Title: Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons
Publication Date: December 15th 2015
Genre: Romance Adult
Rating: 3/ 5
Synopsis: Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.
Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what’s best for her country, she isn’t about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him there’s no way she’s marrying him.
Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can’t fall for her, because royal or not, they’re not meant for each other.
Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.
I am a huge Heather Lyons fan. “The Collector’s Society,” is one of my all-time favorite series and as I anxiously await the final book in the collection, I was excited to see this new stand-alone. Royalty? Marriage? Romance? Right up my alley. Or so it seemed.
What I liked: There were quiet moments in this book, when the two main characters were beginning to build their relationship, and these were the moments I enjoyed the most. Despite the over-the-top situation they find themselves in their relationship blossoms first as a friendship and then into a deep love. These were my favorite moments of the book because they seem so realistic. The relationship between the two main characters overall became my favorite part of the book. Even when things got a little mind-boggling unrealistic, I had to continue reading to discover what happened with them. What did end up happening was kind of perfect. For once, the man has to sacrifice something instead of the woman. While, it would have been ideal for no one to sacrifice, again, I think this adds a more realistic element.
What I didn’t like: I am going to be honest here. I nearly did not finish this book. I continued, painfully, through the first dozen chapters wondering if I should call it. Normally, I can suspend some disbelief, but parts of this book were just entirely unrealistic. Painfully so. There were moments where I really struggled to take this book seriously, because it seemed so far-fetched. Everyone seemed to be a caricature of what a royal actually is and outside of that everyone appeared to be British.
Overall, this book is worth the read for the main couple. I truly did find their relationship compelling. 3/5