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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

✯RELEASE WEEK BLITZ:✯ Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons {REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!}

Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Release Date: December 15th 2015 by Cerulean Books
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what's best for her country, she isn't about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn't hesitate to tell him there's no way she's marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can't fall for her, because royal or not, they're not meant for each other. 

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

My Review:

Lyons brings such an interesting take to what your typical fairy-tale romance would be. From the title to the beautiful cover, Royal Marriage Market is a must read! :)

Having born in a time where royal heirs to the throne must marry those that their parents decide to make business with, Elsa (Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia) must do what she is told even though she finds the entire situation archaic and unnecessary. When her father informs her that the Marriage Summit is coming and she must attend, Elsa does everything she can to convince her father that she is not interested, but plans are already in motion and so they all fly out to California in order to meet with all the other royals from different countries. Soon Elsa is thrust into going out with princes' that she has no interest in going out with, but she has to in order to please her father. So when a handsome royal runs into her, she doesn't hesitate to tell him that she is not interested in marrying him. 

As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, Christian is to follow what his parents tell him to do without any questions. Yet when his choice of bride get taken away from him, he immediately demands answers from his mother, who is the one that seems to be running his life. When he is told that he will be attending the Summit with his brother, Christian is not happy at all. But when he stumbles upon Princess Elsa, he is immediately taken by her beauty and personality. Soon the two start to develop a friendship and spend a lot of time together. It seems that they somehow manage to find comfort in each other, and that is what makes the Summit that much more interesting. Nevertheless their parents have a different future for them, and when he starts to realize that he is falling for Elsa, Christian must decide of whether to follow his heart or his mother's orders. 

There is a lot of things at stake for both of the characters to sacrifice. Elsa's father is the one that is controlling the situation and her life. Whereas Christian's mother is the one that is hungry for power and wants to get her son to marry someone with a lot of influence. As the two start to spend more time together, they start to question both of their parents' motives. That's when the story gets twists and turns that made the book that much more interesting to read. 

Very quickly the characters find out how perfect they are for each other, but they need to find a way to be together and that ends up being a hard situation of them. What I liked about the characters was how they also helped their younger siblings to see that they could have happy ending as well. For that it was really exciting to read both of their point-of-views, since we get to see what each of them is really thinking. With that said, even though I loved just about everything in the book, the ending left me unsatisfied. Not everything get answered in my opinion, and it just didn't end how I was hoping it would end (if that makes sense). There are a lot of topics in the book that the author touched on that I thought it worked really well for the overall plot. Overall I would still recommend picking this book, it was funny, romantic, and a total page-turner! : )

***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 


“You go by Chris?”

“It’s an acceptable nickname for Christian.” The owner of the name snatches his glass of champagne back, chugging the rest of the drink. Naturally, this promptly sets off another round of coughing.

Parker is now the one to smack Christian’s back, and I am grateful because I most certainly do not need to be touching him again, even if in a life-saving gesture.

“Maybe so,” I murmur as Christian, rapidly turning redder from what surely must be embarrassment more than alcohol down the wrong pipe, shoves his friend’s hand away. “But it doesn’t fit.”

“If I might be so bold to ask, Your Highness, how so?” Parker inquires at the same time Christian wheezes, “What does that mean?”

I side skirt the men to claim a chocolate covered strawberry from the dessert table. “Chris is a boring name.”

“I believe you’ve just issued an unforgiveable insult to all the Chrises in the world,” Christian says flatly while Parker struggles to hold in his mirth.

“Of course I haven’t. I simply said Chris is a boring name. Look at Elsa; it is a hopelessly old-fashioned name you find in old women who bake streusel. My parents aged me the moment I came out of the womb.” I point the zebra-striped berry at my sparring partner. “Now that is unforgiveable. You were given a nice name and have elected to make it boring when it doesn’t suit you one bit.”

Too much silence expands between us; I am tricked into looking up at him once more. One of his dark eyebrows arches upward. “Are you saying you don’t find me boring?”

Did I? Oh, bollocks. I did, didn’t I? I clear my throat and smile winsomely. “Just because I don’t wish to marry you doesn’t mean I find you boring as a bag of rocks.”

Both of his eyebrows shoot up, as if I informed him grass is blue and sky is green. As if he doesn’t already know he’s interesting. Please. Must I remind him of all the glossies dedicated to his comings and goings?

“When we were children, His Highness was teased quite a bit about his name,” Parker tells me.

I toss the strawberry stem back onto the table; it’s whisked up by a passing waiter in less than a second. “What! Why?”

“I’m named after a religion,” Christian grinds out. “There was Prince Jew. Prince Muslim. Prince Buddhist. Prince Hindu. Prince Zoroastrian. There were lots of choices, you see.”

Another moment I want nothing more than to just laugh and laugh. “How delightful. Now, those nicknames aren’t boring. Sacrilegious, yes, but definitely not boring.”

“You have a seed in your front teeth,” is Christian’s response.

“You are a veritable Prince Charming, publically pointing out women’s flaws. How chivalrous of you.”

It is annoying how much I like that he refuses to appear properly chastised.

About Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find. 

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Oh my gosh, that excerpt!! I am loving the banter between the characters :D Thanks for sharing, Jackie!

Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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