Title: Would Be King
Author: Kim Karr
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 27 Feb 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
A dare turns into so much more…
All I want to do is get to work on time.
But a Prince Harry look-a-like is trying to steal my cab,
and that’s not going to happen.
In the midst of the battle,
I discover I lost my wallet.
So I bargain—a free ride for a kiss.
His lips taste like mint, and when he tugs me closer,
I can feel the hard muscles beneath his expensive suit.
The kiss ends just as we reach our destination,
and I’m so taken aback by the explosiveness of it,
I rush out without so much as a goodbye.
I’m a hopeless romantic with no time for distractions.
But fate, that bitch,
Has us pounding on the same locked door.
Already knowing I’m going to be fired,
I curse my new boss and his new rules.
The hot suit laughs,
And dares me to tell my new boss what a dick he’s being.
With nothing to lose, I accept.
Never in a million years could I have imagined he is my new boss.
Dating him is against the rules,
He’s a rulebreaker, though,
And everyone knows a rulebreaker isn’t a forever-kind-of-guy.
So when he says let’s keep things casual,
I dare him not to fall in love with me.
But there’s a reason rules aren’t meant to be broken,
And finding that out is the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do in my life.
My rulebreaker has a name,
It’s Prince Maximus Montgomery.
And this is our story.
There is no doubt Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s relationship was the inspiration for the characters in Would Be King, especially as Max is a Prince Harry doppelganger #gingerbeard
You may remember Max as the Ex of Queen Victoria, who ended their arranged marriage in order to set Max free to pursue true love, although they have remained close friends. And pursue love or rather I should say lust is exactly what Max did; however, his freedom made him reckless and a little overzealous in his pursuit of good times landing him in hot water with the palace. In order to regain favour with his father, Max undertakes a serious business role at his Aunt’s fashion magazine.
Gigi is a recent New York transplant having moved from her family in Texas to pursue her dream career in fashion. Although she hasn’t quite found her feet in the big city feeling overwhelmed and out of her depth. When a job opportunity presents itself, the weather and the public transport system conspire against her, forcing her to share a cab with a handsome stranger *waggles eyebrows* Can you guess who that handsome stranger is?
As it turns out Max is not only the stranger sharing a cab but also Gigi’s new boss, and there is a very strict non-fraternization policy in place.
The chemistry between Max and Gigi is impossible for either of them to ignore, especially when they connect on so many levels. They bring happiness and contentment to each other just by their presence in each others lives.
Unfortunately, the road to happily ever after is a bumpy one with Max’s royal status being the crus of their problems and all the rules and regulations surrounding the aristocracy.
Kim cleverly continues the thriller sub-plot from Washed-Up Royal within Would Be Prince adding to the tension within the narrative.
Would Be Prince is a quick, light read of the adult fairytale variety