Friday, May 18, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Romancing the Prince by Felix Brooks & Andrea Dalling

Romancing the Prince
Poor Little Billionaires Book 2
by Felix Brooks & Andrea Dalling

When a European prince falls for the son of a U.S. senator, will their secret romance cause an international scandal? 

College sophomore Lucas grew up as the privileged son of a powerful senator. That all changed when Lucas’s indiscretion freshman year destroyed his father’s chance at reelection. Now his father is being sent into political exile as ambassador to a small Mediterranean island. Worse, his parents pull Lucas out of school, saying that living abroad will be a good experience. But he’s sure their real goal is to somehow “ungay” him. With embassy guards watching his every move, he’s practically in prison. 

As the younger son of the King of Kalyphos, Prince Nicolo has been called The Spare since birth—and feels every bit as useless as the name suggests. With his responsible older brother being groomed for leadership, twenty-five-year-old Nico struggles to find meaningful work to counter his reputation as Europe’s most wicked playboy prince. His rumored penchant for curvy fashion models hides a truth he doesn’t dare reveal. 

When Nico meets Lucas, the attraction between them is immediate and palpable. Nico offers to show Lucas the island’s sights, and they can’t resist the passion that soon burns between them. They both know discovery could lead to scandal and threaten the very existence of the monarchy of Kalyphos. Can they keep their affair secret? Or will their growing love destroy both their families? 

This sweet and steamy M/M romance has a happy ending and no cliffhanger.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

I've read and enjoyed several books by these authors and usually have no problem connecting with the story, but this one took me awhile to get into. The characters are likable and even share similar problems with family and publicity, plus they have similar personalities, so they're certainly compatible and they even have some fun banter as they get to know each other. However, the story itself felt a bit stilted to me in the beginning. It does pick up about halfway through and the flow gets much better. This pair does have some angst as they find their way to a happily ever after, but it's more of the how do we tell our families and what political ramifications will it have than any real romance issues. Basically, the angst level is pretty low and the couple does have good chemistry as they build their relationship. Other than a somewhat rocky start, the book is entertaining and the romance is a good combo of sweet and sexy. 

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