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Monday, April 18, 2011

An Accidental Birthright by Maisey Yates

An Accidental Birthright by Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (133 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

An IVF clinic mix-up means eternally single Alison Whitman is now carrying the child—no, the royal heir—of Maximo Rossi, Prince of Turan!

Maximo had given up on the hope of fatherhood a long time ago—until this surprise second chance. Now, the dynamic ruler will seize this opportunity with both hands. However, tradition is high on the prince's agenda and he'll never stand for an heir born out of wedlock….

Alison is about to find out that royal marriage is a command, not a choice!

A 'whoops' moment which could have had dire and tragic results ends up bringing together two emotionally injured people giving them a second chance they didn’t realize they needed.

I enjoyed the switch in roles that the author provided. Alison is the one in the story that has everything planned, plotted and controlled in her life. She is driven, focused and a perfectionist. As I read, I realized that the heroine has a huge chip on her shoulder from her life growing up and it’s charted her life’s course. She has rationalized and justified everything she’s done or felt and sees no reason why she can’t continue. A mark of her personality’s strength is her facing the facts when they overwhelmingly present themselves to her in all their ugly truth. She isn’t in control, in fact she’s been running away so hard, so fast that she finally ran into a brick wall.

That solid wall has the name of Max. He’s not your average businessman and he’s got that alpha thing going on at first glance. Second glance shows a hero whose heart has been damaged and who now believes the pain of loving and losing is too high a price to ever attempt it again. He is a man who takes commitment so seriously and feels deeply so when things start to make him feel again, he comes a bit unglued. Max also has a lot more at stake when Alison drops her bombshell. He’s royalty and it comes with its own baggage that can have devastating results. It’s not easy being him nor was it easy to lose his dreams. How he reacted to Alison, his actions after and the things he said and did really made me like him and had me wanting him to find happiness within Alison’s arms. But man, did she make him work for it.

I found the story tender and sweet, especially when Max finally opened up to Alison. The scene on the island was especially poignant. I felt bad about his parents but his reaction and the position he took showed me a man who stood up for what he knew was right and didn’t bow to outside pressure - definitely hero material. The only thing that could have made this story a bit better was less internal dialogue that bordered on narrative and a bit more interactive dialogue between the characters to keep the pace up. As it was I felt it sort of dragged at places.

The conflict is strictly internal with hardly any secondary characters to muddy the romance. The basic crisis was of two people from very diverse backgrounds being forced to get along because of one important connection that bound the two together. I enjoyed the fact that they had to get to know each other as people first before Alison succumbed to Max’s seduction. It made the physical side of their relationship more relevant and meaningful for me.

An Accidental Birthright is an entertaining romance I enjoyed reading. I liked how Alison and Max’s relationship progressed. It felt natural and imperfect, meaning they had to work at it which for me added value to the happily ever after. I got a kick out of how the author had the hero and heroine meet and I found it quite sentimental in how they reached their happily ever after. If readers are looking for a character driven romance then I think they’ll be pleased with An Accidental Birthright. Alison and Max are worth getting to know.