Author: Sariah Wilson
Series: Royals of Monterra #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince…
Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.
HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.
Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?
A cute Cinderella-type story about an ordinary girl who meets a prince. For the most part this was fun, light reading. There were a few plot inconsistencies that bugged me (mostly about her accident and recovery — I mean, she is supposedly injured enough to be unconscious for three days yet wakes up in a castle with only sprains and just hops out of bed and goes about things as if she is not hurt or recovering). There is also a little more innuendo than I like in a story, and I got frustrated with Kat and some of her choices. But it’s always fun to imagine what it would be like to meet a prince!
When Kat MacTaggart goes on a holiday skiing trip with her roommate and best friend, Lemon Beauchamp, she never imagines that she’ll end up meeting and falling for a real life prince, but that’s exactly what happens when Kat has a skiing mishap and is rescued by Prince Nico of Monterra. Not only does he rescue her, but when she wakes up after her accident she finds that she’s not in her hotel room–she and Lemon are staying at the royal palace while she recuperates!!
It’s not smooth sailing for Kat and Nico, who’s smitten with her because she’s different than most of the women he has to socialize with in his position as the Crown Prince. Lemon has a PR plan to help bring more attention and tourists to Monterra which includes Kat “pretend dating” Nico and writing about it. Kat doesn’t want to date anyone, she’s got a life plan and it doesn’t seem to include marriage.
I loved how this large royal family–Queen, King, Nico, his twin brothers and 3 younger sisters–all make Kat feel welcome. She’d had quite the rough upbringing with a dad who’d spent time in prison before he died, and a mom who was addicted to crystal meth. Kat left home about age 14 and got through school, college and now graduate school on her own, so nothing was going to derail her plan of getting her masters degree and becoming a social worker so she could help kids.
I admired how Kat had taken control of her life at such a young age and that she had a plan, but sometimes I felt she was a little too set on “her plan”. I felt that Nico didn’t want to derail her life plan, just adjust it a bit. I liked that Lemon was such a great friend to her, and pointed out that if Kat and Nico got together she would be able to help a lot more children.
I know this book is pure fantasy, but I loved this rags to riches story and hated when I got to the end, although I loved the ending. One of the reasons I read fiction is to escape to another place and Monterra seems like a great place to escape to so I’ve added the other books in the Royals of Monterra series to my “want to read” list.