A Nordic King by Karina Halle
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SYNOPSIS: When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it’s bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.
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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A royal forbidden romance between a king and his children’s nanny with a strong hint of angst and sexual tension.
King Aksel seemed cold-hearted man, lonely and a bit overwhelmed with his daughters. A king who knew loss and tragedies, secrets and lies. Living in the dark for so long until he met Aurora, his nanny’s daughters. A ray of sunlight taken him aback and hopeless.
I can’t not say that these two were so damn frustrating, especially Aksel switching mood like changing clothes, but I understood the struggle. Feeling he’s never felt before, not even for his wife. Appearances were definitely deceiving and once you scratch beyond the surface, you could find the real man, hidden behind a cold beauty.
Aurora was just brave and managed to do her job, giving love and joy to Aksel’s daughters. She might have experience with royalty but she had this little thing that made her special, a kindness and genuineness that immediately won everyone over. The king might have been sold from the beginning but he was fighting so hard and their interactions turned quickly into passionate arguing, the air charged between hate and love.
This forbidden romance of royal proportions was well-rounded, the slow burn romance melting greatly with this strong hint of sexual tension. I enjoyed the banter and interactions between the royal family and Aurora never felt forced and I could feel how effortless to fall for her charms. How this family cared for each other, protecting themselves.
I appreciated not to be overwhelmed by the drama that could have been overstepping into Aurora and Aksel’s journey. It was focused on the main characters feelings and finding their match in a way they would have ever imagined.
Sweet, hot and swoon worthy!