Review: Princess Series 1-4 by Alexa Riley

So here we are again with a novella series combined review! Hope you guys don’t mind all these novella reviews, but I just noticed how FULL my kindle and Nook are with all of these e-books so I figured while I am waiting for book mail to arrive I might as well get to cleaning some of this stuff off of  them while I can. Hopefully the books will start arriving by the middle of this week because reading on my phone and kindle is starting to get on my nerves! I am missing touching actual books. I may just take a break and start a book anyway, we shall see!

The series in its entirety is exactly as expected a smutty royal romance filled with insta-love and hot steamy love scenes. However the vagueness of the surrounds of the characters could cause us some initiation confusion. It seems that the characters are living in medieval times having to deal with arranged marriages and having to wait till a certain age to get married, but Riley suggest numerous time that the characters are carrying cell phones and sending text messages. It leaves us very discombobulated. However if we completely remove that information and focus solely on the insta-love story between the two main characters we are bound to have a more enjoyable reading experience.

 

His Princess  – Book #1

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alena is a princess, and with that comes responsibility. Like marrying the giant caveman King Roman, who looks more like a warrior than a ruler. Everything about him is intense. Especially the way he looks at her. But she’s been promised to him, and there’s no way out.

Roman took one look and made up his mind. Princess Alena will be his and no one will stop him from taking her. Everything about her belongs to him now, and waiting one week for a wedding isn’t going to happen.

This beast of a man might just claim his princess before she has a chance to say “I do.”

Chick and Brain Rating 3 out of 5 stars

I have been on a royal romance kick lately if you have not noticed so these princess books were exactly what I wanted. Having read Riley before I knew kind of what to expect with the writing style along with the alpha personality style that we all know and love. Another insta-love for the record books. Had all the ingredients to make for an epic smutty royal romance, but fell slightly short with the creation of the fantasy word for being the first in the series.

Roman is the king of the land being forced to find a wife. Alena is the youngest in her family and is chosen to be Roman’s bride. The papers are signed and arrangements are made. Roman is already head over heels in love with Alena, but she needs some convincing to love her king. The two have a whirlwind courtship, that ends with the happily ever after that we are all looking for. However, Alena is not the only one that is able to snag herself a “prince”, her sister Tabby does as well with Roman’s head of security. Now I am not exactly sure why Riley made the choice to give these characters such a large role in this story, but Tabby does bring humor to the store and provides us with a break from the steamy bits through out the book.

Definitely a one click read that I do not regret. A short novella to keep on your nook when you need something short to read. I find that Riley is one of the very few authors that can capture my attention and keep it in such a short amount of time. Will for sure keep searching for more of her books.

Stolen Princess – Book #2

Goodreads Synopsis:

Karim is past the time when he should have chosen a bride, but he never met anyone who caught his eye. Forced to choose, he holds a ball and invites all eligible princesses to attend. And that’s when everything changes.

Giselle’s been tucked away on her father’s land and doesn’t know how the royal world works. It’s her first party, and it’s going terribly until she finds herself alone in a room with a man. A man who wants to make her his.

When Giselle gives him everything and then discovers who he is…well, how good do you think she’ll be at hide and seek?

Warning: It’s instalove at first sight. Literally, like two seconds in. But don’t worry, Karim will find her…and steal her if he has to.

Each book in The Princess series is standalone & about a different couple.

 

Chick and Brain Rating 4 out of 5

This was by far my favorite out of the series! This is the royal romance insta-love narrative that we all dream of being a part of! Riley does an amazing job of capturing the fairy tale aspect of Cinderella while maintaining originality.  I was in love after reading the first few lines. It was as if the characters we jumping off of the page. This is the type of story we all dream of reading!

Karim is a King in his own right who must choose a bride, however he is reluctant to do so. Karmin wants the fairy tale love like his parents had. A love that will stand the test of time, but he is out of options. He will choose a bride at the ball no matter what the cost for the sake of his people. He had given up hope of meeting his one true love, until he laid eye on Giselle. Giselle is a princess who has been sheltered in the country her entire life. However, she has still been able to maintain her ability to believe in fairy tales and the everlasting love that she read about as a child. So the first time she laid eyes on Karmin, she had no idea that he was the King but she knew that he was the man she was going to spend forever with.

