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Anika Fox knows exactly where she wants to be, and it’s not on the set of a reality TV dating show. She’s working her way up at the production company she works for and she’s close to achieving some of her dreams. The big boss just wants one thing from her. She’s got a potential problem with the director of The King Takes a Bride and she wants Anika to pose as a production assistant and report back.

As the king of a tiny European country, Luca St. Marten knows the world views him as one of the pampered royalty of the world. It couldn’t be further from the truth. His country is hurting and he’s right there on the front lines with his citizens. When he’s asked to do a dating show, his counselors point out that it could bring tourism back to Ralavia. It goes against his every desire, but he agrees.

When one of the contestants drops out at the last minute, Anika finds herself replacing the potential princess. She’s sure she’ll be asked to leave the first night, but Luca keeps picking her again and again. Suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a made-for-TV fantasy, and she’s unsure what’s real and what’s simply reality TV.


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Lexi Blake

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What if the star of The Bachelor was actually a real life king? Lexi Blake continues her Park Avenue Promise series this week with another unputdownable romance, and I have an excerpt for you.

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“Have you ever seen a show like this?” I ask, though I’m almost certain I know the answer. “Have you watched a couple of seasons of The Bachelor? Or even something like Love is Blind?”

“No,” he admits. “I don’t watch shows like that. This seemed simpler on paper. It’s more difficult now that I’m here. I’ll be honest, I didn’t like how some of the women looked at me. Like they could eat me alive. It was disconcerting.”

“Welcome to womanhood.”

“But it doesn’t matter because now I have you. I should think about the kissing thing. There’s got to be a way around it. It’s not seemly for the king to kiss multiple women. I’ll make a law,” he assures me. “So there. Problem solved. You won’t have to watch me kiss anyone at all.”

I feel like a cage door is starting to swing closed, and if I don’t get out, something terrible will happen. “Come on, Luca. You have to honor my wishes. You have to let me go. I have a job to do.”

“From what I can tell no one treats the production assistants well.” He seems to be mulling the problem over in his head, and I don’t think I’ll like what he comes up with. “You’ll have more fun this way.” His expression turns serious. “I can’t make you say yes to me in the final ceremony, but I can make it difficult for you to not give us a chance. How about we make a deal. One chance to get out of my web. If you can honestly say you’re not interested in me after I do one thing, I’ll cut you tomorrow.”

Oh, I can say some words. I’m not interested. I can absolutely say those words. I don’t have to mean them. “Do your worst, Your Majesty.”

He shakes his head. “Luca. The rest of them can call me Reg or Your Majesty. I’m Luca to you. Reg is a king. Luca is just a man.”

He reaches out and takes my hand. Without thinking about it, I respond by rising gracefully. Well, rising. I nearly dump the bag of food all over my bed.

“What are you doing?” I have to tilt my head back because he’s so tall and so very close. His body brushes against mine, and there’s that insane chemistry I wish I had with someone who didn’t have a whole country depending on him.

“Showing you how it can be,” he whispers before he leans over and his lips find mine.

I want to stand there, to be utterly unmoved. It’s a kiss. I’ve been kissed before. It’s lips on lips, with maybe a little tongue somewhere in there. When you think about it, it’s kind of gross. Except I feel sparks. They shoot along my skin in the sweetest way as his hands find the back of my neck and he cradles my face. Warmth shoots through me, and I swear I can feel my uterus contract when his tongue drags over my bottom lip.

I have no idea how long we stand there, his mouth on mine, my hands wrapping around his body so I can get as close to him as possible. The world seems endless in that moment, and I want to do nothing more than stay here with him.

He pulls away, and there’s a light in his eyes as he looks down at me. “And that is why I won’t let you go.” He steps away and moves toward the slightly open hidden door. “I don’t suppose you want me to stay with you tonight. Like I said, I don’t need some process to tell me what I already know. But we will have to pretend for the cameras.”

Pretend like we’re falling in love. The problem is I wouldn’t be pretending. “Cut me tomorrow. Please, Luca.”

A forlorn look crosses his face. “That I can’t do, Schatz. In this I will be selfish. One thing I will be selfish about.”

“I thought you were a nice guy.”

“I’m a king. I can’t afford to be nice.”

“What did that mean? That thing you called me?”

Schatz? It’s German,” he explains. “We speak English and German in Ralavia. It means treasure. Good night, Anika. I will see you in the morning.”

He disappears behind the wall, and I’m alone.

God, he’s going to break my heart.

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