In Barcelona, the beach is beautiful, the tapas are delicious, and the boys are plentiful.

by Donna Freitas
Harper Teen, June 2024
(via DeFiore and Company)

Photo: © Allen Murabayashi

Good thing, because Stefi’s nursing a broken heart after a disastrous breakup. Excited to reinvent herself in a magical city where no one knows her, she hopes a summer in Barcelona will do wonders for her love life, her Catalan language skills, and her pastry-making repertoire after she enrolls at Catalunya’s famed culinary institute.

Another thing Barcelona has? A secret prince. The heir in question, Xavi Borges, helps his mother run a popular tapas spot. After Stefi stops at their counter, Xavi can’t get the beautiful American girl off his mind. His life is way too complicated for romance, but doesn’t he deserve to enjoy his final summer of anonymity before assuming his royal duties?

Part bodyguard, part confidante, Santiago is tasked with keeping Xavi out of trouble. Santiago knows Xavi and Stefi’s budding relationship can’t last once Xavi’s real identity becomes public. But soon Santiago is crushing on Xavi’s best friend, Diego, and his focus shifts from royal protection duties to the possibility of enjoying a romance of his own.

With so many sparks flying, a threat to expose Xavi’s royal secret goes unheeded, and when the news blows up, it threatens to burn down all of their lives.

Donna Freitas is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She is also the author of the adult novel The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano. She has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, CNN, and many other news media outlets, and she has lectured about her research at over two hundred colleges and universities across the United States.

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