Mar 27, 2018

{Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt} The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle


Swedish Prince AMAZON (2)The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Swedish Prince
The Swedish Prince
by Karina Halle

4.15 · 848 Ratings · 193 Reviews


The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I never believed in fairy-tales.
Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.
Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.
At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.
But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.
Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.
He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.


Oh Karina Halle, how much I adore her and her creative and beautiful done stories. They either hit the heartstrings or make me all hot and bothered. I've been a die-hard fan since the Experiment in Terror series and it's always exciting to see which direction she takes with a new series/book.

The Swedish Prince follows Maggie, who has been hit with such a devastating loss, her parents were murdered and left behind their children, which Maggie has become their new Guardian. She leaves school to take care five siblings and work her butt off to make ends meet as working at a hotel. When Maggie runs into the very naked and then later the very "drunk" handsome hotel guest, she decides to help him out by letting him sleep it off at her home. Soon Maggie connects with this beautiful man, who eventually she comes to find out is "THE" Swedish Prince Viktor. Their connection is instant but with how different their worlds are, Maggie and Viktor navigate their romantic world wind relationship and the ups and downs of being connected to a royal heir.

Maggie is a hardworking, dedicated, loving, and unselfish young twenty three year old. She gives up everything to take care of her family. Not realizing she is in a way trying to be a mother, when her family just wants their sister. She goes through a lot of highs and lows with her family, dealing with loss of all kinds. But when she meets Viktor, he opens her up to explore something she hasnt had in a long time, someone who cares for her and understands what shes gone through.

Viktor is suffering from the loss of his brother, it was tragic and sudden. It also made Viktor the heir to the throne and puts so much pressure so soon after his loss, that it becomes to much. Luckily he is allowed a breather, and that takes place in California when his care breaks down on his way to LA. He meets Maggie and she just gets him, she doesn't care about his title, money or anything else but just being with him. But Viktors reality is a challenge and something that Maggie inst sure she can handle.

Overall this was one of my favorite of Halle's, she really opened my eyes to the pressure of being a royal heir, as well as the reality of everyday Joe's and Jane's like Maggie go through just to get by. The romance is sexy as heck and Viktor and Maggie have such an intense connection that I'm surprised they didn't burst in to flames with the sex they had, dang it was hot! My favorite little tidbits besides the romance was the Swedish endearments, my sister married a swede and I always found the language exciting and so awesomely unique. I highly recommend this story and I'm hoping that maybe we get some of the fun secondary characters story too, like Magnus and King Aksel.

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“Do you need any help?” Callum asks Viktor as he sorts things.
Callum has never asked to help me in the kitchen before.
Viktor smiles at him appreciatively and I’m aware of how charmed they are of each other. It warms my heart.
“Well let’s see,” Viktor says and takes off his suit jacket, hanging it on the back of the chair, and starts rolling up his sleeves. His tanned, muscled forearms pop against the white fabric as he folds it around his elbow. Hot damn. Forget about warming my heart, this is warming up other places.
“What are you good at Callum?” he asks.
Callum taps his finger against his chin in thought. “Math.”
“That’s great. I meant in the kitchen.”
“Slicing things,” he says with a big smile. “Or stabbing things.” Evil giggle.
Viktor’s eyes widen briefly. “Okay, so we’ll keep you away from the knives.” He looks at me for help.
I shrug. “Beats me, he’s never wanted to help me in the kitchen.”
“Because you’re not James Bond,” Callum says.
“Well sorrrrrry,” I tell him. I can’t blame the kid. Viktor in his suit in our kitchen is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to us.
“Have you ever grated parmesan, Callum?” Viktor asks him while rummaging through the drawers and finding the cheese grater. He raises it up triumphantly while I silently shake my head, no way. A cheese grater is just a knife with scales.
“Nevermind,” Viktor says quickly, placing the cheese grater far away from him. “How about you just sit there and sing me songs. I rather liked your rendition of Dancing Queen.”
Oh god. Now that I know “Dancing Queen” was sung to his actual mother the night before she became queen, by ABBA themselves, Callum’s version seems even more crude.
“I forgot the lyrics,” Callum says with a shrug. “But I can rap.” He clears his throat like he’s about to sing an opera. “I like big poops and I cannot lie.”
I roll my eyes and give Viktor a warning look. He asked for this.
“Can I help with anything?” I ask coming around the table beside him.
“An apron would be great,” he says. His hands are already floured from handling the fresh pasta so I grab an apron hanging in the pantry – one that has chickens all over it, my mother was obsessed with chickens – and bring it over to him.
We smile at each other as he lowers his head so I can slip the top strap over his neck. With his head at my height, I take a moment to run my hands through his hair under the guise of fixing it.
My god. This is what heaven feels like. His hair is so thick and lush and silky, the ultimate sensory experience. I get a whiff of his shampoo, something woodsy and herbal that makes me want to drool. How I want nothing more than to just grab a few strands between my fingers and give it a sharp tug. I want to see the easy-going expression on his face become something raw and wild.
He sneaks a glance up at me and I realize how inappropriate I must be touching him like this.
“Your hair was a little messed,” I say quietly, then I go behind him and tie the straps around his lower back. Damn, if Callum wasn’t sitting right there and watching this whole scene, I’d start running my hands up and down his back, feeling every hard, taut muscle, and then climb him like a jungle gym. He’s just so tall, his shoulders so broad and wide, that I feel like I take up no space at all next to him, like Viktor commands every atom in the room when he’s around.
But Callum is watching, very intently I might add, and whatever intimacy I had conjured up by putting an apron vanishes.
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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