ARC Review: Ruling the Princess by Christi Barth

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Ruling the Princess
Christi Barth
Sexy Misadventures of Royals #2 (can be read as standalone)
Contemporary Romance
March 23rd 2020 by Entangled: Amara
I received an e-ARC of this book from the author and publisher via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book in any way.


I’m thrilled that my first trip back to my homeland, after years in exile, is for an assignment from the prime minister. Even better, the job’s to put Princess Genevieve in her place…by cutting off her cash flow. Spoiled royals—even drop-dead gorgeous ones—don’t do anything to deserve their wealth and status. Hell, they don’t do anything. She’s fighting me tooth and nail, of course. The only way to stop her arguing is, well, to kiss her.

And I can’t seem to stay away from her. Now, I see a whole different side to the princess—and not just because I’ve gotten her clothes off. But I was put on this assignment for a reason… There are those outside the castle who want to see the princess discredited and push their own agenda, and I may have just given them all the ammunition they need.


It’s been a while since I read a contemporary romance featuring royals and that’s why I requested this book from Netgalley. Besides, the romance is a classic enemy-to-lovers thing where the guy is not fond of the royal girl. I’m happy to say that Ruling the Princess didn’t disappoint.

Ruling the Princess stars Princess Genevieve (Genny), a spare heir of the throne and Theo, an heir to a Duchy who was exiled when he was ten and blames Genny for it, hence his hate for anything royal. It is fortunate that his first job when he came back to his homeland is to audit, or more like controlling Princess Genny’s finances. But it is not long before he realized how hard it is to hate the royals especially since he can’t seem to take her eyes and hands off Princess Genny.

This is a perfect example of a hate-to-love romance. Theo’s hate for the royals is too much and he doesn’t even bother to hide it. At first, I was even put off a bit because it’s like he’s generalizing royals. His criticisms are very cliche, by the way, you know, the usual royals are too spoiled, too extravagant, etc. But I really don’t mind because it’s obvious that he has reasons for hating the royal, especially Genny. Besides, he’s such a nice guy. Sure he acts rude and even unreasonable but I can see that he’s only doing that because he thinks it’s what he must do. If you grew up hating someone, you expect yourself to act like it. But I do like their responses to each other. They bicker and argue but still, they acknowledge if the other did something right or is being nice. It’s such fun to see them as they get to know each other more, as they peel each other’s masks and of course as they give in, little by little, to their attraction to each other.

Aside from the romance, I like the reveal at the end of Theo’s grudge against Genny. I finally understand Theo and it’s nice. There’s also the issue of someone using Theo to bring down the royal family. I love that aspect too.

As for the characters, obviously, I liked Theo and Genny. The side characters are also fun. I love Genny’s siblings, Kelsey and Christian. By the way, this is the second book in the series. I didn’t read the first one which stars Kelsey, but after reading this I want to read it soon. The next book in the series will feature Christian and I’m excited. Hopefully, I can get an early ARC of it too because Christian is my favorite character. He’s funny and too full of himself. 🙂

RATING: 3.5 blissful pages with lilies

Finally, the reason why I couldn’t give Ruling the Princess a perfect five star is because I think some parts of the story are cliche. I also think that I would’ve liked if I get to know Genny more before the main conflict is introduced. I don’t know, but it felt like when Genny was introduced, all I met is a cliche royalty member, a princess, and then Theo enters the story. Just a suggestion, maybe it is better if there’s one unique characterization introduced in the beginning before introducing the other main character and the conflict.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s a worthwhile read and really enjoyable.

Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s Chat.

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