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The Prince and the Pencil Pusher

(Royal Powers #7)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Bad things happen when supos go unchecked. That's why Abarra needs The Ministry: to keep tabs on royals with powers run amok. Queen Maialen has entrusted the safety of her subjects to her nephew, Prince Xabier, placing the agency in his capable hands.

Only, the Prince would rather spend his days putting his own power to good use in the vineyards than to wither away on the b
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 100 pages
Published September 28th 2020 by Luxe Press
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Szidi ☼
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok

I'm sadly disappointed! I wanted to read a romance between a Prince and his employee, but it wasn't that. The two MC was flat, they haven't spoke to each other and it was boring as hell. I wanted to DNF it but I thought it has the potential and would be better (spoiler, it had not).

At 50% they got a bit closer... but still nothing.
At 82% they kissed, had sex(off page), and fallen in love - all of this in less then a page!

And the ending... b-o-r-i-n-g!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a good story and oh man, does this story take quite the turn. The deception seemed a bit extreme but after thinking things through Xabier was able to get past it and Zain was a completely different guy when he didn’t need to act like a tool. Xabier took to his new powers very well and fully embraced his feelings to Zain, he just has to make sure he knows that they are real.

I received a copy of this book and am giving an honest review
Madhu MaBookYard -
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This book followed our main characters : Wine loving, secretly powerful Prince Xabier, and strong, rule loving head of Internal affairs Zain. It's about Xabier figuring out his true calling, and Zain helping him through it. It's filled with funny powers and punishments, lots of subtle angst and chemistry, enemies to lovers trope and amazing powers.
First, when I read the blurb, I thought this was going to be a story with lots of political war, deceit and drama. But it surprised me with
Amy Stauffer
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
3.5 Stars

This book gets off to a slow start, but it starts to pick up about the time Prince Xabiar begins his training. That said, this book wasn’t my favorite, but I enjoyed it enough to finish, so that says something. Life is too short to read books that fall flat. This book doesn’t fall flat, but it doesn’t excite me, either. I will say, I have to be honest, though, and admit this is the first book I’ve picked up in this series, and I haven’t read anything else by this author. I’m more intere
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 7 in the Royal Powers series, all written by different authors. I have really enjoyed several of them so far. This one was a good addition to the series. It was the first book by this author that I have read. Prince Xabiar thinks the Ministry of Powers is a joke and his position as Director ridiculous. He would rather spend time working with grapes and making wine. He doesn’t really believe he is the best person for the job of running the Ministry. And let’s not get him started on h ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it

Xabier didn't want or liked his job at Ministry and for half of the book he seemed more like one of those kids who, instead of doing their homework, would rather be out of the house playing. Or, like in Xabier's case, making wine, if it weren't for Zain always breathing down his neck, watching his every move.

In the after half of the book Xabier was firstly resigned to take responsibility for his work and then came the surprise that blew away all he'd thought true about the Ministry. Well, he wa
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok

Sadly disappointed by this one. This had such a slow burn that the burn was almost non-existent. It didn't feel at all like a romance. The MCs don't even kiss until around the 80% mark and moments after they do Zain suddenly realizes he's in love with Prince Xabier. HUH? I think I missed the part they had romantic thoughts about each other.

This story didn't work for me. I felt no connection what so ever to the story or the MCs and there was no spark between them... until the end. This was a goo
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a slow start and slowly builds up but once it does it starts to get quite a bit more intense which was around when Prince Xabiar began his training. I really enjoyed the training and him having to learn so much. His interactions with Zain made me laugh a lot. I loved how these two reacted to each other and pushed buttons. Prince Xabiar had a very particular opinion at first about Zain. This was a slow burn but I enjoyed the verbal banter and sparring between the two main characters ...more
Ida Umphers
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all the previous volumes in this series so I was going to read this one no matter what the title was, who the author was or what the blurb said. I will, however, say that I wasn't sure about this one from its description. It ended up being one of my favorites for a couple of reasons. First, the characters of Xabier and Zane were interesting both together and apart and the plot kept twisting both of them up in knots. Neither guy had any clue at the beginning what was actually going ...more
I love an enemies-to-lovers story; especially a story that comes with secrets within secrets. Kenzie Blades writes a complicated romance in The Prince and the Paper Pusher. Complicated for the guys (laugh), not for us.

