Today is my stop during the blog tour for Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons. I’ll share my review with you today.
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 marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.
Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.
Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.
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 It was hideously outdated.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 frustration.
The first half of this book was a little slow, and repetitive in places, and I did find myself skimming some parts. It picked up pace in the second half and I really got sucked in then.
Though Els and Chris fall for each other in four days, it didn’t feel rushed or unbelievable because of how well it was written. For the most part, I enjoyed their banter and sparring, and I loved the 3 a.m. firsts! The romance was sweet with a little bit of sauce on top! Their chemistry was believable and I was rooting for them from the start.
The writing was beautiful and accomplished.
The world building was decent but I had issues with some aspects of how Royalty were portrayed. It wasn’t entirely credible.
The plot conflict wasn’t realistic enough to be believable, and this was probably my biggest disappointment. In my opinion, RMM as a concept wasn’t credible and I didn’t buy into the notion that the characters saw it as a true obstacle either.
I thought all the side characters were well developed and I especially warmed to Luke and Mat. Isabelle was annoying for most of the story until she redeemed herself toward the end. Both sets of parents were obnoxious and unlikeable, but that was the intent.
Overall this was a solid read and a great romance, and the only thing that took away from my enjoyment were some slight issues with world building and plot development. I’d still recommend it to readers who enjoy well-written light-hearted romance.
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