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The Princess Trap

(Dirty British Romance #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,577 ratings  ·  302 reviews
Introducing a steamy duet of complete standalones set in the Dirty British Romance world.

He’s reckless, dominant, and deliciously dirty. This prince is no fairytale.

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre is his family’s greatest scandal, but the defiant royal won’t change for anyone. He always takes what he wants, and his current obsession is Cherry Neita. The feisty beauty has no idea
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Nixon House
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I’ve accepted it: I’m 3/3 on Talia’s books now and have devoured each of them in 24 hours or less, and have given each of them 5 stars. To say that she has become my favorite adult contemporary romance author would be a tremendous understatement.
The hurricane was a woman. A woman with laughing eyes and a heart-shaped face and a figure that could kill a man. A woman whose dark, springy curls gleamed like midnight, who had incongruously chubby cheeks and brown-sugar skin.

First, there’s
K.J. Charles
I am now tagging everything by Talia Hibbert as "oh god where is the next book". Officially my favourite m/f contemporary romancer bar none.

Good grief this was fun. Wonderful happy confident heroine who takes no crap, vulnerable-strong-kind hero, hot bonking, casual bi rep just because people are bi, all kinds of body positivity, diverse cast, ALL THE TROPES and then turned up to 11 because why not, and some really impressive swearing (and I like to consider myself a bit of a connoisseur when i
Whitney Atkinson
3.75 stars

representation: black main character, bisexual love interest, muslim (bi/pan?) side character

I was pleasantly surprised by this book!! I think I expected it to be somewhat trashy, but it was actually a mindful and feminist read with diversity and refreshing discussion about relevant issues. I liked how the main character stood up for herself and called out any time the guy made questionable choices or statements. It’s how I wish all romances would go.

Speaking of romance, I think the s
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
The pacing of this one was a little weird and things wrapped up a little too near and tidy for my personal taste but I really enjoyed it! I can definitely see myself reading more from this series in the future
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
What I liked about this book:
- bisexual royal hero, plus-size female MC & an interracial romance
- the two main characters were great and very interesting - I loved them both!
- very quick read
- nice writing style
- overall, I enjoyed the plot

What I didn't like about this book:
- rushed romance & insta-lust; I'd actually hoped after they signed their contract for their fake engagement, it would take them the whole year to slowly fall in love with each other but suddenly everything just happened w
Julie Zantopoulos
This was a quick super tropey read and likely more of a 2.5 read. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't good, either. There was insta-love, a bit of a hate to love, a rich man and a woman in need of money, a prince who has to avoid scandal, a fake engagement, a history of abuse on his side, a happy loving home on hers, and a bdsm undertone (though relatively tame). So, pretty much every single trope you can cram into a book.

There was a bit of a language barrier in that our MC is from the UK and her
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another sweet & sexy romance by Talia Hibbert! We have a bisexual prince, black heroine, fake engagement trope, and a romance that had me swooning the whole time. I really liked this one & definitely recommend you check out Talia’s books if you haven’t already. She’s easily become one of my fave romance authors.
Bonnie G.
I really wanted to give this an extra star because I was thrilled by the diversity of this cast of characters, and it is always nice to see some body positivity as well, but man alive I really disliked this book. I suspect I might have made it to that 2-star rating if I had read the book instead of listening. I will get to the book, but I want to start with the narrator who, and I cannot stress this strongly enough, really needs to keep his day job.

Every person in this book had a different accen
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it wasn’t already official official let it be so now - I will read every word this woman writes. Her grocery and to do lists. Her planner entries from 2003. The hastily scribbled phone number on the back of a receipt. Anything I can get my grubby little hands on. She is magnificence personified and her words, characters, and worlds give me life. I love when I love a book so much I never want it to end and that was true to the extreme with Cherry and Ruben’s story. I need more. It was restorat ...more
Such an incredible take on the whole fake-fiance trope that made me laugh, smile and beg for more. I literally could not have asked for a more charming heroine like Cherry who made me wish to be like her every second in this book, a more astonishingly strong yet vulnerable hero like Ruben and the intensely loving supportive cast they have. Every new Hibbert book I read makes me wonder just how does one woman bring forth better and better books. She's magical and she's doing the romance genre a f ...more
Ivy Deluca
Cherry Nieta meets Ruben Ambjørn and sparks fly when he comes to take a tour of the Academy where she works. But when they’re caught in a compromising position by the paparazzi, that’s when Cherry finds out that her casual hookup is actually a prince and the only way to get out of this sticky wicket (heh) is to fake an engagement. And that’s when the romance happens.

This was a tricky one to rate, so let’s suss out my feelings with a long, rambling review, shall we?

The Good
Cherry is a trip. Cherr
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Wow. I' a loss for what to say.

I'm...kinda astounded in that Talia Hibbert writes something I am not familiar with: heroes who recognize they are in love, TALK about their feelings, and even ADMIT when they make mistakes. They APOLOGIZE, yo. Without being forced into it.

What in the fuck?? I love it but it is so strange, lol. These heroes are a lot more...human than I get normally.

