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    A super fun, lighthearted royal romance.

    Kelsey and her big sister Mallory have just moved to the Big Apple, NYC, Manhattan, and are ready to live the dream they’ve been planning and saving up for for nearly a decade. After finally moving into their tiny apartment, they begin to unpack and dive into life in the big city at full steam when a knock on the door changes everything. Kelsey’s world is upended when she’s told she’s the long-lost daughter of the king of a small country nestled near the Italian coastline. A country she’s never heard of. They tell her she was kidnapped as an infant, something that makes no sense to Kelsey, who grew up in a very decidedly middle class family that was perfectly average in every way. She never had even a hint that she was a) adopted or b) kidnapped. None of it makes any sense to her or Mallory. And the fact that she can’t reach her parents, only makes matters worse when government officials from Moncriano want her to return to her home country. Elias, her self-described body guard is as hot as he is foreign, only muddying the waters further. Kelsey not only needs to navigate royal life, bond with a family she’s never known, come to terms with her past, but also decide in two weeks if she’s ready to embrace her true identity and give up the only way of life she’s ever known. Yeah, no pressure there. Plot Kelsey must embrace her true roots or not. That’s the heart of the story. But the romance with Elias is a strong subplot. Her journey throws a lot of obstacles in her way, not the least of which is getting to know her royal family. With her birth mother having already died, her father, the king, is struggling with embracing the daughter he believed gone forever. She has a brother for the first time ever, but also an older sister who seems to hate her. The fact that Elias is her subject as well as her employee makes any relationship completely off limits. Which of course only makes the sparks fly hotter. My biggest problem with this book is that Kelsey seems to take it all in stride. The fact that she’s willing to just go with the hot stranger without verifying anything for herself, that she’s not more distraught over her past and secrets withheld from her, ate away at me at a low level as she meets her “real” family. She mentions a few times in passing that her parents weren’t kidnappers, but this should have been driving some serious low-level angst in everything she does. Instead, less than 20% in, she’s snogging her security detail in the garden instead of having an identity crisis of epic proportions. But if you can overlook this for the sake of convenience, it’s a lighthearted take on what it’s like to be unexpectedly thrust into royal life, like a grown-up THE PRINCESS DIARIES. It’s definitely a fun, fast read. Characters The characters aren’t terribly deep, but they are fun, and not stereotypical. Kelsey is delightful as the reluctant royal and her sister, Mallory, is hysterical as her partner in crime. I love Kelsey’s loyalty to Mallory as well as her sense of duty to both her families. Elias is honor-bound and full of principle. Princess Genevieve is so relatable as the older sister whose entire life has been shaped by Kelsey’s kidnapping and is struggling with yet the latest upheaval in her relatively short life. Prince Christian is adorable as the loving older brother who has no idea how to interact with his youngest sister. I was totally pulling for a Christian/Mallory side romance. The rest of the characters are there to provide humor and conflict and do their jobs well. There really isn’t a whole lot for any of them to overcome on a deep level, leaving this more plot-based than character-based and that’s perfect for a romantic comedy. What I Enjoyed About THE PRINCESS PROBLEM 1. Royalty. Sure, Americans don’t have our own royalty, in fact if anything we’re anti-royal since our whole country was founded on bucking the monarchy, but it’s still fun to get a behind-the-scenes reminder of why being a princess would suck on almost every level. 2. Elias. Not only is he yummy to look at, but his sense of duty and honor makes him nearly irresistible. 3. Christian. He walks a fine line between the duties of heir to the throne and that of an adoring older brother with class, humor, and intense hotness. 4. Mallory. Kelsey is her sister. She always has been and she always will be, regardless of Kelsey’s royal status. I love how nothing changes for her when it comes to her little sister. 5. Politics. I’ll admit, I didn’t really expect that in this story, but it plays into everything, although with a light touch by the author. It adds intrigue that would otherwise be missing. Bottom Line A super fun, lighthearted royal romance. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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    royal

    Kelsey is starting to have her dream life in NYC when suddenly a man appears on her door and tells her she is a lost princess. Now she has to travel to another country and decide if she will take her place in a royal family or not
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    a sweet five-star read

    The Princess Problem by Christi Barth a sweet five-star read. This wasn’t five-stars all the way through, but overall it was so sweet I couldn’t mark it down. I know I can’t wait for Ruling the Princess as I am desperate to hear more from Genny, even though I didn’t like her for most of this story, but in the end, I could see where she is coming from. Elias is everything you want from a big hunky bodyguard, and he comes through in all ways. Kelsey made me chuckle so may many times, I could identify with her in so many ways, and I was jealous of her relationship with Mallory to have someone that close and supportive in your life is something everyone needs and deserves. You do need to leave reality behind when you start this story but do it as its so fun that you would be sorry to miss it.
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    Superb!

    A superb story. Kelsey’s life is upended when she finds out she is a lost Princess. She is whisked away by her royal bodyguard Elias. They are immediately attracted to each other but try to fight it as they each have individual responsibilities. This is a fun and lighthearted story. As Kelsey tries to find out who she truly is, she discovers her new family and country. With witty and snarky conversations between the characters, we come to love each one. This is an absolutely delightful story that should fulfill every girls dreams. Becoming a princess and falling in love.
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    Charming & Entertaining!

    This story was well written, light in the drama department, was witty, cute, entertaining, and a pretty fun read for the most part, but sometimes low drama and angst and a whole lot of charm is just what you need. And with such great characters and a delightfully fun spin on a royal romance story this was a fun and quick read. Kelsey and Mallory Wishner were finally officially residents of the most exciting city in the world. Manhattan. It had been a lifelong dream of theirs and they had finally scraped and saved enough to afford it. But before they were even done unpacking, Kelsey was speechless, when a handsome man with official documents arrived at her front door, informing her, she was the kidnapped princess of the House of Villani, the royal family of Moncrian. What young girl hasn’t wanted to be a Princess at one time or another? But this had to be a reality show? Right? No it’s not. This is quite the fun ride as Kelsey and her sister Mallory are swept off to meet the Royal family. And what better way to enjoy the meet and greet but to start to have strong feelings for her handsome bodyguard? And maybe having a little fun on the side? Yes this is filled to the brim with laugh out loud moments, and stomach-flip, romantic times that will keep you reading into the night. I requested a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
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