ROYALLY ENDOWED: A Take on the Best Friend’s Sister Trope

Royally Endowed

royally-endowed-cover_hrThe Royals Trilogy #3
By Emma Chase
Read by: Shane East and Andi Arndt
Unabridged Audio 7 hours and 32 minutes
Simon & Schuster Audio | ISBN 9781508227113 | August 14, 2017

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.


Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at twenty-two years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


My Take Oblong Shaped

Shane East could read the phone book and it would sound hot — really hot. If ever a voice could melt the panties off a girl this one would be it. Seriously, Shane’s voice makes me shiver a little – and not from cold.

Andi Arndt does a great job as well with young Ellie’s voice, but it is Shane that takes this audiobook from a somewhat interesting book and series to a great listen.

I have never liked Emma’s use of “tits” and other slang for body parts; I think it lowers the quality of her work.  But in this book she explores a semi-taboo area, an attraction to an underage girl who is not approached romantically until she becomes a woman.  It’s a variation on the “best friend’s sister” trope, even though the “friend” in this case is an employer, and a royal, and a friend. And, because she is underage, although “legal” in New York State, it adds the aspect of whether the attraction is creepy.

When you add in Logan’s protective role of body guard for Ellie, and the starry-eyed teen, you start to enter Lolita territory. 
What saves them both is Logan’s remarkable self-control.

Do you think this attraction to a teen by a twenty-plus bodyguard is creepy?

The story of Wessco’s royal family’s love life has never been believable — it’s pure escapist fiction.  In this case there are a few holes in the story, but given its escapist nature do those really matter? 
Wessco is a weird mix of England and some fictional small country like Monaco or Luxembourg. But its royal family has a purely British Royals appeal.  I have no idea who the monarch’s of smaller countries are.  Seriously, I would have no idea about Monaco if it were not for Princess Grace, née Kelly, having married Prince Ranier.  In this respect the story is a bit over done.

But, to be perfectly honest, I pick these books up for Shane’s voice.  I think Emma’s stories are fun, escapist and outside the realm of reality, even for royals, but Shane’s voice is a spectacular mix of honey and steel.

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