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Royal Marriage Market: A Royal Romance by [Lyons, Heather]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6492 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996693416
  • Publisher: Cerulean Books (15 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0182YVU0O
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I won't lie I am a big fan of Heather Lyons.

Ever wondered how the royal families of the world marry off heirs and spares that won't get married?

Elsa a hereditary Princess hasn't found the right man and is furious that she has been summonded to a royal summit which is a disguise for the Royal Marriage Market. There she meets Christian a hereditary Duke. Both determined they will not be made to marry people they do not know or love they form a understanding to help each other through this. Will they find love?

I loved the story. Loved the characters from the main to the secondary they always feel they could jump out of the page.

My only criticism is I wanted more. It all ended too quickly for me. I need more of this story in my life. More and I'll make it 5 stars.
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Actual Rating 3.75 Stars

This is an entertaining sweet romantic read that will appeal to lovers of adult contemporary or fantasy romance.

Elsa and Christian are respective heirs in their own countries. Both are steadfastly opposed to the archaic Royal Marriage Market (RMM) and I can't say I blame them. It was hideously outdated. However, both are extremely dedicated and they want what's best for their people. Considering the obvious opposing goals, there is plenty of heartfelt angst and shared frustration.

The first half of this book was a little slow, and repetitive in places, and I did find myself skimming some parts. It picked up pace in the second half and I really got sucked in then.

Though Els and Chris fall for each other in four days, it didn't feel rushed or unbelievable because of how well it was written. For the most part, I enjoyed their banter and sparring, and I loved the 3 a.m. firsts! The romance was sweet with a little bit of sauce on top! Their chemistry was believable and I was rooting for them from the start.

The writing was beautiful and accomplished.

The world building was decent but I had issues with some aspects of how Royalty were portrayed. It wasn't entirely credible.

The plot conflict wasn't realistic enough to be believable, and this was probably my biggest disappointment. In my opinion, RMM as a concept wasn't credible and I didn't buy into the notion that the characters saw it as a true obstacle either.

I thought all the side characters were well developed and I especially warmed to Luke and Mat. Isabelle was annoying for most of the story until she redeemed herself toward the end. Both sets of parents were obnoxious and unlikeable, but that was the intent.
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Royal Marriage Market is an utterly swoon-worthy romance that delves into the surreal lives of royalty.

Told in alternating first person narrative, Elsa (how can you not think of Frozen) and Christian. Both heirs to the throne in their respective countries, therefore, destined to be kept apart by archaic rules and duty to their countries.

Having reached an age where marriage is not only expected but conducted as a business negotiation, Christian and Elsa find themselves shipped off to a week-long delegation intent on pairing off single royals to the highest bidder. Both Christian and Elsa are very strong-willed and stubborn, determined to take control of their own destiny at least where their hearts are concerned, Unfortunately, there is a lot more at play than they initially realise. Behind the scenes machinations by those closest to them create adverse situations they have to navigate. Treaties, pacts and business arrangements take precedence over feelings or god forbid love!!

To the outside observer it is obvious very quickly how perfect Christian and Elsa are for each other making their situation harder to accept when you want nothing more than for them to get the happily ever after they deserve. They are both extremely selfless people, putting their siblings and loyal subjects before themselves.

Elsa is incredibly feisty under all the proper etiquette that has been breed into her, to see her real personality break through was adorably funny. You can't help but fall for both Elsa and Christian, as individuals and as a couple.

The narrative provides a thought provoking look at the role of royals in modern society and how some things like arranged marriages need to be outdated.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9aace9f0) out of 5 stars 67 reviews
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HASH(0x9ad1e15c) out of 5 stars The PERFECT modern day fairytale! 30 Dec. 2015
By readingteeners - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is brilliant! Everything I love about romance, royalty, and sassy heroines shines bright in this story. Royal Marriage Market will draw you into a frustrating world of royal matchmaking, a world that is full of very few hits and more than enough misses. There is duty, honor, heartache, and passion spilling from this tale. Heather Lyons does an incredible job of sharing a beautiful love story, one that shows the stark line between duty to country and following your heart.

Where do I even begin with this book? It plowed into my top reads of 2015 at the end of the year and it stole my breath. When you start to read this story you have a little bit of an idea of what is going to happen based on the general genre of royal romance, but the story is perfected in the details. The details make this story phenomenal and allow the reader to dive deeper into Elsa and Christian’s tale. Taking traditions from hundreds of years of monarchy and translating that into a modern royal romance gives this story a push into something that every young fairytale lover longs to see. Elsa is a strong woman, one who is refreshing with a feisty personality and spunk for life that gives her a fresh outlook on her role and her country. She is opinionated, kind, loving, and adores her country, while abhorring some of the harsher traditions she is expected to uphold. Christian is a man determined to make a difference in his country. He is strong, intriguing, and so darn alluring. There is so much about him that appeals to Elsa but the situation throws a wrench into everything. These two strike up an unlikely alliance in a desperate situation and it blooms into something epic love stories are written about.

