Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 17, 2018
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
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At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me.
If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy.
But I'm not the average single guy.
I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water.
Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…
I get married.
To a blue-blooded stranger.
Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.
Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life.
But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild, sexual and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.
The only question is – will she let me?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No one should be surprised to learn I had total royal fever leading up to the Royal Wedding — and it only got worse after the wedding. I’ve been bingeing royal romances for the last week or so and I can’t ever pass up a new Karina Halle contemporary romance. The Wild Heir is the latest in a long list of books of Karina’s I adored.
I’m a total sucker for the marriage of convenience trope and I don’t think it’s ever done as well as it is when combined with a royal romance. I mean, where else does it make as much sense? But regardless, I was super excited about this book and I was maybe even more excited to get an early copy. Magnus definitely caught my eye in The Swedish Prince, so I was thrilled to get his story.
I adored Ella from the very start. She seemed like an odd match for Magnus, but as well all know, opposites attract. Their chemistry and banter was fantastic and there was a great little slow burn as things built between them. Things weren’t easy for them, but their story made sense. It had just enough bumps to make it realistic, but not enough to make it overly dramatic or angsty for the most part. If I’m being totally honest, I was a little put off by the big conflict piece near the end of the book. I won’t spoil anything for you, but one character’s actions didn’t sit well with me. It didn’t feel authentic or needed, for that matter. I’m not a fan of drama for the sake of drama and that’s kinda what this felt like to me. That said, it was over relatively quickly, but it definitely dinged my rating. That might be a bit harsh, but it is what it is.
Now all that said, otherwise this book was delightful. I enjoyed Magnus’s journey and the path of his and Ella’s relationship. It was wonderful to watch him become the man he needed to be. I love it when a “wild” man is tamed by a woman — or at least when his redirects his passion to her — so with that and the chemistry and swoons, this book checked all my boxes. Once again, Karina writes fantastic romance in gorgeous settings and The Wild Heir was no exception.
“You have to be bold, my friend. Be bold and brilliant in all things.”
“The thing is, Princess, you are sweet. You’re spicy too. You’re a lot of different flavors I haven’t even had the chance to lick yet.”
“I think you need to give me the royal treatment. Fuck me, my Prince.”
This woman is my fucking queen and I will never ever lose sight of that.
What are some of your favorite royal romances?