The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

GoodReads Summary:
Making it up the aisle was the easy part: After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter must survive her own scandals as she adjusts to life in the glamorous British royal family, in this “highly anticipated” follow-up to The Royal We, the “fun and dishy” bestseller and NYT Summer Reading List pick inspired by Will and Kate’s romance (People).
After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.
But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten — nor forgiven.
The Heir Affair (Royal We, #2)Review:
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me this eARC in exchange for an honest review. The issues I had with this book were much the same as the ones I had with the first book. It was entirely too long. This was an almost 500-page book that just didn’t need to be. I wanted a fun royalty romance, but that’s not at all that this was. This book made me cry several times. It was heartbreaking and sad, but also full of friends and family and so much love. I loved the relationships. They’re complex and messy like most real relationships are. I think that’s what I liked most about this book. The relationships, though most aren’t anything like what royalty must deal with, had real and serious problems.
This book covered real issues like miscarriages and infertility, which I really liked. I’ve never dealt with either of these, but from an outside perspective, I thought they were handled well. I thought they were thoughtful and full of emotion. I cried several times while reading this story.
Overall, while the story was long, there were so many different and interesting plotlines that I was engaged and entertained for the whole story. I enjoyed this one more than I did the first book, but I still think it was too long.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

GoodReads Summary:
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.
The Royal We (Royal We, #1)Review:
This book was entirely too long. Honestly, the only reason I read it at all was that I made the mistake of a late-night NetGalley request binge and didn’t realize that this book existed when I requested its sequel.
I didn’t hate this book it was just way too long. I enjoyed parts of it and others just seemed completely unneeded. While I did really liked Nick and Bex together, I don’t think we needed to follow eight years of their lives.
Usually, when I don’t like a book I have so much to say why I didn’t like it. But that’s not the case this time. I don’t know why I didn’t like this aside from the fact that there was so much to the story that could have been taken out.
There were some things I did like. I did find myself invested in Bex and Nick’s relationship. I also really loved their friend group. I loved that they included Bex into their circle so easily. The characters were the best part of this story. The drama that surrounds these characters was nothing short of ridiculous. I get that Nick is the future king, but I was over it after they graduated college. As for Bex’s twin sister Lacey, I loved her at first but quickly grew to hate her. I don’t understand how a sibling could be so selfish.
Overall, this story was very long but entertaining. I liked the antics of the characters in college, but as they grew older it got a little played out. I think this could have been a really fun book had it been a bit shorter.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

GoodReads Summary:
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.
Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.
The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.
She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?
Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2)Review:
I have three things to say about this book and that’s it. Roommates to lovers, royal romance, boarding school. These are all things that make me love a story on their own and Her Royal Highness had all of them in one book.
I had so much fun reading this. It was fast paced and funny. I managed to read it in one sitting. Millie was so funny to see so out of her element. She gains confidence and courage to stand up for herself and handle awkward or uncomfortable situations. I loved her bravery to move to another country for an incredible opportunity.
Flora was great. I liked getting to know her more after seeing her in Prince Charming. She’s basically a cooked marshmallow. A little hard on the outside, but inside just soft and mushy. She pushed Millie and their banter was probably my favorite thing about this book.
Overall, I had a really fun time reading this and I can’t wait to see what other characters get their own books from Rachel Hawkins. If you’re looking for a fun summer romance, this is the book for you.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

GoodReads Summary:
Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
Prince Charming (Royals, #1)Review:
After seeing Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) rant and rave about this book and its sequel I couldn’t resist picking it up when I saw it was available via my library. I’m so glad that I did because I absolutely adored this book and I cannot wait to read the next one. This book was exactly what I needed to read. It made me smile and laugh.
I loved the main character, Daisy and the antics that the boys found themselves in were never dull. I think telling the story from the sister of the soon to be princess was such a good idea. She gets all of the drama and attention from the media, but none of the rewards of actually being a royal. Daisy was sassy and snarky and I loved every second of it. I also really liked that she wanted to be the best she could for her sister even though the two rarely got along. I think that was the only thing missing from this, for Ellie and Daisy to have had a nice heart to heart and tried to be better sisters.
I adored the “Royal Wreckers” because they were funny and everything I wanted them to be. I hope they each get their own books and we get to see more of them.
There was flirting and fake dating and royals and hilarity and chaos and I loved every damn page of it. I’m (trying) to wait patiently for the second book to become available from my library because I want to read it as soon as possible.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.