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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I knew after meeting Magnus in The Swedish Prince that his story was going to push the limits, not just because the reckless Prince of Norway was all about living fast and living free but because it was also clear that he pushed every aspect of his life to the extreme; regardless of the action or the emotion, Magnus was balls to the wall, and if the outcome did not go in his favor, he dealt with the repercussions but ultimately continued to live his life according to his own dictates, never truly considering what would happen if public opinion of his antics became a blight on his family’s name and kingdom.
Given the choice, I doubt very much that Magnus would choose to be part of an arranged marriage, but unfortunately, he’s over-ruled, forcing him to choose between abdicating the throne or marrying a complete stranger – a woman who clearly knows about Magnus’ ‘extra-curricular activities and isn’t too fond of the charming and cheeky Norwegian.
But even though the man beneath the crown is one who thrives on spontaneity…one who is all about taking risks and rebelling against the norm, he’s captivated by the intelligent and passionate Princess of Liechtenstein, and while he has his work cut out for him when it comes to truly understanding who Princess Isabella is, due to their marriage of convenience, he now has the chance to build a solid foundation with the woman who is so much more than the prim and proper princess she seems to be.
Princess Isabella is a quiet force; she’s the perfect woman for Magnus because she allows him to be his wild and rebellious self while also providing him a way to center some of his reckless behavior. But that doesn’t mean things will be easy for Magnus and Ella because there is an insane amount of pressure to handle as well as a set of obstacles that definitely make sense given the situation that they’re in but still force them to make decisions that could not only change the dynamics of their relationship but also their royal positions.
Magnus and Ella’s relationship is a slow burn; they start out as two strangers meant to be married and then become two friends whose banter and antics bring them closer and finally, they become lovers who must deal with their respective pasts while also working towards something that will last despite Magnus’ recklessness and Ella’s insecurities.
Readers will be charmed by Magnus’ cheeky wit and Ella’s passionate words. And because The Wild Heir is told through both of their point of views, we are able to understand what’s at stake for both Magnus and Ella, not only in terms of what their arranged marriage could become but also in terms of what they’re both willing to risk in order to pursue the growing feelings between them.
4.5 Poison Apples
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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