Royal Marriage Market is an insider’s look into the matchmaking of royalty in the modern times. It is about keeping hold of who you are in the midst of emotional chaos. It is about love and the cost of that love but more importantly about the desire and fight to stay true to yourself. There are so many times when these characters could have laid down and taken the brunt of the harsh reality that was forced upon them, but instead they stood for change and a better future of happiness. Every character you meet in this story shares a different personality trait of the situations you read in this book. There are manipulators who are crass and heartless. There are negotiators and blackmailers. But there are also so many innocent caught in the crossfire that long for love but find themselves in a do or die situation. Heather does an incredible job of expanding this story to include so many different royals and situations that weave into a well thought out and provoking story. Elsa and Christian are the main focus but their story it so deeply woven into the fabric of those around them, royals and non-royals alike.

I could have read a million more books featuring Elsa and Christian’s story. I would have loved to read hundreds of spin-offs giving me a glimpse into what happens to all the other people involved and the paths they decide to take. This story was fabulous! I don’t think I can completely communicate how much I loved it and how excited I am for everyone to read this book! Heather Lyons has proven in this book that love is magic and the power to follow your heart is pure and transformational.
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HASH(0x9abaf318) out of 5 stars Don't miss out on this Royal Marriage Market 15 Dec. 2015
By Jill (Love Affair With Fiction) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So if you have ever read my reviews, it is no secret that I can easily be swayed by an intriguing cover or blurb. I have always had a soft spot for princess stories and glitter - and look we have both right here! You have marriage in gold glitter in the title and a soft romantic, dreamy scene on the cover *sigh*. When I saw the cover, it just made me remember all of those times I used to play dress up and put on my sparkly tiara and want to be a princess. When things seemed simpler. But that was the romanticized version of royal life. The putting on the pretty tiara and twirling around version. And as we see here in Heather Lyons' Royal Marriage Market, while I was twirling around dreaming of being a princess, the royals may have been doing just the opposite, and wishing to be just an average person...

We find out that every 10 years there is essentially a big old meat market amongst the royals to hook them up and sell them off... or I mean of course it comes off much classier amongst the royals. And much more traditional and dignified. So let's try this again. "Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms." There is just one little problem, or make that two. Wait maybe that is three or four.. hmmmm. Well you see some of these heirs aren't so thrilled with these antiquated traditions. They have witnessed their parents loveless marriages and are not looking forward to repeating those same mistakes. They want to marry for love and NOT because their parents are looking for an advantageous alliance. Theses heirs may have their country's best interests at heart - but NOT when it comes to their own hearts!

Royal marriage market centers on Elsa, Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia and Christian, Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland. Both have decided they have no interest in having a match found for them here. And trust me Elsa let's Christian know this from the get go! But that one crash meeting leads them where nether of them ever intended. What will win out? Heart or crown? Tradition or love? Monarchs or heirs?

Royal Marriage Market completely enchanted me. It was a charming story that was full of romance and humor with dashes of drama thrown in as well. The characters are all well written and you can't help but get attached to them and root for them to find their happily ever after. I actually hope to see some of the side cast get their own stories in the future (HINT HINT!!)

I definitely recommend this book. It was a fun read that I easily lost myself in!

I received a complimentary copy of Royal Marriage Market in exchange for my honest review.
HASH(0x9af48258) out of 5 stars What a Wonderful Read! 23 July 2016
By C at Prisoners of Print - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**I own a copy through Amazon Gift**

I started my Heather Lyons excursion with her Collectors’ Society series, which quickly became one of my all-time favorites. Needless to say, I knew the bar would be pretty dang high for anything else I chose to take a chance on by her. Well, I don’t know what super powers she possesses, but boy was this woman born to write. Royal Marriage Market is a charming modern day royal romance that left me swooning and smiling from ear to ear. It was an utterly addicting package wrapped up in a perfect little bow.

“I do not even require a prince, let alone a charming one. My life is one of service. Responsibility. Importance. When the day comes and I assume the throne, I simply wish somebody I love to be in my corner. And if I cannot find that, I would rather not marry.”

I’ve never been one to follow modern day royalty, but there was something about Elsa and Christian’s story that really intrigued me. I found myself developing an interest for the political matchmaking scenarios that they found themselves in within the Royal Marriage Market. These two characters were so spunky and fun that you couldn’t help but root for them. Their banter was absolutely hilarious and had a youthful, playful quality to it. Through the way Lyons presents these two characters, readers can easily understand how it is that they were able to fall in love so quickly. I was certainly having my heart stolen right alongside the two of them.

