I’ve been a big fan of the Reluctant Royal’s Series from Alyssa Cole. It’s one of those series I discovered and immediately fell into and read back to back. Granted, it’s taken me a while longer to get to this third book, I’m finally there. And this has to be my favorite of the series! Keep reading this book review to find out my full thoughts.
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
A Prince on Paper was entirely unexpected. In the best of ways. Nya and Johan are opposites on paper. But can they find a middle? Some common ground in the middle of this seemingly large gulf? While I may have been expecting something more like fireworks colliding (and while there were sparks), A Prince on Paper ended up being so emotional and tender. Cole builds on the tension and chemistry between Nya and Johan to uncover a story about opening up our heart. About trusting people to see the soft spaces.
I loved both Nya and Johan immediately. While I knew from the beginning I was going to adore Nya, I was not expecting how much I loved Johan. Nya is determined to be strong, guided by a compassionate heart, and struggling against her past. Whereas Johan hides his vulnerability and scars behind a front in order to protect his family. He’s fiercely protective, ridiculously sweet, and bisexual. I fell in love watching them open up to each other, to find pieces of themselves.
A Prince on Paper is a story about the sides of ourselves we show the world. The fragments of ourselves we keep hidden. Towards the end, I needed to finish I was heavily emotionally invested. Sometimes we find excuses to push people away. To stop ourselves from progress, changing, and fear. If you’ve been on the fence on this series, this is my recommendation to begin it!