A Nordic King by Karina Halle
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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5 ‘Free together’ Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
Hail to the King and his Goddess! Karina simply outdid herself with this one because, my God, what an amazing read I just experienced! The angst, the slow burn, the feels and the intensity of the chemistry between Aurora and Aksel made A Nordic King an absolute must-read, especially if you are a fan of royal romances and Karina Halle’s contemporary stories. I do feel like Karina keeps getting better on her royal-themed stories because this one is definitely one of my favorites.
So, A Nordic King is Karina’s newest standalone release (out this Friday, yay!). Yeah I do recommend reading her other two royal books because they are great but it’s not necessary if you want to read this one alone. Now, this story is focused on King Aksel of Denmark and Aurora James, the newest nanny of Aksel’s two adorable girls. It’s been two years since the king’s wife died but Aksel still is very much affected because of it. Especially because he loves his girls so much. Aurora is also escaping from a past life and when she meets Aksel and his girls, her world is forever changed. What starts as a journey of two people pushing each other away, finishes as one hell of a romantic, adorable, sexy and emotional love story!
Fate has made me the lost king, encased in cheap armor that only keeps up appearances, forever fighting a battle he will never win.
I loved this book. LOVED IT. I don’t know how Karina does it but she just clicks all my boxes when it comes to enjoying a romance novel to the fullest. A Nordic King has everything I love about royal romances: two outstanding main characters, a couple of adorable little girls, an amazing slow burn, lots of angst, lots of emotion, lots of romantic moments and lots of sexy times! Aksel and Aurora’s relationship evolves with every scene and I did love they took their time to actually become something more than boss and employee.
“Look at you,” he whispers harshly, gaze roaming all over my face from my eyes to my nose to my temples to my lips.
He gives a faint shake of his head. “What a rare and beautiful thing you are.”
These two are deep characters that completely stole my heart with their story. And yes, I adored Freya and Clara too (so freaking cute, every single time!). But, of course, the best part about A Nordic King is the couple. When Aksel and Aurora actually become more, when all that slow burn explodes.. Holy Moly, guys! The sexual tension and the actual sex between this couple is freaking intense. Aksel is a dirty mouthed king and Aurora absolutely loves it (and me too!). These two are passionate as heck and when they express their love for each other it actually becomes incredibly romantic (which I always love). Yes, the ending was super great and I am so glad these two and the girls are such a lovely family!
“I am a king. And I belong to you in ways I never thought possible. More than I belong to my country, more than I belong to the people, I belong to you.”
Therefore, I am rating A Nordic King with 5 STARS because this story felt like a beautiful fairy tale coming true. Who does not love a sexy king, a sassy nanny and lots of chemistry in between? I am definitely not complaining! I am so glad Karina put lots of emphasis on the slow burn, the familiar moments and the romanticism. And, obviously, let’s not forget the explosive sex between Aksel and Aurora because it was mind-blowing! If you are a fan of Karina’s or you love royal romances, this is a must-read so be sure to check it out.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.