This is the third (and final) inside look at my “Royal Desires” trilogy, which includes A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince. Overall, the three stories make up a sensual series, but each book stands on its own as an individual read. (And, I’m happy to say, each book has received excellent reviews!)
When I was writing Dalton’s Temptation, I introduced readers to Prince Allan. He’s basically the male version of his sister, Princess Elara – hedonistic, selfish, and utterly wild at times. I enjoyed creating the character, and it was fun to set him free in a pleasure palace completely without limitations. Even as I was finishing Dalton’s Temptation, I knew Allan needed a book of his own, so I wrote The Pauper Prince. (Several readers also asked me if Allan’s story would be told, and I was happy to oblige!)
But before I wrote a word, I knew that Allan was going to have to face the music for his bad behavior. At the start of the book (yes, right there on page 1) Allan is banished for his actions stemming from Dalton’s Temptation. His father kicks him out into the real world alone and broke, and he’s forced to make his own way in life.
As I was writing, I decided to take this carefree, roguish prince and turn his world upside down. I asked myself: How bad can you make things for him? He has nothing: no food, no fancy clothes, certainly no job skills, and no real sense of identity. He’d lived a pampered life where everything was handed to him on a silver platter (literally), and now was in for a rude awakening. I really put the screws to poor Allan and at times left him broken, sad, and utterly miserable.
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 sassy seamstress who fancies Allan and helps him adjust to the life of a commoner. Although Claudette appears innocent, she has a secret past and a bit of a naughty side.
Allan has to charm her on his merits, (as a pauper) instead of impressing her as a prince. I liked writing for Claudette. Like most of my heroines, she’s strong, dependable, and loyal, but she also has her sweet and vulnerable side.
Although The Pauper Prince has a happy ending, it is a bit darker than the other two books in the series. I wanted to contrast Allan’s easy-going pampered life with his new, harsh and gritty existence. (And it broke my heart to kill of a secondary character that I utterly adored.) Readers may also be surprised to discover a few things about Allan, as well. (Even I was shocked when certain events in the story took place – and I was the one writing it!)
Dalton and Elara also play minor roles in this story, but I don’t want to give away any details or spoil any surprises about what they’re up to. I can tell you that this book wraps up the trilogy in a neat package and everyone is left in a good place.
Here’s the plot summary to The Pauper Prince and a few kind words from reviewers.
THE PAUPER PRINCE
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:
“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!” - Rose, Reviewer, Romance at Heart
“5 Coffee Cups! I found myself glued to the pages, unable to stop reading. 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! 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
The Pauper Prince is available in ebook and paperback format. Order your copy from:
Amber Quill Press: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/848-The-Pauper-Prince.aspx
I hope you’ll check out one (or all) of the books in the series. They’re a fun read with a blend of spicy love scenes, humor, and suspense. Excerpts and reviews from all three books are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com.
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 the form on the “News” page of my site or on social media.