A PRINCE ON PAPER + THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK | MINI REVIEWS

May 16, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A PRINCE ON PAPER + THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK | MINI REVIEWSby Alyssa Cole
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 30, 2019 by Avon, Carina Press
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Prince on Paper is the the third book in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series, and my favorite book by far! The entire series is amazing, and each installment gets better and better. I didn’t know I could love the series more after finishing A Duke by Default, but wow this book surprised me and I could.

“He’d ignored her with a  strength matched only by Europe ignoring migrants and America ignoring creeping fascism.”

This third book follows Nya and Prince Johan. I remember Johan from the second book, and knew he was going to be an interesting character to learn more about, but Nya was pretty new to me. I  know she was in the first book, but I read that so long ago that I didn’t really remember her much. She made a cameo in the second book, but I didn’t really get to know her until this book. I’m so glad she got her own book, because I loved her.

Nya and Johan were such amazing characters. They are both going through difficult stuff in their lives, and are constantly hiding parts of themselves to please others, and are surprised to learn that they can trust each other with their emotions and difficulties. I love that Nya is super into video games, and that it’s brought up multiple times throughout the story. Johan was also a great character, everyone thinks he’s this playboy who has no care in the world, but he actually acts out and does ridiculous things to protect the people he cares about.

“She wanted to talk to him about anything and everything, even if he was exactly the last man in the world she should get ideas about.”

A Prince on Paper was such a swoony romance, with some angst, and I ate it all up. This book also had one of my favorite tropes, fake dating. I was surprised that this didn’t happen until about halfway through the book, but even before that I loved seeing these two characters interact and get to know each other better.

There was also non binary rep here, I thought it was done well but I cannot attest to how accurate the description is.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A PRINCE ON PAPER + THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK | MINI REVIEWSby Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 22, 2019 by Carina Press
Format: ARC
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4.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.

She can’t take her eyes off him.

Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes—or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.

Instead all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.

As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous…but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I went into The Austen Playbook thinking this was going to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and the beginning seemed like it was but then the story became it’s own thing. Even though the story was different than what I was expecting, I enjoyed this book immensely. I was also expecting this story to be hate to love, but it was more like indifference to love.

Freddy is an actress who is pushed to audition for serious dramatic roles by her agent (her father), when what she’d actually like to do is act in comedies. Her heart isn’t really in her performances, and critic Griff writes about this in his review column. Since Griff has written so many negative reviews on Freddy, I thought the story would be hate to love. Instead, Griff has no time to romance so he tries to ignore Freddy, and Freddy doesn’t hold a grudge against the reviews because she knows he’s just doing his job. It was really refreshing to see this, and have the characters acknowledge that he was critiquing how she did on stage, and not who she is as a person.

“‘Funnily enough,’ she said, ‘I’m starting to feel like I’ve known you for ages. Power of the written word, I suppose. All these years of reviews, it’s a bit like having a one-sided correspondence with a really crabby, judgmental pen pal.'”

One of my favorite tropes in romances is when the love interest is gruff and distant from everyone, but is super affectionate and soft with their love interest. Griff is like this with Freddy, and it was so cute to read about! He keeps saying he doesn’t have time for romance, but he can’t help but spend time with Freddy and develop feelings for her. The two characters are also hilarious, with amazing banter. They always have a funny quip in response to the other, and I laughed out loud many times during this book.

“It was a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in a rut must be in want of a spot of murder, mayhem, and true love.”

Not only was the romance amazing, but the setting and other storylines were intriguing as well. The book takes place at Griff’s family manor, where Freddy is part of a murder mystery production of Jane Austen’s books. While this production is taking place, Griff is working to produce a film on a great playwright (who happen’s to be Freddy’s grandmother), and the lavish affair she had, and why it ended. I really enjoyed how all of this was interconnected, and didn’t feel like too much information.

I’ve read another book from this series and enjoyed it, and I’m going to have to pick up the rest because this story was just as great! There was also the setup for the next book and the series, and I need it now!  The Austen Playbook was a fantastic book and I cannot recommend it enough!

Let me know if you’ve read either of these books or plan to read either!

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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2 responses to “A PRINCE ON PAPER + THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK | MINI REVIEWS

  1. Griff and Freddy were so wonderful together, and Parker never fails to delight me. I am eager to read Cole’s new release. I have hold in with an estimated wait of 10 weeks. Those people before me better read fast.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed The Austen Playbook as much as I did! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on A Prince on Paper, it was definitely my favorite book of the series! Fingers crossed that your hold comes in sooner!

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