The Marriage Market by Heather Lyons: A Review
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Rating: ☕☕☕☕ (4 steaming cups of giggles, laughs, sighs and sweetness add a dash of spice and its all good)
In Royal Marriage Market, we are introduced into the future reigning monarchs of the 21st century, young, beautiful, brilliant and bright. They are the future and is as hip and modern as the 21st century can offer. But unbeknownst to their adoring public, their exist a summit of huge proportion that occurs every so often, attended by the reigning monarchs and their progenies for one specific purpose, to broker their children's marriage sealing a deal as advantageous as it can get. Never mind their children's feelings this is for the future and tradition must be met. Princess Elsa, crown princess is aghast that her parents are dead set that she and her sister attend this barbaric summit to be "whored out" as she states to any one interested. But its a done deal and she's off to California (there's a castle in California?) for the Royal Marriage Market. Christian, heir to a dukedom is downright against the RMM but his virago of a mother is dangling the penniless future his father, brother and even his personal secretary will be facing if he fails to attend and secure the marriage she deigns fit for her plans. But something amazing happens, Elsa and Christian meet, and meet again, and again until its no surprise they start falling in love. But they have obligations to uphold, the meat market to attend and parents to appease. Can they raise up in arms against in rebellion for this archaic practice or would they bow down to tradition, regretting a lost love in the future?
Royal Marriage Market starts out fantastic with tones of a great romantic comedy. Elsa and Christian's character are spot on as royals who takes their obligations seriously but can still say Fuck off to their parents asinine plans. Whats really good about this book besides the witty dialogues, is the secondary characters who are well developed as well propelling the pacing of the story in a much more faster. The plot can sound over the top but combine it with great characters, both main and secondary, a tempering of the situation both royals face with realistic expectations and situations and the way the romance and love develops between Elsa and Christian, Royal Marriage Market will have you swooning and clapping like any traditional fairy tale has done before.
About ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET:
Every decade, the world’s monarchs and their heirs secretly convene to discuss global politics and social issues—and arrange marriages between kingdoms. Elsa may be the Hereditary Princess of Vattenguldia, but she finds the entire situation archaic and unsavory. While she wants what's best for her country, she isn't about to jump into an unwanted relationship—let alone a marriage—with a virtual stranger. Of course, her feelings matter little to her parents, whose wheeling and dealings over trade pacts and alliances achieved at her expense begin the moment they set foot in California for the Summit. So when a blindingly handsome royal runs into her, she doesn't hesitate to tell him there's no way she's marrying him. Christian is all too happy to agree: no marriage. As the Hereditary Grand Duke of Aiboland, his main goal is to get through the summit without a bride being foisted on him. Which is why he suggests they help each other field potential intendeds. As Christian slowly gets to know Elsa, though, he realizes they have a lot more in common than just their feelings about the Royal Marriage Market. Only he can't fall for her, because royal or not, they're not meant for each other. Elsa and Christian will have to evaluate matters of the heart verses those of state and crown, and decide whether or not tradition trumps love.
About Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.