To Win a Prince is the second book I’ve read by Toni Shiloh. I read its prequel, In Search of a Prince, earlier this year and just had to get my hands on To Win a Prince when Nuts About Books with Graf Martin (one of the places I review books for) had it on their list, I jumped on the chance—even though we were about to be in the middle of a move to the country, which is where I’m writing this review from!
Can she stop herself from falling before she’s too far gone?
As a fashion aficionado and best friend of the queen of the African island country Ọlọrọ Ilé, Iris Blakely dreams of using her talent to start a sustainable clothing line to help citizens in impoverished areas and honor the country’s resources. But when she discovers that Ekon Diallo–the man who betrayed her best friend–will be her business consultant, the battle between her desires and reality begins.
Ekon Diallo has lost everything: his princely title, his material possessions, his friends, and the respect of his fellow Ọlọrans. To pay for his actions against Ọlọrọ Ilé, he’s forced to assist the charismatic Iris Blakely–but he can’t allow his heart to distract him from regaining his status.
Though they come from vastly different worlds, Iris and Ekon are both determined to reach their goals, and the only way to do that is to work together–if they can just keep their hearts from getting in the way . . .
I do recommend you first read In Search of a Prince before reading To Win a Prince, but only so you don’t ruin In Search of a Prince for yourself. The books stand alone, though, for sure.
Iris Blakely, main character in To Win a Prince, and best friend to the Queen of Ọlọrọ Ilé, is such a delightful and fun character. She feels big, cares big, has big dreams, and has all the spice to make them happen.
Ekon Diallo, as you read in the blurb above, has made some big mistakes that cost him everything. I loved watching his spiritual and emotional growth in this novel. As I have come to expect from Shiloh, there were some big surprises I didn’t see coming in his journey.
Shiloh does such a great job in these two novels of world building, character development, and building tension all while tastefully and skillfully giving God and faith a strong lead.
If you are looking for a book that will entertain and make you laugh, while inspiring and encouraging you as a Christian, I highly recommend these books.
And I wonder … will Iris’s brother be getting his own book? If so, I already know who I’m guessing to be the heroine in that novel.
Thank you to Graf Martin/Nuts About Books for my copy of To Win A Prince! I give this one 4 stars out of 5.
About the Author
Toni Shiloh (www.tonishiloh.com) is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. Her novel In Search of a Prince has been praised by OprahDaily.com, Popsugar, Library Journal, and Booklist, and is a Parable bestseller. Her books have been finalists for the HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Toni loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. –This text refers to the paperback edition.