A Nordic King
Release date: September 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Social Butterfly PR
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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A STANDALONE ROYAL ROMANCE
When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.
The Faerie Queen’s review
Once again, Karina Halle proves why she’s an autobuy author for me. I have loved every single book I’ve read by her since I was told to read Smut two years ago. Plus, her covers are always beyond sexy and just pop.
Right from the start, this was giving me The Sound of Music vibes. A young woman (26) gets a job as a nanny for a grumpy older widower’s (40) children, and she brings life and joy back to the household. There was even (really bad) singing. As a fan of TSOM, I was completely ok with this connection.
Of course, there were some differences. For a start, the widower in this case was the king of Denmark, and he didn’t use whistles to communicate with his two daughters. In fact, Aksel loved his girls and was very affectionate with them… when he saw them. And the nanny in this case, Aurora, had years of experience with children was really good at her job, something she very confidently informed Aksel of when he initially didn’t want to hire her. Oh, and Aurora wasn’t a nun haha.
These two had some great chemistry, with lots of banter at the start. I love dual perspectives in romance, getting into the heads and hearts of both characters. There was a bit of hate-to-love going on here, though there was attraction right from the start, albeit begrudging. But when Aksel and Aurora finally gave in (after some really sweet gestures, might I add), boy was it explosive.
What I particularly loved was that they were all in. Even when things got rocky, Aksel never turned his back on Aurora or their relationship. So many books have couples who split when something happens, only for them to come back together. But in this, Aksel wouldn’t let that happen, and I loved him so much for that. He wanted to make it work despite some problems.
A final mention of course needs to go to the kids. They were so freaking adorable and kooky. Yeah, they could be a little precocious, but they were literal princesses. They could also be infuriating and annoying at times, and I would have probably lost it in a few situations, which just goes to show how well-suited Aurora was for her role. And there was a pig!!! More pigs in books please.
All in all, a very satisfying read – yet again – from Karina Halle!