A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)
The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3) Details

TitleA Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062685605
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Adult

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.#1.) A Princess in Theory ★★★★#2.) A Duke by Default ★★★★#2.5) Once Ghosted, Twice Shy ★★★★My fave of the series yet! RTC <3 Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Fadwa ~ فدوى from Word Wonders! ❤
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    These covers are a blessing/curse to my bisexuality
  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, it’s 1 am and I have to get up in 4 hours for work, but no regrets! This series just gets better and better! A full review will come closer to release date but this book features some real LOL moments, and MULTIPLE LGBTQIA+ characters, plus some really nuanced relationships and interactions! I HAVE to read Once Ghosted Twice Shy tomorrow 😍😍
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even tell you how much I wanted to love this book, with that cover (to die for!) and all of that fabulous diversity rep, but, like the others in the Reluctant Royals series, it fell short for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole, but I wanted to gush about it and I didn't get to that place. I started off really enjoying the story. I live for a princess-fantasy story, and I also love an aloof bad boy (though that really isn't even the male MC), so the book re I can't even tell you how much I wanted to love this book, with that cover (to die for!) and all of that fabulous diversity rep, but, like the others in the Reluctant Royals series, it fell short for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole, but I wanted to gush about it and I didn't get to that place. I started off really enjoying the story. I live for a princess-fantasy story, and I also love an aloof bad boy (though that really isn't even the male MC), so the book really piqued my interest. I was sure I was going to give the story at least 4-stars, then things started to fall apart a bit for me. The story is really, really long, clocking in at just under 400 pages, and it felt that way to me. The plot felt like it was getting more and more convoluted as it went along, with government conspiracies, a fake engagement, and multiple layers of family issues, and I felt my attention wavering away from the main couple. The plot became too busy for me. I also didn't quite feel the true chemistry between the MCs. I mean, I felt some of the lust, but there was even a "big misunderstanding" looming until nearly the end of the story, so I didn't see how the "love" could really develop. I adored the protective big brother character in Johan, but I felt Nya's portrayal was more disjointed. I also didn't get why Johan was so fixated on preserving the family's royal image when everything was resolved so seamlessly and without any hiccups at the end. I was picturing more traditional, uptight old monarchy-vibes and that's... not what we get. It all resolved too easily, and the whole drama felt too... simple (being vague because of spoilers). Overall, I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the book, but I think I just wanted to like it so darn much that that carried me through. Still, the cover and the diversity is everything, and Avon and the author should be really proud of that. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    Alyssa Cole has done it again, another incredible novel in the Reluctant Royals series! “He'd spent so long running from love at full tilt that when he'd finally tripped and fell, his momentum made it swift and unstoppable.” The third novel in this series has everything you already love from the first two. A beautifully developed romance, amazing sex scenes, a storyline that goes much deeper than you'd expect, with some really timely topics and of course a good portion of humour.Although I'd s Alyssa Cole has done it again, another incredible novel in the Reluctant Royals series! “He'd spent so long running from love at full tilt that when he'd finally tripped and fell, his momentum made it swift and unstoppable.” The third novel in this series has everything you already love from the first two. A beautifully developed romance, amazing sex scenes, a storyline that goes much deeper than you'd expect, with some really timely topics and of course a good portion of humour.Although I'd say that out of all of the Reluctant Royals books, this is probably the one with the least laugh out loud moments. In a way this book feels more serioues and sad than the others do, simply due to getting to see behind Johan's Playboy facade. But I'm not saying this in a negative way. Not at all! I was just as emotionally involved as with the first two and found Johan's struggles to be incredibly believable. And knowing him from the first two books, it was so interesting to really get into his head. In general I loved both characters and their development, both as individuals and together!That said, you should absolutely read all the novels in this series before you dive into this one. You might think you can read them as standalone and while you definitely can, knowing all the characters and happenings of the first two songs will very much increase your enjoyment of this novel!While I truly loved this novel, I have to say I had some issues with the language. A lot of this novel takes place in the fictional country Liechtienbourg, where they basically speak a mix of French and German. Except a lot of it is wrong? I don't wanna go into this too much because I'm not sure if Cole was trying to write a dialect or something but as someone whose mother tongue is German and knows a good amount of French, a lot of the times the words would just not be correct. I really, really stropped in my tracks when it said "Wëllkomm" at some point in the novel. The letter "ë" is not part of the German OR French alphabet, you use it when you need it phonetically, which you don't need in this case. I know this seems nitpicky but understand how frustrating it was to see all those wrong words!Not even to mention that the last name of "the antagonist" is literally "Arschlocher" (German for assholes) which is a name that doesn't exist in German (anymore), understandably. Might seem like a fun gimmick if you don't know the language but is honestly just really annoying when you do.On top of that, there is a character in this novel that comes out as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. It is briefly mentioned by that person that "our language and our culture are very much focused on masculine and feminine" but "we already have the royal we. The royal they isn't very different, is it?" but yeah, it is. They does not work for singular use in German (and as far as I know in French too) for several reasons, it just simply doesn't exsist. And you can't just say "well we use royal we" and make it work. This really could've focused on how much of an issue it is that there are no genderless pronouns already existing in our language but instead it got glossed over in one sentence. I can only speak from the perspective of a ciswoman who is heavily involved in the queer culture but to me it was upsetting to me that this was brushed off so easily because it sadly just is not that easy. I'm glad that Alyssa Cole included a non-binary character but regarding the language, I had hoped for much more. “I wasn't desire he felt for her in that moment – it was admiration. It was devotion. It was the resounding crack as every one of the rules he'd constructed to keep people away broke beneath the weight of his feelings.” I know I just wrote two super negative paragraphs but that is because I kinda see it as my duty to point these issues out. At the end of the day, while this made me roll my eyes sometimes and generally could've been handled much better, I still loved this novel and nothing will change that.I love this series and these characters and I'd highly recommend this third installment!♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! The quotes and issues with language are therefore taken from the ARC and might be changed in the final copy!
