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Back to the Feldlands we go. Malcolm is having some difficulty with his soon to be position as king without his trusty assistant Alice. But is she just an assistant to him or more? Read to find out! Great story!
Stealing Kisses With a King by Sylvie Stewart is the third book in the King's of Carolina series but can absolutely be read as a standalone! And, I promise, you NEED this book in your life!
From the very first chapter Malcolm had me charmed and falling for him! He's a whirlwind and out of control and yet you can't help but love his roguish ways!
And then there's Alice, who I immediately felt a kinship with even as I wanted to gently and kindly ruffle her feathers, just a bit! She's steadfast and dependable and adorable and cute and sweet and so gosh darn caring and I loved witnessing her big heart.
These two are such a fun dichotomy to witness! They're yin and yang, absolutely a case of opposites attract, and then fight said attraction, and I lived for every single moment of the emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey that this story took me on!
And the secondary characters? Hilarious! From Tilly to more Ruby and Leo to members of the palace household and family all around, they never failed to make me laugh, to put a smile on my face, and make me chuckle at all the crazy antics everyone got up to.
This story made me smile! The chemistry is combustible, the antics hilarious, the emotions real and tangible. If you're looking for a story that will make you laugh, make you fall in love, make you remember that it's okay to not always be perfect, but instead to love yourself for who you are and others will too, look no further, and get stolen away by this lovely tale!
Alice and Malcolm are finally getting their own book. After reading the first two books in this series I already had a serious crush on Alice and a fondness for the charming and clueless baby man Malcolm has appeared to be.
Being a crown prince doesn’t build character when everyone goes above and beyond to make your life easier. Fortunately he has his twin brother and his sister to try to ground him.
His assistant Alice left him due to his actions in the previous book. Now he’s totally miserable and lost trying to get her back. It’s hilarious the way he is oblivious to his own feelings and the reason why he wants her back in his life.
Being the prim and proper assistant Alice is responsible and sensible, planning ahead and always doing the right thing. Now it’s right to try something new to protect her heart. But before you know it, she’s back in her home land trying to get the new assistant up to speed whilst she is spending more time with the crown prince in private.
The crown prince has his master plan to make her happy, trying to get her to stay and this love story will make you laugh out loud, swoon, and maybe curse a little. The story takes a winding turn and both have a lot of growing up to do to ensure a happy ending. I’m not willing to spoil everything but I couldn’t put it down.
Stealing Kisses with a King is the next installment of Ms. Stewart’s King’s of Carolina series. This is Malcom and Alice’s story. Their rom com romance can absolutely be read as a stand alone. Leo, Ruby, Malcom and Alice do an excellent job of filling the reader in on what has come to pass to bring us up to current day in their world’s.
Malcom is a prince about to become a king. The elder of a set of twins, Malcom is bequeathed the honor of the throne in order for his physically ailing father to retire.
Malcom is not quite on board with this bit of reality.
Added to his upcoming wall of harsh reality, his long time assistant has just up and quit. Disappearing into the world without a goodbye or a trace. Well, sort of. A few people in the castle know where she went, however they aren’t sharing.
The breaking point comes when Malcom freezes at a public speaking engagement. He becomes singularly focused on locating Alice as obviously only she can solve whatever is plaguing him.
Alice has run and created a nice new life for herself in North Carolina. Far from Feldlands where Malcom, his self centeredness, and his impending coronation are. The only thing she wasn’t able to leave in the Feldlands was her horrifying crush on the Man-baby.
Alice is stubbornly dogging in to her new life with a purpose and a mission. She’s working hard to help her boss to save the American branch of Triumph eyewear. If only her perfect spokesman hadn’t gone on a racist rant captured by paparazzi while wearing his Triumph sunnies.
Malcom appears in Alice’s life at this perfect time rendering her speechless in his underhanded castle spy tactics to locate her and his outrageous promise to her boss that HE will be the new face of the Triumph line. Knowing royal law as well as she does (Alice adores details. All of them. They calm her) she knows that Malcom can in no way live up to this promise. As such, Alice must return with Malcom to the Feldlands, train her replacement, and save the world. Not really that last bit though. Just saving Triumph.
