Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly #2
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Format: Audiobook, Length: 7 hours and 38 minutes
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
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Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?
Recklessly Royal was a great follow-up to Suddenly Royal and a nice continuation of the Suddenly series. The vibe in this story is a bit different than in the first, but I enjoyed it almost as much. Sam and Prince Yummy are a hard act to follow, but Cathy and David did a pretty good job.
Where, in Suddenly Royal, Sam struggled with the news that she was a duchess, in this book, Cathy is struggling with her title, but for completely different reasons. Cathy has always been the good girl. The prim and proper one. She doesn’t want to be used for her title, like her brother Alex was, so she’s rather inexperienced with men. She doesn’t want to be manipulated or hurt, but she doesn’t want to die a virgin either. When Sam’s friend David comes to town, she decides it’s time to chase after a man she’s certain won’t use her for her title.
I really liked both Cathy and David, but I didn’t connect with them quite like I did Sam and Alex. I did love the role reversal of royal woman/regular guy though. I also loved how Cathy put it all on the line to chase him. It was out of character, but somehow it seemed right. They shared some great scenes as they got to know each other, always conscious of the paparazzi surrounding them. The romance and heat between them came from a nice, slow burn and the wait was definitely worth it. While Recklessly Royal might not have been *quite* as sweet and romantic to me as Suddenly Royal was, it still had plenty of swoony and sexy times. It was quite an enjoyable read.
I listened to Recklessly Royal in audiobook format, just as I did Suddenly Royal. The narrator was the same, but I feel like she struggled a little with the Cathy’s accent in this book. It didn’t really take away from the story, but I had to adjust a bit before I became comfortable with it. Still another solid audiobook performance by Caitlin Davies.
I’m sad that there’s only one more book left in the Suddenly series. In the short time since I started listening to it, I’ve become a big fan. Nichole Chase is definitely on my radar now (better late than never, right?) and I’m looking forward to see what she releases next! I know her first Accidental Assassin book comes out soon. It’s high on my TBR.