When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.
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The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
When I'm not writing, I'm reading. And when I'm not reading I might be writing up a review. I'm wary of books with a lot of hype but unless something has bad reviews across the board, I'll probably still take a chance on it and give my honest opinion. Everyone is different and I won't pass up an adventure just because someone else didn't like it. And that's what I think when I look at my bookshelf...what adventure can I go on today?
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I’ve read a few single dad and nanny romances, but never one where the dad just so happens to run a country. The fact that the single dad in question is a king undoubtedly gives an interesting perspective to a familiar trope. With A Nordic King, Karina Halle gives readers the romance between Askel, the widowed King of Denmark and Aurora, the gorgeous Australian nanny taking care of his two young daughters. The perpetually-grumpy, stone-faced king and the refreshingly candid, lively nanny promised to be a fun, entertaining combination. Throw in two mischievous princesses, a rambunctious teacup pig named Snarf Snarf, and a deliciously dirty, fan-your-face steamy romance, and you have a must-read romance with A Nordic King.
Despite her years of experience, nothing could’ve prepared Aurora to assume the role of nanny to two princesses. She had no idea what to expect with a king for a boss, but she certainly didn’t expect to be attracted to the man. From their first tension-filled meeting in which Askel makes it perfectly clear she’s wrong for the job. As a result, they have a bit of a combative relationship, rife with antagonistic banter and unwelcome, but undeniable sexual tension. It doesn’t help things that Aurora is particularly adept at pushing Askel’s buttons, keeping him in a perpetually bad mood. While Aurora’s straightforward, no-nonsense attitude initially provides a challenge for Askel, the chaotic and energetic Aussie brings happiness and light into his previously bleak and ordered life.
While it’s Askel and Aurora’s contrasting personas that make their interactions so entertaining to read, it’s the glimpses we get into their backstories that make them so endearing. We get to dive into Askel’s mind, getting insight into his guilty over his wife’s death, just as we get to know the adversity Aurora’s overcome to become the strong and resilient woman she is. Most importantly, we get to see them gradually chip away at each other’s emotional barriers and give in to their innermost needs and desires. The character arcs for both Askel and Aurora are riveting, although I must confess that Askel stole my heart. As a father, he’s gentle and loving. As a king, he’s stone-faced and restrained. As a lover, he’s wild and uninhibited, giving himself over to a raw, primal passion. It’s impossible not to fall head over heels for the serious, broody king who transforms into a new man over the course of the narrative.
Whether you’re a fan of royal romances, slow-burning romances, and/or single dad/nanny romances, A Nordic King has it all. It’s funny, sexy, and emotionally compelling and will have you hooked from start to finish. Ultimately, it’s a love story you won’t want to miss out on.
*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars