Relucant Prince

Relucant Prince

by Dani-Lyn Alexander


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Kingdom of Cymmera, #1

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.

"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm." --Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616505905
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Kingdom Of Cymmera Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 778,176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

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, she enjoys reading and shopping, especially in bookstores. Alexander's titles include Reluctant Prince, Lost Princess, and Battle for Cymmera. For more info, please visit

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Relucant Prince 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
What I Thought: I loved every moment of this book! I found myself pulled in from the moment I started it. The first pages already showed action, a love possibility and a strong female character.  The world Dani-Lyn Alaexander has created is beautiful. It is, in so many ways, similar to ours, but is so very different. I found that she really caught my attention with her choice of plot - the death of a world, which can be saved by another. Yes, this sounds like a very overused plot, but Dani has taken a bogged down, overused subject and turned it into something new and shiny. She added a new depth to it, and the results was something brilliant.  The lack of life and emotion in Cymmera and war has brought their people to Earth. They turn to using a horrid tactic to try and save their realm, but there is one amongst them who sees a potential beyond that expected of Earth. Through his eyes, we see the beginning of something. It could turn to beauty or disaster. We follow along with him, our strong female lead and her wee sister, as they live, learn and start to feel again. With the words of the wee sister, Mia, we see both worlds through a light we never would have thought possible.  I found that the characters in Reluctant Prince had depth, emotion (or lack thereof for those falling under that category) and personalities that made them real, loveable (or worthy of hate) and the descriptions of their features that made them so real I felt a part of their realms. I knew every thought and emotion and could judge their actions, as I knew them so well I could guess what reactions they might have.  The pace and plot were beautifully woven, taking me along on the journey. I was so enthralled that, before I knew it, I was at the end of their story. I am eager, almost to the point of pestering her, to know when the next instalment will hit 'shelves.' Overall, this story was a mix of beauty, sadness, war and love. It was more addicting than most of the fantasy stories I have read. I feel this will definitely be one of the books I add to my 2015 Favourites! I highly suggest reading. As there are only light romance scenes, I feel it is appropriate for YA through to adult. 
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to warm up to Ryleigh. I can't quite put my finger on why... but she just wasn't very interesting to me. As the story went on I was more drawn into her. She was just your average 17 year old girl thrown into a crazy situation. First... having lost her parents early, and then losing her grandmother, and trying to figure out how to hold onto her sister until she can legally be her guardian. Talk about having to grow up quickly. Then... on top of that to suddenly be sucked into a fantasy realm (pretty much LITERALLY sucked in). I guess she was more of your average girl with big struggles. It was kind of refreshing actually to have a teen character who acted like you expect a teenager to act... while still trying to take on her troubles maturely. I had a much easier time liking Jackson right from the start. Maybe because he was more mysterious? While you knew he was some other kind of being from the Cymmera... you weren't quite sure who or what he was. It was interesting from the start to see him struggle with wanting to do what was asked (ordered) of him by his father/the King, and his mentor Kai... and with choosing to do what he felt in his gut was right. He also had the struggle of trying to stay on top of things and figure out what was going on while also dealing with being attracted, almost magically and uncontrollably, to Ryleigh... something he had never, in hundreds of years, felt. I ended up really enjoying the story... and can't wait to find out what happens in the next book. While the story did have some closure... it was left at the starting point for whatever will happen next.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera #1) by Dani-Lyn Alexander Ryleigh Donnovan is left to raise her younger sister after her grandmother’s death.  She is confronted by, Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer from the Kingdom of Cymmera, that was sent to procure her.    It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story.  After that, this is a book that gets more exciting as you continue to read it. Ryleigh is a compelling heroine.  I like that she does not buy into things easily and needs to be convinced.  She is strong and intelligent.  She undergoes a lot of changes but handles it with grace. Jackson is a worthy prince and heir to the throne of Cymmera.  I appreciate that he thinks for himself and follows his instincts, even if it could be costly to him.  He is selfless and intelligent.   Reluctant Prince is an exhilarating story packed with action and mystery.   Dani-Lyn Alexander created an intriguing world, rich with detail.  I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book in the series.  