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.
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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.
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*** ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review. ***
The Wild Heir was a pleasantly surprise. From the previous when I met Magnus, I guess I had already imagined his story, about this wild prince who wasn’t living by the rules, going from one scandal to another one. Same with women. Adrenaline junkie. I figured out some parts for sure but I went from one surprise to another and I liked it.
It started really slowly to me, even with all the drama the prince of Norway created, behaving recklessly and leading to this decision from family; the need for “damage control”: to married a blue blooded woman.
I had to say it really got interesting in that moment when he suddenly realized that he had to fulfill his role as royalty sooner than expected and re evaluating everything. I enjoyed seeing him a bit lost and helpless about this situation, mess he created. Mostly how in this situation, he might have found his match who totally keep him on his toes.
Ella didn’t know what’s gonna hit her; the quiet but not so feisty woman who knew how to stand by herself, one day still at school and the other about to marry a prince… but it wasn’t the fairytale she expected, far from it!
I adored her personality, like a breath of fresh who literally knocked him over, a fire well hidden in a layer of ice, not so smooth that she looked like.
Their story might have not started in a conventional way for sure. I enjoyed seeing two people who weren’t prepared for their role in the monarchy, and learned more about themselves by steeping together in this, and obviously messing up a lot in the process.
The banter was pretty entertaining, flirtatious, with some good innuendos, emotional and raw, and with communicative cheerfulness. The sexual tension was on top, terrific secondary characters and mostly this emotional side and deeper side I haven’t imagined.
It took some time for Magnus to win me over, but I was so glad I haven’t given up on him. He was more that he seemed to be, opening himself and revealing his true personality. I adored Magnus and Ella’s dynamic, putting a smile on my face, a relationship constantly on the move, progressively turning into something more.
It just needed a marriage of convenience for Magnus and Ella to find the missing piece that made them whole, not without some fights in between. I appreciated especially the way the main characters evolved throughout the story, keeping me interested until the end. A slow burn romance, steamy and hot, sweet at times with a hint of drama and craziness in the air! Right my alley!