The Princess Trap has a beautiful woman who has insecurities but deals with them without making a dramatic scen
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars Cherry and Reuben grow together

I liked Cherry from the beginning. She was spunky, independent and opinionated. She was a heroine that I could relate to and enjoy. I also liked Reuben though I pitied him for most of the story. As a member of the Royal family, it seemed like all his actions were dictated by how others would perceive it and the effect it would have on the crown.
Reuben wasn’t a happy man but Cherry gave him something that was his own. She brought a slight rebellious stre
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I mentioned this in a review a while back but I love stories with royals. I am absolutely obsessed with the monarchy no matter how archaic and old it is. I simply love the idea. Hell, until about eleven my goal in life was to be a princess. Very unrealistic and a very long enduring goal, but it is what I wanted and for some reason, I couldn’t be swayed. The Princess Trap was a book I fell in love with. I presume from my reviews of A Gir,
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
this was really really really enjoyable! but it was just a bit rushed for my taste
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I can't stop smiling. This book was so good.

First of all, look at that cover. Look at it! That dude is a babe.

Second of all, it's about a bisexual prince falling in love with a plus sized black woman. Throw in the fake fiancée trope and you've got everything that makes me happy. I...I fucking can't.

Just give me a moment here. I can't even.

Seriously, the story is really great and I loved the characters. Loved, loved, loved them. The romance between Prince Ruben and Cherry is fiery. I l
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, diverse
this was absolutely wonderful! talia hibbert never fails to deliver great sweet but also sexy as hell stories and i have found comfort in reading them. The Princess Trap was no exception! highly recommend aaahh!!

cw: abusive relationship, on-page sex, body-shaming
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
As found in Hoopla, the perfect escape for a difficult week. Romance between an educator and a prince, with a fake relationship and family secrets, and a lot of chemistry.
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: bi mc, Jamaican British (hinted at being wlw) mc, hijabi side character
tw: child abuse, racism, mentions of suicide & death

read for the reads rainbow book club

This was a gem! and so brittish, and i loved the words and the writing style. and i love fake dating and dom/sub in the bedroom and girls who are so strong and witty and independent and take no shit but have so much charm and i'm still crying over the sister with chronic illness rep. Cherry is a plus-sized black woman (brittish jamaican) and Ruben is bi!

huge tw for (child) abuse, mental, emotional and physical, domestic violence, abusive relationship, gaslighting, slut shaming
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
How could I NOT read a book subtitled “Dirty British Romance” while on a trip to the UK? After loving A Duke by Default, I couldn’t resist squeezing in one more title about accidental or unexpected royalty. Which, as we all know, is the best kind! Cherry catches Ruben’s eye when he takes a tour of her workplace, but she doesn’t know he’s a Scandinavian prince until they’re caught in flagrante by paparazzi. Ruben’s reputation can’t take another scandal, so they strike a deal: she pretends to be h ...more
Serra ᵔ·͈༝·͈ᵔ
Bisexual prince charming? Plus size, black fake fiance who takes no shit? Tropeyness, fun banter, diverse cast, hot d/s action and soft feelings? Yes, PLEASE.

I loved this book! Talia Hibbert’s books are such a gift.

I enjoyed the main couple, but the pacing was a little off. It felt like everything moved too quickly, I wish there was more build up as they both had fantastic chemistry.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be having a minor break from fantasy. In particular the two Jay Kristoff books I'm currently reading. I think I'm getting my fill of happy endings because it sure as hell ain't gonna end well in the Kristoff books!! I'm also not looking forward to the cliffhanger I will be experiencing shortly.

Oh... THIS book. Yeah, it was fine. 7/10. Good, quick, smut-filled read. Probably a little too Fifty Shades heavy, but this one was well written (so that was nice). I liked the characters and the
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So after I read and fell in love with A Girl Like Her, I decided to cannonball into this author’s back log.

Of course we love our contemporary royal romance (where whole monarchies fall out of the sky), we’d take em even if they’re super tropey (esp since an actual royal wedding is coming up, squueeee, are we watching the lifetime movie or not?).

I went in cautiously optimistic even though I was like what more am I to expect from bad guy Prince Charming and reluctant wiseass/the fifty shades of g
The Princess Trap featured many great tropes: a fake engagement, a royal hero, a confident WOC heroine and library sexy times. Okay maybe that last trope isn’t so much of a trope as a dream come true when it happens. I have a thing for libraries, what can I say? Anyway, this was my first Talia Hibbert and I fell in love with her writing immediately. Did I fall as hard for this book in particular though? Not so much. I mean, yes, I enjoyed Cherry and Ruben’s story, but it did not give me that OMG ...more
I needed something light and frothy to balance out a chunky classic and a fantasy book and this was pretty cute! The author makes a DETERMINED effort to not let her heroine take shit, and it's nice to read. The actual plausibility of the scenario and the silliness of the "villain" is a bit ehhhhhhhh but hibbert is really good at little moments that bring this above standard romance writing.
Honestly, if she didn't try to rush certain things (Someone saying "you're the smartest person I know" aft
Tracy DeNeal
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruben and Cherry

Whoa! I was sucked into this story early on. Ruben was a to die for hero for the ages. Cherry was so awesomely self assured and confident. A wonderful heroine who had no problem submitting to her dominant prince when she wanted to.

As the author states in her notes to this book, all that glitters is not gold. Amidst the glamour and glitz of this royal family, a deep rooted poison infected every facet of Ruben's life. Having Cherry by his side helps him to confront his deepest ter
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Talia Hibbert is a USA Today bestselliing author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. She also

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