Series: The Royals #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 384 pages
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.
Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.
Much like many of my romance-loving friends, I had full on royal romance fever after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. I started looking at what royal romance to read next when I realized I owned Reluctantly Royal, but hadn’t read it. Since I really enjoyed the first two books so much when I read them, I decided there was no time like the present to finally read this one. It was sweet and swoony and totally fed the royal romance beast.
I loved the characters in this book. Max gave me all the heart eyes. He might’ve been reluctant to take his place in the monarchy, but he was also sweet, thoughtful and protective. And oh so very sexy. Rawr. Meredith was absolutely wonderful. This poor woman went through so much in this book and my heart broke for her. Her son, Marty, was adorable. I loved the chemistry between Max and Meredith from the start and melted all over the place when Marty was in the picture, too. There were so many (good) feels in this book!
If you’re still jonesing for some royal romance and you want something (fairly) low on angst and big on swoons, with a bit of sexy times, look no further. Reluctantly Royal totally fits the bill.
“You should be running from me as fast as you can. I’m everything you don’t want.”
The reality of that thought shot through my system like lightning. I loved this woman. Sometime when I wasn’t paying attention, she had become mine. Did she know that? Would she object?
I was done for. The battle was over, if it had ever begun. I’d lost my heart to a prince. And I hadn’t exactly been sitting around waiting for a prince to show up. I’d thought I didn’t need anyone; I didn’t need anyone. But I wanted him. All of him.
What are some of your favorite royals romances?