The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…
Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.
For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.
Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.
Title: A Prince on Paper
Author: Alyssa Cole
Published: April 30th, 2019
TW for homophobia, mentions of mental/emotional abuse, mentions of suicidal behavior.
Oh, Em, Goddess. This book. Okay, pause. Breath. FREAK OUT.
If you have read any of Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series, you know that you’re in for the best, awesome, sexy times ever. And this time it’s with Naledi’s cousin Nya and the disastrously handsome tabloid prince, Johan.
I love the way this book was written. Nya didn’t suddenly become able to overcome the years of emotional and mental abuse her father has put her through just by fake-dating Johan. (Did I not mention there’s FAKE DATING?!) Nya struggles with the fact that she is never asked what she wants, and that she can’t stay in her beloved country Thesolo after the events that happened in the first book. If there’s ever a character in this series I related to the most, it’s Nya. Once she becomes more confident in herself, she’s a kick-ass character. I love that Alyssa Cole has taken the time to really show us how Nya slowly gains confidence and is able to open up her feelings as well as Johan’s.
Now, Johan is my favorite simply because he’s a man who feels. He’s used to playing the bad-boy role so he can protect his younger sibling Lukas. I love the siblings’ relationship to one another. If this book were longer, I would’ve loved to see how the ending played out more after the referendum. Johan is so sensitive, and he closes himself off from everyone, even the one he claims to protect. Cole really made me fall for his quiet moments, and really fall for him during the intimate scenes with Nya.
The plot mainly revolves around Nya’s and Johan’s personal struggles. If anything, this book is more about how two characters are developed to have confidence in themselves and embrace confidence in others. I love how supportive Portia and Ledi are. Also, I am surprised at how much of a friendship Portia and Nya have, since she’s always mentioning Portia to Lukas. Also also, I love the cameos each couple makes throughout the series.
I probably could go on how emotional, wonderful, and never do this book the justice. Kow that y’all are in for some really steamy sexy times. Like, Johan is way more experience than Nya, but Nya knows what she likes and also works with Johan and asks him what he likes, too. (Which no other lover has done for Johan, and Nya never had a chance to really have lovers.)
Also also also, Johan is bisexual and his sibling Lukas is nonbinary. BECAUSE SEXUALITY ARE NOT SPOILERS.
This review may become a babble, but I really did enjoy A Prince on Paper to the fullest. Y’all, if you want your diverse romance, Alyssa Cole is your writer.