Series: Stars of Peril #3
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: October 1,2019
Length: 235 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Painting themselves a life together will be a royal ordeal.
Small-town boy Cal Walters doesn’t know whether he owes his phenomenal success as an artist to talent or to his connections to famous people. Doubt leaves him secluded—until a lost bet lands him on yet another blind date. But this one is different.
To Teofilo Vabriga-Kastav, playboy prince of the tiny nation of Porvunia and passionate art lover, Cal’s paintings are as intriguing as Cal himself. When Teo invites Cal to his country for an art competition, a whirlwind romance sweeps them up. But it can’t last—loyalties and obligations bind them to lives that are worlds apart.<
Cal and Teo might’ve found their perfect complements in each other, but to hold on to their happiness, they’ll have to get creative.
Was it sentimental and emotional? Yes! Was it a fairytale? kind of but it was also much more! I loved everything about it.
Meet Cal aka Calvin Walters rising artist from a small town, Peril, in Nebraska and Teo aka His Royal Highness Prince Friedrich Aleksej Josef Vissente Teofilo, Duke of Vidac, Earl of Kramitz.
Teo is in love with the art coming from Cal’s hand, after meeting Cal in person he is falling even more in love with the man himself.
Teo has organized an art contest in his small country and wants Cal to tribute three parts to it.
Cal is smitten by this beautiful, elegant, aristocratic man. After watching Teo’s Instagram, Cal understands he is just one in a long line. Still, Cal agrees and travels to Teo’s tiny kingdom in Europe.
Staying with Teo in his castle, Cal gets special treatment. No men from the row have entered these rooms before. They fall in love quite strongly and comfortably. Cal knows it’s too good to be true and a broken heart will be next.
What a well thought out, gracious, beautifully detailed and layered story. I was so smitten with it. It was written with a passion and that made this tale even more appealing. It had bittersweet moments, which crushed my heart, also funny times that made me laugh.
You could expect this could be a sappy story while reading the blurb, it was far from that!
I prefer to call it an excellently positive and vibrant story!
Even though I thought the whole story was, at first sight, lighthearted it’s quite more than that, it has an intelligent plot and all thoroughly developed. The way the love of art was woven into this story, the importance of authentic roots and family was impressive! The story around the passionate work with charity-funding and, above all, how the love, emotions and the romance was shining blindly, it was just everything!
We got a saying in my country I’m not sure it’s universal:
‘’I don’t have to swim in money, just paddling is enough’’
Money isn’t everything, but hey it’s handy. It opens doors for you and when spent well, by that it also opens them for others, that was important here!
An awfully well written story, extremely kind and uplifting, it radiated feelings like the sun always shines, even behind thick clouds!
It’s all about possibilities, opportunities, caring, expanding your focus and faith in the future.
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