on April 30, 2019
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Prince on Paper is the third book in the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole. I am not sure if it is meant to stand alone, but personally, I felt like I was missing a lot by not having read the other books first. I would, therefore, recommend that you read the others first.
I liked the blurb for this book, it sounded like it would be an interesting modern day royal romance albeit set in a fictional town with a fictional language. At least I assume it’s a fictional town. If you spell it differently it was actually a Nazi Concentration camp, so I don’t think the author meant to take the name from there. To continue…
Nya Jerami left her home of Thesolo after a scandal which I am sure took place in a previous book. Her friend was poisoned by her father, and she herself, totally under the thumb of her father, found out that he had been poisoning her too. When he went to prison Nya left for New York. She hoped to enjoy the life that had been withheld from her and to get as far away from her father and what happened as possible.
Johan von Braustein is step-brother to the prince of Liechtienbourg. There is trouble brewing when anti-monarchists decide they want to become a democracy. A referendum is to be held and Johan has to go home to help highlight the wonderful royal family and to help them win over the people who want the monarchy to end. His step-father suggests that he bring a woman with him, a settled relationship for him would do a lot to help the popularity of the family.
That woman ends up being Nya. A fake engagement is agreed upon, but they do ‘like’ each other and are more than happy to share some steamy intimate moments. Will their ruse help save the monarchy, or will it fall thanks to somebody who seems determined to make trouble for them!
Add to the drama of that some silly gaming romance app that Nya likes and this book is a mix of daft to sublime. I liked the storyline but it took me 11 chapters to actually get into the story enough to not want to put it down. All the foreign names were hard to get my head around, plus the made-up language, so I tended to just skip those bits. When the romance started to get real it was slightly spoiled by Nya, a virgin, trying to talk dirty to Johan. It was awkward and wasn’t helped at all by a woman of her age not even being able to say the word penis. She said “eggplant emoji” instead. It just made me cringe.
Also when all of a sudden it emerges that Johan is bisexual it was totally out of the blue, unless of course it had been mentioned in a previous book. It had to be said because it helped with a particular scene in the book. I can’t go into it because of giving too much away.
This book definitely confused me, some of it was very good, but when it had bad parts they spoiled the rest for me. I sadly can’t give a higher rating than I have, and in honesty wouldn’t recommend it. Maybe I am just old and a younger reader would enjoy it much more than I did.