Book: The Princess Trap
Author: Talia Hibbert
Release date: 8 February 2018
Main characters: Cherry Neita, HR professional, who’s good at getting what she wants. Prince Ruben of Helgmøre, the complex prince who’s heart is stolen the minute he meets Cherry.
Prince Ruben of Helgmøre knows exactly what he wants—and his current obsession is Cherry Neita.
Everything from her rollercoaster curves to her fearsome attitude commands his attention.
And best of all? She has no idea who Ruben is.
Until the paparazzi catch them in a dark alley, her scarlet lipstick smudged, and his hands somewhere naughty…
All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess.
Well, princess-to-be. One year as his fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear. Easy. Right?
The closer Cherry gets to Ruben, the brighter their passion burns. But the royal family hides dark secrets, and their palace is a diamond-studded trap.
Can true love bloom from false beginnings? Or will this fairytale end in a happy-never-after?
Why you should read it: I’m not usually one for fairytales and the whole royalty-themed trope has gone stratospheric recently, but this story is well worth reading. It manages to deal with the opulence and luxury of royalty in a down-to-earth way that makes the unbelievable believable. It doesn’t read like wealth porn – which is refreshing. We have a strong heroine who gets inveigled into a situation that is not her making and we see how she deals with it and how her behaviour contrasts with Ruben’s. There is plenty of spot-on dialogue that will have you laughing and turning the page. It’s full of sexual tension and it made my toes curl. Ruben is a great character – he’s permanently wrong footed by Cherry – she has him tied up in knots, and all he wants is to deserve her. Who wouldn’t love a sexy, put together woman? He’s very vulnerable despite, or even because of his status. I couldn’t help but love him.
What you may not like: As I said, if you’re not into the royalty trope then you may not be turned on to this book, but give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. I have read samples of other royalty-themed books and tapped out almost immediately. This isn’t one of those.
Rating: 5/5 for a highly entertaining, at times very touching read. Made me want to head straight for Scandinavia!