Reviewed by Ami
Title: Fake Dating the Prince
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Series: Dreamspun Desires #84
Heroes: Brayden & Flip
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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….
One of the best things about reading romance is the joy to fantasize about the lives of the characters, no matter how far-fetched it will be in real life. Sure, there are evidences of royalty snatching up “commoners” to be their spouse (Prince Harry’s love story is one of the most recent, of course) but thrown in fake-relationship trope like this book, well, it will never come to pass.
So sure, Brayden Wood – Canadian, flight attendant extraordinaire – is maybe too perfect: he speaks SIX different languages, he can dance MANY because his grandmother owns a dance studio (Brayden even knows how to dance bargarh!!), he’s amazing with kids, he excels in crossword puzzle… And let’s not forget about Prince Antoine-Philipe (Call him “Flip”) , an European prince, an heir to a small European country, with Indian decent in his blood (he’s brown skin and gay too!).
Do I care about all these? Nope, not a smidgen.
Fake Dating a Prince is a sweet and lovely romance between two good men. It is brimming with scenes that warm my heart. It doesn’t have the big, bad, and ugliness of the real world. Well, there are the paparazzi because you cannot have a celebrity / famous people / royalty story without them, but in overall, it doesn’t completely create havoc to the relationship.
Maybe I wish Flip and Brayden to spend more time together just the two of them, however, Ashlyn Kane does include a side-trip for Flip and Brayden that has been on my bucket list forever (if only I have enough money to do it!), so it’s a great consolation price.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*