I received The Soldier Prince: Stellangård Royal – Alexander (Royals of Stellangård Saga Book 1) by Aarti V Raman as an ARC from the author. Thank you Aarti for the book. this book is the story of Sasha Ray and Prince Kristoph Alexander Hjalmar Heinrickson from the Royal House of Stellangård.
This is Royal life. Not a fairytale.
Sasha When I think of princes, I know exactly who I am looking for. A sophisticated, handsome man who will ride with me into the sunset.
Surly, generous, blond alphas nicknamed “Iceman” need not apply.
I thought I was saving his life when I went to warn him about the bad guys gunning for him. But then I saw him in action. And he doesn’t need my help at all. The Iceman is an ex-military warrior.
When the world rights itself after my night of danger, I am flying on a private jet to a tiny nation in the Swiss Alps with the Iceman. Turns out, the warrior is the Prince of Stellangård in disguise.
And he just might be everything I am looking for.
Except, this is real life. Not a fairytale. And The Ice Prince could never belong with a struggling student-waitress from New York City.
Right? Alexander I thought I could outrun my past, my guilt, and duty to my homeland by joining the military. And it worked like a charm for a decade.
But civilian life is much more exciting and dangerous.
And Sasha Ray is the most dangerous of them all.
She is meant to be protected within the walls of the castle I call home. But she destroys my defenses with her compassionate heart and sharp wit.
I am known as the Iceman for a reason. I don’t melt. I don’t give in to temptation, even when every touch makes me want her past sanity.
This is Royal life. Not a fairy tale. And I know the price she’d have to pay for being mine. Don’t I?
When fire and ice collide, all bets are off. And with an unknown enemy closing in, can Sasha and Alexander decide if happily ever after is worth everything – especially their hearts? Meet the Royals of Stellangård – Alexander, Helena, and Michael – burdened by their heritage, freed by love.
Twenty seven year old Sasha Ray, in the middle of her second semester in masters of teaching at New York University, works as a head waitress at Kalinda’s Deli in New York to supplement her tuition costs. She is a secret novelist, minoring in creative writing, as an elective as her parents are against her being a writer but she wants to be a teacher cum novelist. A second generation Indo American, Sasha is the only child of Deepak Ray and Aditi Ray.
Alexander Heinrickson completed his college education at Oxford and was in first semester of MBA at Harvard Business School, ten years ago, when he lost his mother to a suicide attack at a peace keeping mission in Afghanistan. He joined War Against Terror against his father’s wishes and did not come home when the love of his life pleaded with him. He volunteered as a special liaison with the Marines and then with a private security company. He left the security company eight months ago but never went back home. He moved around, never stuck to one city and paid cash wherever he went.
During his stay at New York, he would frequent the deli where Sasha worked, would come to the Deli at the same time everyday, sit at the same booth and order the same food. This was something that Sasha noticed. So one day, when a customer tells Sasha that Longstrides (the customer’s nickname for Alexander) is in danger, she rushes to save him and her life changes. And she gets sucked into a vortex of complexities.
Longstrides is Prince Kristoph Alexander Hjalman Heinrickson from the Royal House of Stellangard, known as Xander to his family, Iceman to his fellow security agency colleagues.
The book has been beautifully divided into five parts giving the reader an insight of what would happen in that particular section of the book.
The characters are well developed and I loved the conversations between them. Xander is so tough, I loved him and I also loved Sasha and the way she took on the attackers. The descriptions are detailed and I could imagine myself sitting with the characters and enjoying the royal luxury and also the view from Sasha’s bedroom in the palace. The relationship between Xander and his brother and also his sister in law has been portrayed beautifully.
The language is simple and the story is fast paced, I could not put the book down till I finished it.
Loved the story and am looking forward to the other two stories of the series.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as an advanced reviewer’s copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.