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A Prince on Paper

Reluctant Royals
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Series: Reluctant Royals, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 redheaded 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.

©2019 Alyssa Cole (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fun

Probably my favorite in the Reluctant Royals series so far. Very sweet and hard to put down.

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I really liked this book and would recommend it. I wish this book was a movie or TV show. It had a great storyline and sexual storylines. I like the narrator, but I wish JoJo voice was a little better. This couple was my favorite of the three friends. I would have liked to know what the baby was and how Lacus California adventure went. I didn't like all of the emotional highs and lows of the two main characters, but I still liked it.

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misunderstood individual find solace in each other

Nya has had my heart since the first time I meet her and the things she went through with her father. She needed to get out and be her. Then there was Johan. He was a character in all three of the novels and he lures you in with each new appearance. I knew when I meet him that I want his story, but just was not sure how that would take place.

When these two come together or not, you find that they are more alike than you first guess. I loved that the two of them found a bit of common ground and a way to connect. I wanted more for the two of them. Being in each of their countries allowed for you to see more of them both. I loved that Nya finally found a place that she felt good with herself and her surroundings. Johan's vulnerabilities gave you more to fall in love with.

Love my characters old, new, irritating, annoying, conniving, vulnerable, sensible, misunderstood, and more. I love the topic tackled with Johan's younger sibling. Nya understanding heart. Alyssa Cole did a fab job for me. There was a lot here for me to love and it was not just that I finally got a wedding but something extra special. Hope a follow-up to catch up with all the couples (all five of them).

The narration was one I have been use to because of the other books of the series. I enjoy her the accents real rich and relateable.

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great listen. I loved the twists and how it take head on issues that we deal with.

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Young Royals with "royal problems". Bombshell**++

Nya has seemingly emotional, trust and "Daddy" issues. It unfolds that her father ran the palace with an" iron fist", controlled her, even using her dead mother to keep her tethered to hm. It appears, he has financial secrets. Although she moves to NYC to attend College, she admits she doesn't partake in campus life easily and has made only 2 friends but enjoys playing virtual fake fiancé games, day and night - instead of interacting with real people. .
Johan VonBrauslen along with many other guests are invited to her brother's wedding. He feels alone as he struggles to live up to expectations and a mostly fake glamorous life (staged by him) for the world press and paparazzi. He ends up defending Nya when her family thinks she is behaving inappropriately with him and She bravely defends herself. He sees a kindred spirit in her and asks her to be engaged to him to get her out of Royal faux pas. They both decide a breakup would be announced as soon as the air is clear.
She travels with him back to his palace and finds herself enjoying the country. Johan gives her a history of the country and explains how the monarch is being pressured to change. Meanwhile Johan's brother, the heir to the throne, is undergoing change..from a teenager to a young person. He feels that Johan is not listening to him at all, and he begins inciting the people through his online meme and grafitti. Eventually it all comes out...he is PRINCX! Fabulous story!!

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  • Katie Valentine
  • 05-18-19

Unreservedly Perfect!

Every romance novel should be written by Alyssa Cole, and Karen Chilton should narrate them all. The end.

JK not the end, I probably won't ever stop talking about this book. I don't usually like contemporary romance (I usually go for historical and fantasy romance), but Cole's novels are the major exception. Her characters are so real and relatable, and the settings never feel forced or contrived. Some books let you step through a doorway into another world, but this one so closely resembles the real world that it's no work at all to immerse yourself in the story. Every detail is perfect. The pacing is a treat; every time I think things are about to wrap up, there's another twist, offering a few more hours' enjoyment!

Having met several of the characters in previous novels, it was so satisfying to see Nya get her own happy ending, after everything she endured. I also especially enjoyed the bits of folklore sprinkled in, and all of the allusions to a fox or trickster god.

The narration is excellent; Chilton swings easily from African to European to North American accents, and all of the characters' voices are easily distinguishable. It's especially impressive considering many of the countries in the book are fictional, but based on real places/regions, so some of the accents had to be a fine balance of identifiable but vague.

I love that black women take centre stage in such an authentic way in this and Cole's other books. They feel like real women whose lives and and experiences differ in significant ways to mine as a white woman--and I feel so grateful to get a window into that experience--but those differences never made the characters' inner lives, desires, and emotions any less familiar and relatable to me. These are the princess stories that black women (and other under-represented folks, like disabled and trans/non-binary people) deserve, in a market so oversaturated with wispy white women swooning on seemingly every cover. And these complex, realistic, modern black women get their hunky prince in the end, as they damn well deserve!

(OH AND I ALMOST FORGOT: this book is sexy as hell! I loved how tenderly Nya's lack of experience was treated; JoJo never rushed her or pressured her, not even subtextually or passive-aggressively, as is sometimes presented as "romantic" in romance novels and the wider culture. I liked the slow burn that their taking it slow provided, but the book still has a decent amount of steaminess at the same time. Alyssa Cole is a master at her craft, no doubt.)

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  • Nina M
  • 05-17-19

Worth it

Nya and her openess, charisma, kindness and beleive in change and positivity flows so well through the book, as she finds her feet after finally getting out under her father's thumb of abuse and toxicity. Johan is a marvel, morphing from a character we haven't had much of shown into someone who is patient, considerate, dependable, real and vulnerable.
the complementary traits between these two makes this read worth the wait.