Review: Ruling the Princess by Christi Barth (2020)

Sexy Misadventures of Royals, Book #2

Heat Factor: Panty melting, but make it classy

Character Chemistry: They’re like a chemistry experiment…they’re prim and proper until mixed. Then ka-boom.

Plot: Duke Jr./financial auditor is sent to examine the Princess’ books because the country is considering entering the EU. Duke Jr. doesn’t like the Princess or royalty at all, but that feeling is short-lived and then lots of fascinating drama ensues.

Overall: I grudgingly started this book and ended up completely absorbed by it–sexy, fun, and well-written. (And a series! My favorite.)

So I’m usually pretty open-minded — the other Smut Reporters tease me about liking every book I read — but imaginary monarchies are just something I normally struggle to enjoy. For one, I find that there’s often this “I’m so perfect, but you don’t know me!!” type of undertone and I find that trope a tiny bit tired. There’s also often the “you think this glamorous life is so desirable but I’m tired of being admired and publicly worshipped, darn it!!” message and every single time I read that I kind of snort because frankly no, that does sound not glamorous to me. At all. Being seen in a group larger than five humans makes my skin crawl. Frankly it sounds terrible. So, you know, at best I often find that I just don’t GET imaginary monarchy books, and at worst I kind of grit my teeth while royal characters toss their hair and prove they’re just not like all the other princesses. 

This one did win me over. First of all, Genevieve the Princess does pull a few “not like the other princesses” moments but then she really starts to expose the inner workings of the monarchy to this anti-royal sexy auditor/Duke Jr. and I gotta say, I was convinced right along with our sexy auditor. The author kind of takes you through some of the cliches and then all of a sudden there’s an attempted coup and a yacht tryst, and I just, I LIKED IT. I LIKED IT A LOT.

In fact, the only “oh, come on” moment I had involved the entire royal family helping with a dangerous crisis and they were all risking being killed or injured but hey, it’s fiction. Prince Harry and Prince William did military stuff, so I think I can suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy some steamy post-trauma whoopie. Right?

I would suggest starting with the first book in this series–I didn’t find that it was at all challenging to enjoy this without reading the first one, but there is some backstory I would have enjoyed experiencing first. And let’s be real, we’re all stuck at home. You have time to read a nice smutty series. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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