Yeah, wanna guess how well that is working out? And other than the excuse for women to wear a pretty dress, I'm really not a "wedding person" by any stretch of the imagination (I say save the money for a down payment on a house and elope to Vegas. Why yes, I love romance novels, why do you ask?).
To help feed into the royal wedding frenzy, those clever folks at Harlequin have announced a series of digital short stories called, what else?, Royal Weddings. If you're a fan of the Harlequin Historical Undone line, these sound like they might be right up your alley.
Lionheart's Bride by Michelle Willingham
King Richard and Princess Berengaria, 1191
Princess Berengaria's lady-in-waiting, Adriana, takes her duty to the future Queen of England seriously—she will defend her to the death! When their sea voyage to the Holy Land ends up in shipwreck and capture Adriana knows her only hope lies with the mysterious Irishman, Liam MacEgan.
Liam escapes to reach Richard the Lionheart and together they plan a rescue mission. Nothing will stop these warriors from succeeding—their future brides are captive on Cyprus and they'll raise hell to claim them!Prince Charming in Disguise by Bronwyn Scott
Prince George and Caroline of Ansbach, 1704
He might be the future King of England, but Prince George seeks a marriage that's more than a mere political alliance. Masquerading as a lowly nobleman, George heads to the court of Ansbach to woo the renowned beauty, Caroline!
Caroline has no knowledge that he's the most sought-after bachelor in Europe. But however much she's charmed by the mysterious gentleman, her duty is to accept a blue-blooded proposal... Still, she cannot deny she's wickedly tempted by his red-hot proposition!A Princely Dilemma by Elizabeth Rolls
George, Prince of Wales (future Prince Regent/George IV) and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, 1795
George, Prince of Wales, with his mistress in tow, only lays eyes on Princess Caroline of Brunswick three days before their wedding, and his resentment is palpable. Christopher, Duke of Severn, knows all about arranged marriages—his new wife's fortune is the reason plain Linnet is wearing his ring!
Severn and Linnet must persuade the spoilt princeling and his soon-to-be bride that a paper marriage can become something more. But in trying to convince the royal couple, a tantalizing spark ignites between the duke and his convenient duchess...Princess Charlotte's Choice by Ann Lethbridge
Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1816
As Princess Charlotte prepares to marry Prince Leopold, her most trusted lady, Isabelle Fenwick, must remain chaste and beyond scandal. Yet she has never forgotten darkly handsome Count Nikkolae Grazinsky and the kiss he stole...
She later discovered the Russian had only used her for a wager, so why does he still seek her company? And why does the air tingle with anticipation when they are together? Surely this rake cannot be thinking of following Prince Leopold's example and making a love-match?The Problem with Josephine by Lucy Ashford
Napoleon and Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, 1810
It's springtime in Paris and Emperor Napoleon is about to marry Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria. All around the city Napoleon's courtiers are preparing for the spectacularly lavish wedding. Everything must be just right...
Ordered to remove all portraits of Josephine, the Emperor's first wife, seamstress Sophie has to track down a talented artist called Jacques. He promises to carry out the commission, but only in return for a kiss for every hour he works...What the Duchess Wants by Terri Brisbin
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine and Henry of Anjou (future Henry II), 1152As one of Europe's most powerful women, Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, has a chance most can only dream of—to choose her own husband! One glance at the young, forceful Henry of Anjou and her choice is made.
Able to match her wit for wit, Henry's a true warrior and not afraid to disobey a royal command... But his love of life—and the bedroom—promises Eleanor a brand-new world of excitement!With Victoria's Blessing by Mary Nichols
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840
Preparations for the young Queen Victoria's wedding have thrown all of London into a frenzy—but for Lady Emily Sumner, her own marital dilemmas eclipse all the excitement!
Forbidden to marry her beloved Lieutenant Richard Lawrence by her strict, status-conscious mama, Emily's chance at wedded bliss seems out of reach... But as Maid of Honour to the Queen, Emily discovers she has a secret weapon—royal approval! And with Queen Victoria's blessing, surely Emily's happy ending can't be too far behind...?All titles are now on sale at a variety of e-retailers for under $2 a pop.