Title: Fake Dating the Prince (Dreamspun Desires #84)
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 212
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A royal deception. An accidental romance.
When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.
Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.
Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.
Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart….
I’m surprised just how much I enjoyed this light fairy tale romance between the Crown Prince of the fictional country of Lyngria (think someplace like Monaco) and a Canadian flight attendant.
Brayden is looking forward to his upcoming three-week winter vacation in Lyngria, so when Flip, Brayden’s favorite first class passenger on his regular Toronto-Paris route, invites Brayden to be his escort at a fancy charity ball in Lyngria, he’s intrigued. He’s equally fascinated to learn that Flip is really a prince, the result of a happy marriage between his mother Queen Constance and father Irfan who used to be a Bollywood movie star (or as Irfan quips: “I’m like Grace Kelly”).
We get sweet behind-the-scene glimpses of Flip’s life with his family and the way Brayden feels embraced by their kindness and “normal-ness.” I really loved the royal events like the Night of a Thousand Lights ball, where former dance instructor Brayden and Flip dance the Vienna waltz in a scene that reads like something straight out of a Hollywood movie. And as their relationship moves from a pretend one to real, and they enter into a nicely steamy sexual relationship, I was totally on board.
The only things that don’t totally work for me was Brayden’s backstory showing why he has been unwilling to get into a relationship, and a huge miscommunication episode. Otherwise, I immensely liked this fun, light story of a sweet romance between the crown prince and a nice Canadian boy! 4.5 stars.