His Royal Plan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Jodie Larson

Published: April 15, 2021

HEA: yes

Cheating: no…well, I’m not really sure how to answer this. Yes? We’ll go with no. Not really.

Wet Panties: 3

Review: First thing’s first. I didn’t read the first book in the series titled “Her Royal Fling.” So there’s another book before this one, and I highly recommend you read it first. This is not a standalone where you can read any random book in a series and be fine. The first book has the entire back story and ended on a cliffhanger. I was a bit confused for the first few chapters.

With that said, yes, I was able to figure out the basics of what happened in the first book even though many characters and their relationships were never truly explained in this book. It’s ok. I just went with it, pieced what I could together and used my imagination to fill in the blanks. I did not take off any stars or grade anything poorly for my own fault of not reading book 1.

To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the premise of the book at first. A bartender falls in love with a prince and is subsequently rescued by him. It follows the trope of rich man coming and saving poor woman. I’ll blame this only on my current mood, but I’m kind of tired of this particular trend/trope. It’s not the author’s fault and a lot of romance readers enjoy that particular trope. I just had to sit back and go with this too.

Looking at this review, you’d think me bitching about everything means that I didn’t like it.

The plot, conflict and character development were all good here. Without spoiling too much, there’s a villain who wants to destroy the MC’s relationship. You REAALLLY hate this fucking villain by the end of the book. You also REALLLYY like the MCs by the end of the book. I think there needs to be something acknowledged about that here because not all authors can get you to feel strongly about characters. Hell, you even feel strongly about the side characters and want them to get what they deserve (good and bad) as well as the MCs.

Plot wise, there’s an elaborate ruse for most of the book that involves how the relationship needs to go on and they need to hide it. Part of the suspense, for me, came from another woman in the story, (no spoilers) and I was actually worried that this woman would turn out to be a total bitch. I half thought she would sabotage something because she wanted the prince for herself and push us into book 3. I was worried it was going to end a totally different way given the author’s previous cliffhanger.

In short, the whole book is about keeping a really big secret.

The writing is stellar. (Because I know a lot of people really worry about such things, I didn’t see any outlandish editing errors.) The thing I think I loved most about the book was Prince Luke. I think the author did a great job in sex scenes describing him, and I LOVED the way he talked to Gia. You know I have to have some actual dirty talking in my books. I can’t just have internal monologue. I want to HEAR the characters actually communicating to each during sex and some of the things said here were really hot.

Verdict – Yes. Read it. But I highly suggest you start with “Her Royal Fling” which is also available on Amazon.

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