A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, January 28, 2019

MANGA MONDAY; The Prince's Mistress by Yu Kohaku- Original novel by Sandra Marton


Chloe, a busy model, is helping out at a charity ball when she meets billionaire Nick. He agrees to make a significant donationif she’ll go out to dinner with him! Chloe isn’t thrilled about this, but she finds herself drawn in by his unpretentious demeanor and ends up spending the night with him. It was reckless of her, but she doesn’t regret it. Chloe has but a little time before she must return to her obligations as the daughter of a sheikh in the kingdom of Calista, and she wants to make some special memories before she goes back. But what she doesn’t know is that Nick is more than just a billionaire—he has a hidden identity of his own!


The Prince's MistressThe Prince's Mistress by Yu Kohaku
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prince’s Mistress by Yu Kohaku – based on the original novel by Sandra Morton.
Finally, I have a winner!
I was determined to find a Harlequin Manga in which the story matched the quality of the illustrations.
The original novel by Sandra Morton, appears to be a very short story, probably posted as a free online read on the Harlequin web page. As such, I was unable to locate it since it was originally published back in 2009.

That said, this story, if it had been published officially, would probably have been released under the HP line, because of the focus on the wealthy and glamorous, a hallmark HP trope.

Therefore, if you know what to expect, none of the over the top aspects of the story will surprise you. In this case, I’d suggest taking it for what it is meant to be- a fantasy. Pure fantasy. Nothing about this story is realistic or plausible. However, it was sweet, sexy, and romantic, and I have to say Prince Nick is kind of dreamy. Chloe, however, is a harder sell, but she caved nicely.

I thought it was funny that both characters were hiding their true identities, hoping to avoid the marriages their families were expecting from them. Naturally, there are misunderstandings and pain along the way, but the ending is very nice-predicable, of course- but nice- with a proper happily ever after!!



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