Complimentary copy provided by  publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book Down. Fast paced with characters that pull you into their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so captivating from the very beginning to the last word. I was so disappointed to not find a second book waiting for me to plow through. It ended all too quickly but is so very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple, clean, and exciting!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great idea for a story. Some characters were annoying but they either grew on you some as the story progressed or became tolerable. BUT.... the writing style killed the book for me. Litetally mid chapter (every chapter) everything would change direction with no warning. It felt like it should have been the start to a new chapter but instead everytime was thrown in as a surprise. It was exhausting to read. No thought or scene was ever finished or completed before the author started a new thought mid chapter. (Spoiler alert) literally what would be someones last dieing words that were of great importance were cut off by a new conversation starting. After that second brief and less imporntant conversation ended the scene ended with everyone leaving the dieing man who never was able to finish his last vital words despite still being alive when everyone walked out. This one scene is just the same style as evrything else in the book. No single thought or scene cmes to completion. None of the characters have any down time. No one ever slept, ate anything substantial, or aything else that would have been required to survive. It was just one scene moving right into another mid chapter like the author was terrified of boring people. Instead she gave me a headache and left me wanting just one complete scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reluctant Prince(Kingdom of Cymmera #1)by Dani-Lyn Alexander-A wonderful Fantasy Story. I don't care for fantasy books, but could not put this one down.It is fast moving and captivating. 5 stars
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite After the deaths of her parents and grandmother, Ryleigh Donovan is left caring for her younger sister Mia and struggling to survive. After a traumatic experience, she meets Jackson, who is something called a Death Dealer...but she doesn't have time for that - she has to take care of her sister! Jackson is drawn to Ryleigh, and intrigued by the loving relationship between the two sisters. He's been tasked with bringing Ryleigh home to fulfill a prophecy and, to save the girls from prying questions, he offers them a chance to get away. Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander is a great read for those looking for a cool new young adult fantasy series to sink their teeth into. Ryleigh is a great big sister and you can tell that family is very important to her by the way she tends to Mia. Though their parents' and grandmother's deaths are only lightly touched upon, you can really feel the sadness and loss that have shaped her into the woman she is today. She is strong at the beginning of the book, and that only continues to grow as she's put through her paces and introduced to the Kingdom of Cymmera. Age-wise, this book was odd. It was YA fantasy, but much of the content tended to skew older. A 17-year-old getting the job of caring for her little sister would make her old for her years, so I guess that's how the age thing developed. Dani-Lyn Alexander does a great job describing scenes and situations. I appreciated that she often included sounds in her settings, as well as sights and feelings. It was great to be able to picture things like the earthquake, fight scenes, and others with such vivid qualities.
dowies_place More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book, and is good for teens and up. I really enjoyed reading this book,  the situation of children without guardians hit close to home as I just took in foster children. The girls really take care of reach other and are surrounded by the ghosts of their past but when they meet Jackson he shows them there is more to home than a building. Ryleigh is a natural leader and I liked reading her and Jackson's start.  I really can't wait to hear more of the story unfold. ~Dowie
BookAngelBlog More than 1 year ago
For some reason it took me longer to read this book. I think part of it was because I was ok stopping which is rare.  This book was very fast-paced. The storyline kept moving and moving. I liked it though because it was different than a lot of other books that I liked.  I really liked how Ryleigh was spelt. Also there wasn’t a lot of freaking out on her end about the situation. I hate the required 10-page freak out about the situation. I really appreciated the relationship that she has with her sister. I really wanted more from the relationship between Jackson and Ryleigh. There were very few moments between them and I think it would be important to see more of their relationship.  There was some world-building in this book, but nothing too confusing. I think it would have been helpful to talk more about what makes Jackson different or the people in this other realm special. This book was all about not wasting time which I liked. I hate time-wasting in this book.  There will be a sequel so I am so excited for it! Note: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing the whole time and wanting more. I was very upset when I got to the last page and realized there is another book I need to wait for. I need to know NOW! This book is prefect for anyone looking for a good mysterious and magical romance novel. I telling all my friends this is a must read!