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March 22, 2024

Hathor and the Prince by J. J. McAvoy ~ a Review

by MK French


Hathor Du Bell was overshadowed by her older sister, Aphrodite. In the two years since her debut, Aphrodite has married a duke and Hathor only had mediocre suitors. With another London season coming to a close, Hathor worries that she will be the only Du Bell unable to find her perfect match.

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book cover of regency romance novel Hathor and the Prince by JJ McAvoy
March 2024; Dell; 978-0593500088
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); Regency romance

Hathor and the Prince is the third of the Du Bell Regency romance series, following Aphrodite and the Duke and Verity and the Forbidden Suitor. Hathor had always been jealous of her older sister, who she felt had it easier in life, was more beautiful, and better loved. As much as her family tries to convince her it isn't true, she still feels less than. The queen's nephew, a prince in another country has arrived and everyone wants him. Hathor does until she realizes he's the self-proclaimed rake talking about her in the park and calling her a grasping title hunter. It's all downhill from there for August, who's drawn to her beauty and spunk, but continues to step in it and make her angry with him. Misunderstandings abound, and for a while, it seems like there really won't be a happily ever after.

Hathor is easily the most prideful of the Du Bell sisters, but she's still a loving woman and is holding out for true love the way Aphrodite did. August doesn't believe in marriage and feels people are only after his title; to be fair, most of the noblewomen are. Their interactions are more like sparring matches until she hears more about his family life, and sees another side of him. This shifts the relationship between them and their interactions, which catches the attention of the Queen. The road to the happily ever after is a fraught one, and I preferred that part of the novel. Hathor was still prickly at times, but it was tempered and I really began to see that a relationship between them was possible. Though it seemed like it was impossible, the love was genuine and there, with a hefty dose of luck and stubbornness involved. It fits their relationship and Hathor's role in the family. 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.



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