Runaway Royals, Book 1
From the publisher:
An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s Runaway Royals series…
When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.
A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems—except no one will listen to her.
By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.
A contemporary royal marriage makes for a really good read. Cole’s latest has the perfect combination of love, passion, laughter, and drama. It actually reminded me a bit of the Eddie Murphy movie, Coming to America, so if you like that film, you should like this book. I sure did.
Shanti has spent her life preparing to be a queen, but when she is matched on royalmatch.com (if only!) to Sanyu II of Njaza, things don’t go as she imagined. The passion is there, but the King is following the tradition of basically trying out the marriage for a few months. Shanti’s opinions aren’t wanted, and she is relegated to “be seen and not heard,” which is not working for her. But the clock is ticking and she only has a few months to prove she is the real Queen her King and people need.
The King’s father had changed wives every four months for years, never finding his true queen, but Shanti doesn’t want that to happen to her. Her husband wasn’t really ready to lose his father and take over, and he’s not interested in marriage, per se. None of that helps the situation. But gradually they start working together and a happily ever after is reached.
This was such a good read! I loved her last series, the “Reluctant Royals” and if this first book is any indication, this new series is a winner as well.
1/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN by Alyssa Cole. Avon (December 1, 2020). ISBN 978-0062933966. 384 pages.
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