June 12, 2013

Book Review: Suddenly Royal

Synopsis: Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

If there were a time and a place for the phrase, "don't judge a book by it's cover", this would be it. In fact, the cover of Suddenly Royal is quite frankly, rubbish and cheap. The cover along with the equally naff title makes it look like a book for a 12 year old and trust me this book is not for kids. What lies within this dodgy cover is a well written and extremely enjoyable story.

I found Suddenly Royal when I was having a nose through Amazon, trying to find some reads for my holiday. This popped up and as it was about royalty and only 79p I thought I could take the risk. Even if it was as bad as the cover suggested it wasn't like I'd be wasting a huge sum of money. Best 79p I've ever spent.

The thing I actually loved the most about Suddenly Royal is that the protagonist is not 16, she's an adult. I found it extremely refreshing considering the amount of YA novels I've read over the years. It was an adult novel with a feel of YA which suited me perfectly. And believe me when I say this is an adult book. There are some pretty steamy scenes part way through, tasteful, but steamy. 

All of the characters where extremely likeable, even Sam, which is rare as I usually find there's one or two characters that bug me. Sam is very witty, churning out a good number of real laugh out loud lines. Alex, is the classic charming prince with a side of cocky that some how makes him even more likeable. He's not perfect but he's damn close. 

My only minor gripe with the whole book was a few inconsistencies with some of the stuff to do with royalty for example swapping within a few lines between "Your Majesty" and "Your Highness" to refer to the Queen. These little things probably wouldn't bother most but I found it a little annoying at times. Luckily it's only occasionally.

I'm not saying this is some break-trough piece of literature but if you're looking for a light-hearted romance that includes not only a charming prince but a well written and well thought out storyline then this is a book that you should defiantly check out. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was a first in a series so I look forward to reading more of the adventures of Prince Alex and Duchess Rousseau.


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