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  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    YESSSSS
  • chandler ainsley ♕
    January 1, 1970
    not DNFing but pausingfor some reason i thought these were standalones, and maybe they are advertised that way but i gotta say i was really confused with all of the characters are the beginning. i'm almost 100% positive that all of the side characters were from book 1 and 2 and i'm sure had i read those books i would have fallen into this book immediately. but honestly my confusion grew and my enjoyment was middle of the road because of it. i have a feeling i could really love this book but i th not DNFing but pausingfor some reason i thought these were standalones, and maybe they are advertised that way but i gotta say i was really confused with all of the characters are the beginning. i'm almost 100% positive that all of the side characters were from book 1 and 2 and i'm sure had i read those books i would have fallen into this book immediately. but honestly my confusion grew and my enjoyment was middle of the road because of it. i have a feeling i could really love this book but i think i'm going to wait to read it until i read the rest of the series.arc provided by publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    i really liked the first in this series but LOVED the second one. i had high hopes for this one. i love alyssa cole's writing. before i get too far into the review i just want to say she has been killing it with the covers lately - this one is absolutely stunning. love it.ok, on to the book. i liked it. i liked it a lot. johan was such a sweetie and i wanted to squeeze his cheeks. i *loved* getting his pov, all of his thoughts. seriously, so adorable. i really liked nya - she was inexperienced i i really liked the first in this series but LOVED the second one. i had high hopes for this one. i love alyssa cole's writing. before i get too far into the review i just want to say she has been killing it with the covers lately - this one is absolutely stunning. love it.ok, on to the book. i liked it. i liked it a lot. johan was such a sweetie and i wanted to squeeze his cheeks. i *loved* getting his pov, all of his thoughts. seriously, so adorable. i really liked nya - she was inexperienced in life, but still strong. i loved the dating games she played, they sound like my jam. i liked the main characters together. i love the snippets we got of the previous characters, though if this is the end i wish we got a big wrap up kind of epilogue. i love a good fake engagement trope, and i liked the way this one was handled, almost backseat. i thought a conflict would arise with johan not telling nya something but then it was nipped in the bud immediately, and i liked that a lot. the epilogue was too adorable, it made me smile so much. of course, the book was hot AF as well. johan was the star of this book for me though. i just wanted to scoop him up and put him in my pocket.-------------------------------------------full review to come but i liked this one. not my favourite of the series, but it was cute. i didn't love some things, but they weren't big things. Alyssa Cole is an auto read for me, and i super hope that one king and his wife get a book or a novella or a spin off or something.------------------------------------------- ARC received from netgalley in exchange for honest review
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  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*May Contain Spoilers*A Prince on Paper is the third full-length installment in the Reluctant Royals series and I am not sure if this author plans on more books in this series, but if not I have adored every moment in reading these books and I love the humor and endearing qualities that we have se This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*May Contain Spoilers*A Prince on Paper is the third full-length installment in the Reluctant Royals series and I am not sure if this author plans on more books in this series, but if not I have adored every moment in reading these books and I love the humor and endearing qualities that we have seen in this series. I always get a kick out of a well written royal romance, and man no one does it better than Alyssa Cole. Ever since Duke By Default, I have been so stoked for this story, I loved seeing these two characters in the previous books and I had a delightful time seeing them find their own happily ever after.A Prince on Paper begins with our heroine, Nya Jerami, who once fled Thesolo, wanting to be free and find herself in the glamour of New York City. But it just didn't work out that way for her. New York City wasn't quite the experience that she was hoping for and now with her cousin and friend having their wedding in Thesolo, she will be going back home and back to the painful memories. But on the plane ride home, she finds herself in a bed with the bad boy prince....Johan von Braustein. There has always been a bit of chemistry between Nya and Johan but with the distance between them, nothing has really cemented between them until they come to close quarters with each other and for the first time Nya is beginning to find herself and see beneath the bad boy exterior that Johan hides behind. Johan and Nya are both hiding from their pasts. Johan hides from emotion, ever since his mother died he has never been able to open himself up. He hides behind the man the paparazzi knows and to protect his younger brother who is the heir to Liechtienbourg. But secretly he supports multiple charities with his own funds, in a way to honor his mother. But he can't let anyone know the truth, its something he wants to do on his own without any recognition so he can help others without it being tainted by his bad reputation. But Johan has secretly had a love for Nya but hides it until the wedding in Thesolo and he sees a woman of courage and strength that he wants to bring out in the light, a woman who hides a big part of herself. But when they go on a journey together, from the wilds of Thesolo to the city of Liechtienbourg, their love for each other will be revealed and a passion neither of them realized until now...A Prince on Paper is a beautiful romance that delivers in every way possible. I had such a blast with this book and still debating which book in the series is my favorite but honestly....a Prince on Paper is a good match for the previous two books. I loved it just as much as the previous books and I just devoured this story. There is something that Alyssa Cole does with these books that are so amazing and I can't ever get enough of her writing especially in her contemporary love stories. There is quite a bit that we see happen in this story and boy all the diverse themes that we get introduced to including a surprising character that is a transgender but not quite in the way I have ever seen in a romance gave me all the delightful feels.When he looked into Nya's eyes. He saw the bait that was laid down for the follish protagonist in every