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In some ways this feels like the most dramatic and emotionally intense book of the series, yet Cole maintains a light touch with hu Funny, steamy, and socially relevant are accurate descriptors for the Reluctant Royals series, and A Prince on Paper is no different! In some ways this feels like the most dramatic and emotionally intense book of the series, yet Cole maintains a light touch with humorous moments throughout the book, despite dealing with dark issues such as abuse, PTSD, and grief.

We also get a narrative that is sex-positive with clear lines of consent, and a casual rejection of toxic masculinity and homophobia, with a great discussion of gendered pronouns in reference to a side-character plot. Alyssa Cole is doing fantastic work here. Nya is the daughter of a manipulative, abusive man who is now in prison for treason.

The wounds that she carries from growing up with him are deep and we see them impact her life and relationships, yet she strives to work through it and find healing in a healthy, empowering way. He still grieves the early loss of his mother and is determined to never fall in love and risk that sort of loss again. And yet, he can't help but notice the lovely Nya Jerami. I really appreciate what Alyssa Cole accomplishes in this book. She is masterful in weaving together compelling characters, hard-hitting social commentary, and steamy romance, along with a solid dose of quirky laugh out loud humor.

Also, THIS is the way to handle a character who is a virgin! Nya is inexperienced, but knows what she does and doesn't want and how quickly in terms of days and weeks she wants it. We also get a couple of great passages that highlight the importance of male consent in sexual encounters, just as much as female.

And when they do finally have intercourse, it's not overplayed as a huge deal, in contrast to the just as sexy moments that came prior. Not to mention, there is a beautiful demonstration of mutuality and discovering what pleases the other person, and some sweetly humorous moments of Nya's forays into "dirty talk" including use of the phrase "eggplant emoji". I think this demonstrates beautifully what sexuality can and should look like and how it is about so much more than a single act.

I also want to talk about what happens with Lukas Johan's younger sibling because I thought that was handled really well. Lukas is gender non-binary and comes out as such through the course of the story. When Lukas finally opens up to their family, their dad the king is supportive and open to learning more in order to understand, and Johan realizes that he had been over-zealous in trying to protect his sibling by pushing them to behave in socially acceptable ways rather than allowing Lukas to be who they are.

I basically recommend Alyssa Cole to anyone who reads romance and this is the perfect example of why. I love what she is doing and hope we get more in this universe! There are a couple of side characters introduced here who I would love to see explored in future installments. Another wonderful royal story. I had a lot of sympathy for Nya. That is not what she needs or wants. I enjoyed these two.

They had great chemistry.

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The beginning had a great build up. I guess that this could be a standalone, but I do reco the first two book. Each book is very different. I really enjoy Ms Cole's writing style. Nya and Joh Another wonderful royal story. Nya and Johan are from fictional countries, but I feel like I was experiencing being right there. Nya has a lot to overcome in dealing with the aftermath of her father's selfish and criminal behavior.

He's very manipulative with Nya-over much of her young life. Johan is also underestimated in being the wild child, bad boy-spare to the heir in his own small European country. The press and tabloid remarks are sprinkled throughout the book-usually at the beginning of the chapter. This is a book that I would love to reread.

There was a little slow middle, but there was plenty of time to explore Nya and Johan's relationship. They took a while to find out if it was real or not. I intend to read Ms Cole's historical books, especially "The Loyal League" series, which is very high rated and reco'd. I had this on my WL and waiting list on Overdrive. What a great surprise. I have read every word of all of them and I still had to do some stop-and-recalls to make sure I had everything straight, especially the main storyline tied to book 1. Such a fun series - I adore Alyssa Cole and will read anything she writes!

May 13, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: romance. Continuing this excellent romance series, with Nya, the daughter of the villain from the first book, and Johan, friend to Portia and Tavish from the second book. Nya is a beautiful character, deeply scarred by years of emotional and physical abuse, but with a wonderfully optimistic outlook on life. Johan has his own wounds, mostly due to his mother's early death, but also partly because of the life he's chosen for himself as a royal gossip decoy to divert attention from his sibling. Nya and Joha Continuing this excellent romance series, with Nya, the daughter of the villain from the first book, and Johan, friend to Portia and Tavish from the second book.

