His Royal Princess
Billionaire Boys Club, Book #3.5
By Jessica Clare
Author’s Website: http://jillmyles.com/
Review brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Their romance led to a royal wedding in Once Upon a Billionaire. Now see how it all began for Princess Alexandra of Bellissime and American actor Luke Houston in this novella from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.
As heir to the throne of Bellissime, Princess Alexandra is supposed to be cool and calm…not crushing on a movie star. When she hears that Luke Houston is filming a scene for his next movie in her tiny country, however, she can’t resist sneaking onto set to get a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.
When Alex is almost caught on set by the press, she ducks into the first available hiding place—only to find herself in Luke’s private trailer, and getting much more than just a glimpse of him. It’s an up close and personal encounter that sets her heart aflutter, and sets her mind on some very unladylike plans to get to know him better…
His Royal Princess is book 3.5 of the Billionaire Boys Club series. In this book, the story of how Princess Alexandra (Alex) and Hollywood heart throb actor Luke Houston began their love story. This read was a delightful, entertaining and quick read.
The story begins with Alex contemplating visiting the set of a movie that was being filmed in Bellissime (a country tucked into the mountains between France, Switzerland and Italy). I was hooked with this opening statement by Margaret (Princess Alex’s companion-slash-assistant):
“Royal princesses really should not have crushes on Hollywood actors”.
I really wanted to see how Alex would get on the set of the movie without being spotted, being royalty and all. Now this opening introduction of Luke and Alex was definitely funny. In her disguise, Alex gets on set. But as per usual, things do not go according to plan and to maintain her anonymity, Alex is shuffled (in disguise and all) into a nearby trailer. And this is where Alex and Luke finally meet face to face. What ensues is funny because Luke takes her as a ‘gift’ from his director Nick as a distraction:
“Since his divorce, Nick, had been very “into” hookers. That was one reason they were shooting in Europe instead of Canada. Europe was very open to prostitution.”
Luke does not want to be introduced to a hooker! He just wants to get this filming over with. So with Alex surprisingly in his trailer, dressed in frumpy attire and an obvious wig, all sorts of assumptions are made by Luke…and not corrected by the prim and naïve Alex.
I definitely got a chuckle out of the following interaction between Alex and Luke as they begin to converse (seems like a dialogue I have heard many times before – a veritable cliché among the Hollywood set):
“I thought you’d be…. taller.”
Following this interaction, the princess returns home with Luke not knowing who she really is. Alex now decides to shock Luke and invite him to the palace for a dinner party, knowing that he does not know her true identity as the “Princess”.
Once they meet as who they truly are, they discover that each other would like to get to know each other better. And thus, a fledgling relationship is born. The progression of this relationship is slow (after all, they need to keep it quite). True to form, if something is to be kept quiet, it won’t be. As Alex and Luke wade through the muddy waters of dating and getting to know each other, I came to enjoy them as a couple and began rooting for a happily ever after.
Now if you think this is all sweet and nice, think again. There are certainly some suggestive (i.e. HOT) scenes!
“Luke was pretty sure he shouldn’t have sex fantasies about the princess, but it was okay to dream, right?”
There are certainly other scenes – but I shall let you discover them on your own.
The other supporting characters had enough depth to create a well-rounded cast (I loved both Alex’s mother and grandmother – they were definitely surprising at times). This was a fun book, which can be read in seclusion of the remainder of the series, but why would you? The whole Billionaire Boys Club series is worth reading. Thank you Jessica Clare for such great entertainment.