Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse-drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
Have you read – Suddenly Royal, Married to a Prince, A Royal Pain, or the Latvala Royals Series? Well this book I would categorizes with those. Prince Nicholas is being obligated to pick a wife. Not just any wife. He was given a specific list, from his grandmother – The QUEEN – and he is only allowed 5 months to make his choice. During that time he also has to go to the states to retrieve his younger brother who is traveling around the world getting himself into “trouble.”
Oliva is holding her family together with a very thin thread. She was required to leave college to come home and help her family’s small business. Within the city of New York, Olivia was born and raised by her loving parents, but when he mother passes away from Cancer, her father falls apart. This leave Olivia as the responsible adult taking care of the bakery & café as well as her younger sister.
Nick is in NYC doing some charity work on behalf of the royal family, and waiting out his brother. He stumbles into a little café with his best friend. While there he flirts – crudely – with the beautiful waitress. Olivia has no idea who this jerk with the ego the size of long island is, but he can take his “tea and pie” to go.
Nick is intrigued by Olivia and the fact that she doesn’t recognize him right away. To him it is — refreshing. He is determined to win her over and conquer her body, but he wasn’t expecting to have his heart conquered by her.
I really loved Olivia. If I ever meet her, we would totally be friends. She is a real, rock solid person who doesn’t let people walk all over her. She is selfless and sacrifice a great deal for her family. She wants to be able to have this one time summer fling with a prince, but she is scared that her heart will break by the end of it. Which I think most summer flings have the ability to do.
Nick and Olivia have many up and downs in this romantic fairy tale story. Prince falling madly in love with a common girl. She is then thrown to the wolves when having to navigate her way through the politics of royalty. The story is told from the POV of both characters, so you get to see things from many angles.
I love the ending. I thought this would be a series, following these two characters, but there story is a complete standalone. The next book is about the younger prince. This story is about sacrifice, facing your fears, courage, and forgiveness.
Should you read it? It will get your juices flowing, that is for sure.