A gruff prince in need of a wife
A commoner impersonating a princess
And a bridal competition gone terribly awry…
I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.
I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of women vying for my hand. And how do they “win” this barbaric game set up by my crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom’s faltering economy through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry her.
The plan sounded simple.
I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.) So, yeah, I’m not exactly royal. I’m an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of it. Suddenly I’m in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for “riches beyond our dreams.” I’m in a time crunch, which means I need to win this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?
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Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
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This book caught my emotions unaware, and captured my heart. I thought this would be a silly book, a quick and fun read with no substance. But I was unprepared for the raw emotion and heartfelt humanity that the book provided. I’ve never read a book by this author before, and I can say that I will be remedying that oversight.
We’ve got a Prince who needs a mate, and a commoner who needs a treasure. It seemed like a pithy plot, where the “haughty and arrogant” royal would of course fall for the “brash” young woman who somehow crashed the palace; but the overriding plot is that love and family and hope and positivity are needed.
When we are first introduced to Gabriel and Anna, they lack depth and it’s hard to understand their actions. But as we’re slowly given background, we fall in love with each of them; along with the royal family and Anna’s friends. Each fighting for their way of life and their family. Both are given unconventional backgrounds and plot twists, which makes for a most interesting story line! And the father figures and Queen Mother! They were all fun to get to know.
Our characters had a fun meet-cute, where we cringe on Anna’s behalf; but she’s also immediately attracted to Gabriel. Meanwhile Gabriel takes a bit more time to come to terms with the less than Princess-like qualities Anna possesses. But the pull between the two is strong, and despite the circumstances between them, they find themselves in each other’s company and then fighting for a relationship. One based on more than just the red hot sex, but also of comfort and shared experience. Well done!
The writing style of this book drew me in, slowly at first, then I devoured the last two-thirds as fast as I could! And the entire story was woven in such a creative and detailed way I felt I had a map of the palace and was sitting front row for the Queen’s reality show as well. Inventive use of the royal and Hollywood plot tropes!
This book was laugh out loud funny, but also tragic in the loss and suffering, and the author did a great job of conveying all the emotions. I’m not invested as a reader, and will be forced to follow the series to see how the rest of the Royal family fares with love and how the kingdom of Villroy fares in the future.
“You jolted me back to life from a dull zombie existence.”
“It’s so important for people to feel recognized. And a little positivity goes a long way.”
“I’m sitting by a fountain in the moonlight, pressed against a future king, and all I want to do is hug him.”
“I take solace in the fact that the leopard is my spirit animal, which is why it’s so heavily represented in my wardrobe. Leopards are strong, bold, and persistent”
Plot = 5/5 Characters = 4/5 Heat = 4/5 Writing Style = 4/5 Overall Rating = 4/5