Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
I adore reading new authors. I especially adore reading new authors when their stories engage and surprise me. Ava Ryan is a new author to me. I love a good billionaire romance. I love stories that involve princesses. I know this isn’t everyone’s type of romance, but these stories hold hope in a way that oftentimes is lost in something darker. Now, that isn’t to say that Ava Ryan’s newest book doesn’t carry any angst. It’s a contemporary romance for sure, but the idea of a handsome billionaire finding his love in a British princess reminds me of the fairy tales of yore, and it’s a story where someone like me can lose myself for a few hours.
Why should you trust yourself to Ava Ryan’s The Billionaire’s Princess?
- This is the first book of a story of three brothers. I love when authors create book universes in families. And these brothers are complicated adding some dark to Ryan’s romance. Three impossibly handsome brothers meeting three impossibly gorgeous women. That is a formula for “good romance.”
- Damon is a type A, ambitious hero who is not interested in a relationship. Until he is. Interestingly enough, Ryan gives his point of view quite a bit of the story, so we observe that he becomes enamoured with her heroine, Carly, quickly. It’s also one of the areas of The Billionaire’s Princess where I struggled the most. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Damon, but Ryan’s ability to create believability in choosing Carly almost instantly after a lifetime of playboy-hood was shaded. When a hero is a commitment-phobe, then, as the writer, I, the reader, need proof through the development of the story that his insta-interest makes sense beyond a physical connection because that is how Ryan portrays him. Then, she quickly changes his mind, causing him to question. Now, she couches this in his history, and I understand her development of his character. I simply have questions about him, questions that I feel I shouldn’t have if there had been some different choices made. Overall, though, Damon is the type of billionaire you love to drown in.
- Carly is a revelation in this story. She is not your typical princess. She is tenacious and persistent. She is clear about her aspirations especially in the shadow of her father’s expectations. For me, she is the highlight of this book.
- I love that the happy ending is an ending for now. It follows in the chronology of the story, and it doesn’t make leaps to the future. This is wise on Ryan’s part because she has two more brothers’ stories to publish. I imagine with book 3 we might see further into the future. I simply love when authors keep a seemingly fictional story grounded in our sense of time and space in the “real world.”
Should you read Ava Ryan’s The Billionaire’s Princess? Indeed. Above all of its postitives is her message, one that we should foster. She suggests in her newest book that we need to let go of past hurts. That’s the tie that binds the entire story together. While it might not seem fresh or new, it’s a message that we need to marinate in, as so many readers struggle with their own pasts, this one included. As Damon’s expectations of himself in the connection to his past almost drown him, it’s an admonishment that life cannot be fully realized until we move beyond our past and live abundantly in our present. That is a message I can get behind.
In love and romance,