Protecting the Prince (novella)
Protecting the Prince
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About the Book
The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes
Book 6: Ravenzario
This is a novella of about 35,000 words that comes between books 5 and 7 in the Brides of Belles Montagnes series.
Tony Browning has worked for the Ravenzarian royal family since he was fifteen. The day after he took over as head of security, the king’s sabotaged vehicle went over a guard rail, killing all inside. Or so everyone has always believed. Tony has discovered the prince, now grown, and his nanny may have survived. He uses decades old data to try and track them down – and make up for the tragedy that has haunted him all these years..
Michaela Engel has spent eighteen years keeping Prince Nicklaus’s identity secret – and keeping him safe from the threats that haunt their every step. It’s nearly time to tell her charge who he really is and return him to their homeland.
Before they can leave, Michaela and Nicklaus find themselves on the run once again. This time they find a new friend, one with a background in security, who’s willing to help them stay safe. Michaela finds herself falling for Anthony, but can she trust him with her heart when they’re done Protecting the Prince?
This is the same novella that was offered free to newsletter subscribers in December 2015 and January 2016.
(Previously labelled book 3 in The Brides of Belles Montagnes series)
Dustin Engel, his wife, one child died during Medicane
Professor Digory Kirke
Prime Minister Caruso
Minority Leader Michaels
Princess Anastasia Romanov
Mallard Lake Inn
Mallark Lake Resort and Recreation Area
Swim & Ski Shop
Mallard Lake Zip Lines
Tony Browning, head of security for Queen Christiana of Ravenzario, visits the Sovereign Commonwealth of Athmetis trying to find clues to the whereabouts of Michaela Engel and Prince Nicklaus, both believed by most to have been swept away in the river after the car accident that claimed the lives of King Richard and Queen Marissa. His taxi driver, Rex, directs Tony to his yaya. Yaya tells how Michaela and Prince Nicklaus hid in her courtyard for some time after they left Ravenzario. He follows their trail to Boaz, Louisiana where he learns they may be in the St. Louis area.
Michaela and Nicklaus, living under the names Michelle and Nicholas Metcalf, return from a cruise Nicholas gave Michelle for Christmas the year before. Michelle tells him they may have to move again soon. Nicholas isn’t happy about it, but also doesn’t know the full story. She begins to make plans. When one of her friends from Boaz calls, they drop everything and leave for Minnesota. After taking a circuitous route, they arrive in Mallard Lake Township and begin to set up a new life. Michelle tells Nicholas a little bit about their former lives – he has a sister and about the accident. She promises to answer any questions he has after their trip to Europe for his 21st birthday in a month.
Tony stakes out their house, but is confronted by an elderly neighbor. With the help of a security team member employed by Jonathan Langley-Cranston, he gets into the house and discovers their next destination. Michelle has begun working at her friend Brianna’s bakery. Tony runs into her there and strikes up a conversation that turns into a fledgling relationship. They go for a walk and plan a date. They both plan to order quilts as gifts – Tony for the birth of the next heir and Michelle for the wedding she knows is coming between Prince Nicklaus and Princess Yvette of Mevendia.
Nicholas and Tony have a discussion at the cafe where Tony manages to get a hold of Nicholas’s glass to have his DNA tested. Rather than going out, he makes brinner for Michelle and Nicholas at the home Brianna has loaned them.
Michelle and Nicholas plan to go out for his birthday. He changes their dinner location to the resort where Tony is staying. They run into Tony who pays for their dinner. Tony and Nicholas go down the zip lines where Nicholas is trying to get a job. They spend several hours together, including lunch at the cafe. Nicholas begins to feel uncomfortable, confirming Tony’s feeling when a strange man walks in. They stop by the police department to give the chief a heads’ up. They decide not to tell Michelle.
Michelle figures it out and starts to talk about moving again. Nicholas refuses. Tony tells them he can help and suggests they move to the resort with him. Tony arranges for a suite. Tony discovers Michelle mostly brings pictures and mementos when she bolts quickly, including a picture of Princess Yvette. She told Nicholas her name was Eve and his parents had hoped they’d marry. Tony kisses Michelle, but they’re interrupted by Nicholas who has seen the mysterious man out the window. Tony calls Jonathan’s man who makes arrangements to come get them. They hide near a service entrance and wait for a van to arrive. When they make it to a safe house, Tony calls her Michaela and says it’s time to tell Nicklaus the whole truth.
Together, Tony and Michaela tell Nicklaus the truth about the accident and Henry Eit, the man who claimed to be the queen’s brother and orchestrated the accident as well as attempted to kill Queen Christiana on more than one occasion. Nicklaus has a hard time coming to grips with all the implications, but their primary focus is staying alive until they can get back to Ravenzario. Michaela and Nicklaus rest while Tony keeps lookout. When he spots someone closing in, they sneak out a back exit through the woods.
They hide in a small cave while Tony confronts the man following them, believed to be one of Henry Eit’s men. Nicklaus exits the cave to help Tony. Michaela follows. She finds a heavy branch and hits the man over the head. Michaela goes to see if they can find another house. Nicklaus confronts Tony about his feelings for Michaela. Tony admits to them. He admits his job for Queen Christiana came dangerously close to an obsession as he tried to find a way to take Henry down. Michaela returns to tell them there’s a house not far away.
Mrs. Girabaldi greets them. Mr. Girabaldi watches over the prisoner with a shotgun while the other dry off. The sheriff arrives and takes the man into custody.
They return to Ravenzario. Tony tells them the truth about Henry not being related. They arrive at the palace where they tell Christiana the truth. She remembers “Mickey.” They tell Nicklaus about his upcoming wedding to Princess Yvette in just over a week and that if the wedding doesn’t take place they, along with Michaela, will be exiled. While Nicklaus talks with Christiana, Tony takes Michaela to see her parents. Michaela admits to stalking the Facebook pages of her siblings. Tony reveals he knew Poppo, who walked Christiana down the aisle, and Nanny, who stood in for her family, were Michaela’s parents but that Christiana doesn’t know.
They meet with Christiana who thanks Poppo and Nanny for their sacrifices, then thanks Michaela for hers. Nicklaus says he would like to talk to Yvette before making his decision. Arrangements are made to go to Mevendia first thing in the morning. Tony tells Michaela he plans to ask her marry him once things settle down. She tells him she’ll say yes.