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Royal Marriage Market

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what's best for her country, she isn't about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a ma
Published December 15th 2015 by Cerulean Books (first published December 2nd 2015)
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Nov 12, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
This is a stand alone contemporary women's fic/romance, and I can hardly wait for you all to meet Elsa and Christian! ...more
Siobhan Davis
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.75 Stars

This is an entertaining sweet romantic read that will appeal to lovers of adult contemporary or fantasy romance.

Elsa and Christian are respective heirs in their own countries. Both are steadfastly opposed to the archaic Royal Marriage Market (RMM) and I can't say I blame them. It was hideously outdated. However, both are extremely dedicated and they want what's best for their people. Considering the obvious opposing goals, there is plenty of heartfelt angst and shared fru
Jessica Zelkovich
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Solid 4.5 stars from Lyons again. I love her mastery of vocabulary choices, her scene setting and her often complex sentence structure. This is an author you can tell is well educated and complex. Eventhough this was a lighter plot for her (I would liken it to a grown-up Selection series), she kept character dialogue distinct, built up multiple plot lines and sub plots which were timely revealed, and gave me all the feels. I love Christian and Elsa and seeing their character growth as one anothe ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it

Royal Marriage Market is an utterly swoon-worthy romance that delves into the surreal lives of royalty.

Told in alternating first person narrative, Elsa (how can you not think of Frozen) and Christian. Both heirs to the throne in their respective countries, therefore, destined to be kept apart by archaic rules and duty to their countries.

Having reached an age where marriage is not only expected but conducted as a business negotiation, Christian and Elsa find themselves shipped off to a week
Kelli Spear
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Heather Lyons, so this contemporary from her was a must-read. I adore her fantasy/mythology books but this was a nice, fun change.

It's a little bit of a fairy tale and unique in this genre where everything seems to be written from a formula. The story follows Elsa and Christian, two royals who must attend the Royal Marriage Market. It's sort of a gathering of the world's royalty. And both are promised to other suitors. But their attraction is there under the friendship they start. As fee
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heather Lyons delivers a fairy tale with Royal Marriage Market that is full of swoon worthy characters, witty banter, and a romance that will make your heart melt. The banter between Elsa and Christian was delightful and shows just how much of a match they are for one another. Elsa is a fiery princess that toes the line of how a proper princess should act when she encounters Prince Christian and his "too-ness". You can't help but to fall in love with them both.

I'm very happy that Heather took t
T.H. Hernandez
4.5 Stars! Royal Marriage Market is about two twenty-something royals who must choose between love and duty. Set in modern day, Christian and Elsa are the heirs to the respective thrones of their tiny northern European countries. Each country needs something that only an arranged marriage can solve. Both Christian and Elsa are dead set against being used as bargaining chips by their parents. Their initial meeting is antagonistic when Elsa assumes Christian is looking for a good time. Just becaus ...more
I am huge fan of Heather Lyons and she is an automatic one-click author for me. When she announced her first contemporary book, I was excited to see her delving into a new genre. I was elated after reading the synopsis and seeing her plans to give readers a modern day fairy tale involving a true princess and prince. Despite it’s lighter subject matter, it is brilliantly written and flows beautifully from the first chapter until the last. Ms. Lyons creates unique but realistic countries and situa ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Princess Elsa of Vattenguldia is every bit the royal princess that you expect her to be, but she's also independent and no-nonsense and fights tooth and nail when she believes she's being made to do something against her better judgment. She's seemingly poised and perfect, but meeting and being with someone like Prince Christian of Aioboland brings out the more caref
BookWorm 221
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arcs-2015

I enjoyed this books so much, I'll admit I had a little trouble getting into the story the first few chapters but after that they went by so fast, the story was fascinating and the characters very endearing.

I love reading about strong female protagonist that fight for their rights me for what they want but that they're also aware of their responsibilities and are prepare to make sacrifices for the greater good.

I'm so happy I read this book, it was just what I needed to
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for fairytales and royals so this book was right up my alley. It was a sweet romance with witty banter and no stupid drama. Man, the sexual tension and chemistry between Christian and Elsa were intense - I loved it. And, it was told from both their POVs, which added so much to the story knowing what each was thinking. I only wish there as an epilogue. I gotta have my epilogue.

This is my second book from this author and I love her writing style. She's becoming one of my automatic on
Jodie Larson
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with this story. Heather Lyons knocked it out of the park with her first contemporary romance. Christian is an amazing hero: caring, strong, loyal, and incredibly sexy! And Elsa, the tough-as-nails princess who has made it a point to fight the RMM and their traditions. Until she finds an ally with Christian. This book has everything I love with romance, the push and pull, the fight and submission to your feelings. Believe me, you'll want to read this. ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
This one just didn't work for me. The premise is interesting but I didn't like the main characters at all and the writing style was so formal. I get that they are royalty and so may not speak like everyday people but it was not conversational in the least. The relationship with the parents and ruling monarchs was also hard to get behind. I almost didn't make it through to the end. ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Is there anything Heather Lyons can't do? :) I am so in love with this story! And I promise to leave my full review soon! ...more
I finally bought this book for 99 cents yesterday, as I was going to be traveling during the next couple of days. I was awake at six thirty this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so I though I would get some reading in. Lo and behold, two and a half hours later I had finished the book!

