He’s lived the good life…
Cut off from his finances and ordered get his life together, George Dagmar registers for university in New York. College life, as it turns out, isn’t so bad. He can party, meet lots of girls, and hang out—at least according to professional student and artist, Penny Novak. When they tangle in the sheets, George quickly realizes she is more than an affair…
She lives life on her terms…
Penny enjoys a bohemian lifestyle and plans to live as a poor artist for the rest of her life, answering to no one but her muse. Spoiled George doesn’t impress her, but when her sister asks her to keep an eye on the brat prince, Penny can’t help but tweak his royal nose. When he rises to the occasion and proves he can be funny and charming, they hit the sheets. Reveling in their carefree affair, Penny has no complaints until George slips and declares his love. Galvanized by fear of a set in stone future, this commitment-phobe bolts…
Changing the rules…
He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants her. George will go to any length to prove they were meant to be together. Even grow up…
This book was a gift from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is the continuing story of the Dagmar family. Royal in every sense of the word. George Dagmar is the third son of the Andraste royal house, the spare. George is the playboy, the spoiled youngest of three brothers. As such he hasn’t taken anything very seriously except one thing that managed to initiate more assassination attempts on his family. His Highness, Andraste Grand Duke Armand, his eldest brother has ordered him to college. Which he has managed to fail spectacularly.
Summoned to the family home in St Moritz for the winter holiday, George is confronted by a royally pissed off Armand. He is given the choice of only three universities willing to accept him, and his access to his trust fund and credit cards is cut off. He would only have an allowance to live on, one which his attempt to argue, as dropped to a minimal amount.
Penny Novak is Armand’s sister-in-law. Not thrilled to be ensconced with only family in the castle-like estate, she goes exploring. Needing a bathroom she finds herself in George’s suite when he returns from the confrontation with Armand. She cajoles George into somewhat talking to her and in the process she unknowingly selects the university he would attend NYU.
At the end of the holiday, George shows up on her doorstep. Penny’s roommate Mallory opens the door expecting pizza and in walks George and his bodyguards. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book.
“You have two minutes. What are you doing here?”
“I’m moving in.”
Oka-a-a-ay. That wasn’t the answer she’d expected.
Cheeks ruddy from a shower and damp ringlets of honey brown hair gave Penny a fresh-faced innocence he’d not noticed when she’d stormed through his bad mood in Switzerland. Even her oversized pajamas looked adorable—and a little sexier than he’d ever imagined possible for flannel.
The color in her face seemed to deepen at his announcement. “You’re doing what?”
“Next door. I’m moving in next door.” He’d assumed Anna would have told her. Certainly Armand kept his wife apprised of the details. “I took your suggestion.”
“Okay, you’re going to have to catch me up. The words you’re speaking are English, but I’m missing something here.
You’re moving into my apartment building? Here? In Brooklyn?”
“Well, technically Manhattan, but yes.” He paused when her roommate returned, juggling three wine glasses and a bottle. Accepting one with a polite smile, he blinked when Penny took her glass and the bottle. She drained the full measure then refilled it. “Are you all right?”
“No, not really. Back to the story, princeypoo.”
“Very well. You suggested New York University. I’ll be beginning the semester there this week. The apartment next door will be my residence and my men will take the other apartments on this floor.”
Thus begins an interesting relationship between a snarky artist and a Prince.
Penny manages to help George find the path he needs to buckle down and excel in his courses. George develops a friendship with Mallory although his main focus is Penny. When Mallory’s mother has a heart attack, George arranges transportation and a driver to stay with her. While Mallory is gone Penny and George’s friendship starts to be something more, way more.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this relationship grow. George especially, as he learns to be a college kid instead of just a privileged prince. I love that Penny calls him princeypoo every time he pisses her off. This friendship leads to explosive sex, a declaration, and secrets that could end it all.
All in all a great summer read!
Five contented PURRS for Heather’s Royalty.
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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.
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