I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Playboy Prince and the Nanny (Royal Duology #1) by Donna Alward
Published by Swerve on August 1st 2017
FINAL DECISION: A sweet romance that harkens back to my days devouring category romances. The story is pretty clean and focused on the couple. Sweet read that I enjoyed because of the characters. This was a book I finished with a warm heart.
THE STORY: Rose Walters comes to Marazur to take over being nanny for the two royal children whose mother just died. While there, she ends up spending time with “the spare” Prince Diego. Diego has been known as a playboy who flits around the world, but the family tragedy brings him back home and gives him a purpose to help his family including his brother and niece and nephew heal. Of course, it also brings him in constant contact with the new nanny. A woman he can’t get off his mind.
OPINION: I found this an enjoyable read. The characters and the story was uncomplicated and really focuses on these nice people navigating external events that threaten their potential relationship.
Years before I became obsessed with dark and angst filled dramatic romances, I read just about every Silhouette, Loveswept, Harlequin, Second Chance at Love, and numerous other category romances. The stories were mostly simple and focused on the couple overcoming plot devices that threatened their relationship. I read hundreds, maybe thousands, of those stories and was happy with those stories.
This book is a slightly more sophisticated version of those stories. The characters are nice and the romance is sweet. I enjoyed the connection between the characters and the fairy tale quality of the nanny falling for the prince. (And the playboy prince falling head over heels for the slightly wallflower nanny!!) Rose and Diego are such nice people and the real complication is their relative positions (prince versus nanny) and some external threats that I don’t want to give away.
While the story is definitely on the sweet side, I so much enjoyed the interaction between Diego and Rose which was romantic and gentle and warmed my heart.
I look forward to the companion book in this series about Diego’s brother because this book left me with good feelings.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a pretty clean romance with some kisses and one act of premarital sex off screen.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE PLAYBOY PRINCE AND THE NANNY is the first book in the Princes of Marazur series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.