Riley does and amazing job of telling us a story of love beyond titles. Yes its instantaneous, but Giselle and Karim have no idea who each other is and when they find out neither of them care. They do have their issues they will have to deal with on their road to marriage, but all that matters to the two of them is they love each other. A man and a woman who will do anything to make the other happy. If that isn’t the perfect insta-love story I do not know what is anymore

Claimed Princes – Book #3

Goodreads Synopsis:

Heavenly and Carlos have been best friends their whole lives. But it’s almost time for Heavenly’s birthday, which means she’ll be married off to a king.

Carlos has been King for a few years now and is being pressured to choose a bride. But he’s only ever had eyes for one princess, and he’s had to wait for her to turn twenty-one.

Heavenly doesn’t have any idea the plans Carlos has made for her, so when she offers to marry his brother, things don’t go so well. Girl, they don’t go well at all… Carlos isn’t having that. She gets a dose of alpha when Carlos lays down the law. But when she runs…how far will she actually get?

Warning: Do you really wonder if there’s a happily ever after? Because you know that’s kind of our thing, right? Look, he chases her, but it all works out. Also it’s really hot. Get it!

Each book in The Princess series is standalone & about a different couple.

Chick and Brain Rating 4 out of 5

Now I do not think any of you know this but I am a sucker for May December Romances, so as soon as I found out there was an age difference I was hooked. Riley however does an amazing job of not making it an issue. It is mentioned a few times solely for the purpose of determining the age of marriage but never for the purpose of keeping the characters apart. In doing so it makes the love show between these two characters even more endearing in our eyes.

Like all the others, it is time for Carlos to find a bride. However, Carlos already has a bride in mind. He just has to wait for her to grown up. He has always been in love with the girl next door, Heavenly but he does not think that he cares for her. He is trying to find the right moment to approach the subject with her but when she announces she wants to marry his brother his hand is forced. Heavenly has secretly loved Carlos since she moved in with her Grandmother when she was little. The bond these two share is unlike that of anyone else, however she has mistaken his love for that of a sibling not passion. So when Carlos objects her marriage to his brother and commands that she marry him,  Heavenly does not take to kindly to that.

You would that this would be the easiest couple to get together, but nope! It would make sense that this is the hardest and that is why we have such a detailed story line from Riley. Yes there is some comic relief from different family members but Riley ensure that our focus remains on the two main characters. This is less of an insta-love story for us as a slow burn love story. These two characters have to fight not only outside influences but each other in order to ensure that they achieve their happily ever after.  This slow burn make for more smutty goodness for us in the long run!

Forbidden Princess – Book #4

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tabitha is destined to marry a king and unite her powerful family with another. But she’s never been one to do what she’s told, and she’s decided to make her own destiny.

Vlad has devoted his life to guarding his king and never thought about taking a wife. But all bets are off when a sassy, dark-haired princess appears.

These two are hot and fast, but when Tabby’s parents step in, things get messy. Can they forgo tradition and make their own way, or will the divide break them?

Warning: Okay, okay…stop asking. They get their story. Happy now?

Each book in The Princess series is standalone & about a different couple

Chick and Brain Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

If you can not tell just from the rating, this was my least favorite of all the series. Riley is deviating slightly from the other narratives with this plot, but I do not feel like that is taking anything away from the reading experience. We are still provided with the smutty happily ever after that we have been looking for, but in this case our princess does not find her prince but instead he commoner love instead.

Vlad is the head of security to the Prince Roman in the first story, and as we already know Tabitha is the older sister to Alena. However, most of their story has already been told. We really are not given any new information other than the smutty goodness that we have all come to love when reading Riley’s books. We know that their mother will not approve, we know that Vlad has to ask permission, and pretty much all the other information can be inferred if we had not read the first book in the series. If we have not read the series in order, the reading experience for this novel would be more enjoyable but would then take away from the reading of the first in the series.

A great story with in itself, but with the characters being in another story in the series we are just treated to what seems like the same story over again. I would not have skipped it, but I just wish it would have taken place at a different time. Maybe after Alena and Roman were married or even before but having it at the same time took something about from the insta-love story between Vlad and Tabitha that we were treated to with the other characters.

Until next time,

XOXO

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