fairy tale. Love. Shelter. Kindness. He saw it and he wanted it--wanted her--even though he knew the bait was inside a cage of eventual despair. Despair seemed worth it, just then.The romance between Johan and Nya has a mix of unrequited love, royalty mix, road trip adventure, and fake relationship. We first get to see their interaction when they find themselves in the same bed and boy do sparks fly between these two here. Then we skip to when Nya arrives in Thesolo and all of her friends are there including the couple from "Once Ghosted Twice Shy" so it was fun seeing them again for a brief moment. Then we have Nya having to face up to some painful memories and how her father is still trying to torment her. We get a more in-depth look on the crimes that her father committed against Nya. It's so heartbreaking to see her face up to these memories but also how the people in Thesolo treat her, always talking behind her back as if she committed the crimes too. But we see that Nya was a victim and a survivor. But she is still learning about her own strengths and capabilities and trying to find herself. We see how the bantering that happens between Johan and Nya is what they both really need. You see them both come out of their shells and the covers they hide behind and love seeing this unveiling.But when Nya agrees to act as the fake fiancee for Johan, they go on an adventure together. I enjoyed seeing Nya and Johan explore their sexuality with each other while trying to act like what they have is just a temporary situation. But both their hearts are becoming involved with the act that they are trying to play and trying to solve the mystery of who is sabotaging the royal family.  There was a couple that we did meet that are having marriage problems....would love to see their story for sure!!There is so much unexpected emotion that I didn't expect and I swear that Alyssa Cole does this on PURPOSE!! I swear she breaks my heart each and every time I pick up one of her books, but in a positive way. I love how much these two are in tune with each other, the ways they bring out the best in each other and always help each other become better. There is so much intimate growth in their relationship that we see happen and this is a delightful development that we see happen between Johan and Nya. I adored every single moment of this novel and was so sad to see it end because I fell head over heels in love with Johan and Nya.Overall I found A Prince on Paper a delightful fairy tale of true love in the least expected moments, a story of hidden emotion, secret courage and plenty of amusing antics to delight you from head to toe!! A SPARKLING GEM! 
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  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    January 1, 1970
    ANOTHER BOOK COMING OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTHRELEASE DATE: 4/30/2019Pre-order | order: https://amzn.to/2FGAQBo Follow Foxy Blogs at: Foxy Blogs ♥ Twitter ♥ Instagram ♥ Facebook
  • Elley Murray
    January 1, 1970
    She plays dating sims and he's obsessed with fairy tales - how am I not going to love this book?! A Prince on Paper is my absolute favorite in a series of amazing books. I feel like I've loved each subsequent book more than the last, and I loved this one so much it was physically painful (to my heart). I was so excited to finally get Nya's book. She's been an intriguing character to me every since A Princess in Theory, and then I loved her emerging and finding herself in bits and pieces (as seen She plays dating sims and he's obsessed with fairy tales - how am I not going to love this book?! A Prince on Paper is my absolute favorite in a series of amazing books. I feel like I've loved each subsequent book more than the last, and I loved this one so much it was physically painful (to my heart). I was so excited to finally get Nya's book. She's been an intriguing character to me every since A Princess in Theory, and then I loved her emerging and finding herself in bits and pieces (as seen via group text chats) in A Duke by Default. I don't always slate people into Hogwarts houses while I read, but every so often a character comes along and beats you over the head with how VERY MUCH the epitome of a Hufflepuff they are, and that is Nya. She has been so hurt, but despite that she goes on being honest and open and loving, and I JUST WANT TO HUG HER ALL UP.And then there's Johan, who's also been hurt and is fascinated by Nya because she is so open and honest, and free with her heart while he's locked himself away. He's so obsessed with fairy tales and doesn't seem to realize that he's made himself the princess locked away in a tower of his own making. This is the kind of book I want to throw at people's heads when they say romance novels are trash or guilty pleasures or shallow. There are SO MANY complicated issues and deep themes at play in this book, I can't even begin to touch on them all in a review let alone do them justice. I want to carry copies of this book around and when people make disparaging comments about romance I want to thrust a copy of A Prince on Paper into their hands and say "Shut your mouth, open your mind, read this book, and then we can talk about whether or not romance novels are shallow trash." In this book Alyssa Cole not only focuses on the romantic relationship between two people (which is fantastic, and their chemistry is BAM BOOM POW!), but also on the relationship between Johan and his step-father and half-sibling and how Johan deals with the death of his mother, Nya dealing with the fallout of the emotional and physical abuse the suffered at the hands of her father and finding her own way forward, a non-binary character struggling with how to let their family know about their identity (also, WTG Nya being super the most awesome best), focus on toxic and abusive relationships... Also, the sex scenes are hot and the romance between Nya and Johan is amazing - alternatingly adorable and butterflies-in-the-stomach inducing and heartbreaking, because there is nothing wrong with that and it's also a great element of romance. ;)This is the third book in the Reluctant Royals series, and while it can technically can be read as a stand alone, this series is really best if read in order. To get the full impact of Nya's story, you really do need to read the first book, A Princess in Theory, and there are MAJOR SPOILERS for book 1 in this book. I highly recommend you read this series in order - and don't miss the novella, book #2.5, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy! There's also a final novella coming out about Portia's sister Reggie, which looks like it will be the final book/novella in the series, Can't Escape Love, and if the series continues on trend it will somehow manage to be EVEN BETTER than all the books that have come before. ;)An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review.Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    getting an arc of this lowkey made me scream. full review to come.
