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ARC Review: THE BILLIONAIRE PRINCE’S FAKE GIRLFRIEND by LESLIE NORTH

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

This is another ARC from Netgalley.

SUMMARY

A Royal scandal leads to an attraction they can’t deny…

Reeling from the discovery that his father hid an older sibling from him, billionaire prince Benoit Georges Moreau goes undercover at a British newspaper to track his half-sister down. Unfortunately, the fiery reporter he’s assigned to work with recognizes him instantly. The jig is up – or is it?

Jane has built her whole life on seeking out the truth. After living in the shadow of her father’s lies for years, she leaps at the chance to uncover a royal exclusive. If she can help this handsome prince solve a decades-old mystery, he’ll let her break the story about this shocking royal secret. For Jane, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to advance her career as an investigative journalist.

But as they spend more time together, the fake relationship they craft to conceal Ben’s royal identity starts to feel all too real. And it quickly becomes impossible to deny the chemistry between them. When the truth leads to betrayal, will their undeniable attraction be enough for them to take a leap of faith?

Publication date: 29 July 2021

Rating: 3/5 stars

Category: Romance, contemporary

Pages: 406

Publisher: Relay Publishing Ltd

Source: Netgalley

Trigger: Mental Health

This is book three in the undercover prince’s series. It follows the story of Prince Ben of Reina, whose father had a heart attack. This leads him to find a letter addressed to his father signed by K about an affair that resulted in a baby. Prince Ben abhors lies and he wants to find his possible step-sister but where to begin his search when he doesn’t know who K is – a London gossip and life style magazine of course.

When Prince Ben gets to London and finds a magazine to intern at, his disguise is immediately discovered by Jane. She agrees to help him investigate the whereabouts of his step-sister, if she gets the exclusive right to tell his story. A deal is struck and they work together in the investigation. To avoid suspicion, they have to pretend they are in a relationship. What happens when the pretend relationship involves real feelings?

Prince Ben is a morally upright character, so much so that he is very rigid in his moral ideals. He doesn’t take into account the nuances of circumstances that could affect someone’s actions, which is very naive and childish. Jane matches Ben in ideals but she is a little more aware that motivations can affect morals, although she doesn’t apply this knowledge to her own life.

I loved the simplicity of the characters’ ideals and how they were more self-aware at the end while maintaining their halo. The story was very clean and pure; it was only the side characters that did any ‘wrong’. I loved that it touched on Alzheimer’s disease and what some form of it can do to a person.  I gave the story 3 out of 5 stars. The story was a little boring for me and I didn’t feel connected to the characters. If you like your contemporary romance smooth and one dimensional, you will enjoy this.

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