The Price of Royal Duty: A Contemporary Royal Romance (The Santina Crown Book 1)

The Price of Royal Duty: A Contemporary Royal Romance (The Santina Crown Book 1)

Posted by jack_miller | Published a year ago

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Santina's rebellious princess Sophia made a shock exit from her brother's engagement party last night following the surprise announcement of her own arranged marriage. It seems Sophia did not favor the match…instead boldly stowing away on the magnificent Maharaja of Naipur's private jet!

Staff insiders to the charismatic maharaja, Ashok Achari, aren't denying the pair spent a wild night together before being caught on film on arrival in Mumbai.…

Scandal is the last thing the Santina royals need right now—might this maharaja be persuaded into taking Santina's runaway princess as his wife?

I never write a review, other than marking the "stars". But this book, which is book 1, in a series that has different writer for each book and this one is written (almost) the entirely inside of 2 characters head. The dialog went on and on and on! What is wrong with conversations with the characters? And, what is wrong with conversations with more than 2 characters? When conversations did happen, sometimes it was the same dialog that you already ready in its entirety in the " in their head" dialog, so what was the point, to fill more pages?

I read a lot, probably 5 or more books per week, but I am not sure I will read the remaining 5 or 6 books since I truly hated the writing for book 1. I finally started skipping page after page of in their head dialog. I do not recommend this book. If you want to read the series, read .05 and then skip to book 2.

- elijah_davis

This book started off with promise. Like most Presents, this one was told many times. I, however, love to read so I diligently pick them up and read the different ways to tell the same story. This one was not only completely predictable but it fizzled out quickly. The beginning and the very end was okay- couple got together despite the odds, couple gets thrown together and have to make it work- this is why we read these books- to see how it will come together. My problem is the comming together. It was slow and boring and a whole lot of thinking and not a lot of doing. The H was a coward with his logic- and the h is simply another doormat. She has spunk sometimes and want to fight but ultimately just accepts what happens around her. Zzzzzzzzzz

- kasen_ortiz

I loved reading Ash and Sophia's story. Great start to the series. My only dig was sometimes the story dealt more with their internal personal point of view than action.

- dalary_wilson

A good read...a little too much narrative not enough dialogue between the hero and heroine, but overall it was a good book!

- kyler_jackson

very good read the whole series is a good set. If you must read then you have to read all the books to get the whole picture of the entire family.

- daniel_anderson

Love Penny Jordan. Every character is so realistic. this story captures you and holds your attention. You can not put it down.

- braylon_reed

It was good

- emmanuel_turner

This was a decent read. It was a bit convoluted in parts, but overall a good escape and worth the price.

- maxine_kelly

Having read the rest of this series, I thought I should catch up on the missing episode.

Considering who the author is, I was expecting something outstanding but sadly it was just - okay.

Sophia and Ash both had a history, but it took her escaping from her father’s determination to marry her off to a Spanish prince, (by hiding on board Ash’s plane thereby starting a scandal which could only be rectified by marriage), to bring them together.

Of course, we then had to be with them working their way to a happy ever after.

The story had some really good bits in it and I did enjoy it. Somehow, I was just expecting more! Happily recommend it as the start to the Santina series.

- kailyn_smith

Penny Jordan wrote 187 books for Mills and Boon and after reading a lot of them, my overall view is that she should just avoid writing about royal families. She writes a lovely book about normal down-to-earth heroines, but when she becomes embroiled in the politics of royal families... It just no longer works somehow.

This is basically a rewrite of an earlier novel of hers ("Bride for His Majesty's Pleasure" - which was dire I hasten to add), but The Price of Royal Duty is a better reworking of this.

The book itself actually has quite a strong start with royal Santina Princess Sophia hitching a ride on the Maharaja of Nailpur's (is that in Manchester?) private jet, unbeknownst to him. She's on the run from an arranged marriage, which he has already refused once to help her get out of (despite the tried and tested trick of oh-dear-my-ballgown's-fallen-off-can-you-shield-me-in-your-arms-whilst-I-cover-my-nakedness earlier on in the royal ball announcing her brother's - and her's - engagements). He then discovers her (naked again!) in the bedroom of his private jet and decides that to protect her reputation, he needs to marry her. There was a moment when I thought it was going to get really exciting and they were both going to get kidnapped by a slightly dodgy air steward, but no, the moment passed, and lovely, feisty Sophia suddenly morphs into dull as ditchwater dutiful wife.

She then marries him (the next day) and they both trudge along together telling themselves they don't love the other and that all this is about is conceiving the royal heir. The marriage, it is clear, is built on sand, with the ghost of Ash (the Maharajah's) first wife featuring a lot in it - not a literal ghost (it's a mills and boon after all) but she definitely manages to come between the couple, despite being dead after strangling herself with her sari in a car accident.

As usual, there's a series of misunderstandings, poor decisions and rules that they tell themselves they must live by which just make them unhappy and would be solved a lot sooner if they just talked to each other instead of just having lots of sex and then him sneaking off back to his private quarters to feel guilty about his dead first wife (if only he hadn't made her wear that sari!)

However, it's a Penny Jordan book so there ARE some redeeming factors. Nobody writes a romantic line like her (consider: "Here in this room was everything in his world that held real value, Ash found himself thinking. Here was everything he could ever want or need because here was Sophia.") and the romance of India/Manchester is beautifully portrayed in a series of scenes.

My favourite line is when Ash realises that he loves Sophia (cutting it fine, I had to wade through 240 pages of self-inflicted angst before he finally admits this): "A bond of the truest kind of love, given from the heart of a man who'd had to overcome so much to be able to make that gift." The sad fact of the matter is that the main thing he's had to overcome is their mutual stupidity and inability to communicate.

Not the best Penny Jordan I've ever read, but it's okay. I particularly liked the interview with the author at the end of my edition where she describes her working day and how she spends the first part of the day reviewing her work to make sure it makes sense - yes, she should have done a bit more of that.

- kaya_king

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