Welcome to Part 3 of Erotic Fantasy Romance Month. This week, I’m sharing an inside look at The Pauper Prince. This book is the third story in the trilogy that began with A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’sTemptation.
Together, they make up a fun series, but each story stands alone as a separate read. When I started writing the books I had no idea I was writing what would become a trilogy, so each book is a complete adventure.
Prince Allan, the hero from The Pauper Prince was introduced to readers in Dalton’s Temptation. (As I wrote the book I quickly discovered that Allan had his own story to tell and needed his own book.) In Dalton’s Temptation we see how Allan has lived a pampered and carefree lifestyle, and fall in love with his wisecracking ways. But all that changes in The Pauper Prince.
From page one, we learn that Allan has been banished and is being forced to fend for himself in the world. Cut off from the royal family, his wealth, and everything he has taken for granted, Allan quickly discovers that life as a “commoner” is harsh and sometimes cruel.
Over the course of the book, Allan suffers life’s lessons at the hands of his evil employer and falls in love—twice. The story introduces us to Claudette, a seamstress who fancies Allan and helps him adjust. Although Claudette appears innocent, she has a secret past and a bit of a naughty side.
The Pauper Prince has a happy ending, but it is a bit darker than the other two books in the series. I wanted to contrast Allan’s easy-going life with his new, harsh existence. Readers may be surprised to discover a few things about Allan, as well. (I don’t want to give away the secret).
Allan’s “fall from grace” and the journey of self-discovery that he undergoes is one of the reasons I love this book. It’s got something for everyone: hot love scenes, tender moments, mystery, adventure, and suspense. (I also had to kill off a secondary character “for the good of the story” and hated doing it!)
But what about Dalton and Elara? They’re in the book too, as minor characters. Elara and Dalton play important roles in the finale of the story, and we get to see how these lovebirds are adapting to their married life. (Again, there’s a secret I don’t want to give away!)
Readers and reviewers love this finale to the trilogy. Here’s the ploy summary and kind words from readers. Excerpts are on my website and on The Pauper Prince Amber Quill Press book page.This time it’s all about Allan…and he never expected to fall in love!
Banished by the Royal Family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to abandon his life of luxury. Lost in a commoner’s world, Allan is miserable—until he has an unusual encounter with a shop girl named Claudette.
Allan must earn the respect of the woman he loves while keeping his true identity a secret. In a final effort to redeem himself, he exposes a dangerous smuggling operation involving the Royal Fleet—at a deadly price. Can he keep Claudette and his royal title? Or will he lose her forever when she discovers his shocking secret?
Readers and reviewers loved the book and the trilogy as a whole. Here are a few kind words:“Kelli A. Wilkins finishes her trilogy of books, which started with A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, with a bang. The Pauper Prince is a riveting tale, and it is a must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy romance. It is stuffed full of action, love, excitement, sedition, and scurvy characters that are set to make our prince’s life miserable in the extreme if he lets them. Skillful crafting allows the reader to slip under the spell of Allan and live his every ache, pain, and triumph. The Pauper Prince is a real must read, and I would suggest you get A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, too. Kelli has definitely written a trio of must buys for Amber Quill!!!” - Rose, Reviewer, Romance at Heart
“5 Coffee Cups! I honestly started out not knowing if I would like this book or not and then found myself glued to the pages, unable to stop reading until I had read the final page. All I can say now is WOW! The Pauper Prince is a real page-turner! There is non-stop action and mayhem from the very first page. The characters are spirited and so realistic that you find yourself relating to them very easily. The love scenes are highly erotic, but tender and emotion filled as well. This is one book that I have no problem giving my highest rating, and I highly recommend it to everyone!” - Regina, Reviewer, Coffee Time Romance
“4.5 Nymphs! What a story Kelli A. Wilkins has written with The Pauper Prince! So much mystery surrounding Allan… The twists and turns throughout the book will keep you reading to make sure everyone involved survives their adventures. These characters came to life for me and I was fascinated by Allan’s persistence to survive everything that happens to him… With all the other surprises in the book, you will not be bored reading this one and it is definitely not one to put down for long!” - Goddess Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews Only
I hope you’ll check out one (or all) of the books in the series. They’re a fun read with a blend of sex, humor, and suspense. (And they're all great Valentine's Day gifts for anyone with an e-reader!)
If you’ve read the trilogy, let me know what you think! What was your favorite book? Which scenes did you like best? Readers can contact me via my site: www.KelliWilkins.com
Next week, I’ll share a bit about two other historical/fantasy romances, A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights.
Enjoy!Kelli A. Wilkins