March 28, 2018 by ceresbooksworld
The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
Publisher: Self published
Publication date: March 22nd, 2018
Source: eArc from Social butterfly PR
Rating: 5 Hearts
**A standalone romance inspired by the classic film, Roman Holiday.**
I never believed in fairy-tales.
Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.
Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.
At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.
But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.
Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.
He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
I loved this story, yes it’s cliché, a crown prince who falls in love almost at the first glance of a poor girl. But hell, it’s good to read stories of fairy tales in this world where hope is scarce. I must also say that in Europe monarchies are important in some countries; the fact that I’m attracted by the Nordic countries also helps the fact that I enjoyed this story.
Maggie lost her parents and, at the age of 23, she now has to take care of her brothers and sisters, she sacrificed everything to take care of them and some of them make it better than others. She abandoned New York and her journalism studies and now has to clean the rooms of the hotel where her mother worked. She has the chance that her brother Pike is here to help her. She can also count on Annette, a friend of her mother.
I loved Maggie, what she does for her family without even hesitating for a second is pretty impressive when you think about it. That a 23-year-old girl loses everything to raise five brothers and sisters so that they are not separated proves that she has an impressive strength of character. She thinks she is nil and she is struggling to make ends meet but her family’s love is so sincere even though they have different ways of showing it.
Dominic lost his brother, Alexander who was the crown prince, and Dominic took on the role of Alexander. He has a lot of trouble with the idea of losing the little freedom he has and especially he does not recover from having found his brother. His parents send him to the United States for a month to think and enjoy the rest of his freedom.
I loved Dominic, not only because he’s sexy as hell but also because he’s good and charming. We can really say that he is the prince charming, he does not criticize people, do not take them high and even if it seems unachievable I like it to be so. His first meeting with Maggie is electric and the second is not much better but in another sense. In any case I laugh a lot whether it is one or the other.
Their relationship is slowly evolving with ups and downs, and although at one point in the story I wanted Maggie to not think about doing something like that, she finally recovered. I liked seeing Dominic in the USA and I also liked seeing Maggie in Stockholm. Karina Halle has also inserted a few Swedish sentences in the text and suddenly I find it really cute when Dominic speaks to Maggie in Swedish. As always with Karina, sex scenes are intense and you wet your panties but what do you want it is what we like.
And finally a character that we have seen too little and for which I would like Karina to write a story, it is Magnus Crown Prince of Norway. This boy has a huge potential, be it in charm or nonsense, I am convinced that a book on Magnus would be great.
Quick word: A Swedish fairy count to be missed under no pretext
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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 Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.