Published by Loveswept on September 26th 2017
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He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.
Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.
Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.
But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince. . . .
~~Reviewed by Jen~~
Royal Pain introduces Tracy Wolff’s Royal Hotness series with a sudden life-changing event that wrecks havoc with its force and the revelations of its fallout.
Prince Kian of Wildemar, spare to the heir, is known for his charm and skill at evading responsibility. Savannah Breslin is trying to move forward five years after being swept off her feet by a prince only to be left behind because she was not good enough to share his crown.
Kian was an interesting character as his outer persona was constantly at war with his real self. To the world, he was seen as the jet-setting prince known as “His Royal Hotness” enjoying the privileges of his station without the responsibilities of it. When Wildemar is thrown into chaos with the kidnapping of Kian’s twin brother, Crown Prince Garrett, Kian is taken from a person of little consequence to becoming the man the future of the kingdom depends upon. This work did not so much evolve Kian but show the actual man and what he was capable of. Finding his potential was key to this portrayal as well as being one of the main factors in the development of this story. The frivolous life of a playboy that Kian lived ultimately was found to be lacking as he was given the opportunity to exert his presence as more than a spare.
Life had not been easy for Savannah Breslin from the deaths of her parents to her rejection from the man she thought was her true love. When she meets Kian all her notions of love are thrown out the window as she realizes that her past experiences with love pale in comparison to her connection with Kian. Savannah carried a lot of baggage that was carefully tackled as her relationship with Kian grew. This was a hard and rocky attraction as outside pressures and looming secrets set the tone for this couple. A winding plot with lots of denial and angst pushed Savannah to some emotionally trying places where instinct struggled with logic. Savannah carried her story close and her passions when unlocked were intense.
Tracy Wolff did a great job at displaying her characters’ strengths and insecurities as they grappled with their feelings. Kian was sexy in his appearance but it was his determined actions that pushed him to a whole other level with his strong stance on his relationship with Savannah and refusing to undermine their love for duty. Even at his most decadent this author was able to convey the genuine Kian, a man of integrity, and that writing skill does not come easily. Ms.Wolff uncovered Savannah’s vulnerabilities even while maintaining a nice level of spunk. This book had more drama than laughs but the humor accentuated the depth of the sorrow that accompanied the plot throughout this work. Doing the right thing did not have to be at the personal sacrifice of the people involved and this was a very dominant ongoing theme to the end. Ms. Wolff is a gifted writer and her signature style was very present in this work. While the beginning of this story moved a bit slow the second half’s explosive twist gave this story the boost it needed and compensated for some lagging earlier moments. In the end, Royal Pain was a solid read that hints at some intriguing upcoming works in this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.