"Humorous romantic fantasy"
In the Kingdom of Alaska, Princess Alexandra Baranov has
problems sleeping ever since family enemies tried to kill
her father and abduct her youngest brother though she tried
to intercede (see THE ROYAL TREATMENT). Now her midnight
wanderings have become tabloid fodder and worry her family
especially when she faints from a lack of sleep. In fact
only her infant nephew enables her to sleep for a few hours
for she is always on vigil to stop intruders from harming
her family since the Devon incident.
To get her out of the Sitka palace, the family ponders why
not Minot so they send Alexandra to North Dakota on the
pretense of furthering American-Alaskan relations. She
reluctantly visits the North Dakota Institute for Sea Life
where marine biologist Dr. Shel Rivers conducts research.
Following a foot introduction, her Royal pain in the butt
demands he waits on her when all he wants is to be left
alone to do his work that is before he tries to shut her up
with a kiss or two, which she returns. What lab work Shel
asks himself as all he wants to do is to keep kissing her
No one does humorous romantic fantasy better than
MaryJanice Davidson does. The Baranov sequel is a fabulous
gender battle as Shel concludes that the royal pain is his
bane. The opening intro summarizes the tale as Harry from
When Harry Met Sally discusses having sex with someone
named Sheldon and never slows down until the final kiss.
Fans of zany alternate history tales will appreciate Ms.
Davidson who brings a wacky freshness to the sub-genre.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 26, 2006
Who can resist...
Marine biologist Dr. Shel (“Never Sheldon”) Rivers has a problem. Some princess expects him to wait on her, hand and dimpled foot. His boss is taken with the royal redhead—brunette, whatever, it’s not like he keeps track of that stuff—and nobody realizes that he just wants to be left alone in his lab. All alone. All the time. Weekends, holidays…it’s all good.
Now here’s Miss Royalpants, insisting that he escort her around the marine institute, explain what he’s doing, kiss her until her toes curl…no, wait, that was his idea. She’s not even apologetic about being born into a royal family! Says it’s his problem to overcome, not hers. Which leaves him with one option: to kiss her again. And again. And…
So she’s nothing like he expected. In fact, Dr. Rivers can see that this fantastic, exasperating woman has problems no princess should ever have to deal with. And he has an idea to help her get some much-needed sleep. Of course, it involves getting very, very tired beforehand, but if she’s up to it, then so is he…
In this delightfully madcap sequel to The Royal Treatment, the Baranov family is back and as unpredictable as ever, and a prickly princess and cranky Ph.D. are about to discover that love conquers attitude every time…