Darcy, maybe, but not Mr. Charming).  A walk down the aisle of any party store will show you the enduring popularity of princesses (even if they're only the Disney version).  Knights in shining armor are all very well, but make that knight a prince, and... well.  Stories of princes and their princesses endure among our most cherished of happily ever afters.

In honor of the Royal Anniversary, then, this month's book selections feature every kind of royalty I could think of, from Prince Charmings to Princes of Darkness, Beauty Queens to Faerie Queenes, courtesans to consorts, sheikhs, royal bastards, and the even the King of Rock 'n' Roll (or a reasonable facsimile thereof).  I bring you... royal romance!

When We Meet Again by Victoria Alexander (LP Alexander)
The Queen's Lover by Vanora Bennett (Fiction Bennett)
Royal Seduction by Jennifer Blake (PbkRomance Blake)
Princess of Nowhere by Lorenzo Borghese (Fiction Borghese)
The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick (Fiction Chadwick)
The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase (Fiction Chase)
Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole (PbkRomance Cole)
The Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter (Express Fiction Coulter)
Betsy the Vampire Queen by MaryJanice Davidson (Horror Davidson)
Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd (PbkRomance Dodd)
A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter-Smith (Fiction Easter Smith)
All for Love by Amanda Elyot (Fiction Elyot)
To Wed a Wicked Prince by Jane Feather (LP Feather)
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan (Fantasy Feehan)
My Ruthless Prince by Gaelen Foley (PbkRomance Foley)
Seduce Me in Flames by Jacquelyn Frank (PbkRomance Frank)
Shadow Music by Julie Garwood (Fiction Garwood)
The Stolen Princess by Anne Gracie (PbkRomance Gracie)
The Secret Wife of King George IV by Diane Haeger (Fiction Haeger)
A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton (Fantasy Hamilton)
Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison (PbkRomance Harrison)
A Woman of Passion by Virginia Henley (Fiction Henley)
Demon's Fire by Emma Holly (PbkRomance Holly)
The Sheik by E. M. Hull (Fiction Hull)
The King's Courtesan by Judith James (PbkRomance James)
Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan (PbkRomance Jordan)
The Governess and the Sheikh by Marguerite Kaye (PbkRomance Kaye)
The Falcon Prince by Karen Kelley (PbkRomance Kelley)
Waking the Princess by Susan King (LP King)
Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas (PbkRomance Kleypas)
The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin (PbkRomance Lin)
When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey (Fiction Lindsey)
The Marcelli Princess by Susan Mallery (LP Mallery)
The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle (PbkRomance Marvelle)
Be My Prince by Julianne MacLean (PbkRomance MacLean)
Truthseeker by C. E. Murphy (Fantasy Murphy)
The Virgin Widow by Anne O'Brien (Fiction O'Brien)
Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar (Fiction Parmar)
Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney (PbkRomance Putney)
Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay (PbkRomance Ramsay)
Romancing the King by Jocelyn Saint James (Fiction Saint James)
Highland Princess by Amanda Scott (PbkRomance Scott)
Royal Blood by Rona Sharon (Fiction Sharon)
King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab (PbkRomance Staab)
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Fiction Sundaresan)
Almost a Princess by Elizabeth Thornton (PbkRomance Thornton)
The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne Warren (PbkRomance Warren)
The Raven Queen by Jules Watson (Fiction Watson)
Captive Queen by Alison Weir (Fiction Weir)
King's Daughter by Sandra Worth (Fiction Worth)

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