Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

* * * 1/2

available October 9th, 2018

For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.

Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.

After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.

So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.

Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

Source: advance e-galley provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Royal romances can be a hit-or-miss for me but The Royal Runaway is pure enjoyment! A jilted princess and heir to the throne left at the altar, her fiancé, Cameron, has gone missing, presumed dead, and a once thought to be dead brother who is in fact, very not dead, turns up to investigate why his brother has gone missing. All the ingredients for a royal-tastic misadventure!

I was honestly surprised by how the story played out. I assumed incorrectly that Thea would kind of self-destruct and fall in with the next guy to show up. Not sure why my thoughts went there but I was shown that I clearly had no idea. Instead, Thea is not so meek, and try as she might to forget Cameron as her family would have her do, she can't let go. There's just something odd about how it went down. Nick shows up and at first she thinks he's playing her but when he admits to being Cameron's long dead brother returned to life, she's not only intrigued but unhinged in a way because Nick's presence indicates that something has gone sorely wrong. Not one to stand aside and let everyone else do all the work, Thea insists that she and Nick work as allies to uncover the truth.

I liked the mystery surrounding Thea's fiancé and the danger that arose from digging into it. Nick, was sexy (I couldn't help but picture Gerard Butler because Scottish hottie action hero = Gerard Butler, right?). He and Thea exasperated each other most of the time but you knew where that was going. I mean, come on. Anyway, his dry humour was attractive. Thea herself was funny and smart and of course, rebellious. She and Nick sparred well together which was quite entertaining.

My only disappointment with the story is the revelation of the villain who felt one- dimensional to me. I was hoping for a bit more of a background but also understand that it makes sense why we wouldn't have much to go on beyond the reveal.

The Royal Runaway is a fun, action-filled romp. Throw in a delicious mystery and a budding romance and voila! You'll be kept guessing and entertained!

~ Bel

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