I originally fell in love with Kim Karr with her Men of Laguna series. I think I read No Pants Required when it was free or .99 on Amazon, and I fell in love with her characters. Every one of her books engages me and pulls me in because the characters are compelling. There is usually some push and pull between the H/h that keeps you reading so you can see how it is resolved.
In January of this year, she released Washed Up Royal, creating a “universe” of royalty. With Washed Up Royal, we are vaguely introduced to Prince Maximus Napoleon Montgomery, the former fiance to Princess Victoria Blanchette. What do we find out about him? On breaking their engagement, Prince Maximus “lets loose.” He becomes a bit of a manwh$$$, potentially threatening his father’s kingdom.
Enter Karr’s latest offering in this series, Would Be King. Prince Maximus aka Max is living temporarily in New York City entering the world of magazine publishing as a way to engage in a life separate from being a royal. Quite frankly, he’s trying to find himself or escape the expectations of his position. Enter Gigi, a Texan transplant to New York City who is looking to break into fashion. Gigi and Max meet unexpectedly in a cab, and the sparks fly. Fortunately, they continue to cross paths and the fireworks continue.
This story is a story about acceptance. Max struggles to accept the stricture of royal life. He understands the responsibility of it, but the mantle that lies upon his shoulders is heavy, and he rebels against the expectations of his father and his country. Unfortunately, he cannot progress if he doesn’t come to accept his situation and find his space within that life. Similarly, Gigi struggles to accept that she can fit with Max and his world. As is the case with most stories about royalty, Gigi feels unworthy of Max’s title and responsibility. However, she grows to love him. Herein lies the angst of this story. Gigi sacrifices her own happiness so that Max can fulfill his obligations.
Together, Gigi and Max are fiery. They’re witty and brash and sexy. Reading them, for most of the book, is exciting and enjoyable. They pulled me through the story, even the parts that hurt my heart. I also loved how Karr fashioned Prince Maximus after England’s Prince Harry. Given his current popularity, the nod to our real prince adds another layer of character development to Max’s character.
Just like her Men of Laguna series and the ReWined series, I have fast fallen in love with Kim Karr’s books. There is so much more to explore with this new series of books, as there are several royals to consider. If they continue to be as interesting as Victoria/Adrien and Max/Gigi, this reader will be spending some serious book money.
In love and romance,