The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: February 8th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: abuse (flashbacks and hinted), dead parents

Pages: 320

Publisher: Nixon House

Genre: contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

He’s reckless, dominant, and deliciously dirty. This prince is no fairytale. 

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre knows exactly what he wants—and his current obsession is Cherry Neita. Everything from her rollercoaster curves to her fearsome attitude commands his attention.

And best of all? She has no idea who Ruben is.

Until the paparazzi catch them in a dark alley, her scarlet lipstick smudged, and his hands somewhere naughty…

All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess.

Well, princess-to-be. One year as his fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear. Easy. Right?

Wrong.

The closer Cherry gets to Ruben, the brighter their passion burns. But the royal family hides dark secrets, and their palace is a diamond-studded trap.

Can true love bloom from false beginnings? Or will this fairytale end in a happy-never-after?

The Princess Trap is a steamy, standalone BWWM royal romance. Warning: this book is 70,000+ words of extreme pleasure and intense romance, ending in a HEA. NO cliffhangers and NO cheating. Enjoy responsibly!

***Please be aware: this story contains scenes of abuse that could potentially trigger certain audiences.*** 


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R E V I E W

I mentioned this in a review a while back but I love stories with royals. I am absolutely obsessed with the monarchy no matter how archaic and old it is. I simply love the idea. Hell, until about eleven my goal in life was to be a princess. Very unrealistic and a very long enduring goal, but it is what I wanted and for some reason, I couldn’t be swayed. The Princess Trap was a book I fell in love with. I presume from my reviews of A Gir,l Like Her by the same author one can tell I absolutely love this authors style and romances. They are so sweet and make me want to gush. They portray such realistic relationships and life circumstances. They are honestly a breath of fresh air.

I realize how dumb that sounds when this book is about royalty, so obviously, these books have a twist in which they are very clearly fiction. That doesn’t take away from the fact Talia Hibbert is a romance Goddess.

What is The Princess Trap about? It is the fake engagement trope done well. Honestly, it is done in such a way that I was desperately flipping the pages of my Kindle waiting for the moment Ruben and Cherry would fall in love. Cherry and Ruben couldn’t be more different in superficial terms. Cherry works for HR and does everything she can for her family. She is confident and she is not letting any man walk all over her. Ruben, on the other hand, is a prince; a prince who has recently had a scandal in which an unconsented sex tape was released to the public and his bisexuality was exposed. When Ruben is visiting the school that Cherry works at sparks fly, but unfortunately paparazzi catch up and in hopes of avoiding another scandal and having Cherry’s face splashed over the media Ruben tells them that she is his fiancé. Which leads to our story. There is so much depth to these characters that I am blown away. They’re both such go-getters as well, Cherry especially. It is just nice to read about strong characters. I was crying at parts of this story and I really do want to warn you all that a massive trigger in this book is abuse.

Anyway, I guess I should jump into a more detailed approach of what I like and dislike about this book. I really want it mentioned that Talia Hibbert is such a phenomenal writer. It goes without saying that the writing of her books is so well executed and involves the reader completely. Seriously, pick one up.

L I K E S

GREAT CHARACTERS

I kid you not. I know I said before that these characters have depth and it is so important but, these characters are just out of the park. It is not simply that Ruben and Cherry are fully fleshed out characters but there are so many side characters that also add their own take on the story. They too are fleshed out and have a depth that just really brings you into the book. I typically am not into character-driven books, but with Talia Hibbert’s, I am changing my mind.

My favourite character was definitely all of Ruben’s ‘staff’. They’re really just his friends who help him be the best and it was just so lovely to see so many great friendships. Especially a platonic friendship between a woman and a man – I’ve said it before but my best friend in real life is a guy and I just adore seeing friendships that mirror ours in books.

LOVE THE HONESTY + HEARTBREAKINGLY REALISTIC

I don’t know what to say here. I originally had these are two separate points but I feel they go well together as well. Particularly considering the honesty and realism is what made me cry into my pillow. I mentioned before that this book features a trigger for abuse, something that is shown in flashbacks and hinted at in the book. It is so heartbreaking and so realistic that I was hysterical. I don’t know why I expected the story to be a feel-good one, it was in a lot of elements but it is not a fluffy book. Do not go in expecting a fluffy book, it will not fit that mood.

TWO DIFFERENT FAMILY DYNAMICS DONE WELL

Both Cherry and Ruben have vastly different families. One is gentle and kind and the other is rough edges with no redeeming qualities. Something like that I feel is difficult to portray in a book. You can get too focused on one family that the other falls flat. However, I felt Hibbert did an amazing job at this. I am really just simply gushing at this stage but I just loved the juxtaposition between the families.

D I S L I K E S

NOT AS MUCH HEROINES BACKSTORY

In A Girl Like Her I was a bit annoyed we didn’t get the hero’s backstory. In The Princess Trap, I found I had the opposite issue. I wanted the heroine’s backstory here. We get the heroes, and it really is an intense backstory, but I feel that Cherry could have done with more. We mainly get that she will do anything for her little sister and that is a powerful backstory, but I feel a bit more a struggle would have made it a bit more realistic. It just feels strange having one character struggle so much and the other not. Maybe I’m just looking into it too much though.

LACK OF FRIENDS FOR HEROINE

Don’t get me the wrong, the heroine makes friends and has friends. However, when she goes to Ruben’s home it seems they disappear. Ruben is surrounded by his friend’s and Cherry’s disappear into the background. I’m such a big promoter of female friendships, established relationships as well. Basically, what I feel, is Cherry got the short end of the stick here.

Overall, this is yet another Talia Hibbert book I loved. At the time of writing this review, I have read three of her books and I truly can’t recommend them enough. I’ve rated them all five stars and higher. Something basically unheard of me unless you’re Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan – I’m not even kidding. I highly recommend picking up one of her books. I promise you will not regret it. They are such an enjoyable journey that I just really can’t recommend highly enough.


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Happy reading everyone!

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