Hello lovely readers. With the royal wedding recently it only seemed apt to read a royal romance. So, I gladly read this new release by an #indianauthor with an Indian origin heroine. In this story a fellow Indian is the commoner and I was curious to see how that plays out. Read on to find if it passes muster or well you’ll know soon enough 🙂
Title : The Soldier Prince
Author : Aarti V Raman
Published : 22/5/2018
Publisher : Karou Publishing
Rating : 3.5/5
The Soldier Prince…
Alexander ‘Iceman’ Heinrickson was born a prince.
The spare heir to a European principality whose future was set in stone.
Until circumstances forced him to abandon his wealthy lifestyle and royal heritage. He chose to become a soldier.
After years of seeing needless combat, he works construction in New York city. And craves a normal life.
Going back home is not an option for him.
But neither is leaving a brave damsel in danger.
…And The Commoner
Sasha Ray is an aspiring teacher and a soft touch waitress.
Her life is normal. Boring even.
She also has a massive crush on the newest Tall, Blond, and Handsome who frequents the New York deli where she works.
What she doesn’t know about the stranger called Iceman might get her killed. Or worse.
For one, he turns out to be a lethally capable soldier.
For another, he is the secret Prince of Stellangård, who is not used to the word no.
So, when Alexander sweeps her off on a private jet to his castle nestled in the Swiss Alps for her own protection, she has no choice but to go with him.
Falling for a tortured hero like Prince Alexander might be the biggest mistake of her life.
But Sasha knows some mistakes are worth risking your heart for.
With an unknown enemy closing in, Sasha and Alexander need to decide if happily ever after is just a fairy tale. Or can a Prince and a commoner find true love in the middle of danger?
Meet the Royals of Stellangård – Alexander, Helena, and Michael – burdened by their heritage, freed by love, in three standalone novels of romantic suspense and action.
If you read the story summary (as above) you will know how the lead characters meet. It’s pretty much as mentioned above, what we read in the story is what happens next. After they come face to face with the enemy threat and the royal secret is revealed to the commoner.
I read it primarily for the author, she is Indian and so is the commoner Sasha in the story. It’s a fairytale with a desi character which grabbed my attention immediately.
Since I am fond of modern fairy tales, I was excited and curious to see how it comes true for this desi heroine. I was, well, not exactly blown away or surprised or any such thing. What I did enjoy was the writing, the plot was tight, meaning, it was smart and difficult for me to point out any misses, flaws or such. The plot is clichéd with royal rules, commoner limitations and the obstacles in their great love (which mostly they were for themselves).
I finished reading it because there was plenty excitement from the danger and action, the tension between the characters and the Royals were not completely typical like the actual ones we have in the world you know ;). You can say if there has to be some acknowledgement of Royalty, the Stellangards are a pretty good example of how such families should be. I enjoyed the small band of characters and the story pace was great as the story happens in a span of less than 10 days. So the emotions, incidents had an urgency, they weren’t dragged long. Also, I felt in case of Royalty where the practical side of things were taken care of by someone else they had so much time for their emotions. It’s like their reactions, emotions were heightened, the passion had centre stage and it felt very larger than life. May be that’s why I guess Royal romances are the stuff of fairy tales.
Do comment and let me know, how or what you feel about Royal romances, are they the stuff of dreams, epic love story, fairy tales?
That’s excluding the hype and paparazzi attention, I am talking about the real, emotional stuff.
Now, on a purely shallow note the Royal hero in the story and the one on the cover do not match in my view. Nothing wrong with the person on the cover but Well they don’t match.
So, if Royals and smart Indian women catch your fancy go but The Soldier Prince and enjoy.
Author. Aarti V Raman is a traditionally published author (three books) from Mumbai, India. Her second novel Kingdom Come was picked up by Harlequin MIRA and published as a standalone title in 2014. She has also worked as an editor and journalist for close to a decade now.
Aarti recently ventured into indie publishing and has so far published three books – all m/f contemporary romance. Two of which are in a found family series called Geeks of Caltech.
Reviewed by Bharti