The Royal We Review

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Title: The Royal We

Authors:  Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Hachette)

Flap Copy:

“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.”

YAY for Crossover books! When you love YA, there is some natural crossover appeal in the adult world. Romance and women’s fiction is one of them. As readers may know, I have been looking forward to this book. The Royal We did not disappoint, though I think I would have edited a bit differently.

To be frank, this book was fun. There were some funny lines that made me chuckle, there was a character I loved, and I thought the story was cute. Truth: I am a sucker for books like this, so some people might disagree.

That being said, I wish the authors had showed some everyday being together time for Bex and Nick. They spent a lot of the book apart, or fighting to be together, or whatever. I know I am a sucker for the melodramatic, and this book delivered, but I am also a sucker for establishing a base line in those relationships. The authors glossed over those quiet moments, but I think readers need to see how Bex and Nick were outside of school and the melodramatic.

Would I have acquired this? Yes, I would have. I may have done things a bit differently, but this was right up my alley and I have been pushing all my friends to read. And frankly, as an editor, that is what you do. So I would have wanted to acquire this book badly.

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