“…finding a single, dependable, decent man is as likely as finding a payphone these days…”
Synopsis from Goodreads: Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle in an attempt to boost his family’s dismal public approval ratings, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends. Ultra-private, ultra-hot Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart…Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?
Feelings: This book had me from the very beginning. Seriously, from the author’s note on page 1, I was hooked. It was really fun to follow Tessa in her adventure living basically every girl’s dream. The writing style was really engaging and I loved the way it all came together in the end. I’m always drawn to stories of princes and princesses, castles and ruling families. These kinds of stories, though, with the regular person getting a crack and the handsome prince…they’re my lifeblood. Plus, the narrators bring up the movie Speed, Arbonne products, Prince Harry, and uses the phrase “gaggle of dukes”. I’m sold.
Issues: There were a few moments where I felt like I was reading a different story: Beauty and the Beast, basically all the Prince & Me type stories, and a couple of Hallmark movies. It wasn’t like the whole book was a copycat, so I was kind of okay with it. Plus, the characters seemed to acknowledge any familiarity to other stories, which was kind of funny.
It felt pretty unrealistic that the crown prince would get to invite a member of the press to live in the palace for two whole months, especially one who’s so openly against the monarchy. It was especially weird that he announced it in a press conference before he or his people ever approached her.
Why does the prince have a pet pig? I mean…so, so random. I don’t hate it, though.
Characters: Straight up – I wasn’t expecting character development. I mean…a prince and a pauper getting together..I was just expecting romance. But we saw both main characters grow and change throughout the course of their story. The prince grew into his title and embraced change, while the “commoner” came to grips with her reality and stood up for herself and others. I think I read the second half of the book in one sitting because I was just so INto what was happening with these people. They felt really real to me and I was invested in how things turned out in the end. That’s my favorite kind of writing. I was really excited to see that this is just the beginning of a new series! Also, I’m a fan of when narrators speak to the readers. We get to see their personalities in a different way, and these two were fun to follow in that way.
Final thoughts: At the time that I’m writing this post, this book is available on Amazon.com for Kindle for just $3.99. Not sure if that’s a sale or if that’s its set price, but check it out! Again, I really enjoyed this book and I’m really looking forward to the next one!
Goodreads rating: 4.59/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.7/5
My rating: 4.5/5
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
Happy reading! – Caitlyn