Book Review: A Problem Princess by Anna Harrington

About the Book:

Title: A Problem Princess

Author: Anna Harrington

Series: Lords of the Armory

Publication Date: April 11, 2023

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis: General Clayton Elliott, Home Office Undersecretary and new viscount, gets suspicious when London is too quiet. Everyone says that the anarchist group he’s been fighting died along with its leader, but his instincts say just the opposite.

Then he meets Her Serene Highness Princess Cordelia of Monrovia. She’s supposed to be on an innocent visit to London to make a match with one of the royal dukes. Resigned to doing her duty for her country, she doesn’t even care which duke. But when she is shockingly attacked at a party, Clayton becomes her bodyguard. Is there a connection between the evil group Spectre and whoever apparently wants the princess dead? The longer Clayton and Cordelia spend evading her enemies and pursuing their individual missions, the more they realize they can depend only on each other…

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My Review:

A Problem Princess is an exciting and romantic conclusion to the Lords of the Armory series. I’ve read every book in this series, and each one is original, entertaining, and super swoon-worthy. This one follows General Clayton Elliott, a Home Office Undersecretary who suspects that an anarchist group is not disbanded, but just biding their time until the next attack. But when he saves Princess Cordelia of Monrovia from an attack, his plans change.

Clayton insists on becoming her bodyguard and ensuring her safety, as he is convinced her life is in jeopardy. Could it be Sceptre that’s trying to hurt Cordelia, or are there other reasons Cordelia is being targeted? And when they are forced to flee London, will they be able to fight their feelings for each other?

Throughout the series, the overarching plot has involved Sceptre, a powerful anarchist group trying to overthrow the monarchy. Though we learned more and more about the key players and major plans, the true leader and instigator wasn’t revealed until this book. There are a few unexpected twists and a satisfying conclusion as the Lords of the Armory all gather to defeat their long-standing enemies.

Clayton and Cordelia know from the start that they are not meant to be. As a princess, Cordelia’s life is not her own, and her uncle has made it abundantly clear he will choose her future husband. Clayton is not high enough in rank to even be an option. However, feelings and attraction don’t really care about rules or social class. Cordelia and Clayton fall deeply for each other, and they are both filled with angst over their predicament. They have amazing chemistry, and while on the run, they spend a lot of time together. They learn a lot about each other, including their tainted pasts and family secrets, which only strengthens their connection. I enjoyed the emotional depth of their relationship and how open they are with each other. I think they help each other face some hard truths in their lives, and they give each other the strength to face their burdens.

I thought this was a great conclusion to the series. It was fast-paced and suspenseful, many of my favorite characters from other books in the series had roles in this one, and the love story was super romantic! I also really enjoyed reading the Author’s Note at the end and learning about the true events, the historical climate of the time, and more.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Casablanca, and the author for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The romance!
  • The suspense.

Favorite Lines:

Princess or not, you will never be ordinary.

Make certain your payment is generous. After all, size does matter when it comes to men and money.


  • royalty/bodyguard
  • forbidden love
  • secret society
  • forced proximity

4 thoughts on “Book Review: A Problem Princess by Anna Harrington

  1. I’ve read one contemporary romantic suspense series but I’ve never heard of historical romantic suspense! This series sounds fun—I’m glad to hear it had a satisfying conclusion (especially after six books, hehe)! I’ll have to keep this on my radar. Great review! 😃

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