Be My Princess 2 – Oliver Button (Main and Sequel)

Intro: Oliver first caught my eye way back in Prince Hayden’s story, when he mentioned he had a harem. I had a bit of a spaz moment, finding this hilarious, but also completely flabbergasted as to why Prince Oliver would A, have a harem, and B, unabashedly talk to this girl about it. Well, Oliver doesn’t care, because it seems pretty well known that he is a playboy, and it’s apparently a tradition for him to have a harem. His grandfather Prince Roberto didn’t have one, but Oliver’s father started it. More on that later though.

Prince Oliver (who I keep wanting to call Roberto…) is a very light-hearted, easy going guy. He isn’t too formal, which makes him the easiest for a commoner like MC to get a long with I think. Just like his grandfather Roberto! He seems to be the social butterfly of the group, getting along well with all the princes, every girl he meets, and pretty much anyone he comes into contact with. So it’s surprising that MC plays so hard to get!

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Major spoilers for Oliver’s harem and overall storyline ahead.

My Thoughts: Unlike the MC from Ivan’s story, who flies off to Sanct Sybil for a marriage interview when she barely knows the guy, this MC won’t even take a stroll down to Nobel Michel castle to meet Oliver! Like the other princes, it’s pretty obvious Oliver likes MC from the beginning, but boy is she hard to get. She declines to meet Oliver because she has to teach a baking class, but surprise! Oliver shows up to the class.

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He obviously wants to spend time with her and get to know her better, but MC is being difficult. Eventually he convinces her to take a leave of absence from work (by supplying an extra pastry chef), and become a baking instructor in Altaria. And who will she be instructing? HIS HAREM! LOL!

Well, Oliver is NOT a playboy, but a sweetie with a heart of gold, and the harem is actually a cover for abused women that need to escape from whatever bad situation they are in, and have no where to go. It’s a secret who these women are and where they are, so whoever from their bad past can’t locate them. Oliver wants MC to teach baking to the women (who range in age from children to elderly ladies), so they have a skill they can use to make it on their own when they eventually leave. AWWWW!!!

But here enters Sayla. She is Oliver’s childhood friend, and a girl escaping her abusive father in the harem. She is also head over heels for Oliver. Her feelings are obvious, and stupid MC immediately backs off from Oliver so Sayla can have him! WTF! MC is soooo annoying here, worrying about Sayla and her feelings. I’m sorry Sayla has had a hard life, but Oliver doesn’t want her, stupid MC. She is so aware of Sayla’s feelings, but completely oblivious to Oliver’s, and refuses to accept her own feelings for him.

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She is not just wishy-washy, but at one point she is down right mean to Oliver to protect herself and her feelings. I really disliked MC the first part of this story. Eventually MC gets a clue, and her and Sayla have a really good talk. I really like Sayla as a character, so I’m glad she bowed out gracefully and they became friends. MC actually influenced Sayla to become a pastry chef, which I thought was really great. And all is happy until…the second part.

There were clues along the way, but eventually it is confirmed for MC that Oliver is dying!! He has a very rare disease that is slowly killing him. There is a surgery in Oriens that could possibly cure him, but it has a very low survival rate. So, Oliver has pretty much accepted his fate and is prepared to die. It makes me sad because he is so upbeat in character, but very pessimistic when it comes to his survival. He’s just given up. So I wonder why he pursued MC when he knew he wasn’t going to live much longer? Anyway, Prince Kuon eventually shows up and informs them that the surgery has been improved, and the survival rate is now a little better, but Oliver already has his mind made up to just let everything go. So of course, it’s up to MC to change his mind. It’s a predictable story, and I wasn’t too worried because OF COURSE he’s going to survive, but it was really great to see Oliver’s character growth before and after the surgery.

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Overall: I like Oliver; it was interesting to see him change over the course of the story and become a stronger person. Plus, he’s just such a sweetheart. I also liked Sayla and her growth to becoming a stronger, better person as well. I did NOT like MC the first half of the story. She was oblivious, stubborn, and in denial. But, she does get better the second half. Thank goodness. I also liked Kuon in this story. I don’t know if he actually liked MC, or was just teasing Oliver to give him more reason to live, but he ended up being very amusing, and now I’m interested in him too.

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However! Next I’m going to play Kevin. He showed up for a bit in the sequel, and I thought he was interesting. Also, he seems to be a hidden/unknown prince, or maybe an illegitimate child descended from Prince Keith. As far as I know, none of the other princes have this kind of storyline, so that’s going to be fun! Wow this is getting long, so I’ll stop rambling and leave you with this beautiful picture of Oliver!

