Bad Princess: A Novella

Bad Princess: A Novella

by Julianna Keyes
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Bad Princess: A Novella by Julianna Keyes

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?

Approximately 39,500 words.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154955451
Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 234,822
File size: 309 KB

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Bad Princess: A Novella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes Publication Date: November 27, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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? Approximately 39,500 words. What I Liked: Bad Princess is the seventh story of Julianna Keyes' that I have read. Since reading Time Served (one of her adult romances), I've yet to be disappointed. While I think her best adult and New Adult novels were Time Served and Undecided, Bad Princess is a fun, sexy novella that I enjoyed immensely. It is a departure from her other works but it has the same emotional depth and heat factor that one might begin to expect from her stories. This novella starts with Princess Brinley's older sister Elle already having abdicated the throne. Rumor has it that she ran off with a sexy lumberjack to an unnamed island in the South Pacific. So, our story starts with Brinley and her parents (king and queen) having a meeting with King Edric of the neighboring country, and his second son Finian. Then comes a compromising set of photos and... Finn and Brinley find themselves married. Brinley has been in love with Finn since she was five years old, but she knew he was meant for her older sister. Now they're married and she wants nothing more than for him to want her for her, and not for duty or treaties or honor. The proper, golden-boy prince and the bad princess - who would have thought? Brinley is such a fun character to follow and an easy one to like. This entire novella is written from her POV (which at first I found sad, because I sooo wanted Finn's POV too). Brinley likes to live life on her terms, and doesn't care for the stuffy, boring lifestyle that her sister lives - Finn as well. Her sister abdicating the throne is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to Brinley. Now she is confined to being the next queen - and marrying her sister's intended. Finn is proper and stoic and full of honor and duty, the golden boy and the "good prince", a perfect opposite of Brinley. He seems boring and not lively, but he has so many adoring fans. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“[I]t occurred to her that she might be a bad princess, but he was a sad prince.” Light and sexy, humorous and silly, this was a fun bit of book candy! Despite the fact that everyone (like, literally everyone) thinks the worst of her, Brinley is a likable and funny person, strong enough to fight to live her own life rather than just quietly hide in her perfect older sister’s shadow. Brinley doesn’t want to be Finn’s consolation prize, especially since she’s secretly loved him for years and can’t stand the thought of being married to him if he’s only doing his duty. While I’m generally not a fan of insta-love, in this case it was believable as they had known each other for practically their entire lives. I thought the growth of their relationship, and the problems they encountered, were both sweet (and hoo-boy steamy!) and believable. This book is light and sexy, and reads like an adult version of a fairy tale, though with surprising depth in the main characters. However, like a fairy tale, it tends towards being overly simplistic and unrealistic in parts. My favorite part is that it’s silly and quite humorous, especially the descriptions of the disasters Brinley gets into – falling into a frozen pond even though there’s a sign posted specifically telling her not to walk on the ice, eating random mushrooms she finds in the woods, and so many sword mishaps. “I cannot help but wonder what you are plotting.” “A coup,” Brinley answered absently. “Always a coup.” As for cons, besides the fairy-tale-ness, the pacing was uneven and I felt it ended with too much left unresolved. With that being said, this definitely left me wanting more Brin and Fin (Finnley? Brinian?). Recommended if you’re looking for a light, quick, and sexy read! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“[I]t occurred to her that she might be a bad princess, but he was a sad prince.” Light and sexy, humorous and silly, this was a fun bit of book candy! Despite the fact that everyone (like, literally everyone) thinks the worst of her, Brinley is a likable and funny person, strong enough to fight to live her own life rather than just quietly hide in her perfect older sister’s shadow. Brinley doesn’t want to be Finn’s consolation prize, especially since she’s secretly loved him for years and can’t stand the thought of being married to him if he’s only doing his duty. While I’m generally not a fan of insta-love, in this case it was believable as they had known each other for practically their entire lives. I thought the growth of their relationship, and the problems they encountered, were both sweet (and hoo-boy steamy!) and believable. This book is light and sexy, and reads like an adult version of a fairy tale, though with surprising depth in the main characters. However, like a fairy tale, it tends towards being overly simplistic and unrealistic in parts. My favorite part is that it’s silly and quite humorous, especially the descriptions of the disasters Brinley gets into – falling into a frozen pond even though there’s a sign posted specifically telling her not to walk on the ice, eating random mushrooms she finds in the woods, and so many sword mishaps. “I cannot help but wonder what you are plotting.” “A coup,” Brinley answered absently. “Always a coup.” As for cons, besides the fairy-tale-ness, the pacing was uneven and I felt it ended with too much left unresolved. With that being said, this definitely left me wanting more Brin and Fin (Finnley? Brinian?). Recommended if you’re looking for a light, quick, and sexy read! