A Princess Next Door
This is the first of a series featuring the Rothman royal family, rulers of a small Alpine country bordering Switzerland and France. Amalie is studying art in Minneapolis to the chagrin of her mother who wanted her daughter to follow the royal tradition of arranged marriages and had picked out a suitable partner. Still, Amelie feels the weight of her royal duties and isn’t sure for how long she can put her mother off. It doesn’t help that her sexy and kind and handsome (and did I mention sexy?) neighbour ,Jack keeps showing his interest. Even knowing she’ll be leaving in a few short weeks, Amalie finally accedes to his friendly request for a pizza dinner at his apartment and for a little while is able to let go of the pressure of being a princess in hiding. When their friendship moves forward, they agree it’ll just be a casual arrangement without strings. Sex with Jack is fun and exciting and Amalie knows she’s going to miss him terribly when she moves back home. She’s been keeping the secret of her true identity from him but it’s getting more and more difficult, especially with the paparazzi having finally noticed her. When Jack finds out the truth of her heritage, will he still be interested in a relationship? And will Amalie get to choose her own future?
What a fun story! While the main focus is on Amalie and her struggles to do what is right for her versus what is right for her family and kingdom, we also get an introduction to her siblings and parents who each have an important part to play in Amalie’s life. Jack runs a successful sporting goods company and is a hard working professional who generally leaves the office at work and takes things casually at home. Public situations aren’t his favorite but they are part of his job. Amalie believes that once he finds out who she is, the public expectations of her position will put him off entirely and she’ll lose his friendship and any chance at a more serious relationship. Their easy camaraderie is bound to change but in the end, the decisions that are made give proof to the fantasy that a royal and a commoner can have a happy ending. It’s a lighthearted read with some sexy scenes and I look forward to reading more in the series.