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Be My Princess 2 – Ivan Chernenkov (Main and Sequel)

Intro: So I broke down pretty fast and bought Ivan’s route. Ever since he gave his autograph to those little boys during the prologue, I’ve been really intrigued by him. If you finish the prologue with Ivan, he seems to be very taciturn and rude, but his intention is not to be unpleasant. It’s really just a form of “tough love” to get  MC to dance better (so she’s not made fun of). He’s also only one of two princes out of the eight to not be descended from the original princes from Be My Princess, so we get a new royal family, with a new country. This country has a lot of issues, and it plays a huge role in who Ivan has become, as well as his relationship with MC, but we’ll get to that later. What you have to know is that Ivan is so badass and manly, that he has not one, but TWO PET WOLVES! No regular dogs for this guy. On to the awesomeness that is Ivan.

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My Thoughts: In the beginning, MC is very baffled as to why Ivan likes her and chooses her as a marriage candidate, and understandably so. After a few brief encounters, she is told she is going to Sanct Sybil with other girls to determine the future princess, but….SURPRISE! There are actually no other girls at all! After determining MC doesn’t have a boyfriend, and likes his country okay, Ivan just announces their engagement to everyone! Turns out Ivan doesn’t like all the wussy noble girls and all the problems their families bring with them.

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He wants a strong, hard-working commoner with a great strength of will to have babies with! He thinks this type of girl will be able to survive his country the best, since life is hard in Sanct Sybil, and there is a lot of political unrest and uprisings.

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For various reasons (snow, war), MC ends up hanging around and getting to know Ivan after he announces their engagement, even though she doesn’t really seem to want to follow through with it. But of course it all works out for the best in the end for them.

So, I have a lot of thoughts on Ivan, all mostly good. He’s really interesting and different from the other princes I think. His mom died when he was a baby, and his older sisters were married off to different countries shortly after that, so he grew up alone. Even though his father the king is around, there is so much unrest and problems going on in the country, he is constantly traveling around trying to hold things together, so Ivan really steps in and handles a lot of work. With a lot of the other princes (at least the stories I’ve read), it seems like they are still in training and learning, but with Ivan it feels like he is already running the country. Maybe because of this and the way he grew up, he comes off as very regal, mature, and just very together. I was really impressed with his character. You can tell that he really thinks about all his subjects, from the nobles to the servants. Since he is royalty, he could take it easy and hide in his castle with all the turmoil going on, but he takes on the especially hard and scary tasks BECAUSE he is the prince. With MC, he could look down on her lack of knowledge because she’s a commoner, but he has no problem teaching her.

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I like that about him; Prince Sieg would have made fun of MC heh. Speaking of Sieg, he seems to be the closest prince to Ivan, so he shows up quite a bit in this story. Him and MC become friends, and its nice to see him in this role.

But Ivan isn’t perfect. I was majorly loving Ivan, until I found out that he doesn’t like women to work!! Sanct Sybil is so messed up and old fashioned, women holding jobs is actually looked down on. They are supposed to stay home and have babies. MC, who lives for her job as a pastry chef, had some issues with this, and thankfully stood up for herself. Eventually Ivan apologized and came around, so he redeemed himself. Then I was able to go back to loving Ivan. He’s normally quite somber, but when he is joking and teasing MC, it’s so cute and funny! Oh be still my heart. And in the sequel, Ivan blushes and gets jealous a lot! I LOVE A BLUSHING IVAN!

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Ivan’s original story is pretty intense, with all the happenings in Sanct Sybil. The sequel is a lot calmer, but it’s still a good story. It’s totally different from the other prince’s stories, where they have difficulty being with a commoner, or have resistance from their parents. Ivan pretty much finds a commoner he likes, says “Yep, this one’s good,” and that’s it. The country nor his father ever give him issue. I guess Ivan has such an imposing presence, and handles everything so well, they assume he was making a good decision. Also, I feel this is a romantic story, but romantic in a different way…Ivan and MC come to love each other slowly over time, so they aren’t very touchy-feely with each other. I think they just kiss once at the end and that’s it. Well, for the main story anyways. Lastly, the old-fashioned view of women in his country still kind of bothered me. Ivan was fine with MC working eventually, but it never addressed anybody else in the nation. I guess they have to work on holding the country together first…but I’d love to see a future story where MC champions women’s right to work.

Overall: Ignoring the women’s issues in his country, I really LOVE Ivan. He’s stoic and practical, but not mean. He doesn’t play games or mess around either. When he knows what he wants, he GOES for it. I’m actually having a hard time describing all the things I love about his character. He’s just got so many good qualities. He’s brave, regal, level-headed, fair, wise…all the qualities of a great leader rolled into one sexy, blonde package. Oh man, blondes are not my favorite, but Ivan is sooo sexy. I just want to play with his hair.

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