The Swedish Prince, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle, is NOW LIVE!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Title: The Swedish Prince
Author: Karina Halle
Cover Designer: Hang Le
Release Date: March 22, 2018
**A standalone romance inspired by the classic film, Roman Holiday**
I never believed in fairy-tales.
Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.
Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.
At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.
But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.
Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.
He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
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The Swedish Prince was a sweet, sexy, emotional, charming, swoon-worthy, and entertaining standalone contemporary Royal-inspired romance, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart and soul! It was everything I wanted and needed, and it has definitely been my TOP FAVORITE read of 2018 so far! Karina Halle completely blew me away with Viktor and Maggie’s story, and it was hands down her BEST NOVEL yet! The storyline and characters were everything I’d dreamed they’d be and so much more, and I loved her writing style. I first started reading Karina Halle’s books in early 2017 and have been hooked ever since. She has an insane talent that I am absolutely addicted to, and every book she writes only gets better. Karina Halle is by far my TOP FAVORITE contemporary romance author, and I am so excited to devour more of her truly amazing and unforgettable romances!
Viktor and Maggie were out of this world amazing, and I absolutely adored them and their story with all of my heart. They were everything I wanted and never knew I needed, and I can honestly say that Viktor and Maggie are my favorite fictional characters that I’ve ever read about. I loved their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Viktor and Maggie’s POV, and all of their banter and interactions with each other. Viktor was pretty much perfect and made me swoon so hard. Maggie was incredibly likable and lovable and I felt an instant connection with her; Viktor too. Of course there were some rocky moments between them, but that’s to be expected in every book. There were also plenty of heartfelt and feel-good moments that had me smiling from ear to ear. Almost all of the secondary characters were amazing as well, and I loved them to pieces. I truly loved every single thing about The Swedish Prince, and I was beyond ecstatic with the conclusion to Viktor and Maggie’s story. It was absolutely brilliant and more perfect than I could have imagined.
The Swedish Prince was a sweet, sexy, charming, and swoon-worthy standalone contemporary romance of Royal proportions, and I absolutely loved and adored it with all of my heart! Karina Halle did an outstanding job with this book, and I honestly never wanted it to end; it was that phenomenal. The Swedish Prince was by far the best Royal-inspired romance that I’ve ever read, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“Do you need any help?” Callum asks Viktor as he sorts things.
Callum has never asked to help me in the kitchen before.
Viktor smiles at him appreciatively and I’m aware of how charmed they are of each other. It warms my heart.
“Well let’s see,” Viktor says and takes off his suit jacket, hanging it on the back of the chair, and starts rolling up his sleeves. His tanned, muscled forearms pop against the white fabric as he folds it around his elbow. Hot damn. Forget about warming my heart, this is warming up other places.
“What are you good at Callum?” he asks.
Callum taps his finger against his chin in thought. “Math.”
“That’s great. I meant in the kitchen.”
“Slicing things,” he says with a big smile. “Or stabbing things.” Evil giggle.
Viktor’s eyes widen briefly. “Okay, so we’ll keep you away from the knives.” He looks at me for help.
I shrug. “Beats me, he’s never wanted to help me in the kitchen.”
“Because you’re not James Bond,” Callum says.
“Well sorrrrrry,” I tell him. I can’t blame the kid. Viktor in his suit in our kitchen is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to us.
“Have you ever grated parmesan, Callum?” Viktor asks him while rummaging through the drawers and finding the cheese grater. He raises it up triumphantly while I silently shake my head, no way. A cheese grater is just a knife with scales.
“Nevermind,” Viktor says quickly, placing the cheese grater far away from him. “How about you just sit there and sing me songs. I rather liked your rendition of Dancing Queen.”
Oh god. Now that I know “Dancing Queen” was sung to his actual mother the night before she became queen, by ABBA themselves, Callum’s version seems even more crude.
“I forgot the lyrics,” Callum says with a shrug. “But I can rap.” He clears his throat like he’s about to sing an opera. “I like big poops and I cannot lie.”
I roll my eyes and give Viktor a warning look. He asked for this.
“Can I help with anything?” I ask coming around the table beside him.
“An apron would be great,” he says. His hands are already floured from handling the fresh pasta so I grab an apron hanging in the pantry – one that has chickens all over it, my mother was obsessed with chickens – and bring it over to him.
We smile at each other as he lowers his head so I can slip the top strap over his neck. With his head at my height, I take a moment to run my hands through his hair under the guise of fixing it.
My god. This is what heaven feels like. His hair is so thick and lush and silky, the ultimate sensory experience. I get a whiff of his shampoo, something woodsy and herbal that makes me want to drool. How I want nothing more than to just grab a few strands between my fingers and give it a sharp tug. I want to see the easy-going expression on his face become something raw and wild.
He sneaks a glance up at me and I realize how inappropriate I must be touching him like this.
“Your hair was a little messed,” I say quietly, then I go behind him and tie the straps around his lower back. Damn, if Callum wasn’t sitting right there and watching this whole scene, I’d start running my hands up and down his back, feeling every hard, taut muscle, and then climb him like a jungle gym. He’s just so tall, his shoulders so broad and wide, that I feel like I take up no space at all next to him, like Viktor commands every atom in the room when he’s around.
But Callum is watching, very intently I might add, and whatever intimacy I had conjured up by putting an apron vanishes.
About the Author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.