Nya and Johan have noticed each other and felt an attraction, but both have steered clear for their own reasons. All of which become window-dressing when they're thrown together for Naledi and Thabiso's wedding.

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What's going on with this couple certainly isn't the five-minute drama that the previous book was. They could clearly both do with years of therapy, although for having the worst of the abuse, Nya is by far the healthier of the two of them. And that's partly what this is about: not just an attractive couple yielding to their mutual attraction, but the healing inherent in such a relationship and with a positive person. There's also subplots around Nya finding direction in her life and Johan's family sorting out their issues that flesh the book out.

Overall, a pleasant read. May 02, Robyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alyssa Cole can do no wrong, truly. I loved this, and Johan and Nya too. May 13, Jennifer Koudelka rated it it was ok Shelves: romance. Spoilers for book 1 in this trilogy, A Princess in Theory. In the previous two books, Prince Johan in particular was a very interesting periphery character. He'd present a front to the public, but more central characters would imply that there's more to him than what we were being show, that there's reasoning for his outlandish antics.

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Nya also was super interesting, having her father being the one who poisoned Ledi Spoilers for book 1 in this trilogy, A Princess in Theory. Nya also was super interesting, having her father being the one who poisoned Ledi's parents and kept her under his strict rule.

I was so excited to find out more about them and what the romance between the flirtatious playboy and subdued, formerly abused girl would look like. But in the end the book was just too much and not enough simultaneously. This book has so many ongoing subplots, any one of which could have been the central plot of this book. Johan has his baggage with the childhood death of his mother, driving a lot of his outward behavior.

Nya's father is in prison and still attempting to manipulate and abuse her. Ledi and Thabiso are getting married. Johan has a difficult relationship with his brother and step father. Johan's brother is undergoing his own set of turmoil. There's a political subplot about a referendum being attempted to be passed that might remove the royal family from power. Nya is playing an online dating game OF Johan. And on top of that, Johan and Nya need to fall in love. Because there's so many subplots, we can't devote all the time that I feel we NEED to any one of them, leaving them feeling shallow, which undermines the serious topic of some of them.

Things I liked a lot in this book: Johan and Nya in particular. I love the flirt with a heart of gold trope and Johan was an excellent example of this. Nya has so much going on in her history with her father and her feelings of self worth, it was nice to see them grow as characters.

Any plot involving Nya learning to overcome the years of abuse she suffered affected me and I wish we could have seen more of that in particular. Although kinda weird, I liked the cause of Nya and Johan's big misunderstanding halfway through the book, even if it wasn't developed fully. Things I didn't like: it pains me to say it, but I couldn't deal with the sex scenes half of the time.

When I started reading romance, I had 3 guidelines in place for whether or not I'd like the book: 1. Unfortunately, rule 3 is why I got frustrated in this book. I get WHY Nya doesn't want to use more plain spoken language, but it made me groan. It's truly some of the dumbest euphemisms I've read.

Others might have found it cute, but I just hated it. I also struggled a lot with the subplot involving Johan's younger brother. It left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth like we were reducing Lukas to a thinly created stereotype. The idea was there and if handled better I would have appreciated, but the depth to it right now is very shallow, and it didn't feel real to me.

Overall, the book was filled to the brim with subplots and none of them got the time they deserved. It felt like the book needed another round of polish for it to be truly great. That being said, I still liked the parts that I got, I just wanted more of them. May 05, Maria Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star-reads , best-of , fully-reviewed-books , sexy-as-all-get-out , fake-engagement-or-relationship. Nya Jerami thought that New York City and an lifestyle opposite to her stifling upbringing in Thesolo would be her chance to express her true self only to discover an overwhelming experience that did not live up to her dreams.

With the main character Hanjo modeled on playboy prince Johan Maximillian von Braustein a friend of her cousin Naledi and her soon to be husband Prince Thabiso , she can fantasize that he might take an interest in her even though all signs show him unaware of her existence. As the step-brother to the Prince of Liechtienbourg, a small European principality in the throes of a referendum to overthrow the monarchy, Johan has spent years drawing paparazzi attention away from his sensitive younger sibling.