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 4.5 starsI received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest reviewOriginal review posted on my blog : Word WondersCW: Abusive father, discussion of parental death, on page sex.*flailing* *squealing* *swooning* THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I WANT TO CRY! No but seriously, A Prince on Paper turned out being so different from everything I expected to be but…for the better. It was so soft and tender and gentle, the kind of romance books that makes you tear up and want to Actual rating: 4.5 starsI received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest reviewOriginal review posted on my blog : Word WondersCW: Abusive father, discussion of parental death, on page sex.*flailing* *squealing* *swooning* THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I WANT TO CRY! No but seriously, A Prince on Paper turned out being so different from everything I expected to be but…for the better. It was so soft and tender and gentle, the kind of romance books that makes you tear up and want to hold it close to your heart forever, it was so very close to beat A Princess in Theory as my favourite in the series but it didn’t quite do that. It nonetheless got a strong hold on my heart and I adored it with every bit of it.I feel like I’ve waxed poetry about Alyssa Cole’s writing time and time again because that’s one of the main things that quickly made her climb to the top of my favourite romance authors’ list. So if you want to see me talk about how gorgeous, in turns funny and emotional it is and how the way she threads words together gives her stories a fairytale like vibe, head on to my reviews for both A Princess in Theory and A Duke by Default. A Prince on Paper is written, like its predecessors and a lot of romance books, in dual perspective, starring Nya, Naledi’s cousin from book 1 whom I fell in love with almost instantly, and Johan, who’s Thabiso’s best friend, also from book 1.Like I said, Nya is a character I fell in love with from her first appearance in A Princess in Theory so imagine my excitement when it was announced that A Prince on Paper would star her. She starts off as a pushover, someone people disregard and base their interactions with her on this image of her as a weakling her abusive father built of her all throughout her life and she’s SICK of not being seen as the woman she is and the person she wants to be. From the start of the book onward though, we see her break out of her shell and bloom into someone who’s self-assured, assertive and honestly just…kick-ass, which are all things she’s always been but that were stifled and crushed under her father’s manipulations and lies. And I loved witnessing that change in her so much. All that happened while she stayed true to her sweet, kind, optimistic self who was honest, and so very open about her feelings, I was in awe.Speaking of her father. He reminded me so much of mother Gothel (from Rapunzel) and it was honestly terrifying. And fact of the matter is people think that parents (or people in general) like him don’t exist, that it’s exaggerated but the sad truth is that it’s not, they exist and so many people live in similar circumstances to Nya’s and I appreciated how Cole explored the subtle nuances of manipulation and emotional abuse, how it’s fed over years and years, how it can be disguised as love and “doing what’s best for you” when in truth it’s what’s best for them, keeping the people they abuse on a tight leash for whatever they can think of. This also showed that even when you’re abused that doesn’t always negate the love you have for whoever your abuser is and that walking away doesn’t just make that love go away (hence the quote above). It was so hard to read but ultimately amazing, especially seeing Nya free herself of him but still struggle.Johan has his own set of struggles too. He has this façade of a playboy he carefully crafted for himself to direct attention away from his sibling, the crowned princx when in truth he’s soft and mushy but rarely lets people in because due to his mom dying, he’s been equating love to pain and the solution he found to protect himself is to never let people close enough to risk losing them. He’s a sweet goofball who’s canonically bisexual!! Everyone thinks that all his business (literally) is in the tabloids, but besides hiis carefully crafted image, he was very secretive and protective of his life and the few things he was truly passionate about. I also loved the exploration of his relationship with his sibling, who is referred to with he/him pronouns for most of the book but then comes out as non-binary towards the end (they/them pronouns). There was an entire side plot dedicate to not only them navigating that relationship but also his sibling figuring out how they want to handle their coming out, and who to come out to as the next monarch of their small country.Now to my favourite part of the book: Nya and Johan as a couple. I LIVED FOR THEIR INTERACTION. It was shots of love straight to my heart and I couldn’t help but squeal and beam like the fool I am at every interaction of theirs. I loved how both of them were very straight forward about their attraction to each other and later on their feelings, how Johan acknowledged the issues he had to work through and how Nya knew her value and that she deserved better and called him out when he stepped out of line. Their banter is playful and easy with some of the silliest and yet cutest back and forths and situations I’ve ever read in a romance book and that made me heart SWELL!!Last but not least, being kept in a somewhat of a virtual fortress until her late twenties, Nya is inexperienced in the sex department, although she knows exactly what she likes and how to get it, she has never been with anyone before Johan. So I really, and I mean REALLY, appreciated how slow they took things and how the author made even the most seemingly “tame” scenes sexy and steamy. This woman knows how to write not only her romance but also her smut.*flailing* *squealing* *swooning* THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I WANT TO CRY! No but seriously, A Prince on Paper turned out being so different from everything I expected to be but…for the better. It was so soft and tender and gentle, the kind of romance books that makes you tear up and want to hold it close to your heart forever, it was so very close to beat A Princess in Theory as my favourite in the series but it didn’t quite do that. It nonetheless got a strong hold on my heart and I adored it with every bit of it.I feel like I’ve waxed poetry about Alyssa Cole’s writing time and time again because that’s one of the main things that quickly made her climb to the top of my favourite romance authors’ list. So if you want to see me talk about how gorgeous, in turns funny and emotional it is and how the way she threads words together gives her stories a fairytale like vibe, head on to my reviews for both A Princess in Theory and A Duke by Default. A Prince on Paper is written, like its predecessors and a lot of romance books, in dual perspective, starring Nya, Naledi’s cousin from book 1 whom I fell in love with almost instantly, and Johan, who’s Thabiso’s best friend, also from book 1.Like I said, Nya is a character I fell in love with from her first appearance in A Princess in Theory so imagine my excitement when it was announced that A Prince on Paper would star her. She starts off as a pushover, someone people disregard and base their interactions with her on this image of her as a weakling her abusive father built of her all throughout her life and she’s SICK of not being seen as the woman she is and the person she wants to be. From the start of the book onward though, we see her break out of her shell and bloom into someone who’s self-assured, assertive and honestly just…kick-ass, which are all things she’s always been but that were stifled and crushed under her father’s manipulations and lies. And I loved witnessing that change in