- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6770 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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 It was hideously outdated.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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Heather Lyons’ new book, Royal Marriage Market, is a beautiful story that whisks you away to a dream world set in modern times. This story gives us an alluring peek into the lifestyles of the young and sexy, rich and royal.
I devoured this contemporary romance and am still thinking about it—the richly developed characters, the unique storyline, and the romance leaves you wanting more long after this standalone is over.
Royal Marriage Market
I am not the type to want angst in my stories, I know they are necessary, but I don't go and seek out these monsters on my own. Heather is the only author I continually make an exception for. Her books are like drugs that pollute my mind with whimsical creations that will leave me breathless and senseless.
Royal Marriage Market threw a wrench in this whole thing. While reading, I kept waiting for the angst to make me crawl into a hidey hole, not wanting to continue because I can't take it. What I got, was a romance straight out of a fairy tale with the only magic being the act of true love itself.
Elsa and Chris were sort of regular people with complicated lives, but that didn't stop them from causing anarchy amongst the most barbaric display of power among the royals. They pushed away the idea of everything they hated about the market and found themselves in a companionship neither of them saw coming.
I cheered for them from the very beginning. I wanted to cause harm to the people who didn't want the same thing I wanted. I got the drama, but not to the extent I was preparing myself for, which was a relief, a smooth balm on my damaged soul caused by Heather herself haha.
I really loved the secondary characters, they gave more depth to the story, and made things more complicated, but also added to the love. I am still holding out hope Lady Autumn runs away with Lukas in a total scandalized, gossip-worthy affair!
I can dream can't I???
And can we take a moment to talk about the sexy, swoon, OMG did I just get pregnant reading this??, scenes! There were so many almost moments leading up to the big sha-bam, I thought my lust was going to explode right out of my vagina! So very good!!
Heather can create worlds, destroy lives, and also give us a romance so enriched in plot and detail, it grabs your attention and leaves you a swoony mess by the end. She wears many hats and I am so glad I get to experience the depth in which she wants to share her worlds through her written words.
I may have PTSD from her stories, but I am so glad I pull up my big girl panties to read her books. I just wish I would have stopped and read this one sooner, so I could have been introduced to Elsa and Chris a long time ago...
I give Elsa and Chris 4.5 "True Love does exist" Stars
Elsa's and Christian's story moves along quickly, and I didn't feel that it dragged anywhere. The plot is clear and simple, but does have its twists and turns. The characters are well developed, as Heather Lyons has a way of creating strong female characters that are plucky and headstrong, but also have a vulnerable side. The chemistry between the two main characters is palpable, and even though the connection between the two grows in a short time span, it is done with such finesse that it feels like a slow burn romance. As with her other books, Heather Lyons has created another swoon-worthy male lead that goes on my book-boyfriend list.
Royal Marriage Market is a great summer read that will leave you feeling good. It's a modern fairy tale, so you get the prince and princess...but with a contemporary feel. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
My favorite moments in this book were the quiet romantic moments when the main characters were just beginning to build their relationship. Despite the over-the-top situation they find themselves in their relationship blossoms first as a friendship and then into a deep love. These were my favorite moments of the book because they seem so realistic. I'm a big fan of the type of slow-burn romance that was in this novel. Lyons' is a fantastic relationship writer. Her character's are built on a foundation of friendship and trust, which always makes the relationship so much better when they FINALLY get together, and let me just say, this one takes awhile for them to hook up!
The relationship between the two main characters overall became my favorite part of the book. Even when things got a little unrealistic, I had to continue reading to discover what happened with them. What did end up happening was kind of perfect. For once, the man has to sacrifice something instead of the woman. Yay female empowerment!
Overall, if you love a slow-burn romance and strong female characters, pick this one up quickly!
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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