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Publisher's Summary

When a modern princess falls in love with her bodyguard, a royal fairy tale turns dangerous. 

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. Flicka von Hannover lived an enchanted life. She jetted around Europe staging charity events with friends, had married a handsome prince in the most spectacular royal wedding of the 21st century, and should have lived happily ever after. 

But then she found the handsome prince in bed with a duchess. And then a coffee shop barista. And then her own goddamn secretary.

Finally, the prince did the unthinkable, and the beautiful princess ran away. 

The prince didn’t want to let her go. He couldn’t take his throne without her and sent henchmen to take her back to the castle. Her worried royal brother sent people to look for her, too. 

The prince threatened her. He said that if the princess contacted her brother or any of her friends for help, he would kill her brother and her brother’s new, pregnant wife. 

So the princess ran to the only person she could trust, a man who was frankly not a handsome prince. 

Dieter Schwarz had been Flicka’s bodyguard for years. He had protected her from assassins, kidnappers, and high school dates who got too handsy after a few drinks. He was a sharp-witted, sharp-jawed, hard-muscled former Swiss special forces operator who had started his own private security firm, Rogue Security, and had no past that he spoke of. 

No one knew that he had been her first lover and broken her heart, but he's the only one she can trust now.

©2018 Malachite Publishing LLC (P)2021 Malachite Publishing LLC

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not happy…

that this is a 5 book series.way way too many credits to get to a HEA…
NOT DOING IT

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Flicka finally gets her story!

This is the beginning of Flicka’s epic story, recently released on audio. Flicka is a princess of Hannover and has been part of Blair’s other series featuring her brother Wulfram and his friends. It turns out that Wulfram’s number one security staff and best friend, Dieter, had a secret affair with Flicka several years before Flicka’s very public royal wedding to Pierre, Prince of Monaco.

This books starts after Wulfram’s religious wedding with Flicka running for her life. As the book progresses, we find out what has happened between Flicka and Pierre’s wedding to three months later at Wulfram’s wedding.

Jason Clarke and Lucy Rivers bring Dieter and Flicka alive. Lucy is amazing with her Flicka accent. Jason is one of my favorite male narrator.

I highly recommend this audiobook! It ends on a cliffhanger, but the others in the series are already released!!

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Great Story

This is a great story. It is well written and full of action, adventure, and very romantic scenes! Part of a larger series. The narrators are enjoyable to listen to. Great accents.

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Entrancing

I'm not a cliffhanger girl, but these stories have such depth and the narrator's are so good, I have to continue.

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Characters come alive

If you’ve read the book, listen to the narration. Or if you haven’t read the book, give it a listen. Flicka is a modern day princess with some very real problems. Romance, heartbreak, action, danger, and devotion all rolled into one story. Give it a whirl!

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Burn down the world!

While reading the book, it was hard for me to get into as fast as Blair’s other books, however, with the narration it made much easier to follow Flicka and Dieter’s background.
Flicka was brought up to be a strong and independent woman to burn down the world! Dieter has his own demons and secrets he has to overcome but has a soft spot for Flicka.
Can’t wait to listen to the rest of their story as they ride through their journey of triumphs and tribulations.

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Flicka the Wild Cat!!

Although a Princess, Flicka is a wildcat indeed and it shows in this story. Wulf raised her so it would reason why she is as strong a female as she is. Her father is still as wicked as ever but not this time... Dieter to the rescue? Or can he save her this time? Now that she has married Pierre the prince of Monaco who is hiding a big secret? Now that Dieter married? What will Flicka do? Grab this and find out... Fantastic story and I loved the narration done with this story.

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A great beginning to Flicka’s story!

Holy Mother! This next step in the Billionaires in Disguise series is freaking incredible. Flicka has been in periphery for most of the books to date, and does she ever make a grand entrance in her own series. She's so controlled, competent and able to crate fairy tale weddings with little notice!

