Haha another trope I’ve read more than once! If it’s not my most read trope I’ll be able once more to come up with several contenders and one winner.
I don’t know why but being noticed by a prince or a king is something appealing to my inner little girl who grew up reading fairy tales with the poor girl marrying the prince. Romantic, me? Totally!
I’m a proud romantic!
Ok here we go:
Some YA first:
Of course I can’t avoid speaking about America and Maxon in The Selection series by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.”
Cinder and Prince Kai in Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Mare and Cal in Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Here is an excerpt of what I wrote about them:
-Mare was incredible. She evolved from a resigned and quite mousy girl into a fearsome and audacious girl. She had to take drastic actions but wept each time someone was hurt in the process.
I loved when she kicked Evangelina’s butt (Cal’s witchy betrothed).
She also made mistakes and paid the price. What she lacked in power and knowledge she made up tenfold in courage and determination.
-Cal was righteous and dutiful to a fault. He sometimes lost his cool but loyalty and duty were so ingrained he could not allow his feelings to get in the way. He was torn between his wants, his desires and what was expected of him. A warrior at heart, he tried to protect Mare to certain extent. At the end of the book, he was magnificent and I guess his fire will explode in book two. Oooh, I can’t wait to see him in action! I hope he’ll destroy the traitors.
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
Now some Adult reads:
Kash and Day in Arranged by Lexi Blake
Here is an excerpt of what I wrote about it:
“Kash is like a beautiful wild animal. Deeply physical but unsatisfied with his life. He is unquestionably eye candy but the real star was Day. I loved her strength and her poise. She knows what she wants and is not ashamed to be who she is. Her mind is so attractive and sharp you can’t help but admire the girl! She knew what was best for Kash even if Kash did not want to admit it. »
“All right my future Queen. Let me tell you what I can offer you.”
Nichola and Olivia in Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
“I’m not sleeping with you for money.”
“Because I’m not a prostitute.”
“Of course you’re not. But you’re young and beautiful, I’m handsome and rich. The more applicable question is why aren’t we fucking already?”
That is a strong argument.”
Circe and Lahn in The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Excerpt of what I wrote about this book:
“OK, first chapter in this book and I was all: “What, am I book mistaken?” Judge by yourself: fair maiden with long blond hair hunted because she fell in the middle of The Wife Hunt. She is caught and violated by the warrior king. He is a beast of a man (translate really, really huge… everywhere) has dark hair and a long beard with golden band. Black body painting… Does it ring a bell, mmhh?
Yes you won!!!! Congratulations. They reminded me of Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from Game of Thrones!”
“He is my king, he is my warrior, he is my husband and I am proud to say above all… he is mine.”
Wrath and Beth in Dark Lover by JR Ward
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams
“You don’t know this yet. But you are Mine
And my winner is…
Cara and Prince Alexandre in Command me series by Geneva Lee
When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn’t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.
Prince Alexander of Cambridge.
Royal bad boy.
Exiled heir to the throne.
He isn’t Prince Charming. He’s controlling. He’s demanding. He’s dangerous. And I can’t say no to him.
We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I’m willing to go for King and Country.
For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.
“I wanted all of him.
The angel and the demon.
The heaven and the hell.
He was my curse and my salvation.”
Who is your favorite PNR couple?
Thanks for reading!