I recently got into historical romance, and if you can look past the usually ridiculous book covers, they're actually pretty good. Big thanks to HQN Books for having me for the blog tour for A Royal Kiss & Tell by Julia London!
|Pub Date: 5-19-20|
Lady Caroline Hawke is used to men fawning over her, so when the handsome Prince Leopold can't even be bothered to remember who she is, she takes it as the utmost insult. So, she decides to do what any level-headed lady of society would do: drop little morsels of gossip about the Prince in a popular ladies magazine. But shaking up the Prince's reputation isn't enough for Caroline, she's setting her sights on his hand as well.
Prince Leopold of Alucia is beside himself about who could be behind the attack on his character. What sort of rogue could want to ruin his societal standing so completely? The worst part is this slander is hindering his investigation into a trafficking scheme that reaches the highest in London's government. Leo has no choice but to accept the help of the flighty Lady Caroline if he wishes to stop his name from dragging in the mud even more. It's only a matter of time before the pair realize the spark between them is more than just annoyance.
I went into this not realizing it was the second in a series, and I think that lessened my enjoyment. There were certain small details that I missed out or didn't pick up on because it had happened in the previous book. Despite that, there were other aspects of this that just didn't work for me. I didn't particularly like Caroline; I felt she was selfish and conceited. I also didn't feel much chemistry between her and Leo so I wasn't invested in their relationship. The pacing of the story was clunky and the human trafficking mystery felt off and almost like it was just thrown together. I've been getting more into historical romance lately, so I was excited to try this, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.