I read this because it's part of a series about royal weddings that I stumbled across on Kindle, and I enjoyed The King's Spinster Bride, so much. It'I read this because it's part of a series about royal weddings that I stumbled across on Kindle, and I enjoyed The King's Spinster Bride, so much. It's very different from that book. It's a contemporary romance. The only connecting theme between books is they're about an arranged marriage and the hero is a king. I gave this five stars because it hit the marks on the three things I really look for in a good book: character, emotion, and story. The arranged married is a tried and true trope. It works because it throws two people together into instant intimacy and they have to figure out how to make that relationship work. This book deals with the emotional component of that in a way that's insightful and to my mind, true.
Victoria has spent most of her adult life waiting for her arranged fiancé to remember that they're supposed to be marrying. She's about to get done with waiting when Maximilian finally is ready to marry. But he hasn't been playing around and avoiding marrying her the whole time. He's been busy trying to rebuild his failing country and it's been a lot of long, hard work. He's finally at the point where he can devote himself to a wife and being a husband. I liked the aspect that Maximilian wasn't a playboy. He wasn't sowing his wild oats. He was doing meaningful, important work, and he's honored his betrothal, being faithful to his fiancee the whole time. Having said that, Victoria still has some emotional damage because she's viewed his lack of attention to her as disinterest and being dismissed, even though that isn't the case. Maximilian has to show that he values her as a unique person and not just as his future queen, mother of his children. I loved how the book shows their courtship.
This book is very sexy and it has some really frank sexual language. They use all the words you would imagine to describe sex, the body parts and the things that go along with it. It was done in a manner that I thought was successful, although it did throw me how salty Maximilian's language was. I didn't expect that from a king, but I guess that goes along with having been in the military.
I love a hero who's celibate and sexually faithful, but just plain horny for the heroine. He was Victoria-sexual. That definitely is one of my favorite tropes for heroes. I found Maximilian wildly appealing. He acts like a grown man. Knows his business and I loved how he cements their relationship. Victoria was class A as well. I could identify with her sense of hurt about being ignored for twelve years. She wasn't petulant or mean about it. It was authentic feeling, but Victoria acted like an adult about it, and learns that she has the right to advocate for her needs.
For a shorter novel, this had a lot to offer. The sex scenes are off the chart, but they are safe for readers who don't go for the more non-vanilla kind of erotic content. Just plenty of descriptive scenes with plenty of 'dirty talk.'
I'll read more by Kati Wilde.
I've had so much going on lately, I haven't had much time for pleasure reading. This book really encouraged me to get back into reading for fun, especially romance, which is my favorite genre, but I just haven't felt as invested in lately. I recommend it to readers who like the arranged marriage/royalty trope, and folks who like Harlequin Presents type books but with more steam, just not anything too out of their comfort zones....more