Alyssa Cole comes to the blog with the third full-length book in her Reluctant Royals series, this one is all about the dreams in
A Prince on Paper
It’s Nya’s story: best friend of Portia, cousin to the future Queen Naledi, and daughter of a man who tried to poison her cousin and grasp control (as well as embezzle) of the monarchy. Nya has always been told by her father that she is weak of constitution, simple minded and better when someone (mainly he) is controlling her every move. Now, after his deceptions have been revealed, she’s torn: torn between a father she loves and her innate duty to the man and her own desires for making her own path and possibly finding someone to love her for her. She tried to reinvent herself in New York while studying for her doctorate, but she found the city too much to handle, bringing forth all of her insecurities and worries, and finding that ‘dating’ wasn’t as fun in real life as it was on her various collection of games and apps. In fact, she’s been playing a dating app for a while and using the apps version of Johan as her ‘paramour’.
Johan or the “Playboy Prince” is best friends with the Thabiso, the man to whom Nya’s cousin is engaged. He is not in the line of succession, but was raised by the King of Liechtienbourg, learning at the knee of his mother and protecting his younger brother after his mother’s death. Still reeling from that loss, and not willing to allow the press to go after his little brother Lucas, he’s prone to tabloid-worthy exploits that divert attention and allow Lucas to get along with growing up. But now there is a referendum that threatens the monarchy, Lucas is ‘acting out’, Biso is married and Johan feels like everything is just ‘meh’. It’s not been a good time – and finding Nya while he’s sleeping on the private jet, and his need to ‘protect’ himself by reducing her to tears just rankles. He’s upset someone who didn’t deserve it, someone he’s been intrigued with for a while.
This was a lovely installment that fixed Nya and Johan firmly into the universe, with their friends and family popping in to distract or divert occasionally. When a fake engagement is proposed by Johan, Nya takes the offer: she wants adventure, sees a kind and caring man in Johan, and well – she’s not really had any experience of doing exactly what she wants. It’s not easy to fight against voicing her attraction to Johan while silencing the voices in her head that tell her ‘it’s fake’, but she’s not without her own strengths and steely center. When she’s able to act as an intermediary between Lucas’ angry words and actions to Johan’s shock and hurt, and then stand in front of her father and play his game right back at him, she’s growing – a hard set of steps, but necessary for her own mental health and survival. She’s determined to leave Johan with more than she arrived with, if only to have him see that love is necessary and scary – and to not love is to close off an integral part of yourself. Cole managed to use some geek-culture, plenty of emotion, a lovely fairy tale and plenty of heart to give us Nya and Johan in all their moments: steamy, sexy, angry, guarded and finally, loved up. Dive into this series and escape for a few hours – each character is distinct and defined, their connections and friendships are wonderful and there are plenty of places to laugh.
Title: A Prince on Paper
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #3
Also in this series: A Princess in Theory, , Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Can't Escape Love
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary Romance, Fairie Tale, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Nonbinary, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Africa
Published by: Avon
Published on: 30 April, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 57 minutes
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The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…
Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.
For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.
Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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