Rating : ★ ★
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mallory found out earlier her summer that her sister Kelsey wasn’t actually her sister but the missing princess of a country they had never heard of. Now she’s walking around the palace, an American in over her head especially when it comes to Kelsey’s brother Christian, not related to Mallory, Thank GOD!
Christian sets his sights on Mallory knowing that whenever he becomes the king he’s not going to be able to marry a commoner, but he can’t stay away. Mallory really is tempting fate and the handsome Prince at the same time.
I requested this series based on the comment that the books are each standalone, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. There are characters in the other series that are present and inside jokes and comments that I’m sure would be better received by those who actually read the rest of the series. It was very much a slew of “Hey, remember that one time that this happened?” No, no I don’t because I didn’t read the other books.
Mallory is in her mid 20’s and Christian is nearing 30, but they felt like they were written much younger and much more inexperienced. Christian is a playboy, like most Princes in these books, but he and Mallory have a fling in the first few chapters and he’s smitten. Like, completely enchanted by her to the point where he’s ready to be her boyfriend no matter what. If I had seen the build up in the other books, it would make sense, but it really felt very rushed. The characters are written like they have chemistry but we don’t get to see the chemistry, it’s went from 0-60 a little fast.
If you’re invested in the series, you’ll like all the inclusive quips and times where the characters are reminiscing about their earlier antics. If you know the build up to the relationship, maybe the characters aren’t acting like love-sick teenagers and not an adult woman and a would-be King. From my perspective, it just fell flat.
I would have liked it better if there was more focus on the build up to the relationship, more instances of the characters interacting with each other before their first encounter and first sexual encounter so that we could see the drive and the passion in that first act. I just couldn’t care enough to really root for the relationship.