But, as with most of my impulsive acts, the consequences pulled me into something deeper. Just a taste turned into a full-on obsession.
Published: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
Maybe that’s what they expected of me- all they expected of me. A pretty face behind a bland display of cheer and charity. No one would suspect that the pretty face was accompanied by a British spy.
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.
Huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for approving me for a copy of this book!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; royal fiction is one of my absolute favorite subgenres! When I saw this on NetGalley I immediately requested it, anything with a sassy Princess is right up my alley. While I really enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it.
Let’s start with the cast of characters introduced in this stand-alone. Thea, regardless of being a Princess, was a character I found myself easily able to relate to. I mean, family drama and expectations are something we can all understand, regardless of official titles. She was witty, sassy, and fun to follow throughout the book. Nick was dangerous, mysterious, and had an accent that would drive any woman crazy. They were a perfect duo for this romance/spy mash-up. All the smaller characters like Sophie, Big Gran, Lucy, and even Max were enjoyable to read about and added to the story in a good way by driving the plot.
This story is sold as a Princess Diaries and Jason Bourne mash-up, and it was a big mix of genres, so I went into this expecting a certain amount of thriller/mystery vibes. Good news; it delivered! There was a lot of danger, murder, hidden bank records and general international scandal. It was interesting, to say the least, and left me guessing right up until the end. This definitely delivered on plot, that’s for sure! On top of all that, there’s Thea and her royal duties, Nick and his brooding search for answers, and their budding romance throughout. I would have liked a touch more romance, especially since the steamy scenes were few and far between, but I liked it nonetheless. On Goodreads this book is listed primarily under romance, but I’m going to classify it as Fiction because I think it fits better in general fiction. The romance elements here were subtle and definitely not the point of this plot.
While this book dealt with heavier elements like international espionage and disappearing dukes, the writing style was light and airy. There was a fair amount of banter, sweet romance scenes, and royal functions beautifully described. I thought the author crafted a well-rounded and compelling story surrounding this fictional kingdom and it’s feisty princess. If this were a real romance story I think this would have read more like a rom-com, and it did have some funny moments and a very airy feel, but this wasn’t a rom-com. I would label this more under romantic suspense!
I really enjoyed this book and had fun while reading it. I thought Thea was a great main character, I thought Nick was a dreamy bad ass, and I liked learning about the fictional history of this fictional kingdom. So I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It was good but didn’t speak to my soul like some of the other royal fiction I’ve read.
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