It started off strong, but my interest had fizzled by the end. This is something a little different from Quinn, though it still feels like one of her steamy rom coms. I really enjoyed the first 30ish%, with its crackling chemistry and TONS of sexual tension. Our hero is intense and loyal to a fault, so he does his best to resist this overtly sexual and persistent heroine. The opposites attract dynamic worked, and it definitely felt like a spicy play on The Princess Diaries or My Fair Lady. About a third of the way in, I started to get a little uncomfortable with the power dynamics at play, and that ended up being the book’s downfall for me. But there’s a lot of good stuff going on – especially for fans of humorous royal romances with a hearty dose of k!nky spice.
The story follows Lilly, a woman who is living her best life in Florida. She runs wet t-shirt contests and is a bit of a wild child (both in and out of the bedroom), so it’s a shock to discover that she’s actually royalty. When a mysterious and super sexy stranger requests that she visit her long-lost family overseas, Lilly isn’t sure what to think. But the promise of meeting the family she never knew about is too enticing to resist, and Lilly finds herself traveling abroad with Keller. When their plans go awry and Lilly is forced to spend a ton of alone time with Keller, it’s not a hardship. He may be a buttoned-up suit on the outside, but Lilly has seen his tattoos and an entirely different side to his personality peeking beneath that polished exterior. Try as he might, Keller can’t seem to resist the infuriating and all-consuming future queen.
It should be mentioned that it looks like we’re not done with this couple yet – it does not end on a cliffhanger, but their story isn’t finished either. Unfortunately, both characters did enough to turn me off in the back half that I’m not overly enthusiastic about following them post-HFN. Keller is SUPER controlling, and I’m not sure that it was a great idea to have an explosive, temperamental hero (who is also a Dom) be in charge of “training” Lilly on how to be a queen. The level of control grated on me after awhile, and their bedroom activities did not help the situation. I liked that Lilly wasn’t weak or timid, but she was overly aggressive in her pursuit of Keller. As other readers have mentioned, if the genders were swapped, none of her actions would be deemed acceptable – she coerced Keller into crossing lines he repeatedly said he didn’t want to cross. He was clear, and she didn’t listen. For that reason, I had a lot of trouble re-engaging with the story in the back half, despite how much I had enjoyed it at the beginning. There is some truly great sexual tension at the start, and I liked the fish out of water/sudden royal situation. The forced proximity was also stellar. But those issues with both characters diminished my love of the story significantly, and I just couldn’t connect with it fully.
From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn, comes a fresh take on a royal romance with a twist. Laugh out loud funny and full of some of her steamiest scenes yet, Quinn takes you on an unexpected, sizzling fairytale journey.
So there I was selling bikinis out of my truck in South Beach Miami, getting ready to kick off a wet t-shirt contest when the world’s biggest grouch approached me – Keller Fitzwilliam.
The man had the sultriest British accent I’ve ever heard. And he looked like he just walked off a Viking boat and into a suit tailored specifically for his impressively muscular frame. Only problem is, he had the warmth of an ice pick and he kept telling me he was here to take me back to his home country.
Of course, I didn’t follow him. I might be up for a good time, but I’m also educated enough to know leaving with a stranger isn’t smart. Well, that’s until he mentioned my mom’s name. My mom who passed away several years ago.
So after some serious fact-checking, my bikini-clad bum went with him to a sub-arctic country I had never heard of just north of the British Isles, where I found out my grandpa was the king of said freezing country, and I was the one and only heir.
Desperate to learn more about my mom, I decided to give this princess thing a chance.
Good idea, right? Wrong.
Because Mr. Ice Pick was put to the task of training me and he’s not just cold as ice, he’s pompous, aggravating, and possessive. And did I mention we have to share a bathroom in a tiny castle?
We are oil and water every single day and even though he’s training me to be queen, I have this simmering desire to kneel before him.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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