her so much. All that happened while she stayed true to her sweet, kind, optimistic self who was honest, and so very open about her feelings, I was in awe.Speaking of her father. He reminded me so much of mother Gothel (from Rapunzel) and it was honestly terrifying. And fact of the matter is people think that parents (or people in general) like him don’t exist, that it’s exaggerated but the sad truth is that it’s not, they exist and so many people live in similar circumstances to Nya’s and I appreciated how Cole explored the subtle nuances of manipulation and emotional abuse, how it’s fed over years and years, how it can be disguised as love and “doing what’s best for you” when in truth it’s what’s best for them, keeping the people they abuse on a tight leash for whatever they can think of. This also showed that even when you’re abused that doesn’t always negate the love you have for whoever your abuser is and that walking away doesn’t just make that love go away (hence the quote above). It was so hard to read but ultimately amazing, especially seeing Nya free herself of him but still struggle.Johan has his own set of struggles too. He has this façade of a playboy he carefully crafted for himself to direct attention away from his sibling, the crowned princx when in truth he’s soft and mushy but rarely lets people in because due to his mom dying, he’s been equating love to pain and the solution he found to protect himself is to never let people close enough to risk losing them. He’s a sweet goofball who’s canonically bisexual!! Everyone thinks that all his business (literally) is in the tabloids, but besides hiis carefully crafted image, he was very secretive and protective of his life and the few things he was truly passionate about. I also loved the exploration of his relationship with his sibling, who is referred to with he/him pronouns for most of the book but then comes out as non-binary towards the end (they/them pronouns). There was an entire side plot dedicate to not only them navigating that relationship but also his sibling figuring out how they want to handle their coming out, and who to come out to as the next monarch of their small country.Now to my favourite part of the book: Nya and Johan as a couple. I LIVED FOR THEIR INTERACTION. It was shots of love straight to my heart and I couldn’t help but squeal and beam like the fool I am at every interaction of theirs. I loved how both of them were very straight forward about their attraction to each other and later on their feelings, how Johan acknowledged the issues he had to work through and how Nya knew her value and that she deserved better and called him out when he stepped out of line. Their banter is playful and easy with some of the silliest and yet cutest back and forths and situations I’ve ever read in a romance book and that made me heart SWELL!!Last but not least, being kept in a somewhat of a virtual fortress until her late twenties, Nya is inexperienced in the sex department, although she knows exactly what she likes and how to get it, she has never been with anyone before Johan. So I really, and I mean REALLY, appreciated how slow they took things and how the author made even the most seemingly “tame” scenes sexy and steamy. This woman knows how to write not only her romance but also her smut.I think that sums up all I had to say about A Prince on Paper. I read it with Melanie , and that made my reading experience even better because I has her to swoon with and share thoughts with and I couldn’t have asked for a better buddy reading partner ❤
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    I'm putting this down and probably not going back to it.It's just - the way the prince's bilingualism is written is really awkward and it's making me think about all the things I don't like to think about while reading something that is supposed to be funI don't want to think about Complicate Language Feelings while reading romance.
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  • Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    May 1, 2019, review: Of course I was going to reread this once it was released. I love, love, love this book. Nya's character development and growth after dealing with a lifetime of her father's mental abuse nearly had me crying. Johan's protectiveness of the things he loves had me melting. I love both these characters so much and they must be protected. <3I did the audiobook this time around and ... two stars. I don't know if I just really love this story and have sky-high expectations for i May 1, 2019, review: Of course I was going to reread this once it was released. I love, love, love this book. Nya's character development and growth after dealing with a lifetime of her father's mental abuse nearly had me crying. Johan's protectiveness of the things he loves had me melting. I love both these characters so much and they must be protected. <3I did the audiobook this time around and ... two stars. I don't know if I just really love this story and have sky-high expectations for its performance or if she's just a lackluster narrator. Whatever it is, we don't click.Original review: Look, y'all, I have been thirsting for this book since last July, when Johan made his splashy appearance in A Duke by Default as Tav's royalty mentor. Portia called him a "fuckboy with a heart of gold" and I fell in love.The teaser alone checked all my boxes: A sharp-witted rake who plays dumber and flightier than he really is falling for a shy wallflower who's decided she's done fading into the background? Opposites attracting opposites while carrying on a fake relationship? A ROYAL WEDDING? Sign. 👏🏾 Me. 👏🏾 Up. 👏🏾My expectations for this book were higher than Snoop Dogg at Coachella. And, y'all ... It met them. It exceeded them. I love this book so damn much. I love this ENTIRE SERIES so much. While reading, I kept thinking to myself "Is Alyssa Cole my official Favorite Author now?" She is. I stan this romance writing queen. Let me try and break down how this book killed me without giving anything away.I love Johan. I love how much he cares for his friends, family and kingdom. I love how much he worries over Lukas. I love how he speaks in a mashup of French and German (I love that I know he'd be offended by that description). I love how often Alyssa Cole describes his hair.I love Nya SO MUCH. I love how she was working so hard to be her own woman. I love how much stronger and surer of herself she became over the course of the book. I love how she took risks, even though she knew she could get hurt in the end. I love that I know exactly which Dream Daddy she'd go for if she existed in our universe. (Damien. Duh.)And guys, the romance! Johan was so tender with Nya. Nya was so understanding of the defenses Johan built to protect himself. They were so sweet and supportive of each other. Every time the two of them were alone together, I melted. Nya and Johan have differing levels of expertise. But, it's never awkward or creepy when they come together. It's swoony and sweet and they take such good care of each other. (Okay, so they are a bit awkward at times; but they're also cute, so I forgive them.) "I wasn't clear if you think I don't want to touch you. Or taste you. I'm not a demigod seeking to grant you your every desire — I'm a man who wants to." GET IT, NYA! At the end, everything — the love story, the whole referendum B-plot, the family drama — wraps up nicely. In fact, this book has the strongest ending of the series. (I still wish Portia's parents had gotten the comeuppance they deserved in the second book, but who knows what Reggie's novella will bring.)I'm so enamored with the universe Alyssa Cole has created and I'm sad that the series has come to an end. Five stars. Automatic addition to my "favorites" shelf. Definitely worth the wait. I received a copy of the book from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't think I could like this book more than I liked the previous one, but I was wrong. This series just keeps getting better and better.
