One of my biggest hobbies and passions is following the lives of British royalty, particularly Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. I was one of those women who got up VERY early in the morning in order to be able to watch the coverage of the royal wedding. Heck, I took the morning off of work so I could nap a bit when the formalities were done. When it comes to this book, it’s like the authors reached inside my head and pulled out my very favorite royal fantasy. Seriously, this reads like an alternate version of Kate and Will’s love story. AND I LOVE IT. This will not be a critical review by any means. Seriously, this book was made for my obsession with the love story of Kate and Will. And the fact that their second baby is due sometime in April makes me INCREDIBLY happy.
When Bex goes to Oxford for a study abroad, she just happens to get a room in the dorm where the future king of England is living. Prince Nicholas is not quite as princely when he is watching bad tv shows with Bex late into the night. He’s just plain old Nick, the guy she forms a great friendship with and…something more. But Bex is American. And Nick is royalty. This can never work. BUT IT SO CAN! I won’t give anymore away because half the fun of this book is reading about how Bex and Nick and their entourage make their relationship work. It’s not easy, it can be overly angsty but it is a really fun ride and that is what makes this story work for me.
Bex and Nick are far from perfect. They are kind of annoying at times too BUT I wanted them to be able to fall in love and make it work. I was fascinated reading about Bex’s journey from ordinary (but wealthy!) American college student to grown adult woman who has to learn to fit the mold of royalty. Learning to dress, learning to get out of a car, and learning that she has to share Nick with an entire country is definitely an adjustment. I was fascinated by the detail that the authors put into the story. It felt very authentic and honestly I would not mind reading some of their books of research. I don’t know nearly enough about British royalty etiquette despite my love for British royalty.
I think this book is going to please a certain readership. I can see it falling apart under closer examination by people who want to perhaps nitpick the fun out of the book. For me, this book succeeds because it fulfills a desire that MANY women have had their entire lives, a prince sweeping them off their feet. Now, I certainly do not need a prince in my life now and I can’t imagine many women do, but girls have been fed the prince and princess trope since a very young age. I think this book presents a nice combination of the escapism of having a Prince in your life and the harsh realities that come with it. This is not a Disney fairy tale, FYI. And there is actually a lot of sadness in this book. I can’t tell you exactly what made me cry (SPOILERS!) but I will say there were several parts that tore my heart apart for both of these characters.
If you do a quick search of this book, you will find reviews that will mention what may be “wrong” with this book. But for me, (despite my annoyance of Lacey, Bex’s twin sister) this book was just a total win. It was a fun reading experience and most of the time, that is all I want. I know this book won’t be for everyone and that is totally fine. But for those of us who happen to be a bit in love with the royal family, this may your new favorite book. I know it’s one of my favorite books of 2015!
BTW, one of my favorite Tumblr blogs, Mark Stewart Photography, posts lots of great photos of British Royalty, many of Kate and Will!
And of course, I need a sequel about Freddie, stat!!
ARC provided by publisher from Edelweiss.