The story weaves in through others we've read in the Billionaires in Disguise series and it's interesting to see things from her perspective. Oh, and Dieter...I really cannot wait to find out more about him. He's the one you want on your side no matter what. I flove him.

This is a great story and I'm super excited to hear the next one that hopefully answers some of the major questions I have.

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Flika Story is one i been wanting!

Learning Flika story is something i been curious about since i read the other books i finally getting to find out what happens with her and how her story will play!

Flika is Wulf's younger sister she Marries the princes Monaco they had an understanding about their love life she ignored his infidelity with aplomb but she thought they did have love on their side till she find out something that changed her life and heart forever.
From the moment she find out the truth about her "husband" thing go from somewhat smooth to chaos and twist and turns that you don't see coming, i cant wait till I listen to the next one find out more!

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Runaway Flicka... wow!

I had previously read and enjoyed this whole series (well, really ALL of Blair Babylon’s stories) so I was excited to be able to listen to it. I enjoyed it just as much as when I first read it. Yes, there is a cliffhanger, but boy is it worth it... drama, danger, intrigue, and the chemistry between her and Dieter? Whoo boy...stay tuned for more excitement for these two as they face more danger, drama and intrigue.

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  • Debbie, 1970, UK
  • 04-14-21

An Unmissable Start To This Long Awaited Series!👑

Once upon a Time
Billionaires in Disguise: Flicka (Runaway Princess, Book 1)
Audiobook 🎧
By: Blair Babylon
Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Lucy Rivers
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins


This was an absolutely unmissable start to Flicka's series. It's full of misunderstandings & heartbreak, in the past & present, but the current betrayals & threats are truly horrifying!😭😡 Learning all of the hidden backstory was like peeling blinkers from my eyes, although Maxence remains an enigma! I loved all of the insights we were gifted.🙏

This is a deep & complex storyline that is brought to life quite well by the narrator's. I preferred the males acting, personally.👍 I found the female a bit monotonal until nearer the end but then her voice seemed to come alive more!💕

I'm really exciting to continue the series. The depth of characters & storytelling is just so darn good & exciting!🌟💥

Debbie, 1970, UK

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  • V S.
  • 04-09-21

Blair Babylon never disappoints!

This is the first of the stories about Flicka, and will absorb you completely into these characters. The narrators embody the characters completely, bringing them totally to life.

The twists and turns are fantastic, and the story has the perfect balance of suspense and steaminess. Don't put it on the car with the kids in the backseat!!

I loved every second, and can't wait for the next in the set!

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 03-27-21

You’ll love this like a fairytale

Book 1 in a new series by Blair Babylon. You will be glued to this stoy right till the end . There are lots of twists and turns . Blair wrote a Well written stoy and leaves you wanting more . Both the characters are very different but they are also very well Written. You do see other characters from previous stories.
Flicka is not your average lady who belongs in a Royal family. Flicka has always been a force unto herself – strong-willed, determined, strong but this time you see her soft side . You get to see Flicka’s POV. Grab it and see a great story

Both Jason Clarke and Lucy Rivers was fantastic. Love how both performers did Justice to this stoy. They did the tones for the characters great. They drag you right into the stoy . You feel like your right beside the hero and heroine

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  • Sara B
  • 03-20-21

Splendid Story

The combination of outstanding writing and stellar narration made Flicka's story a fantastic listen. Once more, Blair Babylon blew me away with her remarkable characters who demonstrate genuine emotional depth. The storyline is deliciously captivating, highly engaging, with a perfect balance of suspense and steam. There is enough deceit and intrigue to keep you speculating. As for the romance, Flicka and her Dieter's connection is passionate, potent, irresistible, and quite sensual, one that will be impossible to deny.

Superb performances by Jason Clarke and Lucy Rivers! The characters' personalities, intensity, and emotions were flawlessly portrayed. Once upon a Time, the first book in the Runaway Princess was utterly riveting, one I'm strongly recommending.