ROMANCE

How To Catch a Queen

Avon. (Runaway Royals, Bk. 1). Dec. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062933966. pap. $7.99. contemporary ROMANCE
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Sanyu wasn’t prepared to become Sanyu II, King of Njaza. And he certainly wasn’t ready to get married, but tradition dictates he wed before taking the throne, and it’s his father’s dying wish. His match from RoyalMatch.com is Shanti Mohapi of Thesolo, a commoner whose dream and life goal has been to become a queen so she’ll have the power to help people. The initial sparks that fly seem to fizzle during the four-month trial marriage, but Shanti isn’t giving up on her dream, and Sanyu is seeing a greater world through her eyes. But will his insecurities and unwillingness to topple tradition allow for his own happily ever after?
VERDICT Cole (An Extraordinary Union) launches the “Runaway Royals” series with a bang, introducing a sexy but shy king, a determined and caring queen, and a host of characters who leap off the page into the reader’s imagination. Fans of the “Reluctant Royals” series will adore cameos by some of their favorites, but this is a solid starting point for new readers.

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