***5 ‘Viking Heart’ Stars***
Oh the goodness!
The sweet, swoony, angsty, slow burn, smexy and a little craycray at times Goodness!
Once I started this baby, I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) put it down. The words and the characters were addicting and even now I NEED more of Ella and Magnus and really wish there were more words to read about them.
I know I am not alone in this, but after meeting Magnus in The Swedish Prince I wanted more of him. So when it was announced that he was getting a book, I was all kinds of school girl giddy and I was not disappointed at all. I loved the reckless, charming and rakish side of the man, but it was seeing beneath all of that was what had me adoring him. He is a good man with a good heart and just needed a shove in the right direction to let that side of him out.
Ella is something of a loner, and there are reasons behind that, but when she is passionate about something, she sheds that layer and becomes a force to be reckoned with and one that actually draws you in, instead of repels you. She’s intelligent and thoughtful, and has a quick wit and good amount of snark that had me adoring her throughout the book.
It was announced that Magnus and Ella’s romance would be a slow burn one and I’m really happy it was. Despite their titles, they grew up in very different worlds and since this situation was one they were tossed into, the slow burn as the way to go. It forced them to get to know each other and did they ever. There was a lot of stalemates, pushing and pulling and moving one step forward only to fall two steps back, but there were also a lot of fun and heartwarming moments that highlighted not only how they were evolving as couple, but at individuals. The smexy between them was hot! And that first time? HAWTNESS! Of course there had to be some bumps in the road, and they were...interesting, but I loved how everything worked out in the end.
This was really a fun read. I was hooked from the first page and really do wish there were more words because with where we left Magnus and Ella in that epilogue, you know more goodness is yet to come. And then there are the secondary cast of characters. I loved catching up with Viktor and Einar, Ottar and Lady Jane were so much fun. I’d love to get to know both Magnus & Ella’s siblings better (especially if it means more time with them) but it’s Aksel that I’m hoping will get a book sometime down the road...maybe???? But, if you love a good slow burn/opposites attract romance, then you’ll love this one!
~ Copy provided via Social Butterfly PR/author & voluntarily reviewed ~
**A standalone royal 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?
Release Date: May 17th, 2018
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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.