Series: Royally #1
Published by EverAfter Romance on October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
Emma Chase is an auto buy author for me anyway, but when I heard she was writing a brand new series, I felt a rush of excitement as I 1-clicked. Royally Screwed is the charming first book in the Royally series.
I don’t care how old I get, I never outgrow my love for a good Cinderella story. Olivia is a poor New Yorker struggling to keep her family’s coffee shop afloat singlehandedly. Nicholas is the heir to the throne of Wessco and accustomed to getting whatever he wants. When he stumbles into Olivia’s café while in NYC on business, he’s drawn to her feistiness and he likes that she’s unaffected by his charms or his position. Olivia is a breath of fresh air in Nicholas’s life that is weighed down by responsibilities and people wanting to use him. Olivia unexpectedly gets swept up in a fairy tale love affair with the irresistible prince, and the whole world is watching their every move.
I was looking forward to the drama Nicholas’s relationship with a commoner would cause. However, the reactions of the Queen, and the people in his royal social circle, and the public in general are largely glossed over. There are a couple issues that quickly arise and are just as quickly resolved. I would have appreciated a tad more conflict.
That said, I really enjoyed the flow and fantasy of their romance. It’s sweet but also has some heat, and the supporting characters are fun. If you start Royally Screwed with the expectation that it will be a lighthearted, amusing, drama free story you should be pleasantly entertained. The blurb for the next book, Royally Matched, sounds really good. I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Nicholas’s bad boy brother, Henry, gets into.
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