Once Upon a Time - Blair Babylon

Once Upon a Time

By Blair Babylon

  • Release Date: 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4
4
From 120 Ratings

Description

When a modern princess falls in love with her bodyguard, a royal fairy tale turns dangerous.

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a beautiful princess. Flicka von Hannover lived an enchanted life. She jetted around Europe staging charity events with friends, had married a handsome prince in the most spectacular royal wedding of the 21st century, and should have lived happily ever after.

But then she found the handsome prince in bed with a duchess. And then a coffee shop barista. And then her own goddamn secretary.

Finally, the beautiful princess had had enough of the cheating prince, and she ran away.

The prince didn’t want to let her go. He couldn’t take his throne without her and sent henchmen to take her back to the castle. Her worried royal brother sent people to look for her, too.

The prince threatened her. He said that if the princess contacted her brother or any of her friends for help, he would kill her brother and her brother’s new, pregnant wife.

So the princess ran to the only person she could trust, a man who was frankly not a handsome prince.

Dieter Schwarz had been Flicka’s bodyguard for years. He had protected her from assassins, kidnappers, and high school dates who got too handsy after a few drinks. He was a sharp-witted, sharp-jawed, hard-muscled former Swiss Special Forces operator who had started his own private security firm, Rogue Security, and had no past that he spoke of.

No one knew that he had been her first lover and had broken her heart.

And he’s the only person who can save her.

Reviews

  • Ick

    1
    By going for the MAT
    This crap is exactly like some other crap I read a few months ago. I wouldn't have gone for this in middle school, yet it's being marketed to adults. Ewww
  • Once upon A Time

    5
    By Anntqueen
    I enjoyed Flickas story. Blair writes such exciting books. All of her characters are jewels; can’t wait for Flickas love to continue. U have purchase all of her books on the characters associated with the Rock Band! Good for you Blair!
  • Absolutely love this book

    5
    By Samgamma55
    I have patiently waited for Flicka’s story and I was not disappointed. The added icing on the cake was Dieter. Without giving away spoilers, I’ll just say, you have got to read this book. This was a powerful beginning to this new series and I am gladly hitching a ride.
  • Wanted to Like it

    2
    By isharaine
    But it ends on a cliffhanger and the pacing is off. I love stories about royalty and she did a good job with the world building but too many things made me stop. Not going to buy the next books.
  • Absolute snooze

    1
    By winginthehouse
    Not sure how it got so many five stars reviews...poorly written, not even worth it if it was for free.
  • Too slow, too many characters

    2
    By Egans03
    This was a difficult story to follow. It was rather slow moving and there were a lot of characters constantly being introduced with not a lot of forward movement with the story line. Paid for the book but wish I hadn’t.
  • It's Finally Here!

    5
    By swayzeeblu
    I have been a reader of Blair Babylon's books from the very beginning. Her ability to weave her character's complicated lives in such a believable fashion is amazing. Her series of books are intertwined with each other, yet can be read as standalone without a problem. This is the first series that is a cliffhanger, but as mentioned in other reviews, the next book is scheduled to be released next month (and yes, it is already ordered!). Sexy, with great feeling and passion, the story of Flicka, her Serene Highness Fredericka of Hanover is told. Another can't miss read..... And I can't wait for the next book.
  • Another wonderful tale from a great author

    5
    By JANeub
    I received an ARC of this book because Blair is really my favorite author and the only one that I consistently write reviews for. Oh my, Blair writes her characters SO well, I always take them as my friends and miss them when they are gone. Here, we finally get Flicka AND Dieter's story. The mysterious Dieter. I'm sure somewhere in one of the following books we'll find his secret past, but now we can only wonder. Poor Flicka, so busy organizing things for others while smiling like a princess should, through all the misery. Finding that her new husband has another 'wife' and kids soon after her own wedding, and loving Dieter who married another after he broke up with her. Life certainly can be complicated, especially if you are royalty and must do your duty. Will Flicka and Dieter get together in the next book 'Knight in Shining Armor', or will there be more twists and turns before a happily ever after? I can't wait to find out.
  • I loved this story.

    5
    By ButtonsMom2003
    Blair does it again! I loved this story. Reviewing books I love is often much more difficult than reviewing books that are just OK; Once Upon A Time is one of those books. I've been reading Blair Babylon's books for about four years but it seems like just yesterday. She writes compelling stories with characters that have complicated lives. I don't just read her books, I become immersed in the world she has created for her characters. Her Billionaires in Disguise (BID) and Rock Stars in Disguise (RSID) series of books are all connected but they are also written so each series can be read as standalone stories. Even if you haven't read any of the other series (but I implore you to read them!) you will still be able to enjoy Flicka's series because of the background information that Blair puts in the story. And the thing about that background information is that it's written in such a way that it doesn't seem redundant if you are a fan and have read all of the other books, like I have. Because I'm a reader who generally hates cliffhangers, I feel I must disclose that this is the first in what will be a series of 3 or 4 books, and you will definitely be left wanting more after reading it. But there's something other than the wonderful writing that keeps me reading Blair's books – even with cliffhangers – she has never yet failed to complete a series and she releases the books fairly close together so you aren't kept waiting forever for the next one (book 2 of this series is coming in a month). She also hasn't taken one book and chopped it up into multiple parts just to sell more books. This story has nearly 300 pages and, based on past history, the other books in the series will be just as long, if not longer. It's hard for me talk about this story without giving too much away. Flicka married her prince but things aren't good. They had an agreement but he broke the rules and now she has to get away. Fans have been begging Blair to write Flicka's story and also one for another favorite character who's been around since the first BID story. It was a wonderful shock to find this much beloved character a prominent part of Flicka's story. Flicka is a one-woman dynamo. Her organizational skills are awesome. Yes, she has unlimited help to carry out her wishes, but she is the ultimate organizer. It's just a shame that she isn't able to reorganize her life with the same efficiency. I laughed and I cried while reading this much anticipated story. I can't wait to read the next one. Next month can't come soon enough for me. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
  • Great Read

    5
    By Readnread
    Blair Babylon has done it YET AGAIN! This first book in Flicka’s story is an exciting, heartbreaking, and at times funny, can’t put it down read! Her story can stand alone, of course, but for those of us who have read other books in the Billionaires in Disguise series, it’s like seeing old friends again. Flicka and Dieter have known each other since she was 10 and he 21, but we find out much more about their relationship as she prepares to marry Prince Pierre Grimaldi of Monaco. I won’t be telling you more, no spoilers, just get a copy and read! I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.