New Release Book Review: The Wild Heir by Karina Halle


The Wild Heir 
Karina Halle 

Publication Date: May 17th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

(Lordy, I love this cover!)

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About the Book:

At first glance I probably seem like any good-looking guy in their late twenties. I have an obscene amount of confidence, a tattooed body sculpted by the Nordic gods, and I love the ladies as much as they love me. If I’m not BASE jumping or car racing, I’m chasing other devious thrills with the woman of the week. And that’s fine if you’re the average single guy. But I'm not the average single guy.

I’m Crown Prince Magnus of Norway and my latest scandal just landed my entire royal family in hot water. Now the only way the monarchy can save face is for me to smarten up – publicly. If I don’t, I’ll no longer be heir apparent to the throne. So it’s either I abdicate my future role as King or… I get married. To a blue-blooded stranger. 

Enter Princess Isabella of the tiny country of Liechtenstein. Quiet, intelligent, and uniquely beautiful, Ella doesn’t like this arrangement any more than I do and she’s not afraid to show it. She says I’m a womanizer, that I don’t take anything seriously, that my ego should be taken down a few pegs, and I think she aims to make me miserable for the rest of my life. 

But even as our arranged marriage becomes a war of wit and words, I’m determined to break through Ella’s prim and proper façade to find the wild, sexual and risk-taking woman underneath. I want to uncover the Queen inside her. The only question is – will she let me?

The Wild Heir is a standalone full-length royal romance.


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My Thoughts

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!
OK, on to the book review.

I only discovered Karina Halle’s books this year and I have enjoyed every single one because she writes some of the most deep, complex and empathetic heroes I have read about. Magnus, The Wild Heir is no exception. And if a great hero is not enough, the books are filled with romance in abundance.

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.


Meet Karina:
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.

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