Review: The Princess He Must Marry
THE PRINCESS HE MUST MARRY - Jadesola James
Passionately Even After (Book #8)
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Brenda Larnell (A)
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEW: Talented writer, Jadesola James, has chosen to gift her readers with the engaging story of Princess Tobilola Obatola of a small fictional town located outside of Badagry, Nigeria, in this Passionately Ever After Series. Her sister, Kemi Obatola, is featured in THE ROYAL BABY HE MUST CLAIM, Jet-Set Billionaires, Book #2. I like both stories with their African settings and cultures, along with royal customs. Tobi, the youngest of the two sisters, is known as a non-conformist little troublemaker. Her father, the Oba, can’t wait to marry her off. Enter, Prince Akil Al-Hamri, who has his own set of problems with his royal family of Djoboro, a North African principality.

When the story begins, Tobi and Akil are in the midst of their wedding ceremony. I love the colorful and detailed description of the Yoruba wedding ceremony that the author provides. On the surface, the wedding seems to be a joyous affair. However, we soon learn that the motives behind the coming together of Tobi and Akil as husband and wife leaves a lot to be desired. Love takes a back seat…way in the back… for this couple. I won’t spill the tea, here, so I’ll allow you to discover what is really going on with our newlyweds. However, I will say that the bride and groom will go their separate ways after the wedding. Akil has his plans and Tobi has hers. Crazy huh? It definitely sets up an entertaining and compelling storyline. Plus, we discover this couple has mad chemistry, but will that be enough to keep them together? It’s complicated!  In this modern take on a fairy tale, Ms James competently inserts serious subject matter like dementia, and mental abuse. All of this comes together to make for a good read.

The side characters lend their support and solicited and unsolicited advice to Tobi and Akil. I like the character, Jamila, who helps instead of hinders. You’ll get that when you read the story. Tobi’s sister, Kemi, plays a major role in coming to her little sister’s rescue, and Akil’s. The HEA, that we find in the Epilogue, marks the promise of a bright future for the hero and heroine.

I enjoyed
THE PRINCESS HE MUST MARRY. It’s an enjoyable and delightful story with an African perspective. I recommend it for your reading pleasure.

8th July 2022 | romcol@caribsurf.com
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