Royal romance done the Piper Rayne way, this has a LOT of heat, a great group of friends, and a heavy dash of emotion that’s unexpected from this usually funny duo. Though I associate Piper Rayne with light, fun reads, that’s not the vibe of this one – our heroine has a complicated past that can make her abrasive or cold, and our hero’s family causes a lot of drama. It’s steamy from the start, with chemistry that sparks right away and complications that soon follow. I won’t say that I loved every minute of this one – I have definite issues with both the hero and the heroine – but it makes a solid addition to an otherwise great series, and gives insight into some other characters whose love stories I’m excited to read.
The story follows Sierra, who we met in the first book in this series (not required reading, but there are a lot of characters whose lives are interconnected). When she wins a date with her celebrity crush, Prince Adrian, she’s up for one amazing night with him. Adrian is not at all what she expected, but they connect during their time together and share one steamy, steamy night. It’s only supposed to be a one night stand… until Sierra inspires Adrian to get a taste of “normal” life, and he becomes her new roommate. The problem? Adrian’s family is going through a scandal behind the scenes, and he might need to enter an arranged marriage as soon as he returns home.
I’ll be honest and admit that after reading My Bestie’s Ex… I didn’t like Sierra AT ALL. She’s got a strong personality that’s not for everyone, and while this book shows her softer side, she’s just never going to be my favorite kind of heroine. That being said, she’s much mellower in this and while she’s still kinda moody and emotionally disconnected, Adrian makes a great complement to her. While this has some of the lightness and humor that I love about Piper Rayne, the overall tone is heavier and steamier than I would’ve predicted. Adrian is one dirty talking prince, and their relationship heats up quickly. I prefer a slower burn, but I can admit that the timeline works for the story. To me, the biggest issue is how long Adrian keeps a game-changing secret from Sierra, and also how quickly it’s resolved once out in the open. This story isn’t the perfect fit for me as a reader, but I’ve loved getting to know this group of friends and am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, which I’m already loving the sounds of. I received an ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy book.
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