There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
(Website, Twitter, Facebook)Published by Entangled Teen Crush Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Love & Romance, Romance, Royalty, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.
He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.
He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.
Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.
It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.
But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her.
Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who's the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.
This book was so stinking cute! I love the royalty falling for a commoner trope. It’s so unrealistic that when it does happen in real life, I can’t help but swoon. Kate Middleton was a commoner, giving girls hope all across the world that their prince might actually be a prince. Now Amber gives me hope that my prince might be closer than I think.
Niklas III of Lutgenstadt (it is not a real principality, I checked) wanted a normal life. He made a deal with his parents that as long as he kept his identity a secret, he could spend his junior year of high school in America. Nik didn’t know how not to be a prince at first. His superfluous language and overly serious nature made him different. He could lie about his title, but the prince still shined underneath. It was adorable. He had to learn how to be an American teenager, but he didn’t let the prince side of him go, either. He remained a gentleman. Reading as he tried to understand American-speak made me smile and laugh. And as a prince in commoner clothing, he met his match when Amber walked into his life.
I really liked Amber’s character. She had spunk and determination. A fight with cancer the year before had made her stronger. She rocked a pixie cut and wielded her camera like a pro. She hated Nik at first sight. There wasn’t a moment throughout the entire book that she let him get away with anything. The things of her past had made her vulnerable, yet strong, and her relationship with Nik changed things for her. She started to open her heart again and let someone new in. I loved watching her fall for him or hearing her best friend talk about how he looked at her when she wasn’t looking. Overall, though, I loved her. She was a wonderful MC and balanced with Nik perfectly.
Lauren and Amber had the best friendship. I love reading a healthy female friendship. They complimented each other and supported each other through thick and thin. Lauren even had her own story going on in the background, and I ship her and Josh all day long!
The girl that could watch The Princess Diaries on loop and swooned hard over the prince in The Prince and Me devoured this book. I found myself smiling for no reason and giggling with glee. Niklas III of Lutgenstadt stole my heart, and I want Amber as a best friend. There’s Something About Nik belongs on your e-reader!