New Release Book Review: A NORDIC KING by Karina Halle


A Nordic King 

Karina Halle 

Publication Date: September 21, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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 When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.



NORDIC KING by Karina Halle is the story of King Aksel of Denmark and Aurora, the nanny to his motherless children. There were parts of this book that I liked a lot, and other parts left me frustrated.

I struggled to get to the midway point of this book. The interactions between Aksel and Aurora are rare. When they do occur, they are brief and we are generally told of then after the fact. I do understand that both Aksel and Aurora would be placing much on the line to voice their feelings but when they do, we’re close to the 60% mark which I felt came too late.

The latter half was a much better read for me as we finally get to spend time with the main characters together as a couple. They definitely lower the barriers with each other and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them. I just wish we got there sooner because setting aside the many logical reasons these two might not look like a good match on paper, together, their attraction and suitability becomes obvious. 

I can’t comment on Aksel’s Danish-ness but Aurora’s Aussie-ness is portrayed quite well. We do eat lollies, say ‘bloody’ a lot and most of us would ignore the prime minister, whoever held the title.  


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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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