Published in: 2005
Pages: 352
Edition: E-Book
Book #: Alaskan Royal Family #2

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In a world nearly identical to ours, the North won the Civil War, Ben and JLo got married, and everyone dresses well to attend the Grammys. Oh, and Russia never sold Alaska to the U.S. Instead, Alaska is a rough, beautiful country ruled by a famously eccentric royal family, including oldest daughter, Princess Alexandria, whose acid wit and bad case of insomnia have turned her into a tabloid darling, a palace problem, and overall…

The Royal Pain
Marine biologist Dr. Shel (“Never Sheldon”) Rivers has a problem. Some princess expects him to wait on her, hand and dimpled foot. His boss is taken with the royal redhead — brunette, whatever, it’s not like he keeps track of that stuff — and nobody realizes that he just wants to be left alone in his lab. All alone. All the time. Weekends, holidays — it’s all good.

Now here’s Miss Royalpants, insisting that he escort her around the marine institute, explain what he’s doing, kiss her until her toes curl — no, wait, that was his idea. She’s not even apologetic about being born into a royal family! Says it’s his problem to overcome, not hers. Which leaves him with one option: to kiss her again. And again. And…

So she’s nothing like he expected. In fact, Dr. Rivers can see that this fantastic, exasperating woman has problems no princess should ever have to deal with. And he has an idea to help her get some much-needed sleep. Of course, it involves getting very, very tired beforehand, but if she’s up to it, then so is he…

My review:
I’ve not read any of this series before, but I’ve read the Betsy series and rather enjoyed them, so I figured this would be pretty okay too… and it was surprisingly decent, given there were no vampires/werewolves/ghosts etc that litter the other series.

The characters are somewhat annoying, and I hate how quickly they seem to fall in love- seriously, it doesn’t happen like that in real life, nor are you problems all solved that quickly- but anyway, as a story, it’s light and fluffy and has a lot of smutty scenes, but that’s generally what I expect from MaryJanice, so it works. It’s the type of book I love to read when I’ve had a real tough week and just need something mindlessly fluffy and upbeat to read and take me away to an easy place, and this is one of those kinds of books.

Final review:
The Royal Pain rating:
8/10. Although fluff, it was entertaining fluff.
Would I re-read it? I enjoy fluff, so yeah, I’ll read it again. Plus I enjoy the writer’s writing style, so it makes it an enjoyable fluff read, instead of a tediously annoying one.
Who would I recommend it to? It’s adult-themed, so it’s not one for children. Also aimed at women, so, not one for the guys. Given the adult nature of the book, and the fact it’s a bit of fluff, it really suits those who enjoy those kinds of books.

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