Before I start... the cover! Gah! The cover, people! I am typically indifferent to abs on covers but this example, the side-on view and all that wild shaggy hair is doing it for me. Big time!
In The Wild Heir, we find Magnus, the heir apparent to the Norwegian throne, having to marry someone suitable after one too many embarrassing public transgressions. After some baulking at having to do so, his choice is a princess in her own right, the quiet and seemingly demure Ella.
This book is most definitely a slow burn and when the heat is turned up, it is scorching. Yet what I most appreciated is that beyond the physical, this was a story about two people, two strangers, coming together to see if there will be a life for them as a couple once the marriage vows are said. The marriage would be one of convenience, but would both of them get what they need as husband and wife given there is no love between them? Can they lower their barriers and let the other in to show them who they really are? Is getting married the right thing for them, or is it something that would please and appease the people in their lives? I really enjoyed going on this journey with Magnus and Ella as they truly take the time to think about this.
Apart from tackling these big questions, I loved the banter and fun these two had. Magnus is the definition of wild, yet Ella is more than a match for him. She’s just never had to opportunity to let this side of her shine through.
Supporting Magnus and Ella is a great cast of secondary characters who were all funny and quirky in their own way.
The Wild Heir is a highly enjoyable read and I hope that there are more royal books to come from Karina Halle.