Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Review: Conveniently His Princess

Author: Olivia Gates
Title: Conveniently His Princess
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Publish Date: Sept 3, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley & Harlequin Books
Book Blurb: 
USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Gates introduces the first marriage-of-convenience novel in her Married by Royal Decree series. Only one thing stands between Aram Nazaryan and the high-powered position he craves: the proper wife. Although this billionaire would do anything to return to Zohayd, the desert kingdom he considers home, marrying Princess Kanza Aal Ajmaan is too high a price to pay. Or so he thinks—until he meets Kanza…and she turns his world upside down.

After claiming Kanza as his princess, everything falls into place. But then she learns the truth. She may have married for love, but his vows are tainted by ambition. Will doubt, betrayal and mistrust end this too-convenient union?

Review: When it comes to the Desire line, you usually can't go wrong with one of Olivia Gates' books. She is one of the lines best writers, and she really writes great male characters from the middle east. Aram isn't a sheikh but he is a wealthy gorgeous man.

The problem with this book is that the characters aren't very convincing. Aram and Kanza knew each other previously. Aram dated her step sister and when that relationship went south, Kanza held a grudge.

Thanks to his sister and his best friend (who are husband and wife) he is thrown together with Kanza, who used to be an obnoxious goth girl, now she's anything but.

The plot is ok, but Aram and Kanza just don't click for me the way I'd like them too. Kanza is high strung, stubborn and at times down right mean. I'm not always fond of alpha males, but Aram could have been a little more alpha at times.

It really seemed like everything fell too neatly into place for them. They got to know each other and they fell in love? There didn't seem to be a reason why they were in love, at least not a real good one.

The other disappointment for me was the lack of spice in this novel. It took more than halfway through the novel before they had sex! This is a Desire! I want some hot scenes before page 120. Sure they made up for it after that, but it seemed more like sex for the sake of having sex...honeymoon sex etc...

Aram and Kanza's wedding was very over the top too. Too much so. He sang to her, for crying out loud!

I really love Olivia's other books, but this one was a dud for me. Here's hoping this is just a one time thing.

Rating:  3 flowers


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