The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Young love and denied love weave a tangled web in The Ring and the Crown. Princess Marie-Victoria has accepted an arranged marriage to save her country from war, but she is in love with someone in her service. The prince, to whom she is to marry, is engaged but breaks the engagement for the power he will reap by marrying Marie-Victoria. At the Bal du Drap D’or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth, the new engagement of Princess Marie-Victoria and Prince Leopold will be announced. However, the prince’s first engagement Isabelle, shows up at the ball, as well as Ronan Astor, the beautiful American determined secure a marriage which will save her family’s estate. Desperate to marry for love rather than duty, Marie-Victoria begs her childhood friend, Aelwyn, daughter of the royal mage, to form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy. An excellent mix of England’s royal history and magic and the pursuit of love.