This Was Definitely A Problem
Got an interesting review for you today. One thing I really struggle with while reviewing is when a book is so far off from where I would normally read it annoys me and almost makes me dislike a book. Which is rough for me being someone who REALLY struggles at leaving books unfinished. I can count on one hand the amount of series I haven't finished and I have only left one book ever DNFed. And I still have slight anxiety when I think about it being unfinished.... ugh. Having this blog and working with publishers has really helped me be able to take a step back and give a less personal view on a book and replacing it with a voice that can break down plots and writing styles regardless of my feelings about it.
This was one of those books.
So this review is over The Princess Problem by Christi Barth and comes out November 18th with Entangled Publishing. Our story is about Kelsey who finds out she was kidnapped while she was a baby and then given to a husband and wife who take her back to the states to raise her as their own thinking she is just some random deserted child..... Turns out she's a princess. And a body guard has tracked her down to return her to her country and reclaim her rightful place as third in line to the throne. BUT... she falls in love with said body guard which is forbidden because she's a princess and he's a commoner. So yeah. Obviously they end up together at the end of the book.
So starting with the things I enjoyed because honestly.... This book was well written and well thought out. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters Kelsey and Elias. And even though it may not seem like it..... I am happy they got their happy ending! I am a romance fan y'all! Barthi gave the hot sizzle like I like it and was not shy to make it nice and spicy so points for that as well! And I really really really loved Elias and how supportive he was of Kelsey and her choices. The give and take between all the characters felt like they could be true exchanges between humans and the dirty talk really didn't sound forced or awkward.
Now onto what I am concerned may just be that annoying habit of mine where I nit pick a little to much. The idea that..... a princess would get stolen and when found the people who stole her wouldn't go to jail.... even if they weren't the ones who technically did the stealing..... is far-fetched and I think the author could have gone 100 different ways with that side of the story..... and chose to go the route of.... we aren't gonna arrest you because you seem like really great people..... GAG. Another issue with this book was Kelsey.... while I liked her for most of the book..... there were moments I felt myself roll my eyes because SHE WAS SUCH A BRAT..... and I hate when an author tries to pass of brattiness as independence and the idea that they are strong willed and won't let anyone bulldoze them. It read bratty end of story. And while some of the time Kelsey seemed "nerdy" there were moments where it felt like her personality kept switching... and while I think this situation would be stressful and there are reasons she would be struggling and flip flopping I really couldn't bond with her character for most of the story sadly. But what I really.... really struggled with was the fact that even with it being a well constructed story and the writing being polished and easy to read.... there were moments where it felt like the author was trying way too hard to appeal to the youth. Some of her attempts to sound youthful came off extremely awkward and it really made for some cringeworthy moments for me.
This read wouldn't have been one I picked for myself honestly. But for what it is worth I think the romance aspects of it were top notch and I think for someone else it could be a really fun and flirty read. Barthi has a really appealing writing style that made the book easy to enjoy and read more from her. I am planning to read the next book in this series and give Barth and her romance writing skills another go. She is a strong writer and I believe that her skill set in creating chemistry between characters. I'm giving this book a three star rating for having a lot of great potential and giving me the lusty I like!
These pages take me places and I cannot wait to see where they take me next!
Have a happy Hump Day all!
All the best!