“Bad Princess” review: Julianna Keyes’ royal novella
Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.
But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.
Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?
This New Adult novella included two of my favorite romance tropes, a marriage of convenience and ROYALS! So obviously I had to read it!
From the very start, I was invested in the story, Brinley was such a relatable character. Finn was a breath of fresh air when it comes to heroes, especially these days in romancelandia where alphas are everywhere. Thank you, Julianna Keyes, for creating this rather shy, quiet and sweet hero.
A couple of situations were a bit unrealistic, perhaps because the author didn’t have enough time to explore them simply or to keep the fairy-tale-like atmosphere.
Overall a romantic, sexy and fun read by an author that I adore.