A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Monday, May 6, 2019

by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

This series truly is exceptional. Alyssa Cole has just outdone herself with every release - even the novellas are outstanding. I would have been really upset had A Prince on Paper been the last book, but thankfully, we fans are going to be blessed with a spin-off series. While A Duke by Default remains my favorite book in this series, A Prince on Paper was an excellent addition.

Alyssa Cole's strength is without a doubt her characters. She writes such vivid personalities who are endearing in every way, yet are realistically flawed. Nya was my favorite here. She was a sweetheart who had been hurt a lot in her life. She had grown up under the pressure and emotional abuse of her father and in an attempt to escape that life she flees to New York. Only, she doesn't find what she wants in NYC and she decides to go back home to Thesolo, where her father is facing a prison sentence. Nya thought she was a pushover, but she had so much strength to her. As a reader, you get to see her braveness that she doesn't realize she possesses, and all I wanted to do was to give her a huge hug. I was rooting for her to find the happiness she clearly deserved. She finds the perfect companion in Johan.

Johan was an unexpected character for me. I went in with preconceived notions that he would be a flirty playboy prince. He turned out to be so much more than that. He was a sensitive soul underneath that tarnished reputation and oh, how my heart ached for him! I love that he was so involved with charities and that he cared so much for his family. Johan was a gem! Together, Nya and Johan find themselves forming an unexpected bond. They were adorable and had fantastic chemistry together! Alyssa Cole knows how to write a swoony romance and she proves that here with A Prince on Paper. It had a fake-relationship angle to it and you all know how much I love that trope. It was also really pleasant seeing the characters from the previous book. I adored the girls in this series in particular as they are so funny and so supportive of each other. They rock! The only part of A Prince on Paper I struggled with was the language that I presume was created for Johan's kingdom. It was a mash of French and German, which are two languages I am very familiar with and I found that it threw me off a bit. Not enough to annoy me, but it was glaringly obvious to me.

Trust me when I say that the Reluctant Royals is one of the best romance series out there. I don't even like royal romances, but Alyssa Cole has quickly changed my mind! These books really are THAT good!

Do you enjoy royal romances? What are some of your favorite books with royalty?
Let me know in the comments below!

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