Review: The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Caitlin

Cherry Nieta works in HR for a very posh prep school in England. She’s charismatic and damn good at her job, even if she isn’t particularly passionate about it.

(Most romance novel heroines are charming, but Cherry is charismatic, and I would argue that the way Cherry’s brand of charm is described is almost always reserved for heroes. She can get someone to do whatever she wants with just a smile – and it’s a trait described in a positive way. I was immediately hooked.)

One day, her school has a very handsome visitor who runs a charity visit. He’s deciding if he’s going to give money to the school or not. Nobody knows anything about him (except that he is very dreamy), so Cherry is elected for the reconnaissance mission.

His Royal Highness Prince Magnus Ruben Ambjørn Octavion Gyldenstierne of Helgmøre (aka Ruben) is 6’4” with a body that screams “why yes, I do work out.” He runs a charity that helps at-risk youth, which includes sending them to reputable academic institutions. He’s unsure about this meeting, however, because the word “elite” triggers a negative reaction. Boys coming from lesser circumstances probably won’t do well in institutions that insist that some students are more “elite” than others.

When Ruben first sets eyes on Cherry, he’s immediately smitten. She’s tall and curvy, “with laughing eyes and a heart-shaped face and a figure that could kill a man. A woman whose dark, springy curls gleamed like midnight, who has incongruously chubby cheeks and brown sugar skin.”

Cherry doesn’t know Ruben’s a prince when he asks her out on a date. When paparazzi start snapping pictures of the two of them mid-make-out-session, Ruben has to think on his feet, and the two find themselves suddenly fake engaged to each other. Ruben feels guilty about it; Cherry is furious. She never wanted to be in the spotlight, and she feels like Ruben should have told her who he was from the get-go (fair). A promise of more money than she’s ever seen in her life, which means she won’t have to worry about her sister’s medical bills anymore, is enough to get Cherry to go along with the scheme, but she’s not happy about it.
Still very much attracted to this man, of course, but not happy about it.

Hibbert spins a story of two characters I immediately fell in love with – and whom I only fell more in love with as the book went on. Their actions are believable. Any misunderstandings that happen are due to Ruben not wanting to open up old wounds, which seems not only in keeping with his character but fairly understandable.

She also does a solid job with secondary characters. There’s a romance between Ruben’s assistant and his bodyguard and that I was obsessed with. I wanted them to have their own book, but I’m not sure that will happen since their story was wrapped up by the end of the novel.

Ruben is the bisexual Dominant of my dreams. He’s tender and constantly checking in to make sure she’s treated right – but not in a “you’re my property and I’m going to treat you like a pet” kind of way that pops up from time to time. For much of the book, Ruben isn’t sure if Cherry will fall in love with him back, even after he’s deep in his feelings, and he respects it (even as he hates it).

But when it comes time to the actual act of sex, he’s incredible. As demanding in the bedroom as he is respectful outside of it. When he explains that he has an “oral fetish,” I just about lost it.

(So did Cherry.)

In case it isn’t clear, I love this book. I may only get 10 spots for Kindle Unlimited, but this one isn’t leaving my rotation any time soon.

Luckily, Hibbert is fairly prolific. There are several other books of hers that have come out recently, and the next one in the Ravenswood series looks to be coming out fairly soon as well (if you like The Princess Trap, you’ll also like A Girl Like Her).

This is all great. She writes books about characters I don’t see very much of, and I can’t wait to read more. She’s definitely an auto-buy for me at this point, and The Princess Trap is Hibbert at her best.

Rating: A-

Click to purchase: Amazon

The Princess Trap
by Talia Hibbert
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Publisher: Nixon House

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