A Nordic King
A Nordic King by Karina Halle
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SYNOPSIS: When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it’s bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.
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I dropped everything when this book appeared on my Kindle and all I did for the next 2-3 hours was read it. I’d been for the story of Aksel and the nanny since The Wild Heir and I was not disappointed in the slightest. I’ve been a fan of monarchies since I read my first Royal Diaries book around nine years old, I believe it was Marie Antoinette’s story. I especially like the Nordic monarchies (Crown Princess Victoria is a favorite). I’ve had a monarchy Tumblr blog for years. Shameless blog plug: I Love Royal Families. So reading romances about modern, fictitious, Scandinavian royal families is right up my alley. Especially when it’s the story of a Danish king falling for an Australian nanny!
This was a delicious and adorable story. Aurora is an Australian transplant to Europe who gets hired to be the nanny for two of Denmark’s motherless princesses. While she quickly wins over the girls, it’s their gruff royal father, Aksel, that takes longer. Mostly because he’s fighting his attraction to Aurora and his guilt about his dead wife. The relationship between Aurora and Aksel is definitely a slow burn but that’s necessary to the story. As Aurora becomes more and more a part of the lives of the princesses and Aksel, the chemistry between the king and the nanny ignites. It takes time though, because of Aksel’s past (and Aurora’s too actually) and his role as king and her employer. However, once they give in to their passion, their chemistry steams up the pages. Hot damn.
In addition to the steamy attraction of Aksel and Aurora, there is also adorableness in this book. Mostly in the form of Aksel’s daugthers, Clara and Freja. The mischievous girls cause all sorts of shenanigans, some including a pig! However, they also are motherless children who are forced to negotiate a world with constant eyes on them and royal expectations. It is easy to see why they quickly fall for fun Aurora, especially once she pulls their father out of this shell.
This book was everything I wanted from the story of a king and his nanny. There’s certain royal pressure and press but like the current Nordic royal families, nothing as over the top as the British presses obsession with the British royal family. There’s pomp and protocol but also down to earth freshness and an ability to relate that you see with the current Danish, etc, monarchies. Aksel has royal duties and expectations and while Aurora doesn’t necessarily fit into his lifestyle, he’s able to bend things to fit Aurora into his life. Their relationship was everything I needed from this story. I enjoyed every moment of this book and would totally recommend it!
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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