Italian's Virgin Princess is a superb conclusion
to the Princess Brides trilogy. Fans of alpha heroes will adore
Leo and will want to slap him a time or two as he displays such
overly alpha behavior as spanking Joelle, locking her in her
room, and putting a global tacking device on her wrist, but then
they'll want to be the first in line to comfort him when the
reasons for such behavior are revealed. BTW, Leo redeems himself
wonderfully and becomes one of Ms. Porter's finest and complex
Italian's Virgin Princess stands alone, but you'll
definitely want to read the two earlier entries in trilogy. When
you want a hot, emotionally intense reading experience, you'll
never go wrong with a Jane Porter
Presents. Highly recommended! 4 1/2 stars.
~Debora Hosey reviewing The Italian's
Virgin Princess for The
Romance Readers Connection.
(posted November 2, 2004)
young Princess looking for freedom, a handsome Italian Prince
searching for his betrothed, a sexual chemistry that can't be
denied and secrets a plenty -- all of this is found in The
Italian's Virgin Princess...Ms.
Porter shows that even though the physical chemistry is there,
it's not always smooth sailing to find the trust and love that
Leo and Joelle are searching for…
The Italian's Virgin Princess,
book three of The Princess Brides Trilogy can stand-alone as
the author shares a bit of back-history as well that readers
would have read in book one and two. But this beautifully created
trilogy is the most amazing reading if enjoyed all together.
Travel from New Orleans to the beauty of the islands in Europe
as this Prince and Princess try to find their own happily ever
after as only Jane Porter can write it…with
beauty, eloquence and heart-warming romance.
~ Tracey West, reviewing The Italian's
Virgin Princesss for
Road to Romance.
(posted October 23, 2004)
third story of the Ducasse princesses was a pleasure to read.
Ms. Porter is an excellent storyteller, who definitely leaves
the reader demanding, "More, please!"
~The Best Reviews, reviewing The
Italian's Virgin Princess
(posted October 15, 2004)
"A wonderful Modern Romance from
Jane Porter that features everything you want from this line:
a sexy hero, an independent heroine and a dose of sexual chemistry
all with a backdrop of New Orleans and two beautiful European
"This is very much a fairytale
story with a Prince, a Princess, a magical kingdom and a love
story. However, Ms. Porter has portrayed the emotions and suffering
of both characters to prove that true love never does run smooth.
I especially enjoyed the glimpses of the hero's past and reading
about how he overcame it. The Italian's Virgin Princess by
Jane Porter is a great stand-alone read but I would thoroughly
recommend the whole trilogy to all!"
~Katie Stalham, reviewing The
Italian 's Virgin Princess for CataRomance
(posted September 1, 2004)
Jane gives as an extra: Real Royal news/gossip links.
ROYAL NEWS SITES:
Danish Royal Watchers
World of Royalty Blog
And an unofficial site, chock full of information:
Netty's Royalty Page (Her links alone are outstanding.)
(posted September 2008)
The Princess Brides Trilogy
(Can be read in any order)
1 : The Sultan's Bought Bride
Book 2 : The Greek's Royal Mistress
3 : The Italian's Virgin Princess
(posted October 23, 2004)
In the 1950's, New Orleans was the major
port of entry for bananas shipped from Central and South America.
Owen Edward Brennan challenged his talented chef, Paul Blange,
to include bananas in a new culinary creation -- Owen's way
of promoting the imported fruit. Simultaneously, Holiday Magazine
had asked Owen to provide a new recipe to appear in a feature
article on Brennan's.
In 1951, Chef Paul created Bananas Foster. The scrumptious dessert
was named for Richard Foster, who, as chairman, served with Owen
on the New Orleans Crime Commission, a civic effort to clean
up the French Quarter. Richard Foster, owner of the Foster Awning
Company, was a frequent customer of Brennan's and a very good
friend of Owen.
Little did anyone realize that Bananas Foster would become an
international favourite and the most requested item on the resturant's
menu. Thirty-five thousand pounds of bananas are flamed each
year at Brennan's in the preparation of it's world-famous dessert.
Bananas Foster Recipe - Serves 4
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup white rum
4 bananas, cut in half, lenghwise, then halved.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup banana liqueur
4 scoops vanilla ice cream.
Combaine the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a flambe pan or skillet.
Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on
top of the stove, and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully
add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the run is hot,
then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames
subside, lift the bananas ou tof the pan and place four pieces
over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over
the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.
(Shared by permission from Brennan's)