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Monday, April 18, 2016

Advance Review: His Royal Princess by Jessica Clare

While this novella was good, I don't think it was what I'm used to from this author.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Berkley (Intermix)
Release Date: April 19, 2016

As heir to the throne of Bellissime, Princess Alexandra is supposed to be cool and calm...not crushing on a movie star. When she hears that Luke Houston is filming a scene for his next movie in her tiny country, however, she can't resist sneaking onto set to get a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.

When Alex is almost caught on set by the press, she ducks into the first available hiding place—only to find herself in Luke's private trailer, and getting much more than just a glimpse of him. It's an up close and personal encounter that sets her heart aflutter, and sets her mind on some very unladylike plans to get to know him better...

Princess Alexandra of Bellissime should be preparing for the day she becomes queen not sighing over American actor Luke Houston. When filming for Luke’s current movie moves to her country, Alex can’t resist sneaking on set for a glance at her crush but she’s almost caught by the press and narrowly escapes by hiding out in the nearest trailer. It also happens to be Luke’s private trailer.

For a novella this sure did pack a lot into it and it had some moments of “Yay” but also some moments of “Nay” too.

”Yay:” His Royal Princess moved along at a quick and easy pace and while this novella is considered a prequel of sorts (The reading order states that this novella is actually #3.5 in the series but the ending sets the scene for book #4), it can be read as a standalone. Luke and Alex have an instant attraction to one another that goes beyond Alex’s initial crush on him and though it was only about 95 pages, their relationship is developed from attraction to love in a satisfying way. I liked both Luke and Alex well enough and felt they complimented one another’s personalities; Luke was the outgoing, social guy and Alex the quieter, more internal of the two.

“Nay:” I’m not really keen on virgin heroines in contemporary romances. In many instances they come off as too na├»ve and silly for the times and Alexandra’s personality was a little too sweet for my tastes. She needed life experience to make her more interesting and I’m not just talking about sex. The overall story was a bit unbelievable to be honest, even for a fictional romance. A Hollywood actor and a foreign princess?

Final Verdict: For a Jessica Clare story, this was a little on the fluffy/sweet and had her name not been on the cover, I would never have believed it was a Clare book. The usual sexy wit and humor was absent from His Royal Princess but it was a nice, short way to pass the time. Like when "Adulting" is threatening to drive you mad and you need a short break to keep your wits about you.

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