Tuesday, October 4, 2022

To Win A Prince By Toni Shiloh

To Win a Prince
by Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764238963

I was looking forward To Win a Prince after enjoying In Search of a Prince. When I had the opportunity to review it, I jumped at the chance. Bethany House sent the book to me.


Can she stop herself from falling before she's too far gone?

As a fashion aficionado and best friend of the queen of the African island country Ọlọrọ Ilé, Iris Blakely dreams of using her talent to start a sustainable clothing line to help citizens in impoverished areas and honor the country's resources. But when she discovers that Ekon Diallo--the man who betrayed her best friend--will be her business consultant, the battle between her desires and reality begins.

Ekon Diallo has lost everything: his princely title, his material possessions, his friends, and the respect of his fellow Ọlọrans. To pay for his actions against Ọlọrọ Ilé, he's forced to assist the charismatic Iris Blakely--but he can't allow his heart to distract him from regaining his status.

Though they come from vastly different worlds, Iris and Ekon are both determined to reach their goals, and the only way to do that is to work together--if they can just keep their hearts from getting in the way . . . 

My Review:

To Win a Prince is a follow up to In Search of a Prince, but it's not a series. I would suggest reading ISoaP  first though to get the full affect of this book!

I was excited to head back to Ọlọrọ Ilé after getting to know Iris in In Search of a Prince. When she decided to stay in the country at the end of the other book, I was excited to see what was in store for her.

Ok, I'll admit the beginning of the story was a bit hard to get into. I think because Iris was gaga over Ekon like a school girl, I struggled with her. I just didn't understand how she was so crazy about a guy just because of a photo, meanwhile, he's gone against the queen and even SHE wasn't a fan of his. BUT, let me just say, the author did a great job of dealing with my issues through the characters' interactions. I was actually making notes because I was getting so frustrated. hahahaha They were all struck down as I kept reading.

Then I hit the sweet spot, where it wasn't just about how "hot" Ekon was. HA!

The faith in this story was beautiful! I actually welled up with emotion a couple of times it was so Spirit filled. And I mean, this was beginning to end! I say that in the BEST way. The characters were living their lives of faith in a way it couldn't be left out. It was a natural extension of them and it flowed SO naturally!

Speaking of faith, Iris has a lot to wrestle with when it comes to her new company, Aṣọ, as well as Ekon. Ekon not only has to deal with the consequences of his choices in regards to the Queen, he has to deal with it from his countrymen as well as his family. Needless to say, life isn't grand for him in this story. BUT, grace and redemption are overflowing in this story. Watching both of these characters grow was lovely! I appreciated Queen Bri asking Iris the hard questions and loving her through the struggles.

About the Author:

Toni Shiloh (www.tonishiloh.com) is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince has been praised by OprahDaily.com, Popsugar, Library Journal, and Booklist, and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have been finalists for the HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media.


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