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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.
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Delicious page-six gossip meets fairy-tale romance in Alyssa Cole’s escapist romp. Shy Nya Jerami grew up among princes and princesses, but has always avoided the spotlight. She’d especially like to steer clear of handsome royal scion Johan von Braustein, but when a royal wedding throws them together, their feelings turn out to be harder to duck than the paparazzi. Beneath the glitter, Cole’s novel serves up a relatable story of love and friendship—and a heroine who is stronger than she seems. Cole frames Nya’s dueling impulses in a way that makes you love and envy her—and feel glad that her problems aren’t your own.
Fan favorite Prince Johan von Braustein takes center stage in Cole's delicious third and final Reluctant Royals contemporary. A vote that could end the Liechtienbourg monarchy is looming, but Johan escapes the political pressure and travels to Thesolo for a royal wedding. Nya Jerami has retreated into virtual dating games after bad romantic experiences deepened her insecurities and feelings of worthlessness. When wedding activities keep putting Nya and Johan together, people including Nya's grandparents take note. To protect Nya's reputation and avoid negative press, Johan proposes. The fake engagement swiftly becomes intensely real as Johan and Nya share their secrets and lives. But Johan's overprotective tendencies destroy his relationship with his younger brother, Lukas, and his abandonment issues may drive Nya away for good. Cole explores sexual and gender identities, grief, self-respect, acceptance, and love in this faultless romance. She weaves family drama and emotional growth into a passion-filled story worthy of its irresistibly complicated (and diverse) characters. This affair of the heart is deeply satisfying. Correction: An earlier version of this review misspelled the last name of the character Nya Jerami.