“I want more. I want that spark, that flame to petrol.”

If there is one thing that I can confidently say about Heather Lyons, it’s that she knows how to transport readers to an entirely new world. With Royal Marriage Market, she has given readers a blend of modern with tradition, romance with obligation, and youth with maturity. Her characters have lives that I will never fully comprehend, yet that I understood on an emotional level. It was extraordinary and a refreshing breath of air in the romance genre. Heather Lyons is a true master of her craft. She was born to write and it shows through every single feeling drawn out in Royal Marriage Market.

“I have never, ever craved to kiss a woman more than in this moment. I’m freezing my arse off, we’ve broken into a historic landmark, and there’s a chance we could get caught, and all I want to do is just hail her in my arms and press my mouth against hers until we both forget our titles, followed by countless hours learning every centimeter of her body.”

For those readers who may be skeptical because of a hint of historical, you have nothing to worry about. Royal Marriage Market is ground firmly in the modern day with unforgettable characters, and an even more wonderful storyline. This standalone novel has all the elements that will leave readers satisfied yet yearning for more because it was just that good. Everything I read from Lyons is so different from anything else I’ve come across and it’s that quality that has earned a faithful reader in me. I can’t wait to see where she’ll take us next!
HASH(0x9ad1d828) out of 5 stars 5 Crowning Stars 29 Jun. 2016
By DesertReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am huge fan of Heather Lyons and she is an automatic one-click author for me. When she announced her first contemporary book, I was excited to see her delving into a new genre. I was elated after reading the synopsis and seeing her plans to give readers a modern day fairy tale involving a true princess and prince. Despite it’s lighter subject matter, it is brilliantly written and flows beautifully from the first chapter until the last. Ms. Lyons creates unique but realistic countries and situations for the background of her story. Her descriptions of Hearst Castle are brilliant and it is like having a first rate tour of the historic treasure. Even though this involves a princess and prince, so much of the story is simply a boy and girl finding what matters.

"I would rather have nothing that something that isn’t true."

Elsa is the quintessential Heather Lyons’ heroine. She is feisty and head strong, and I instantly adored her character. Despite being a princess, Elsa is a somewhat free spirit but has firm grasp on her duties as heir to the throne. Christian is everything we dream of in a prince, but underneath his dashing appearance, he possess a kind soul and intelligence. Elsa and Christian certainly have chemistry, the sexual tension is complete torture at times. However, their banter is even more endearing, and some of my favorite scenes involve their laughter and ability to make another smile.

“I’m rather taken with your laughter, you know.”

In addition to the main plot of Elsa and Christian, there is an intriguing supporting cast as well. These characters enhance the overall story line and give it more depth. While this is considered to be a stand alone book, I would be elated if some of the minor characters have books in the future. Heather Lyons has made no mention of this, so it just my wishful thinking at this point.

If you are looking for a feel good story, that will leave a smile on your face, I highly recommend this book. It’s perfect for the holiday season, or anytime you want to believe in true love
HASH(0x9a7cdcb4) out of 5 stars A delightful and entertaining read 18 Jan. 2016
By Stephanie (LoveLifeRead) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Like most in my generation, I admit I have a small fascination with royals. I mean, I am not stalker-ish or anything like that, but Prince William and Duchess Catherine have enliven the royal fan base worldwide, bringing youth, vitality, and project such happiness with their lovely family. What does this have to do with Royal Marriage Market? When I read the book description, I could not help but be intrigued given my prior interest.

This is an amusing story--I really liked our main characters, both Christian and Elsa. Both of them are headstrong, confident and poised to take on their country's needs once they are rulers. IF they ever get to that point, that is. The Royal Marriage Market aka RMM is happening and both are being forced to attend as pawns for their dominating parents require as they are bargaining chips that will fetch something their parents need. When you are a royal, your life is not your own and you have have little choice in who you marry, according to the traditionalist Monarch Council (MC).

Neither wants to foisted with a loveless marriage or marriage of convenience, so Christian and Elsa bond and seek company with each other. Knowing that each are firm with leaving leaving the Summit in which the RMM is happening without a fiance(e), they find themselves growing more and more attracted to each other--but being both the hereditary heirs of their countries, the match would not be approved by their parents, let alone the MC.

The only complaint I have against the book is the ending felt a bit rushed and incomplete. The way it leaves off, it seems likely that a sequel is in the works. I checked Ms. Lyons' website and I did not see anything, but I am hopeful still. I want to know what happens with Christian and Elsa, as well as other characters we meet along the way.

What did I enjoy? The chemistry between Christian and Elsa is well written and believable in my opinion. I had a ridiculous grin on my face while I was on the airplane I am sure, but it sure made my plane ride go quickly. Pick this up for a delightful, entertaining and quick read--especially if you are royal watcher. :)
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