Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

Sadly, despite the adorable cover and supercute premise, it took me awhile to really get into this book. Now I’ve noticed that I go through reading periods of preferring certain types of book over others (hey, we all do) and it’s very possible that I just wasn’t in a light, fluffy princess mood while reading this. So there’s that disclaimer.

The thing that threw me off from the beginning was that this book was marketed as New Adult book when it really wasn’t. If you cut the few mild cuss words and a few fairly detailed sex scenes it would be comparable to Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series. Most New Adult books explore the trials and tribulations of being in the late teens to mid 20s and in this book, the characters could have been replaced by 14 year olds and the plot would have been more or less the same.

So labels and genres aside, it still took me a long, long time to actually get into the characters and plot. Once the initial kick-off is kicked, then it takes a quite a while for much else to happen. Unless you count flirting with the fickle and kind of ass-y crown prince, nicknamed Prince Yummy - though known by Alex in all official matters. Other than that, it’s more of a spotlight on Sam’s life and how she’s suddenly a media darling. After about 100 pages of that, we finally get into royal(ish) matters when she goes to her home country. Then the pace picks up a bit. Then we get into more royal matters and the sexier moments. Heh heh.

So even though it took me awhile to get into this book, I’m glad I stuck with it because it turned out rather sweet and charming, and a nice break from all of the darker books I was reading around it. So as we head into summer and need of that famous term ‘beach reads’ I recommend this. It’s light, easy and schexy enough to make the summer a little hotter than the heat index.

Similar recommendations: Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen.

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