There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.
Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home.
As a princess who’s sunk a yacht and been caught kissing popstars, it’s easy for her aunt, the regent, to think she’s ill prepared for the throne. But Nina doesn’t think that having to fake date Felipe, the handsome, squeaky clean Prince of Concordia was the best solution for that.
Nina’s ready to learn the ropes of her new role and make it hers, and reconnecting with Felipe only makes her want to be a better queen. But is the monarchy ready for Queen Nina?
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The Queen’s Game was such a quick read that if I haven’t had any other commitments, I would’ve finished it in one sitting. I really loved the premise of the story, Filipino Royalties plus fake dating. It sounds like the perfect disaster romance I would love. Note that the disaster in the context is the whole fake-dating-do-not-fall-in-love-with-me trope, which I really love because it’s a real treat to see the characters flirt with each other while trying hard not to fall, but still they end up falling for each other. And in this case, they did fall for each other… hard.
It’s my first time to read a book that features Filipino royalty. Monarchy isn’t a thing here but I’m sure there’s a lot of us that are fascinated with royal families. Nina, the main character, sort of reminded me of Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries. She’s rebellious and there were a lot of scandals surrounding her but she proved herself to be a great ruler, which I think Nina will grow to be one. Felipe was just too adorable, I loved the chapters in his POV because it showed a lot about him. I really can’t explain much because I’m afraid it might get too spoilery, all I can say is that Nina and Felipe had the perfect chemistry. Albeit seeing the polarities in Nina and Felipe, I wish I saw more depth in terms of their personalities, and the others included. Then again, the length of the novel was shorter than I expected.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially to readers who want to see how monarchy mixes with our culture. Carla De Guzman’s writing style keeps getting better and this book is one you’ll never want to miss!