Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.
But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.
Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?
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When I found this title on Netgalley, I had already pre-ordered it from Amazon and after binge reading Bad Princess, I can honestly say it is worth every penny!
Brinley Cantrella is the media’s darling and not in the good way! The media loves Brinley for two reasons, her status as princess of Estau and her propensity for getting into trouble. Brinley’s trouble sells papers and magazines, and she frequently lights up the internet with her antics. Since the first time she and her shenanigans showed up in the media, Brinley has gotten used to being known as the Bad Princess. Some days, Brinley is OK with the moniker, but since her older sister and the heir apparent abdicated and ran away with a lumberjack, Brinley is liking the title less and less.
In one fell swoop, Brinley not only becomes the heir to the throne of Estau, but she also finds herself the inheritor of one jilted fiancé. As it turns out, Brinley has known said jilted fiancé, Finn all her life and for most of it, she has loved him from afar. As the spare heir, Brinley was never meant for Finn, but once her sister abdicated and the press happened to catch the Bad Princess and Finn in a somewhat compromising position, well, suddenly the jilted fiancé has become the happy husband. Things sure do move fast when you’re royal 😊
Though Brinley has certainly long been besotted with Finn, she never imagined actually having him as her own. When Finn belonged to her sister and the throne was nothing but a dream, Brinley could live her life, experience all life has to offer, and never worry about her behavior reflecting badly on Finn. Brinley has long admired Finn’s ability to be the perfect royal, always in control, never a foot or hair out of place, never a word misspoken, just perfection. As his new wife, Brinley feels more inclined than ever to shed the Bad Princess image and be a proper royal wife to her new husband. Trouble is, trouble seems to follow Brinley and if she isn’t careful, the powers that be are going to step in and take away the things Brinley has always been secretly passionate about, Finn and the throne of Estau.
The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a light, sweet, super-quick read I’m going to have to heartily recommend you check out Julianna Keyes’s Bad Princess. Brinley and Finn are the very definition of opposites attract meets forbidden romance. In order for Brinley and Finn to be happy together, each has to face a few demons and that means dealing with some ugly truths. In the process, each discovers a genuine affection and passion for the other which makes this read even more delightful! In all Bad Princess is a feel-good read that will certainly brighten and lighten your TBR!