by MaryJanice Davidson

November 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-0806-5
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Trade Paperback

Princess Alexandra of Alaska has lived the past few months in a daze. She has suffered from insomnia since an attack on the royal family and when she does manage to fall asleep she is plagued with horrible nightmares. Whatís a princess to do?

He father King Al sends Alex to the North Dakota Institute for Sea Life to represent the royal family at some upcoming events to be held there. Al thinks being away will give Alex some much needed rest from the stress she has been under these past few months.

Alex reluctantly makes the trip to please her father and upon arriving meets Dr. Shel Rivers, director of the centerís marine life programs. To say Alex and Shel are opposites is a very big understatement. They seem to have an instant dislike for each other on a personal level despite the sexual chemistry that seams to be simmering just beneath the surface. Will these two butt heads throughout Alexís stay or will they be able to find some common ground after all?

Ms. Davidson has created a fun look at what might have been if Alaska had become a country instead of being sold to the US. Although I didnít find myself particularly warming up to the main characters in this story at all I found their banter humorous and several secondary characters interesting enough that I would love to see what becomes of them in future books in this series. Many characters from the first book in the Alaska series, The Royal Treatment make appearances here and it was fun to catch up with them.

The book is full of one-liners and funny situations that will make the reader chuckle. I just wish that I could have liked Alex and Shel more. The magic feel of the first book just wasnít in this volume. The Royal Pain was overall a pleasant read but by no means Davidsonís best. I hope if there is a third volume the sparkle of Davidsonís Alaska will reappear as well.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Barbara.

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