Our story arc takes through castle gossip, sibling concern, assistant jealousy, and a man child growing up into a man. Oh! And a Queen Mum who can scare even the most frivolous of souls into seriousness.
Malcom and Alice’s romance builds even as they both unknowingly trek down a coming of age of sorts. Malcom realizes that he is too self centered and turns his not so flighty intelligence towards making Alice happy. What begins as an exploratory excursion to determine who would be a good suitor, Malcom instead finds himself admitting he’s loved her for a long time.
Alice in turn takes a girl’s afternoon out into a day drinking adventure which leads to the world’s best drunken seduction scene. Sadly for all of us, Malcom really DOES have a working heart and conscience which means Wine Drunk Day Drinking Alice goes to bed and only wakes up with her hangover.
A strong story line is cleverly hidden in off the cuff one liners, sibling interactions, not so unintentional actions from a king to be, fatherly advice from the current king, and plain speaking North Carolina family.
Malcom AND Alice both grow in this story. Malcom into the leader that everyone knew he could be, and Alice from the appearance of a perfectly out together adult, to a functioning and real adult.
This book had all the things I love in a light heartedly presented read. Interesting and intriguing characters who hide their depth. A heavier storyline than expected as the core of comedy and light heartedness, and a beautifully rich world with strong character dialogue.
I’m really hoping Princess Clara eventually receives her own story. Or Sadie. She’s been cagey lately....
I received this free eARC novel from the author and Wildfire Marketing Solutions. This is my honest review.
Malcolm and Alice were such an odd bunch that you can help but root for them! This is the first book I've read by this author, and while these characters are new to their own book, this is part of a series. I'm not sure if reading the previous two books about Malcolm's brother, Leo, would have cleared up some confusing bits in the novel, but I definitely don't think you have to read the other two to understand this novel.
I respect Alice hardcore. She knew her personal feelings were going to become an issue one way or another in the future working for Malcolm, so she removed herself from the problem should would encounter. And that takes a lot of self-will because not many people would do that. Then again, Malcolm always gets what he wants and with Alice on the brain to come back and fix all of his problems, she had no chance when it came down to it.
Honestly, Malcolm at the beginning of the book really annoyed me because he was self-centered and selfish. He never really thought about too much more than himself, so it rubbed me the wrong way. It was nice to see him finally grow up, and that he did it on his own too, that Alice didn't change him. So in the end it was good, but I struggled just a little bit at the beginning.
Overall, I thought this book was cute and it definitely showed character development for BOTH of the characters, so that was a plus! I'm glad I got a chance to read this book and I may look into reading more by Sylvie Stewart.
received a free ARC copy of this book from the author prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This is my first time reading this author and series. This is book 3 in the series and one and two feature two characters connected to this story, Leo and Ruby. This story is a standalone and has a happy for now ending.
The main male character in this story is 27 year old, Malcolm who is about to become king of his European nation in three weeks time. He is suffering because he lost his assistant, Alice. Malcolm is Leo's twin brother and Alice is very close with Leo's fiancee, Ruby. In fact she has moved to the United States and is spending time with Ruby's uncle since she quit her job and dodging Mal's texts and calls, while working at a new company.
Mal is so desperate for her he comes to the United States to try and convince her to come back to work for him for the next three weeks. She agrees to come and train her replacement and thats when this book starts getting so great.
Mal is a total laugh riot. As Alice calls him, he is a Man-Baby and he totally is. But as you read the story he starts to grow up as he falls hard and starts to see how awesome Alice is.
I highly enjoyed reading this romance and I liked all the characters. I felt the romance was very light and it was more about the characters and the laughter than hotness and sexy times.
It is definitely a slow burn romance as Mal is very slow in seeing Alice. Also they never date, so its more of a working relationship/friendship leading to kisses and more.