  • Veronique
    January 1, 1970
    Third instalment in this Reluctant Royals series. I really like how Cole weaves together a light romance, with extremely likeable characters, while bringing to the fore very interesting and indeed important topics, from LGBTQIA to mental health. Right, off finding the novellas now :O)
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating is 3.5. I had a few issues with the story. I'm sure my issues are due to age.I received an eARC of this book from the publisher.
  • maggieandteddy
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful royal story. I loved Nya right from the start & Johan soon after.I had a lot of sympathy for Nya. That is not what she needs or wants. I enjoyed these two. They had great chemistry. The beginning had a great build up. The two couples from the previous 2 books make appearances- A Princess In Theory & A Duke By Default. I guess that this could be a standalone, but I do reco the first two book. Each book is very different.I really enjoy Ms Cole's writing style. Nya and Joh Another wonderful royal story. I loved Nya right from the start & Johan soon after.I had a lot of sympathy for Nya. That is not what she needs or wants. I enjoyed these two. They had great chemistry. The beginning had a great build up. The two couples from the previous 2 books make appearances- A Princess In Theory & A Duke By Default. I guess that this could be a standalone, but I do reco the first two book. Each book is very different.I really enjoy Ms Cole's writing style. Nya and Johan are from fictional countries, but I feel like I was experiencing being right there. Nya has a lot to overcome in dealing with the aftermath of her father's selfish and criminal behavior.He's very manipulative with Nya-over much of her young life. Johan is also underestimated in being the wild child, bad boy-spare to the heir in his own small European country. The press and tabloid remarks are sprinkled throughout the book-usually at the beginning of the chapter. This is a book that I would love to reread. There was a little slow middle, but there was plenty of time to explore Nya and Johan's relationship. They took a while to find out if it was real or not.I intend to read Ms Cole's historical books, especially "The Loyal League" series, which is very high rated and reco'd. I received A Prince on Paper ARC from NetGalley. I had this on my WL and waiting list on Overdrive. What a great surprise.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy from Edelweiss) This is the 3rd book in a series, but there are also 2 novellas prior to this one as well - and let me just say that you should NOT try to pick this book up to read without reading all the previous works. I have read every word of all of them and I still had to do some stop-and-recalls to make sure I had everything straight, especially the main storyline tied to book 1. Such a fun series - I adore Alyssa Cole and will read anything she writes!
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    Alyssa Cole can do no wrong, truly. I loved this, and Johan and Nya too.
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Funny, steamy, and socially relevant are accurate descriptors for the Reluctant Royals series, and A Prince on Paper is no different! This installment features a fake engagement between Nya (a nerdy, shy woman working to overcome her traumatic past from the African nation of Thesolo) and Johan (a European playboy prince with a heart of gold managing his own trauma). In some ways this feels like the most dramatic and emotionally intense book of the series, yet Cole maintains a light touch with hu Funny, steamy, and socially relevant are accurate descriptors for the Reluctant Royals series, and A Prince on Paper is no different! This installment features a fake engagement between Nya (a nerdy, shy woman working to overcome her traumatic past from the African nation of Thesolo) and Johan (a European playboy prince with a heart of gold managing his own trauma). In some ways this feels like the most dramatic and emotionally intense book of the series, yet Cole maintains a light touch with humorous moments throughout the book, despite dealing with dark issues such as abuse, PTSD, and grief. We also get a narrative that is sex-positive with clear lines of consent, and a casual rejection of toxic masculinity and homophobia, with a great discussion of gendered pronouns in reference to a side-character plot. Alyssa Cole is doing fantastic work here. Nya is the daughter of a manipulative, abusive man who is now in prison for treason. The wounds that she carries from growing up with him are deep and we see them impact her life and relationships, yet she strives to work through it and find healing in a healthy, empowering way. (to be clear, the abuse she suffered from her father was psychological, and possibly physical in terms of being fed herbs that kept her chronically ill and weak) Johan is a sensitive, bi-sexual man who masks his feelings with a playboy persona and uses tabloid exploits to draw attention away from his younger sibling and heir to the throne. He still grieves the early loss of his mother and is determined to never fall in love and risk that sort of loss again. And yet, he can't help but notice the lovely Nya Jerami.I really appreciate what Alyssa Cole accomplishes in this book. She is masterful in weaving together compelling characters, hard-hitting social commentary, and steamy romance, along with a solid dose of quirky laugh out loud humor. Also, THIS is the way to handle a character who is a virgin! Nya is inexperienced, but knows what she does and doesn't want and how quickly (in terms of days and weeks) she wants it. And Johan is more than happy to comply, no questions asked or trying AT ALL to push her past her comfort level. We also get a couple of great passages that highlight the importance of male consent in sexual encounters, just as much as female. And when they do finally have intercourse, it's not overplayed as a huge deal, in contrast to the just as sexy moments that came prior. THANK YOU! Not to mention, there is a beautiful demonstration of mutuality and discovering what pleases the other person, and some sweetly humorous moments of Nya's forays into "dirty talk" including use of the phrase "eggplant emoji". I think this demonstrates beautifully what sexuality can and should look like and how it is about so much more than a single act. I also want to talk about what happens with Lukas (Johan's younger sibling) because I thought that was handled really well. Lukas is gender non-binary and comes out as such through the course of the story. Nya figures this out before everyone else and in a non-pushy way, tells Lukas her preferred pronouns are she/her and leaves the door open for them to share. When Lukas finally opens up to their family, their dad (the king) is supportive and open to learning more in order to understand, and Johan realizes that he had been over-zealous in trying to protect his sibling by pushing them to behave in socially acceptable ways rather than allowing Lukas to be who they are.I basically recommend Alyssa Cole to anyone who reads romance and this is the perfect example of why. I love what she is doing and hope we get more in this universe! There are a couple of side characters introduced here who I would love to see explored in future installments.
