My first read of 2015 came as a suggestion from my friend, fellow author Tracie Banister. Knowing my love for romantic comedy and royalty, she tipped me off on Something in the Heir, book one in the "It's Reigning Men" series by Jenny Gardiner. I loved the title of the book and series, I adored the premise, so naturally I had to give this one a try.
Modern-day Prince Adrian of Monaforte has a most old-fashioned problem: his demanding mother wants him wed to her best friend’s daughter, the hard-partying Serena. When his refusal falls on deaf ears, Adrian decides it’s time for him to slip away from his gilded cage and figure out his life, all on his own. As luck would have it, event photographer Emma Davison, weary of a revolving door of lost-cause men and tired of her outsider-looking-in career, is in need of her own escape clause, just in time to help a wayward prince in need. And she soon discovers that sometimes a girl’s gotta sweep a prince off his feet.
For any girl that’s ever held out hope that some day her prince would come…or better yet, hoped that some day she’d come to him.Though I loved the premise for this book and series, I struggled to connect with either of the main characters, Emma and Adrian, or the supporting cast. There were aspects I liked about the leads. Emma is a self-sufficient and talented photographer. Adrian wants much more than his charmed, royal life. But I sometimes felt they were contradicting themselves.
Despite my difficulty understanding these particular characters, it was still a clever and fun premise. I would have liked to see more development with the royal angle, particularly what will really be expected from him (and his future wife should he take one) once he becomes king. This is the beginning of a series, though, so perhaps that is in order in the next book.
If you decide to read this book--or any with a royal theme--I highly encourage you to do it while wearing a tiara or crown. It does add a nice sense of occasion.
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