Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Title: Royal Opposites
Author: Lori Crawford
Publisher: Astraea Press
Cover Art: Elaina Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 193 Pages
What can a coupon queen possibly have in common with a Crown Prince? Everything.
After being accused of attempting to rob a bank that was actually trying to rob them – legally – a coupon queen goes on the run with a Crown Prince who’d been living in the U.S. anonymously for the past year. Armed with only her coupon binder, the two flee the area in an effort to meet up with his royal head of security for protection. But first, they must elude the two very determined bank guards who will let nothing stop them from retrieving the damning video of the bank incident from the couple.
I hesitate to describe a book as "cute", but that is the first word that comes to mind with Royal Opposites. It is a cute, fun read. It really is. There are definitely parts of it that aren't "cute" but for some reason, that's the word I want to use. Maybe because some of the concepts used in this book are different than what I've seen before. A coupon queen and a prince? Really not the pairing you expect - at all. And when the situation calls for Joan (the main female) to teach Tom (the main male) how to use coupons to survive, the reactions are hilarious.
Joan is a down to earth, just trying to get by, hard working woman. She does what she has to do to survive and be responsible for (what she perceives to be) mistakes that she's made. That alone was nice to see, given some of the attitudes you see these days in society. To be honest, I kind of wish Joan was real and I knew her so that she could teach me her methods of extreme couponing! I could live with knowing how to go to the grocery store and get four hundred dollars worth of groceries for twenty bucks.
Tom seems to be just a regular, white collar, sort of guy - who just happens to be a crown prince. He is a genuinely nice guy that has his country and his people's best interest at heart. He has also been enjoying his last year of freedom, incognito, before he takes over the running of his country.
Circumstances throw the two of them together in a situation that quickly escalates in suspense and danger. Suddenly, they are find their fates are intertwined and they are on the run together. The relationship between Joan and Tom is different. Funny, intense and not at all what you would expect the other to fall for, given their backgrounds. They have each been noticing the other for several months, but neither of them have acted on it, nor did either of them have any intention of doing so. Now, however, in such close quarters with each other they are both thinking about it. Hard.
There was a couple of things that I felt would be improbable if this was real life but hey, this is fiction and what's more fun about writing or reading fiction than making the improbable probable? It wasn't so far out as to be unrealistic and it was written in such a way that makes it believable. I loved that they are a bi-racial couple and that it didn't have an impact on anything. I also totally love both characters. Well written, fast paced, fun, interesting and different - this story is well worth the read and the author has made it on to my "watch" list.