I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Pretend Prince
Author: Kim Karr
Side note: A little bit Hallmark, a little bit night time TV, and a whole lot of sexy.
Have I read previous books by the author: Yes.
Recommend: Sexy Jerk Series.
Will I read more books by the author in the future: Yes.
Thoughts on author: I loved the concept of this book. I absolutely loved the take on "The
Bachelor", a little bit of "Hallmark" channel, and adding in the sexual
attraction between the characters. The way she wove all three aspects together
and then put her own touch on the story was definitely the recipe for a good
Kindle Unlimited: Yes.
Orphelia meets Prince Julius on a dating TV show. Lucky for them it ends up being a world wind romance. Even though this feels like no other love for the two of them, reality has a way of slapping them in the face.
Fast forward three years... Orphelia has finally landed a journalist job she wants and will finally be able to cover real life issues. The bonus to this job is this will help take care of her ailing mother. When Orphelia gets her first real assignment unfortunately it is not the story she wants. Her boss's boss wants her to cover Prince Julius for the season. She is torn on whether she can do this assignment or not. Too much history and too much hurt.
Prince Julius made a promise to himself he would finish what his grandfather had started all those years ago. Family secrets are holding Julius back and he has to find a way around it. When Orephia comes back into the picture he doesn't know how to handle her. He has one goal in mind and she is a distraction he doesn't need.
As a little girl I (of course) wanted to have the fairy tale. I would imagine me being in a grocery store shopping. I would feel someone starring at me and would look up. The Prince would see me and it would be love at first sight. He would marry me and we would live happily ever after.
As I got older I realized not only was that impossible, but that fairly tale was not all it is cracked up to be. A princess has a lot of responsibilities and my freedom would be pretty much taken away from me. I would have to move to his kingdom, I might not be able to raise my children, and privacy as I know it would no longer be mine. My major problem would be not being able to raise my children. I wouldn't mind a nanny every now and again what parent wouldn't. I do take pride in the fact I am raising my own. Even if I want to pull out my hair, yell consistently, and constantly repeat myself.
So, my vision has changed over the years on what I considered my prince charming to be. I have come to realize he didn't necessarily need to be a prince, but someone who checks my boxes. Someone who adores me, respects me, compromises with me, loves me unconditionally, and is loyal to me. I guess I am still dreaming right?? My hubby might not check off all the boxes all the time, but I got to give his some credit. He's still here!!
Which brings me to the fact as to why I read romance novels, watch the Hallmark channel, and occasionally watch The Bachelor. I find the escape of reading my sanctuary. I know I have probably wrote this fact a few times, but this book really brought the thought home. This book proves to me I might not have the complete fairy tale, but I have my own.
Shh!! Me Time!!