Secretly married…to a prince!
Zoe Sarris hasn't seen Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo since their secret elopement. So she's shocked when he requests her interior design services. She's only just pieced her broken heart back together, and seeing Demetrius -- as gorgeous and guarded as ever -- threatens to shatter it all over again…
However, the shocking news that they are actually still married changes everything. Especially when Demetrius reveals he wants his princess back…preferably in time for Christmas!
Sweet story of second chances. Zoe and Demetrius had met and married more than a year ago. At the time, Demetrius was a playboy prince, interested in having fun. He had fallen hard for Zoe, who was also fun-loving, but who also had some stress going on in her life. They had eloped, marrying in secret, but when he took Zoe home with him things fell apart.
Demetrius was reprimanded for his wild ways and told that he needed to change his ways. Zoe was already panicking because he was a prince, but when she got bad news about her mother she realized that she was not the kind of woman Demetrius needed in his life. She left him with just a note saying it couldn't work. Annulment papers were sent to her, but they were never returned.
Demetrius coped by turning his life around and becoming serious and focused, trying to stay busy enough to keep Zoe out of his mind. He is currently working on a special project, turning an incredible old building into an assisted living facility. The only person he can think of that would do justice to the interiors is Zoe, so he hires her for the project. But he does have an ulterior motive. He needs to get those papers and move on with his life.
Zoe is stunned by the job offer, but desperately needs it. She is the caregiver for her mother and needs the money she will earn to get her the care she needs. All she has to do is get the job done and protect her heart at the same time. She's horrified when she finds out that not only did Demetrius not receive the papers she signed, he thinks she is planning to use their marriage for blackmail or more money.
It doesn't take much time back in each other's company for them to realize that their feelings never went away. Demetrius becomes more determined to keep Zoe in his life, but she seems equally determined to end their marriage. I loved the way that Demetrius becomes more and more convinced that there is something that is keeping them apart, and that if he can discover what it is he can win Zoe back. Zoe is determined to keep it from him, because she doesn't want to burden him with her problems, especially one that she feels would stop their marriage in its tracks.
I loved seeing the way that Demetrius took care of Zoe, protecting her from the paparazzi that worried her so much, and giving her a place on the palace grounds to live. His pride in her artistic ability was sweet to see. I also loved his gentle persistence in getting her to tell him about her mother, even though he had already figured out part of the issue. I was a bit frustrated with Zoe not telling him, as it was pretty obvious that it wouldn't have changed his feelings for her at all. Saving her from the sleazy reporter was one more indication of how important she was to him. The ending and Demetrius's big moment were very romantic. The epilogue was a great wrapup with the two brothers.