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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.

But when he
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Published November 27th 2017 by Julianna Keyes
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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This was actually a pretty enjoyable read. Being a 3rd person POV, it actually read really well. One thing I was surprised to learn that this is a NOVELLA. Let me tell you, some of the contemporary romances out there that call themselves full length novels are not much longer than this. Just felt like a short novel to me.

➦If you like romance stories about royals then you might enjoy this book. It's pretty fast paced and I certainly got some feels from it. So, all things considering, pretty awe
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 “Brinley Cantrella may have been a bad princess, but she was quite good at it,” Stars!

Brinley Cantrella has always been the “bad Princess”. Always failing to meet the expectations set for her, so everyone just stopped expecting anything but bad. That is until Brinley’s sister, perfect Princess, Elle does the last thing anyone expects and leaves. She runs away from the life she’d been so perfect for. This leaves Brinley as the only princess from her kingdom to once again meet the expecatation
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: November 27, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau int
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A really fast paced story with many ups and downs. A really nice and fast read!

Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brinley was such a cool badass. 😎
She was always doing what she thought was right, even when they told her she was the bad princess.
Sometimes she was so relatable. I really liked her!
And Finn was a handsome prince who showed his true character at the end. But throughout the story I always had doubts about him.

Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The relationship between Finn and Brinley was like a
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Brinley might be a princess, complete with her own castle but her life is far from a fairy tale. Always second best to her older sister and with years of media scrutiny reminding her why she would never be a good ruler, Brinley has finally accepted her role in life.

But when her perfect sister up and abdicates the throne to run off with a commoner, Brinley's world is tilted on its axis. But Elle didn't just leave her royal responsibilities and duties behind, she also left her royal fiancé behind
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute although short story that made me want more. I kept looking at how much time I had left on my kindle and tried to slow down my reading to enjoy every second. Julianna Keyes created such fun loving characters in Bad Princess.

Brinley is the "bad princess"—always making mistakes, always in the spotlight for doing the wrong thing. In reality, she is living life and truly enjoying it. I loved her—she made me laugh, she made me smile and I enjoyed her character not being the normal pri
Paula  Phillips
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

One of my favorite tropes to read about is Royalty fiction. I guess this could stem from my love of Disney Princesses and movies starring Prince and Princesses like The Prince and Me. In Julianna Keyes's new book Bad Princess, we are introduced to Brinley who is the second daughter of the current King and Queen of Estau. Brinley as a second child was always the one to get into mischief; she was the crazy one who always wanted to live her life to the full and had no inhibitions. She was confident
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute short book with a nice change in storyline. Two modern day princesses, one destined to become Queen and the younger, Brinley, a menace to society. Well, not really. But she always found herself in the worst situations and of course it was always caught on camera and published all over the news. I know my jaw dropped at the endings of a few paragraphs and I loved that! Some funny stuff!

But when her sister runs from her duties and leaves the prince who was picked for her husband, i
Sam (AMNReader)
Sexy, funny, every fantasy you want from a modern fairy tale... What a cute little package of novella. I loved it! My rating works be higher but the end was a bit meh. 3.5
Julianna Keyes sneaked her way into the list of my must-read contemporary authors. While not all her books are my favorites, she writes nice stories about somewhat different characters.

Bad Princess is a novella that will leave you wishing it was a full book. The MCs are both intriguing and I wish that all the events from their childhood and youth we witnessed instead of hearing them just mentioned in passing.

Recommended. Fun, short and hoooot. :)
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute story that had more substance in the plot and character department than most full length books have all in all.

Pure indulgence for romance readers.
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bad Princess is another hit from Ms. Julianna Keyes! It's a fun and breezy story full of barely suppressed chuckles and red-cheeked steaminess. As with all her previous works I've read I enjoyed Bad Princess very much.

Ms. Keye's writing always draws me into her stories. Her words flow so smoothly it was easy to get swiped up into a royal disposition and the castle setting. With the exception of the protagonists I kind of hated all the other characters. Their snobby and selfish behaviour grated o
RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A cute, short story by an author I enjoy reading. Rather unrealistic; but as a modern day fairy tale, realism is not the point. This is the kind of fun novella where you just go with the flow, and see where it takes you. Left me with a smile...
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
I have been a longtime uber-fan of Julianna Keyes and legit flip out when I see she has something new coming out! She has such an amazing ability to combine heart, humor and heat in her books topped with hot heroes and sarcastic and sassy AF heroines. So it came as no surprise that the minute I read the blurb for Bad Princess my grabby hand syndrome kicked in and I NEEDED it. Gahh I absolutely FLOVED this book. Finian and Brinley were such a perfect match. I honestly could not get enough.

Known a
Monique V
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating:4.5/5 stars
This book took me by complete surprise. I went into it knowing nothing and came out impressed.

This is a NA book so if you don't like reading explicit sex scenes maybe this isn't the book for you. This is a story that reminds me of one of my favorite movies ever, The Princess diaries: Royal engament. The premise is that there is a princess that when found in an compromising situation with the prince of neighboring kingdom is forced to wed him. And so a beautiful romance begins.

Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
“For once, Brinley was speechless. Finian of Lenora was not known to be a liar, but it was impossible to believe what she was hearing. That he would want this — want her — even without the pressing circumstances surrounding the situation, was beyond comprehension.”

This book is set during modern times, but it deals heavily with royalty.
This is a quick, fun read.

nick (the infinite limits of love)

I’m always impressed by Julianna Keyes’ versatility as an author. She’s sort of a fearless author as she’s not afraid to try out new things with her books, and I like that a lot about her. Bad Princess, might just be a novella, but it’s an engrossing and satisfying story from start to finish. We’re introduced to Brinley, whose sister has just abdicated the crown as a result of which she has to take on her sister’s responsibilities. Growing up, she has always been second best to her sister, and r
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

After a long workday and crazy night, I prepared for a few hours of brain candy. I went into this wanting and expecting a fluffy romance read. What I got was something more nuanced, with humor, love, heartbreak, and depth. And somehow it turned out to be what I needed.

Brinley is full of spunk, emotions, and energy. I loved her as a character and could easily relate to her. Finn was a bit more of an enigma, but I fell for him all the same. I thought they worked really well as a couple a
Lenore Kosinski

4.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

You guys...YOU GUYS.  I am in fucking love.  And I'm going to have to bleep that for Amazon.  But seriously, this was a LENORE book through and through.  And it was all Brinley!  OK, not all Brinley, Finian's kind of da bomb as well...I'll get to him.  But Brinley...oh Brinley.  She has made my girl crush list!!!!  And if you know me, that happens fa
(Nat) Reading Romances
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
reading romances

This New Adult novella included two of my favorite romance tropes, a marriage of convenience and ROYALS! So obviously I had to read it! 

From the very start, I was invested in the story, Brinley was such a relatable character. Finn was a breath of fresh air when it comes to heroes, especially these days in romancelandia where alphas are everywhere. Thank you, Julianna Keyes, for creating this rather shy, quiet and sweet hero.

A couple of situations were a bit unrealistic, perhaps because the aut
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when a rebel princess was forced to marry her sister's former betrothed who happens to be the man she's in love with? Lots of uncertainty in navigating her married life.

The story has the length of a novella and as such the plot is short and straight-to-the-point which I really appreciate. Although it was written in the normal 3rd person voice, it was all from the heroine, Brinley's POV. So we read what goes on only from what Brinley experiences and views.

The political machinations w
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Short, sweet and sexy! Bad Princess follows the misfits of the known as "Bad Princess" Brinley and how an almost drunk mistake follows a small adventure and the romance she develops for her...husband.

I liked this story. While short, it's complete and doesn't leave loose ends. I would even love to see a prequel story about Brinley's sister Ella. And while there is a rollercoaster of rem
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Bad Princess was a fun, cute and entertaining read! Princess Brinely is everything a princess should not be! Her character is care free and fun loving, always breaking the rules and giving life and the paparazzi the middle finger. She is just a bubble full of life and excitement. Brinely made me smile and chuckle to myself while reading this book.

I loved Finn from the get go, always calm and collected with a hard exterior that no one can crack. His personality eventually shined through and he b
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Both stars are for Julianna Keyes, who wrote Undecided.. One of the best college romance story that I have ever read. As for this book, despite the gorgeous cover, did not hold my interest for too long. Too many inner dialogues, a rather stuck up hero a not too shabby heroine but her characterization wasn't strong enough to lift this book to a greater level. Again, check out Undecided by this author. It was a very good read. ...more
Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes is a novella that I enjoyed immensely. One reason being that it was different and lighthearted for the most part, while giving readers two characters that you could root and fall for. Julianna Keyes is an author who is immensely talented in the way she invokes so much emotion with every book she has written to-date. I know what I am talking about because except for her latest book in the Burnham College series, I have read everything that she has written and publis ...more
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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♥ The writing. I read a few books by Julianna Keys, and I really enjoy her writing. This one was great. The book is told through Brinley’s point of view, in the third person.

♥ I really enjoyed the premise and the plot.

♥ I liked the characters too, I loved Brinley, and I enjoyed reading about Finn too.


♦ The lack of depth. This was way too short, and it needed more pages to actually develop everything appropriately. It needed more character developmen
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rounded up from a 3.5. The book is great for a short novella, but I want more. Like so much more. Can I at least get a sequel?

Seriously though, this book is about a princess who has a bad reputation, but is really a good person. AKA, I'm pretty sure the soundtrack for this book should just be Reputation by Taylor Swift, which is something I am so on board with as it's the current soundtrack for my entire life. The prince she falls in love with is all about honor and duty, but admires her for
Maria Rose
Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes is a delightful novella about a woman who constantly finds herself in trouble and a man who falls for her just as she is.

Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau can do nothing right, while her sister Elle is perfect – at least until Elle abdicates her role as next in line to rule the kingdom by running away with a lumberjack. When Prince Finn, betrothed to Elle since childhood, arrives with his family to deal with the situation, a moment alone for him and Brinley resul
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Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volun ...more

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