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  • Bri Little
    January 1, 1970
    Another enjoyable and swoon-worthy addition to the Reluctant Royals series. Things I liked: -the FOREPLAY—Johan knows his way around a woman’s body.-the NB rep. I’m a cister, so I can’t speak on the accuracy of Lukas’s experience, but I’m glad to see gender being discussed so openly.-the salient connection between trauma and chronic illness. Nya’s dad sucks. -when Nya asked Johan “is your grandma racist?” #QTNAThings I didn’t like include Johan randomly punching that one guy, the fact that Nya n Another enjoyable and swoon-worthy addition to the Reluctant Royals series. Things I liked: -the FOREPLAY—Johan knows his way around a woman’s body.-the NB rep. I’m a cister, so I can’t speak on the accuracy of Lukas’s experience, but I’m glad to see gender being discussed so openly.-the salient connection between trauma and chronic illness. Nya’s dad sucks. -when Nya asked Johan “is your grandma racist?” #QTNAThings I didn’t like include Johan randomly punching that one guy, the fact that Nya needed a man to validate her and show her that she is strong, and I thought Johan’s “Oh la la la la” nonsense was super corny. This one isn’t my favorite in the series (I still love A Duke by Default), but as always, Ms. Cole has delivered a cute and quick read and I will continue to devour everything she writes.
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Gah, I feel like a dick for not liking this book more because it's entertaining and light and fluffy af, but it also reads like an iPhone game or like Princess Diaries 5 or something like that. A Princess in Theory trended a bit silly for me, but this one's SO MUCH MORE. And I love fluffy and silly, but when you try to do a serious monarchy overthrow plot that legit involves people painting graffiti on the palace like in The Selection, I just can't deal. And it reads like the dating romance game Gah, I feel like a dick for not liking this book more because it's entertaining and light and fluffy af, but it also reads like an iPhone game or like Princess Diaries 5 or something like that. A Princess in Theory trended a bit silly for me, but this one's SO MUCH MORE. And I love fluffy and silly, but when you try to do a serious monarchy overthrow plot that legit involves people painting graffiti on the palace like in The Selection, I just can't deal. And it reads like the dating romance games that Nya loves to play, so much so that sometimes it feels like it's parodying itself. I do get that this is a comedy, but I feel like I cringed at most of the jokes and laughed at all the parts I wasn't meant to (like the sex scenes).The good:- Johan's pretty cool for the most part, even if I didn't enjoy his POV for reasons to come in the next section. His playboy act to protect his younger brother from attention is sweet.- Bisexual prince!- Nonbinary prince!- Heroine is demisexual! - The set up is pretty dang adorable: awkward first meeting and then fake engagement.The bad/ugly:- The invented Liechtienbourgian language is a mashup of French and German, which have been messed with by adding or removing a letter here or there, and it's painful to read. If you don't know German or French at ALL, this may not bother you, but I shuddered at every "Gutt" and "Leibling" and "Comme tu willst." It is SO MUCH MORE BELIEVABLE FOR THEM TO SPEAK GERMAN OR FRENCH THAN TO HAVE RANDOMLY COMBINED THE TWOOOOOOO. Honestly this pisses me off so much.- That ruined Johan's POV for me, combined with the fact that in every flirty scene he thinks "Oh là là là là" like his own studio audience. Who actually does this non-sarcastically? It's another writing tic that always tore me out of connecting with the book and characters.- Nya's characterization is inconsistent. She's described as a pushover, but she never ever actually acts like one. I don't feel like I know who she is at all.- Except that she's a person who should not be having sex, because she cannot say "penis." Literally, she says eggplant emoji...always with an ellipsis in front too, to make that shit more annoying.- The sex scenes made me laugh. It didn't help that they often said "eggplant emoji" or "peach emoji".- One of the anti-monarchists is named Arschlocher, which is literally asshole. This politician's name is ASSHOLE. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?I was consistently entertained and read this in one sitting, so I'll give it that, but hoo boy I was not impressed by this one. The craft has so many problems. Either you'll find this one hilarious fun or...you'll think it's... poop emoji.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsA Prince on Paper is my favorite from the Reluctant Royals series and I can easily see myself rereading this one in the near future. From earlier books, Nya came off as innocent and a bit mousy. She lived under her father's thumb and she spent most of her time playing online games, specifically of the romantic variety. Johan was introduced as her complete opposite. He was shameless and the tabloids loved covering his exploits. Each had a wall up that they may have not had realized that 4.5 starsA Prince on Paper is my favorite from the Reluctant Royals series and I can easily see myself rereading this one in the near future. From earlier books, Nya came off as innocent and a bit mousy. She lived under her father's thumb and she spent most of her time playing online games, specifically of the romantic variety. Johan was introduced as her complete opposite. He was shameless and the tabloids loved covering his exploits. Each had a wall up that they may have not had realized that started to come down as their fake/political engagement became more and more complicated. I adored Nya and Johan individually and how they tried to deal with their problems only to realize that they needed the other. While Johan came off as a playboy, he was deep down a soft cinnamon roll and I wanted nothing more than to protect him. I was more invested with his family than I had anticipated and I loved Johan's younger sibling, Lukas. This was the perfect ending to this series and I can't wait to learn more about the spin-off series, Runaway Royals. I'm not sure, but I think there was a backdoor introduction to an upcoming couple. All of that rambling was to say READ THIS. I CRIED. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY?
