Romancing the Prince (Poor Little Billionaires Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story follows Lucas, the son of a former Texas senator who gives up his Senate career when Lucas is caught in a compromising sex tape blackmail scheme. When his father is posted as the ambassador to a small island country in the Mediterranean, Lucas is reluctantly dragged along to give him a chance to recover from the events of his past. Nicolas is the second son, and youngest child, of the current king of the island of Kalyphos. Nico hides the fact that he is gay behind a series of supermodel arm candies.
The two young men are thrown together due to the political nature of their parents positions. But as they begin to get to know one another, what begins as friendship turns to romance and love. Problems begin when the two want to go public with their love, but that action could threaten the monarchy of Kalyphos and Lucas’s father’s future political aspirations.
I loved how the story mixed together historical references, political scheming, family issues, and a great deal of very hot sex into a fun, fairly low angst novel. And I’ll be honest, I even teared up a bit at the ending... happy tears though.
Just in time for the royal wedding this month, a great “princely” love story!!!
Summer is coming up... this would be a great book to read on your kindle while sitting on a beach... maybe even one located on a warm Mediterranean island!
Lucas’s insistence that telling his older brother his secret would be burdensome to Dan begins to feel like so much horse manure after a while, for which I blame the writers. It became a prop to stretch out the story, just as Nico’s reluctance is overplayed. The writers have built up each man’s family as being very open-minded and supportive, for the most part, so their continued reluctance to share their secret relationship and seek counsel can only be interpreted as a way of padding the story, a way to get it to some desired length and build a tension which in fact only succeeds in grating on my nerves after a while. This kind of writing energy should more usefully have been spent showing how Lucas’s walls were demolished after the initial kiss when he ran away from Nico. He got over THAT fear far too quickly, as though the writers needed to get to the sex in a hurry. The haste was inauthentic in that instance, and the reluctance to share thereafter was overplayed.
I also had an issue with the too-often preachy tone of some of the dialogue, as though the writers couldn't manage to extricate themselves from their characters' heads and let the young men speak for themselves. I get that we are meant to recognize how well versed in the realities of their lives each man is, but sometimes they were too heavily NOT themselves but seemed rather to be channeling their elders (read 'the authors'). There were some cliches, especially regarding the treatment of gays by the religious right, but since those cliches reflect a sad reality, I can't in all good conscience object to them too strenuously. And the sometimes saccharine sweetness of some of the language and descriptions made me gag a little, a time or two.
In general, the story is fine. It gets its 4-star rating because, despite the problems mentioned above, the writers engage the readers with the realism of the political landscape they reproduce and the issues that challenge not only Nico and Lucas but also their families. And when things come to a head with an unexpected revelation that results in what seems to be a complete breakup between them, it is Lucas’s decision to brave the wrath of a king that finally brings them back together. All good story technique. And their final HEA is sweetly realized two years later when Nico, having been patient and followed his father's advice, is finally able to propose to Lucas, who has finally earned his bachelor's degree.
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