The writing style of Lyons is very pretty and flows well, which was wonderful. It was funny, charming, and addressed issues (for royals) like arranged marriages and standing up to one's parents even when they
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Lyons brings such an interesting take to what your typical fairy-tale romance would be. From the title to the beautiful cover, Royal Marriage Market is a must read! :)

Having born in a time where royal heirs to the throne must marry those that their parents decide to make business with, Elsa (Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia) must do what she is told even though she finds the entire situation archaic and unnecessary. When her father info
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Attraction at first sight is a fairy story, not reality. Enjoying banter is one thing, but discovering a physical attraction is entirely different.”

“We were falling in love, I think. Wonderfully, miserably, tragically, beautifully falling in love.”

Royal Marriage Market is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Elsa and Christian. Christian and Elsa were quiet the pair. Neither one of them wanting to conform to their families wishes and give into the idea of an arranged marriage.
The Book Trollop
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Heather Lyons writes stories, I usually want to crawl my way to a corner and rock back and forth before ever even touching the book. The cover glares at me on my Kindle whispering, "Read Me" over and over again, until I pick it up and start rocking for an entirely different reason.

I am not the type to want angst in my stories, I know they are necessary, but I don't go and seek out these monsters on my own. Heather is the only author I continually make an exception for. Her books are like d
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Wow, this book was so much more than I expected! Royal Marriage Market has it all- love, lust, passion, deceit, twists and turns, and unexpected detours.

The “meetings” that occur once every decade informally known as the Royal Marriage Market are where marriages are arranged for power and money, not love. Although Chris and Elsa are from small neighboring Scandinavian countries, they have never met but they share the same sentiments about the archaic practice: try to make it out unscath
Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
So if you have ever read my reviews, it is no secret that I can easily be swayed by an intriguing cover or blurb. I have always had a soft spot for princess stories and glitter - and look we have both right here! You have marriage in gold glitter in the title and a soft romantic, dreamy scene on the cover *sigh*. When I saw the cover, it just made me remember all of those times I used to play dress up and put on my sparkly tiara and want to be a princess. When things seemed simpler. But that was ...more
Dana Busenbark
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Elsa is a princess that does not like that she has five names that she must go by, and if she is anything like the rest of us, if all her names are used is she in trouble? What does her father's right hand, or is that left hand man hand to Elsa? This meeting in California that Elsa is expected to attend, with her father and younger sister is not something she wants to go to. Elsa is from a country/island called Vattenguldia. Christian, his father, and possibly his brother Lukas are going to Cali ...more
Vania Nunes
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vania by: book tour

I love fairy tales. Contemporary one became my favorite. May throw the first stone who didn't watch on TV any Royalty wedding, like Princess Diana or William and Kate ...

Anyway, Elsa is a modern princess. She is the heiress of Vattenguldia throne, is gratuated in Oxford, speaks five languages ​​... and she wants to marry only for love.
But there is a Summit, very secret one in Royalty, in which dictates that if you are an heir(ess) with more than 25 years old still single, you will be a kind of p
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
This was a great royal read from Heather Lyons.

The story is about Elsa and Christian who are both princess and prince of their own respectable countries. Every 10 years the royal council has a get together to not only discuss business between the countries but it also a the host of the Royal Marriage Market (RMM) where princesses and princes are set up with each for an arranged marriage. Elsa and Christian can't the linked because they are next in line to the thrones however during the RMM they
Debra Elsner
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Royal Marriage Market, also knows as RMM was so hilarious. I was reading it on vacation and it totally cracked me up. Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues, but what really happens is that they talk and talk and do nothing, which annoys Elsa, her royal Highness, the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia. She is stubborn and a modern woman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with it. For God sake's , we are in 2016 not the 1 ...more
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Elsa and Christian are both single and in the right age to be married. As hereditary heirs of own countries they must attend the Royal Marriage Market to meet their soon to be partner.

Both heirs does not to be in an unwanted relationship but does not have a choice but to go through the summit as both of them are dedicated to their countries.

As Christian and Elsa gets to know each other and started a ritual to have their firsts (experience) at 3 AM which led them to fall in love with each
Kristin  Reads
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed this book. It was cute, fun, romantic, well written, and I honestly enjoyed every minute of this book. This story was a very Romeo and Juliet story. Two star cross lovers, forced to lead a path to marriage their parents want, but with a very fun an modern twist.

Elsa and Christians story is so stinking cute. From the first time they bumped into each other I was hooked. I loved the chemistry and the way the author wrote the love story. It had me SWOONING left and right. I mean it i
Lissa Hawley
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Something different from Heather Lyons.

I adore all books Heather Lyons and I am always waiting for the next one.
I also have a (some would say) age inappropriate love of princesses and fairy tales.
This book is a perfect combination of all those loves.

Heather brings us a fairy tale for all ages, sweet and fun and a joy to read. I loved the setting and the characters and everything about this book. Couldn't ask for more.

I continue to wait for any next book Heather Lyons writes.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heather Lyons has outdone herself..
Going in to the contemporary genre and blowing it up with this book..
Absolutely loved every moment!!!
More review to come...
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't like to immerse in the actual royalty nowadays? To know how they deal with our same troubles and at the same time rule a country. It was this idea that made me read the book, that and that the princess' name is Elsa and she's from a cold country!

Despite not meeting my expectations on how does royalty deal with common problems, I quite enjoyed this book. I really loved the characters, they were real and believable, I could identify with many of their choices and situations (despite n
Karen Jarrell
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The back and forth between the hero and heroine was entertaining. I felt their frustration with their situation. They are told repeatedly that being a royal meant that they were to overlook their own interests and seek only what was best for their kingdom. The conclusion was satisfying. Yet I was not happy with the ending. Not because of the ending itself, but because it concluded so quickly as to seem as if the author didn't want to put any effort into an epilogue. Do I nee ...more
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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working the ...more

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