Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review - The Playboy Prince and the Nanny by Donna Alward

The Playboy Prince and the Nanny
by Donna Alward
Series: Royal Duology, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Prince Diego Navarro is the “spare” to his brother's "heir". While Raoul performs his crown prince duties with the appropriate sense of nobility and poise, Diego’s garnered a bit of a reputation as a playboy - despite the good he does behind the scenes with his favorite charities.

But when tragedy strikes and his sister-in-law is killed in a car accident, Diego knows it's time for the playboy to step up. If not for his brother, then for his niece and nephew, who now find themselves without a mother.

Which is where Rose Walters comes in.

Rose isn't intimidated by money or glitz. The veteran nanny has worked for the rich and minimally famous, but a manor house is no comparison to a castle… or the handsome princes who live there. However, the worst thing she could possibly do is fall for the gorgeous playboy with a surprising heart of gold. He’s a prince; she’s the help. He lives in the tabloids; she loves her privacy. But when her two darling charges start to play matchmaker, Diego and Rose don’t stand a chance.

The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is the first book in Donna Alward's royal duology.

A solid summer read that lets you escape with royalty and gives a satisfying happy ever after! I’m not a huge fan of these contemporary royal romances, which played into my rating, but I was intrigued by the blurb and am glad I gave this one a shot.

Things aren’t always what they seem, and that even holds true behind the castle walls! Prince Diego has been labeled a playboy, always out making headlines and in the media spotlight. What the public doesn’t see is a man who will do anything for his family, even if it means keeping the spotlight turned on him as a diversion so the rest of his family can have some peace. When Rose is hired as the new nanny and gets to meet the real Diego, there’s not much either of them can do to stop the pull they feel towards one another.

Rose definitely has some issues that stem far beyond the ones she knows she will face if she decides to get involved with royalty. She was a little bit frustrating at times, but I totally got where she was coming from, I just wish she had spelled it all out for Diego so they could have worked together when it came to making their relationship public and minimized her back and forth on her desire to commit.
They either had to go into this all the way or not at all. There was no “easing” in. If she was worth it, if they were worth it, Diego had to stop worrying about fighting with her and start fighting for her. Until he was willing to do that, it would be better to cool things off.
Diego was so much more than everyone gave him credit for. He loves his family deeply and would do anything for them, even stepping up to the plate to take charge when tragedy strikes the family and then after when scandal becomes a threat. And like Rose, he needed to get out of his own head and talk more about his feelings and how to address their relationship – these two definitely could have used some relationship counseling on communication!

I did like the other characters in the book. I loved the role the children played and seeing Rose interact with them and help them find their new normal after losing their mother and nanny. The rest of the family did grow on me throughout the book and there were some other characters on the staff who helped this one along.

As I already mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of these types of contemporary royal romances since the angst surrounding the social class tends to grate on me, but this was a solid read. I liked that the angst was kept to a minimum and that the entire royal family was one I could like. This book was well written and had a solid plot with some very well developed characters.

A definite must read for those who are fans of this trope or anyone looking for solid romance that has a solid happily ever after!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book received from the publisher through NetGalley.

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