In Review: A Nordic King by Karina Halle

Posted September 23, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: A Nordic King by Karina HalleA Nordic King by Karina Halle
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 21, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the author
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When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.

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.

in review my thoughts

I’m totally loving Karina’s recent royal romance releases. (Hey, alliteration!) I’ve always enjoyed royal romances, but I’ve not read that many of them for some reason. But, of the ones I have read, hers are near the top of my favorites list. A Nordic King is probably at the top of the stack, too. I adored this gorgeous book.

Karina has a way of grabbing me from the very first page of every one of her books. A Nordic King was no exception. The prologue was gripping and totally made my jaw drop. There’s no slow build when it comes to a Karina book and I love that. Now, there was a great slow BURN when it came to the romance, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I fell in love with Aksel, Aurora, Clara and Freja SO HARD. Oh! And I can’t forget Snarf Snarf. What an adorable little pig. ? I love me a good grumpy hero and Aksel certainly fit the bill in the beginning. I’m glad we had both his perspective and Aurora’s, else I might’ve thought he was more jerk than swoon-worthy man. The characters in this book were just wonderful. Aurora was easy to love. The girls, Clara and Freja, were absolutely adorable and so full of personality. Snarf Snarf brought the feels and the giggles and definitely added to the story.

Aksel and Aurora’s chemistry was fantastic. The sexual tension sizzled. I wanted to lock the two of them in a room so they could just get it on already. That’s perfectly normal, right? ? But I think it was that slow burn that made it apparent what was going on between them was more than just lust. The feelings were real and they were building towards something amazing. I was all for it, too. Their unconventional little family was perfection and I loved seeing both of them move on past the guilt and uncomfortable parts of their pasts.

I always say no one writes complicated love quite like Karina and that was as true as ever with A Nordic King. The only thing was, this time it felt like things SHOULD be more complicated because of the number of things stacked against Aksel and Aurora. But, they just fit. Things flowed. They communicated like adults. I appreciated the lack of intense angst. Their relationship wasn’t without some drama, but it wasn’t overwhelming. And I still got all the feels I want in a book. This one just made me flat-out happy. It was charming and swoony and sexy as hell. The perfect combination, IMHO.


For the first time in my twenty-six years, I feel like I’m actually living a life I love. For the first time, I have everything to lose.

“What a rare and beautiful thing you are.”

I want to give him everything. I want him to take me, take me over, devour me. Rule me.

“I am a king. And I belong to you in ways I never thought possible. More than I belong to my country, more than I belong to the people, I belong to you.”

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, Bad at Love, The Pact, Sins & Needles and over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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  1. Okay, I seriously need to read this one. I’ve never read Karina Halle before, but I’ve seen reviews around. And I also love royal romances. I’m glad that we do get some of the story from Aksel’s POV, because I don’t really have a lot of patience for asshole heroes. But I do love single father romances!