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  • Amanda Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Each installment of the Reluctant Royals series has been a joy to read, and this resonated with me just enough to make it even more of an enjoyable read. I loved it, loved it, loved it! I loved the characters, I loved the baggage they were worrying through over the course of the story, and I loved their intimate moments. Gah! Alyssa Cole just writes books that make me happy!!
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful! Another wonderful addition to this series with plenty of laughs, interesting worldbuilding and characters learning to trust themselves, and their hearts. Full review to come at All About Romance!
  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story more for the anticipated HEA than the journey to get there. Both Johan and Nya deserve such happiness, their respective emotional baggage made me want to hug them both and never let go. Seriously, such sweet babies. And perhaps it was that reaction that overwhelmed the story a bit for me. Yes, they had good chemistry and I enjoyed their honesty, but mostly I just wanted them to go to therapy and gain self confidence. So on one hand the HEA was incredibly satisfying, and on t I enjoyed this story more for the anticipated HEA than the journey to get there. Both Johan and Nya deserve such happiness, their respective emotional baggage made me want to hug them both and never let go. Seriously, such sweet babies. And perhaps it was that reaction that overwhelmed the story a bit for me. Yes, they had good chemistry and I enjoyed their honesty, but mostly I just wanted them to go to therapy and gain self confidence. So on one hand the HEA was incredibly satisfying, and on the other Nya’s last interaction with her father felt odd. Not that she owes him anything, but I’m not sure their last scene together made much sense from Nya’s motivation. The biggest impression this book left was the desire to research and download dating RPGs for my phone.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I know, I know. I haven't finished reading the first book and am in fact only halfway through it, but I am just so so excited about the second and the third books!!! Alyssa Cole is my new go-to romance author, and thank the heavens I randomly found her in the GR Lists! :)
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    This series truly is exceptional. Alyssa Cole has just outdone herself with every release - even the novellas are outstanding. I would have been really upset had A Prince on Paper been the last book, but thankfully, we fans are going to be blessed with a spin-off series. While A Duke by Default remains my favorite book in this series, A Prince on Paper was an excellent addition.Alyssa Cole's strength is without a doubt her characters. She writes such vivid personalities who are endearing in ever This series truly is exceptional. Alyssa Cole has just outdone herself with every release - even the novellas are outstanding. I would have been really upset had A Prince on Paper been the last book, but thankfully, we fans are going to be blessed with a spin-off series. While A Duke by Default remains my favorite book in this series, A Prince on Paper was an excellent addition.Alyssa Cole's strength is without a doubt her characters. She writes such vivid personalities who are endearing in every way, yet are realistically flawed. Nya was my favorite here. She was a sweetheart who had been hurt a lot in her life. She had grown up under the pressure and emotional abuse of her father and in an attempt to escape that life she flees to New York. Only, she doesn't find what she wants in NYC and she decides to go back home to Thesolo, where her father is facing a prison sentence. Nya thought she was a pushover, but she had so much strength to her. As a reader, you get to see her braveness that she doesn't realize she possesses, and all I wanted to do was to give her a huge hug. I was rooting for her to find the happiness she clearly deserved. She finds the perfect companion in Johan.Johan was an unexpected character for me. I went in with preconceived notions that he would be a flirty playboy prince. He turned out to be so much more than that. He was a sensitive soul underneath that tarnished reputation and oh, how my heart ached for him! I love that he was so involved with charities and that he cared so much for his family. Johan was a gem! Together, Nya and Johan find themselves forming an unexpected bond. They were adorable and had fantastic chemistry together! Alyssa Cole knows how to write a swoony romance and she proves that here with A Prince on Paper. It had a fake-relationship angle to it and you all know how much I love that trope. It was also really pleasant seeing the characters from the previous book. I adored the girls in this series in particular as they are so funny and so supportive of each other. They rock! The only part of A Prince on Paper I struggled with was the language that I presume was created for Johan's kingdom. It was a mash of French and German, which are two languages I am very familiar with and I found that it threw me off a bit. Not enough to annoy me, but it was glaringly obvious to me.Trust me when I say that the Reluctant Royals is one of the best romance series out there. I don't even like royal romances, but Alyssa Cole has quickly changed my mind! These books really are THAT good!
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