I have been not so patiently waiting for Royally Screwed ever since Emma Chase announced she was writing a series of royally inspired stories. I was ecstatic when the book was released a day early and I could download it to my Kindle instantly. AND THEN, I devoured it. Not even going to lie, I sat down and read that book in a way I haven’t read a lot of books this year. And to me, this book is pure perfection. It has everything I crave in royalty romances.
For starters, I really liked the heroine, Olivia. She was a hardworking young woman who was trying to hold together her family’s business. BUT she is also no shrinking violet. When she first meets Nicholas, she shoves a pie in his face. She has grit and confidence and royalty or no, she deserves to be treated well. She also has a good relationship with her younger sister, Ellie, and their friend and coworker, Marty. Olivia is a New York girl and recognizes celebrity and fame but being with the Crowned Prince of Wessco is another matter altogether. Even she doesn’t expect how it changes her life, changes the family’s business, and shapes her romantic life for the future.
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook is a Prince used to everything on his terms. He finds out quickly that Olivia is not going to bow down to him. She’s going to lead him on a bit of a chase and he definitely likes that. Royally Screwed is told mostly from his perspective. Emma Chase writes male characters so well. I totally kind of fall in love with each and every one of them. Nicholas is in New York to bring his younger brother home. Nicholas is worried about Henry. He seems on the edge of desperation and sadness. Nicholas knows something is wrong and he is determined to get to the bottom of it. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to let himself be distracted by Olivia.
All good things must come to an end unfortunately and that means for Olivia and Nicholas, their time is drawing to a close. And for a crowned Prince and a commoner, that definitely means no happily-ever-after. I was really eager to see how Emma Chase would make this work out and phew, so glad to see it all came together in the end!
This book borrows some from modern royal romances and royal lives. (You’ll see a lot of hints of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and Princes Harry and Will). Emma Chase very clearly respects royalty and the readers who are interested in these storylines because while she may use some real life aspects, she clearly sets up her own kingdom, her own royal rules, and her own royal problems. Emma Chase is not a lazy writer by any means and the strength of the romance itself shows this clearly. Nicholas and Olivia are madly in love. Henry complains about them sucking face and making goo-goo eyes at each other a lot but I think it was really sweet. Lust of course plays a part but it is evident quite quickly in the book that there is something incredibly deep and resilient to Olivia and Nicholas’s love story.
And, for fans of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series, you’ll see a small hint of that in this book too!
Yet again, Emma Chase has me on tenterhooks. January 2017 seems a long time off for Henry’s story in Royally Matched. I was really glad Emma Chase put a small hint of what is to come for Henry and his lady in this first story. Makes me even more excited! The good news is at least I can re-read Royally Screwed PLENTY OF TIMES before January.
If you enjoy a modern royal romance, this is the book for you!