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Summary

An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s Runaway Royals series....

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.

A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems - except no one will listen to her.

By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.

©2020 Alyssa Cole (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • Saritza Hernandez
  • 16-01-21

Impeccable

Every time I read an Alyssa Cole book I swear it’s the best thing I’ve ever read, then I pick up the next one and IT becomes my favorite. There is something so beautiful in seeing two people fall in love as they come to terms with what their arranged marriage can be and learn what love can mean for themselves and their family. Shanti and Sanyu’s marriage is full of heart, humor, pain, fear, anxiety, and LOVE.

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  • KG
  • 08-12-20

BORING

This idea of the story was fine. However, it took entirely too long to get to the point....this plot was kind of boring for me. I like the idea of an arranged marriage for a story and they eventually started to communicating with each other and teach each other about love (neither believed in love)...He was the newly crowned King after his father took ill and passed away. Both the king and Queen were young and contemporary and wanted to bring modern ideas to the throne. The young King was dealing with his father's old advisor who was sabotaging as well as having anything sabotaged that was the idea of the new Queen.....There was just a lot of unnecessary dialogue to me that dragged the story out.

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  • T
  • 09-12-20

another great one.

I love the fact there is always a life lesson. As a woman and a woman of color I related although I never been royal. But this is true in every life no matter your ethnicity. Traditions are good but we have to know when we need add to or change those that will no longer work alone.

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  • Danceforjoy
  • 23-08-21

Fun Read!

Loved it! It was fun to remember and see the way the characters from the previous books resurfaced. Truly enjoyed it!!!

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  • Daysha
  • 12-07-21

I didn't like this story

The Male MC was weak minded and I feel like his issues with that lasted way too long for him to have been trained to be a king. I kept yelling for him to speak up because he is king and not his advisors. I have several of Alyssa Cole's books and I must say that this one was hard for me to finish. I did appreciate that the wife was supportive but sometimes even her character made me roll my eyes. this book could have been shorter and still kept the same plot.

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  • Naomi Davis
  • 14-02-21

Not one of her better stories

The romance seemed forced and more like a side story with too much time spent on the royalty plot line. Can’t say I’d recommend this one