The Prince is the seventh book in the “Royal Powers” series, but it can be read as a standalone. I have not read any of the other books in the series and I did not need to read any. The premise threw me at first as I was not sure I could get into Xabier as Blades does not present
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I‌ ‌received‌ ‌a‌ ‌copy‌ ‌of‌ The Prince and the Pencil Pusher ‌by‌ ‌Kenzie Blades via‌ ‌IndiGo‌ ‌Marketing‌ ‌&‌ ‌Design‌ ‌in‌ ‌exchange‌ ‌for‌ ‌an‌ ‌honest‌ ‌review.‌ ‌I’ve bought and read all the previous books in the series and this is one of my favorites so far. One of the reasons I liked it so much is it deals with weightier issues than just winemaking and as an oenophile, I take that seriously. While the Ministry has played a role in several of the earlier books, it is center stage here. I ...more
Jennifer Olivas
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the first book that I have read by this author. For me, the beginning of the book was very slow and it took some effort on my part to keep reading until it started to get interesting. I'm glad I did though because the rest of the book was interesting and enjoyable. I thought that the premise of the book was interesting. It is an interesting world of people having special powers and having to learn how to use them responsibly. Prince Xabier definitely needed a push in the right direction ...more
Amber Antus
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zain and Xabier were an absolute delight to read. I loved the way that the reacted to each other and that they both hated and admired each other for so long. I really enjoyed the pacing of this book and the slight mystery of what Xabier's power really was. If you're looking for steamy scenes between the characters then this is not a book for you as the scenes are of the fade to black variation but it doesn't take away the awesomeness that is this book. I really enjoyed hearing about how the diff ...more
Dionne Howard
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read/listened to books by Renae Kaye before and loved them. This book was a very slow start to something good. When the Prince and the Pencil Pusher begin a more romantic relationship it gets really interesting. I wanted to finish once I reached that point. A lot of back story was explained but since I started with this book I did appreciate that. If it were a little longer story I felt there was more that could be explored between the two main characters. They had chemistry not just as c ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the seventh book in this multi authored series and I really enjoyed it. It opened as a Frenemies to lovers story, that has some really sweet and some steamy scenes. This is a book of two halves, before secrets are revealed and then after, which throws up questions about some of the other books meaning a second read may now be warranted.

This is a more complex story than some of the others, which is why I think I enjoyed it more, it’s fast paced and entertaining, I would have liked to have
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Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my first book from the author and it was a really sweet slow burn romance. I liked the chemistry between the main characters although I would have loved it if they had more interactions during the he first half of the book, I needed more sparks. In general I just found the beginning a little bit slow but around 50% it got really interesting. I liked the powers and the twist with Xabier’s power. That part was very fun and intriguing. I enjoyed it very much.

I received an ARC of this book
Siobhan Flynn
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
An undercover situation of sorts with powers and responsibilities with a slight bodyguard relationship. People are not what they seem and when the truth is revealed, secrets spill forth changing the ministry as we know it. The Queen has certainly been busy all these years moving pieces into place to secure and evolve the supes destiny. A good plot and world building but I felt it was slighy rushed at the end to tie up this story. There wasn't any real romance in it but a solid foundation and int ...more
Janet Hunt
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story was a little slow to start for me, but I stuck with it and am glad I did. I’ve read all the other stories in this series; you do not have to read any of the others as this is a standalone. Prince Xabier and Zain have a serious slow burn attraction. I liked the story line, it flowed really well. The Ministry threw me for a loop. Overall I enjoyed the whole story. I am voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opini ...more
Jacquie Stewart
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay, well the story itself is interesting. The hidden story of the Ministry of Powers that runs through all of the stories in this series, one way or another. Absolutely loved that.
The romance aspect felt almost throwaway. Like it had to be added in to qualify for the series almost. The antagonism between Xabier and Zain was almost nonexistent and when they did get together, their time on page before the conflict was a blink and miss it thing. Gimme some more antagonism and romance and then it
*Received A Copy To Review From The Author*

This is a really cute light read. The world it's set in is interesting. The stories of the power mishaps were funny but you can still see how they could be bad if the powers were worse. I like the pairing together a lot. They had a nice balance. Though I think they come together a bit too easily, it does fit for this style of story. I really didn't need the drama at the end. It felt out of the blue and unneeded, personally. But I still enjoyed this.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Within the universe of this superhero series, this is a perfectly fine addition, however as a standalone I didn't really enjoy it. The romance plot didn't feel believable, and I didn't feel much chemistry. It was also a bit slow in the first half of the book.

I also really spent a lot of the book being annoyed with Xabier - the twist, while resolving the story, didn't make me any less annoyed at his initial attitude to his job (if he hated it so much, do something else!) and to Zain (who is just
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zane was the bane of Xabier’s life. Never leaving him alone, always there to shove another piece of paperwork under his nose to be signed. All Xabier wants is to use his power to make perfect grapes which in turn makes perfect wine. Alas, it’s not to be.

This story has many secrets, so to avoid spilling them I’ll just say it is probably now my favorite of the series and Zane and Xabi are great heroes.

One of the things I’ve liked about this series is the unusual names. Also the continuity between
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was enjoyable.
I liked the characters, the plot and how it came together.
There were a lot of fun moments and Xabier’s antics at getting out of the office were a delight.
Zain was fun as well as he tried to anticipate Xabier’s actions.
But I didn’t think there was chemistry and when there was, it came out of the blue.

The writing was lyrical and beautiful. I enjoyed the style a lot.

I recommend if you would like to read the whole series. You should definitely read this one.

I received
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

I received this book for free and am giving my honest and voluntary review

A short story about a Prince with hidden powers and the man who has to groom him to his duties. Xabier, the prince, and Zain, the next in his command, believe that they hate each other. Once finding their hatred doesn’t exist, and the truth comes out, things take an interesting turn. I wish the story were a little longer.
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Prince and the Pencil Pusher by Kenzie Blades is part of the Royal Powers world but definitely stands alone well, if you don't want to or haven't yet read the rest.  This fantasy mm story is a mix of  romance, suspense and magic.  It is well written and shows the reader a world of wonder, steam snd magic.  The plot and characters are interesting and entertaining.   A great reading experience.
John-Torleif  Harris
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought that this was a fun story, though I wish that the antagonism between Xabi and Zain had been played up a bit more. I liked that Xabier fought to live his life as he wanted, but saw the value and the necessity for him to take on further responsibility when he understood his own powers better.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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