(Part of The Royals Trilogy)
By Emma Chase
Read by: Andi Arndt and Shane East
Simon & Schuster Audio
October 18, 2016
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, a.k.a. “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. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Royally-Screwed/Emma-Chase/The-Royals-Trilogy/9781508227052
This is an entertaining story that could be, quite literally, about any of the young royal males who show up on the covers of tabloids and magazines like People®. Make the country Britain, and it would be Princes William and Harry of the House of Windsor. Parts are reminiscent of those young boys walking with their mother’s funeral cortege are really touching.
The format is a more or less the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, with the modern twists of steamy sex and nasty tabloid media. Mixing the “ripped from the headlines” bits and paralleling the story of the daughter-cum-servant, there’s not much terribly new here but it is very pleasant and well told, even though it is in the dreaded multiple first person. Sawyer does the point of view fairly well.
The best reason to listen to this story is Shane East’s plummy, yummy voice. I believe it could make one’s panties melt off if it were up close and personal and attached to the charming young prince featured herein.
I thought the development of Nicholas’ character was complex: bored, droll, jaded, sexually benighted but in his heart as noble as a Regency hero. Olivia, as is often the case in a steamy “royal” romance novel, is “everywoman” with a difficult life and too many responsibilities.
I was just a little uncertain in the ending about what had happened but also intrigued enough to go on to the next book when it is available in February. While this hit all the predictables it was an enjoyable, steamy read/listen with a couple of twists and if you like the “royals” then this one will be right up your throne room!