Book 5 in the Royal Scandals Series
Prince Alessandro Barrali is known for his wild ways. After he's compelled to stand in for his staid identical twin, all Alessandro wants is to escape the fishbowl of palace life and indulge himself. When he awakens aboard the royal yacht awash in hedonism, yet bored out of his mind, he decides a new quest is in order.
Francesca "Frannie" Lawrence needs capable volunteers at the children's shelter she's opened on the tsunami-devastated South Pacific island of Kilakuru. When Prince Alessandro Barrali appears on her doorstep, she's sure she has a nightmare on her hands. Since the royal family provide the shelter's financial backing, she can't turn him away Nor can she deny that the children adore him. Can she find a way to protect the children in her care—and the walls around her heart—against a challenge from a wicked prince?
Humphrey the Ironically Named Camel, who appears several times in The Wicked Prince, is based on a real stuffed animal. When Nicole heard the (brilliant) name, she asked Humphrey's owner for permission to use Humphrey in the book. She also gave Humphrey's owner the opportunity to name a character: Humphrey's fictional owner, Remy.
The real Humphrey, like the fictional Humphrey, was a gift from Dubai:
Sample of THE WICKED PRINCE, narrated by Hollis McCarthy: