Captured and Crowned: Janette Kenny's Modern Fairy Tale

by Janette Kenny, author of Captured and Crowned (Harlequin Presents, December 2010)

I love stories about powerful kings and queens set in romantic kingdoms.  But I have a fondness for second son stories as well, for when it comes to nobility, all sons after the crown prince are basically the spares, brought into this world in case something befalls the crown prince.  They can and usually do, to a degree, lead their own lives.

In Captured and Crowned, my December release from Harlequin Presents, I’ve combined those two favorites.

Prince Kristo Stanrakis is a devastatingly handsome playboy, quite content to manage the financial duties of his family’s vast fortune, and passionately involved in protecting the delicate ecosystem of the island kingdom of Angyra.  But when a tragic illness robs Kristo’s eldest brother of his life before he can be crowned king, Kristo instantly becomes the Crown Prince of Angyra.

Kristo chaffs at the new role he’s been thrust into, one he’s ill prepared for, one he’s secretly afraid he’ll fail at.  Thanks to his wicked reputation, even many of his countrymen doubt his ability.  But he won’t turn his back on the kingdom he loves.

Duty runs fiercely in his blood.  Duty decrees he must take a wife.  According to Angyra law, the queen must be of noble Greek blood.  That rules out all the gorgeous ladies Kristo has romanced!

All except one.

Demetria Andreou, his brother’s fiancé, was handpicked as a young girl to be the future queen.  She’s beautiful, smart, and in Kristo’s mind, deceitful to the core.

Kristo met the grown up Demetria on a sun-kissed beach several years ago, neither knowing the other’s identity.  She captured his interest and desire then when she shared his passion, and his zest for life.  He clearly remembers how good she felt in his arms, how sweet her kisses were on his lips.  How very much more he wanted from her before she ran away.

But mainly, he remembers how furious he was much later when he arrived at the palace, only to discover the passionate woman he had an amorous liaison with was Demetria Andreou, the crown prince’s fiancé!

Kristo shouldn’t still want her, shouldn’t desire her.  But he does with each beat of his heart, with every breath he takes.

Duty, desire and revenge collide as Kristo is crowned king, and takes Demetria as his reluctant wife.

RT Book Reviews calls Captured and Crowned a modern fairy tale complete with a royally satisfying happily every after that readers will love.  I hope you love Kristo’s and Demetria’s romance as much as I loved writing this story.

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Comments ( 10 )
  1. Kate Hewitt
    November 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I love stories about second sons, probably even more so than ones about first sons–there is something wonderfully angsty and exciting about a second son coming into his own, especially if he is a Presents alpha! Captured and Crowned sounds fabulous, Jan, and I love the title. It’s definitely going on my TBR.

  2. Marilyn Shoemaker
    November 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I especially love this post Janette because I pick it up yesterday and began reading it during my break at work. I just finished a few minutes ago. I love it, loved how they met on that beach, the turmoil they felt and how they grew as a couple. It was a wonderful love story….especially the ending.

  3. Annie West
    November 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Kate, sounds like a great marriage of convenience story with lots of undercurrents making things interesting! Will look forward to reading it.

  4. Jennie Lucas
    November 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Ooh, it sounds awesome, Janette! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Janette Kenny
    November 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Exactly, Kate. The change in the hero is always so rewarding.

    Marilyn, thank you so much!!!

    Hope you enjoy it, Annie.

  6. Janette Kenny
    November 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    🙂 Thanks, Jennie.

  7. Kate Walker
    December 1, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Now I can take or leave royalty stories – mostly leave them if I’m honest. But the mention of a ‘spare’ second son grabs me. And stories of someone having their life totally changed by a random act of Fate – well, I have to love those as I’m working on one right now. I’m going to hunt down your book Janette – er – well, just as soon as I can get out the door! Right now I’d have to plough through huge snow drifts!

  8. Christina Hollis
    December 1, 2010 at 4:49 am

    I loved this, Janette, especially that first meeting – who would’ve thought marine biology could be so sexy 😉

  9. Sharon Kendrick
    December 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Yum – I love that line “duty runs fiercely in his blood” and I LOVE a royal story.
    I like the heavy burden of responsibility which is part and parcel of being a ruler, the fact that they are constrained and bound by ancient rules, and by tradition….
    And it’s a GREAT cover, Janette!

  10. Maurine
    December 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’m reading it next!