With the future of his family uncertain, and his own brother starting to ignore him, the stress is starting to wear on him. With gossip at a fever pitch when Johan and Nya arrive for the wedding, a solution to their mutual dilemma appears — a fake engagement.

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It will enable Johan to keep the eyes of his country fixed on him and boost the support for the monarchy with thoughts of a royal wedding, while giving Nya a chance to escape prying eyes wondering about her return. It will also provide a buffer for the questions about her father, jailed for many misdeeds. Can their tentative friendship, boosted by a mutual lustful attraction, give way to a real life love affair?

A copy of this story was provided by the publisher for review. Although this is unfortunately my least favourite of Cole's Reluctant Royals romance series, I still enjoyed it. Prince Johan's non-binary younger sibling was the best part. I also normally like the fake relationship trope, but in this book I didn't find it interesting or believable. In general very good audiobook narration, but the Although this is unfortunately my least favourite of Cole's Reluctant Royals romance series, I still enjoyed it. In general very good audiobook narration, but the voice actor really didn't do much with the "Lichtenbourger" accent which is supposed to be like a mix of French and German.

She also did this weird thing after Johan's sibling came out and starting using they pronouns where she really emphasized the "they" almost every time which felt weird and othering? Like, just use it the same way you'd use she or he! Another enjoyable and swoon-worthy addition to the Reluctant Royals series. Cole has delivered a cute and quick read and I will continue to devour everything she writes.

This is my favorite book in this series by quite a large margin. Although I haven't read the second novella yet. It still wasn't a perfect read for me, and had a lot of the same problems I felt the others did, but I just loved the characters so much, and unlike in the other books in this series, I never thought their connection felt forced. And aside from how much I liked the two main characters and how well they meshed together, I thought this book brought some fresh perspective to some old r This is my favorite book in this series by quite a large margin.

And Johan, who is a sensitive doofus hiding underneath the persona of an insensitive playboy, probably wouldn't have been as enjoyable a character in a more serious book. The two main complaints I had about this were that a I could see the strings particularly in some choice bits of repetition Cole decided to employ , and b The ending felt a bit rushed.

I wanted a little more emotional work to get there. That was a problem I had with her last book, which I really enjoyed otherwise as well. All in all, a good way to end the series, in my opinion. Hoping I enjoy the final novella at least as much. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Alyssa Cole. Alyssa Cole. Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. Other books in the series. Reluctant Royals 3 books. Books by Alyssa Cole. Trivia About A Prince on Paper No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from A Prince on Paper.

Nothing so benign as nice or pleasant, but kind. If you picked him after turning down Liam , he will propose to your character while taking a walk in the woods in Book 3, Chapter 1. Olivia is initially your arch-nemesis. During Book 2 , she seeks you out and allies with you to discover who was behind the plot to discredit both of you.

She eventually comes to respect and even reluctantly befriend you. Madeleine is another one of your rivals. At the end of Book 1 , she becomes engaged to "Liam", who convinces her to let you stay at court. She offers to "share" him with you, as she only wants to be Queen and does not love him. She is hostile to you personally, but does defend you from the press's unfair treatment. In Book 3 , she becomes your Press Secretary, and it is up to you if you want to treat her well or not.

It is revealed in Book 2, that he was responsible for the scandal that initially tarnished Your Character's reputation. It is up to the player whether to be cordial or cold towards him. Although it is mostly much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school.

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Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…Blaire just may have fallen too far. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school.

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She has no clue who Liam is, let alone whether or not she once loved him. She remembers her family, her friends, and the fact that she wants to be a fashion designer. But Liam is a big blank in her life. Meanwhile, Liam is devastated that Ellia, the love of his life, who suffered an accident while they were running together on the beach, has lost her memory. So Liam begins writing the story of the two of them, piecing together the past in the hopes of having a future with the girl he loves. But will these secrets come back to haunt him?

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Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

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