19 November 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Synopsis: When Ozarks native Hatty goes "whole hog" during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn't what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn't put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force strong than fate--Hatty's newspaper editor--assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines inside of writing them.
But challenges loom that are even more complication than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce and heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a "Barren-ess," and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with heartbreak that invades most of her intimate moments with John. Pressure to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John's claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying "I do."
I would like to begin this review by stating that I have received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review: When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that it was going to be a book that I was going to enjoy, and I was right. I completely flew through this book, and a part of me wishes that I would have taken my time just to enjoy the story longer.
This is the story of Hatty, a college student who goes abroad to Europe to complete an internship. One of the great things about Hatty, and I think it was one of the reasons that I really enjoyed her character so much is that she said what was on her mind. Just like everyone, she does have moments where you can see her confidence take a small hit, but overall, she is just a really fun, great, and well-rounded character.
Enter Prince John. One of the things that I really enjoy about romance novels, are the early stages of the romance that takes place between the main character and the love interest. Inconceivable has that in spades. In the early part of their relationship, Hatty and John have some really witty, and enjoyable, fast-paced banter, of course all of this happens before she even knows who he is.
Of course, along with all of this, is Hatty’s profession and how that comes into play. Having a reporter being intimately involved with a member of a royal family is something that Prince John’s family really has to deal with, but it also allows the reader to gain more insight to all of the characters and being able to witness the story from Hatty’s perspective.
While the beginning half of the novel is a lot of fun, the second half takes on a much more somber, and personal touch. Teagn Wren did deal with infertility issues, and you can tell just from how raw, and emotional this book does get that the personal insight is there, you can feel it as you’re reading. While this theme is much more serious, it really coincides well with the light-hearted, and fun feeling the emanates from the book.
Overall, I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tegan Wren has done a fantastic job with writing, the story flows well, and the characters and most of the situations that they do find themselves in are very real, and can be relatable. I’m definitely going to be re-reading this one in the future and I’m looking forward to seeing what else Wren will be putting out next!