This is, in some ways, very formulaic and predictable. Playboy prince sleeps with girl-next-door type and an accidental pregnancy results. Of course, they have to get married to the future prince or princess will be in line for the throne.
Where this book is different is that there are no contrived and wildly unlikely plot points just to make things work. This is really cleverly thought out and every action by the two leads, Marco and Chloe, is a completely logical step to take considering the knowledge they have at the time. Perhaps the only thing I wondered at was Marco not choosing to have Chloe’s background checked out immediately after their first parting, but I can forgive that small plot tweak for the sake of the story’s overall dramatic tension.
I really enjoyed the growth of both characters over the course of the book. There was an element of insta-attraction and Marco did act like an arrogant ass at the beginning, apparently convinced of his own irresistibility. I absolutely loved the way Chloe basically laughed in his face and called him on his own arrogance, and then the way Marco realised he actually really liked and respected her for her blatant (dare I say brutal) honesty. In the end they were obviously a really good match for each other, and if you like accidental-baby royal romances, which I have a publicly acknowledged weakness for, this is one of the best you’re going to find. Five stars for some clever writing which put a fresh spin on a predictable old trope.
The Irresistible Royal is available now.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.