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Royal Marriage Market Book Cover Royal Marriage Market
Heather Lyons
Cerulean Books

Fans of The Royal We will not want to miss this epic love story!

Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms.

Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what's best for her country, she isn't about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn't hesitate to tell him there's no way she's marrying him.

Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can't fall for her, because royal or not, they're not meant for each other.

Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.

Royal Marriage Market:

No Angels, No Shifters, but a Whole Lot of Magic!

For the last year, it seems I spend a lot of time in romances that are unexpected, paranormal and probably a whole lot complicated.  In picking up Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons, I found myself in a romance chock full of two of three.

There were no wings, no were-babies, but there were a woman and a man falling in love amidst impossible odds, and still trying to find their own Happily Ever After.

Elsa and Christian are both next in line for the thrones of their kingdoms, which in an ironic way makes them ineligible for one another.  If you think about this conceptually, it makes sense; it’s better to have those not in line for the throne marry those who are,  thus keeping states sovereign.

But you know what they say about the best-laid plans…

When they meet at what can only be described as speed dating for royals, the two adamantly refuse to get sucked in and become unlikely allies.  In the process (I know you saw this coming) they get to know one another, and feelings naturally result.

The problem is that nothing in life is simple, especially when your life is not your own.  In this way, this book remains true to many of the other books I have read recently.  Between the inability to chart their own courses, and the battle to just be with the one person who feels right, romance is romance, right?

In this case, a sense of honor, duty and family commitment leaves our Elsa and Christian to battle for their love.  They must tackle the obstacles and still be who they’re meant to be.

My hope is that we find out where things lead for our star-crossed couple.  Though there isn’t a “cliffhanger”, there is the sense that we could learn more about these two and what happens after the book is closed.

This is my first time reading any books by Heather.  I know her Fate and Royal Collectors Society series are both extremely popular and will definitely need to add them to my list.  I downloaded The Deep End of the Sea immediately after finishing and look forward to diving in.

If you’d like to pick up Royal Marriage Market, you can get it here.  Make sure to check out Heather’s author page on LitBuzz, too!