Booking her client, Prince Dante of Monterra, on reality show Marry Me is a royal coup for PR agent Lemon Beauchamp. But thanks to a last-minute glitch, Lemon must pretend to be one of the contestants vying to win the playboy prince’s love and then live happily ever after—at least until the publicity tour ends.
Prince Dante agreed to go on the show to find a wife, even though he already has the perfect candidate in mind. She’s smart, funny, sexy, and completely uninterested in wealth and fame. She’s also absolutely determined to keep him at arm’s length.
Even if Lemon weren’t already engaged, she can’t trust a notorious flirt like Dante. So she ignores the lingering looks. Those subtle, thrilling touches. That pulse-quickening kiss. Until suddenly, Lemon isn’t playing for the cameras. She’s lovestruck for real, and just maybe, the man behind the title is the one who’s always been in her heart.…
I’m not at all a reality TV type person, and in the past I’ve tried to enjoy novels set in reality TV shows with little success. I was willing to give this one a chance, though, because I liked the premise–and I’m so glad I did! Lemon’s a great narrator, and even when the reader’s practically shouting at her to dump her loser fiance and give Dante a chance already, it’s impossible not to love her. Her uniquely southern voice (especially with all of her laugh out loud sayings, like “I had imagined I’d feel happier than a tick on a fat dog when I got engaged”) really gave the book flavor. Throw in Prince Dante’s text messages at the beginning of each chapter (the only time we hear directly from him; the story’s all from Lemon’s POV), and I was completely charmed.
I haven’t read book one yet (Royal Date), but it’s absolutely made it onto the short version of my TBR, because Lemon gives us enough teasers that I really want to find out Kat and Nico’s story. Plus, the opportunity to see Lemon and Dante’s from the very beginning is just too good to pass up. I must know all!
Since we’re only privy to what Lemon knows in the book, there’s a whopper of a secret being kept from both of us concerning what’s going on with Dante and the bachlorettes, which leads us right into book three in the series, Rafe’s book. I absolutely cannot wait! Is it July yet? 😉
(The audiobook version absolutely makes this story, BTW. The narrator nails Lemon’s accent, and gives her voice that little bit extra. I’d love to see books one and three also be released on audio; hint, hint! :))
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy for an honest review, but went out and bought the audio version because I couldn’t resist the sale price!