The Wild Heir by Karina Halle
Publication Date: May 17th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me.
If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy.
But I’m not the average single guy.
I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water.
Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or…
I get married.
To a blue-blooded stranger.
Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein.
Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life.
But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild, sexual and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her.
The only question is – will she let me?
The Wild Heir is a standalone full-length royal romance.
I sound like a broken record every time I review a new book by Karina Halle but I don’t care because that’s what happens when one of your favorite authors keeps writing one hit after another. But let me tell you a secret, she really outdid herself with this one. Royal romance PLUS marriage of convenience PLUS hunkalicious and extroverted hero PLUS quiet and introverted heroine = one of her best books to date! She combined my favorite tropes with my favorite kind of hero and heroine. How dare she!? I’m ruined. (Can you hear me fangirl all the way to your house?! Bet you can.)
What more is there to say about this fantastic book? What should I say to make you go read this book right now? I don’t know. Is my “Karina Halle can do no wrong” speech not enough? Okay. Well, this book is unputdownable. It is a slow-burn romance story with some laugh-out-loud moments and TONS of melt-my-heart-and-pants-off moments told from dual points of view. It is a light read but it still has some deep topics (ADHD) within all of the fun—like every single one of Karina’s books.
Magnus and Bella are easy to love and they are both incredibly genuine and nice. They are both very down to earth despite being royalty. And you can feel their connection deep in your soul, it’s incredible.
At times it felt like reading Beauty and The Beast because all of the secondary characters in this book reminded me so much of Lumiere and Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth. They sound hilarious and adorable and I love them all so much. They made the story feel more like a modern fairytale and I. Loved. That.
I think those are all the pretty words my brain can come up with at the moment. I hope y’all read this book because I loved it immensely and I honest-to-goodness think it is like my second favorite book by Karina (Racing the Sun is still my number one). I’m crossing my fingers you get to enjoy it and love it as much as I did.
5 / 5 flowers
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.