Princes are Wild by Jess Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Fun Fairytale Romance

This book pleasantly surprised me after some initial hesitation! I’m not much of a fan of the sexual education trope where the naïve young woman is taught the ways of pleasure by the incredibly skillful and experienced man. But fortunately, by around the 1/3 mark, the plot grew in complexity and fun, and wound up having more going for it than simply the girl-who-needs-to-learn-how-to-be-a-mistress trope and lots of steam. The Athawackian culture with all of its folk dancing and less proper social mores was an enjoyable spin on Regency fantasy romance taken to the extreme, and the royal family cast of characters charmed me despite my initial qualms (and in spite of my not having read any of the earlier books).

Priscilla is a very easy-to-empathize with heroine, given, as she is, a terrible family, complete with evil stepmother. It’s an especially nice twist that her evil stepmother is only two years older than she is! Prince Remi’s family seems mostly too good to be true, except for his extremely cantankerous brother the king, but eventually the queen, her secretary, and the king himself prove a winning family dynamic and the perfect contrast for Priscilla’s terrible one.

I didn’t find Remi’s sisters anything but interchangeable though I’m sure they are unique characters in their own tales, but the book did a good job of interesting me in King Grantham (perhaps a nod to the Earl of Grantham who takes duty equally seriously?) and the whole political unrest storyline which is going on in the background. Grantham and Ophelia should be an amusing enemies to lovers pair, and their story promises to include lots of dangerous intrigue!

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