The Royal Pain

BOOK 1: The Royal Treatment  by  Mary Janice Davidson

The Royal Pain   description:

In a world nearly identical to ours, the North won the Civil War, Ben and JLo got married, and everyone dresses well to attend the Grammys. Oh, and Russia never sold Alaska to the U.S. Instead, Alaska is a rough, beautiful country ruled by a famously eccentric royal family, including oldest daughter, Princess Alexandria, whose acid wit and bad case of insomnia have turned her into a tabloid darling, a palace problem, and overall…

PMarine biologist Dr. Shel (“Never Sheldon”) Rivers has a problem. Some princess expects him to wait on her, hand and dimpled foot. His boss is taken with the royal redhead — brunette, whatever, it’s not like he keeps track of that stuff — and nobody realizes that he just wants to be left alone in his lab. All alone. All the time. Weekends, holidays — it’s all good.

Now here’s Miss Royalpants, insisting that he escort her around the marine institute, explain what he s doing, kiss her until her toes curl — no, wait, that was his idea. She’s not even apologetic about being born into a royal family! Says it’s his problem to overcome, not hers. Which leaves him with one option: to kiss her again. And again. And…

So she’s nothing like he expected. In fact, Dr. Rivers can see that this fantastic, exasperating woman has problems no princess should ever have to deal with. And he has an idea to help her get some much-needed sleep. Of course, it involves getting very, very tired beforehand, but if she’s up to it, then so is he…

In this delightfully madcap sequel to The Royal Treatment, the Baranov family is back and as unpredictable as ever, and a prickly princess and cranky Ph.D. are about to discover that love conquers attitude every time!

royal painBOOK 2: The Royal Pain   4 STARS

This is definitely much more erotic than the last book, but I feel it was also more meaningful. Alex is struggling with the events of the last book, the fact that her family’s life had been endangered and that she had to kill a man to protect them. She’s having panic attacks and suffering from insomnia. I feel like her relationship with Shel felt more substantial, as they get to know each other and he gets to understanding her issues and like a man wants to fix the problem. Plus the issues she was fighting to overcome and the approach to such felt very real, and it wasn’t just her own issues but Shel’s as well. He has some hatred in him due to his childhood, and the stereotypes he’s built around such people like Princesses. So while it’s still silly and fun, it’s definitely more developed. This continues to be a good series, and worth the read.



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