You have probably read the blurb so I won't repeat it. I will just tell you how funny Malcolm is and how straight laced Alice is but together they just work. Malcolm reminds me of Hugh Grant in the movie Two Weeks Notice which is one of my favorite movies. So, you can bet I fell in love with Malcolm, too. He was so dependent on Alice it was crazy. At the same time, it was because she had become an integral part of his life. He needed her because she just got him. There was a trust, a mutual bond and neither of them realized that they had become an old married couple in every way but one. So, when they did figure it out - BAM! Right in the heart.
Alice figures it out first which is why she leaves his employ. Malcolm takes the man route which means he had to be hit over the head with it to wake him up. But when they do connect the chemistry is sizzling.
The book is well written and fun. It's a great story and heartwarming at the same time. I do have to say that I am not fond of some of the names from previous generations. I can't say that I have met anyone in their mid to late 20s or 30s named Alice (makes me think of the Brady Bunch) or Ruby. Things like that stand out to me and distract me but just for a bit. I still recommend this book to anyone who needs to have a little fun during this very crazy year. I am giving this book four fun and fuzzy stars.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.***
I received an arc of this book from Wildfire marketing and the author in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying Sylvie is a new author for me and the storyline attracted me.
Alice was once the administrative assistant to a prince. While she did this job for a few years she came to realize. That she had fallen for the prince who would be crowned king. So she resigns which hey, I understand. She wanted to do the right thing, and put distance between them. Moving across the continent to put space between them.
Malcolm has enjoyed his life as a prince and is about to be crowned king. Yet he finds he misses his former assistant. Though he probably wouldn't admit it to just anyone. While his new one is doing a decent job. Well, he wants Alice back, and Malcolm always gets what he wants. When he learns her location, Malcolm wastes no time in flying to the States. Except Alice refuses to return to her old job. When a situation provides a solution the prince takes advantage.
Upon returning things proceed, there are a few bumps along the way. Both learn more about the other as a closer relationship builds. Which leads to the happy ending they both deserve. Stealing Kisses with a King is a fun story, if you enjoy royal love stories this book is for you.
I was so excited to read Mal’s book. I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on it and loved every second! Stealing Kisses With A King was the third book in Sylvie’s Kings of Carolina series. It was sweet, magical, and super swoony!
Alice was a planner, she dotted her i’s and crossed her t’s, but her heart had a mind of its own. It decided to fall in love...and not just with anybody but somebody who was about to become king, not to mention, her boss! She tried to fight it but she knew she wouldn’t be able to do her job as time went on. She did what she thought was best for everyone, but was that the right decision?
Malcolm was about to become king but often didn’t act like it. When Alice left, he had to figure out what he needed to apologize for to get her back. She was the only one that kept him on track and put up with his antics. But did he really just miss her for her organizational skills or was there something more? Would he be able to figure it out before it was too late?
Oh Malcolm!! He grew up so much, I was so proud. This was such a fun book to read. I loved the two of them together and their journey was perfect! I hope we get to see more of these royals, I was not ready to say goodbye!
Prince Malcolm’s assistant, Alice, resigned. But it was more than what he did and his self-centered ways that made her leave. It was how she felt about him. He would be crowned king soon. But without his dependable assistant, Malcolm is unhappy and miserable, and he wants her to come back. (He evidently hasn’t given full thought as to why he feels this way.)
Alice has always been highly efficient, sensible, and dependable. But while she trains a new assistant, Malcolm isn’t giving her much freedom. She’s the only one who can help him with a big problem requiring utmost discretion. He’s not above tracking her down and trying to coerce her to come back to him. And he finally becomes aware that he wants her, not only now for his problem-solving, but for his future happiness. Can he convince her to come back? Can he convince her to fall in love? Can he convince her to stay?
This story will keep you both frustrated and amused as Malcolm tries to win Alice’s heart, and he begins to grow up a bit as he realizes certain things. Are the two of them ready for such a step? Grab your copy and enjoy watching as Malcolm does everything he can think of to bring Alice back into his life.