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. You guys...YOU GUYS. I am in freaking love. But seriously, this was a LENORE book through and through. And it was all Brinley! OK, not all Brinley, Finian's kind of da bomb as well...I'll get to him. But Brinley...oh Brinley. She has made my girl crush list!!!! And if you know me, that happens fairly infrequently. But I was enamoured with her from practically the first page. She made me laugh, she made my heart hurt, she was just everything I love in a heroine. I was trying to tell my hubby about this book, and loving Brinley, and he was like "well yeah, she's exactly your type of girl. She sounds like Rapunzel from Tangled." Huh. You know, he's kind of right. The stories of her misadventures when she was a child were just adorable...she sounded mischievous and incorrigible. And it carried into who she was when we met her. She was so true to herself, despite how often others tried to beat her down. She was sassy, and bold, and hilarious, and curious, and just...AHHH!! LOVE HER! And Finn!! I felt like I understood exactly who he was and how he felt right at the beginning, even if it wasn't overt... But he still surprised me along the way. And for a book entirely from the heroine's POV, I still felt like I got to know him. Maybe it's that we see the contrast between them, and how this royal life had very different effects on each of them. But there was still a spark in him. And he had shades of beta boy in him! He was quiet to her bold. But he was still strong, and he knew how to support a strong woman like Brinley. And holy crap was he hot. Those kisses (and more) got me all fluttery. He wasn't perfect, by any means...there were times I wanted to smack him. But the way its written, I got to understand why he made certain mistakes and bad choices, and I believed in his growth. I love him too. For a novella, this book sucked me in hardcore and really made me feel for its characters. I LOVE when I feel like I can get to know them so quickly, and I become invested in the story. I saw other reviewers say they couldn't, so I don't know why it was different for me...but it definitely was. I rooted for Brinley, I was invested in what would happen to her, I was completely all in on the romance, it was just perfect for me. Honestly, the only reason it's not a full 5 star is because I loved it so much, I wanted more. I could have continued reading about these two characters until they grew old and died. I'm fully serious. This is my first book from Ms. Keyes, but it certainly won't be my last if this is anything to go by. Also? As a side shoutout, there was a romantic/erotic trope gender swap ("Finn, come") that had me laughing my butt off. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but I don't even care...props Ms. Keyes.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes is a delightful novella about a woman who constantly finds herself in trouble and a man who falls for her just as she is. Princess Brinley Cantrella of Estau can do nothing right, while her sister Elle is perfect – at least until Elle abdicates her role as next in line to rule the kingdom by running away with a lumberjack. When Prince Finn, betrothed to Elle since childhood, arrives with his family to deal with the situation, a moment alone for him and Brinley results in a compromising scene – and a hastily arranged marriage. Finn is opposite to Brinley in every way, yet they find themselves quite compatible in the bedroom. Still, will this marriage of convenience turn into a lifetime of love? What a fun read! I've enjoyed the books I've read by this author before but didn't know what to expect with this rather fanciful royal romance. The fictional alpine countries and palace settings are delightfully laid out, as are the opposites attract characters of Finn and Brinley. Brinley kept a hidden crush on Finn out of the sight the moment she found out he was supposed to marry her sister Elle, and certainly never expected to be the one to marry him in the end. But she knows she's far from the perfect princess. Things just seem to happen around her, the kind of things that make her parents shake their heads in despair. Her saving grace was being away for a few years at school where she got to indulge in some sensual delights, such that she isn't a virgin when she comes home, and isn't shy in the bedroom. Finn on the other hand keeps his emotions to himself. He's quiet and contained, though much of this is due to a very restrictive and borderline abusive upbringing. He learned to follow the rules – and has envied Brinley for years for her ability to thwart them. He's quite in awe of her, and finding himself married to her by chance leads him to many discoveries, not the least of which is that he can be quite passionate with the right partner. They share some pretty sexy scenes together. Finn's family unfortunately isn't on board with the married couple and causes some trouble, which leads to the conflict that must be resolved. Fortunately Finn makes the right choices when it counts, and we get a lovely happy ending for this modern fairy tale romance.