Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 16, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Norway’s crown prince meets his match in an arranged marriage to the princess of Lichtenstein. Or, bad boy prince falls for a beautiful princess after a sex tape is released of him and the daughter of the prime minister of Norway. Either way, this was a delightfully sensual arrangement!
After reading and loving, The Swedish Prince, a couple of months ago, I bought this one as soon as it was released. Magnus, the crown prince of Norway had a small, but memorable part to play in that one, and there was no way I would miss this one.
Ella is the princess of the small country of Lichtenstein. She’s twenty two, but after taking some time off, she is still attending college in Edinburgh and lives in the dorm where she is a fish out of water. Because of her status, people don’t know how to act around her so they don’t have much to do with her. Neither does her father, the King. She does have an older woman with her, Lady Jane, that lives in the dorm, down the hall from her. Still, it’s a lonely life. Magnus is famous as a playboy, love em and leave em type. When he gets in hot water with his parents, the King and Queen of Norway, over a sex tape, they tell him he will have to give up his title of crown prince and never be king or get married. At first, he doesn’t know which is worse. He finally picks a candidate from a picture and Ella is sent for. She arrives in Norway not knowing the reason she’s there. It was an interesting and even fun premise and I really enjoyed reading about these two opposites falling for each other.
Told from both of the main characters perspectives, I relished getting to know each of them. Ella is more of an introvert and wants to work to save the environment, while Magnus is a womanizer and extreme sports enthusiast-the kind that is extremely dangerous. A real adrenaline junkie. But of course he does have some problems, one in particular that I figured out not far into the story. It really doesn’t take them long to be smitten with each other, but of course they aren’t sharing that fact with anyone, much less themselves. The King of Norway was another favorite character. He’s very sick, but is very kind and father-like towards Ella. And since her father is just the opposite she basks in it. Lady Jane provides comic relief at times and was a good friend to Ella. Of course, there’s a villain in the form of the girl from the sex tape. Enough said about that.
I don’t think this was necessarily full on erotica, but it’s very sensual and detailed. The author issues a warning before you start the read, so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it. The good thing is that Halle did not use sex scenes in place of story. In other words, they are not there as filler. I would even call this a slow burn romance. I thought the story was pretty amazingly told and paced. Halle has been a favorite author of mine for years, and while I haven’t read everything she’s written, the ones I haven’t are in my to be read pile and I will definitely get to them. She’s very prolific and I happily buy them as she writes them.
I recommend this to all adult contemporary romance readers that enjoy very sensual scenes. It’s a wonderful romance as was, The Swedish Prince, which I also recommend. FYI, each are standalone, but I was happy I started with, The Swedish Prince, which was amazing.