Series: Royally #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 30, 2018
Format: eARC, 215 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t… is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I knew I would love Royally Yours. Me loving a new Emma Chase book is a foregone conclusion. What I didn’t know was just how deep Lenora and Edward would get under my skin and burrow into my heart. I’m not sure I can even put into words how much this book meant to me, let alone do it any justice. But, I’ll try.
Can I be 100% honest and admit I didn’t even know who Royally Yours was about because I didn’t read the blurb before going in? I love Emma’s books — and this series — just that much. Once I realized it was a prequel novella featuring Queen Lenora, I was over the freaking moon. I always found her intriguing and it was going to be a real treat to get her backstory. Of course, I had no idea just how much of a treat it would be or how many feels it would deliver along the way.
Royally Yours totally would’ve been a one-sitting read if life hadn’t gotten in the way (*shakes fist*) and I couldn’t focus on anything else until I got back to it. Lenora pulled me in from the start with her determination and strength. Let’s be honest, if this book was 500 pages long I’d have happily read it because I enjoyed her character, and story, that much. From her relationship with her parents and sister, to her friendship with Thomas to the eventual romance with Edward, I was 1000% Team Lenora.
And, oh Edward. I love a good, grumpy hero, but I still wasn’t sure I would like him. Boy, was I naive. I fell absolutely head over heels for him. His and Lenora’s romance was one for the ages. It was touching and real, swoony and so very sexy. They tugged at my heartstrings over and over and obliterated my feels more than once. Lenora and Edward were EVERYTHING. Stories like theirs are why I love reading romance as much as I do. It’s just that simple.
Royally Yours is easily one of my favorite books of 2018. I have a massive book hangover as a result of this book, but I regret nothing. This is one of those books I’m destined to read and re-read for years to come. If you enjoy royal romance, and particularly if you’ve loved Emma’s Royally series as much as I do, this is an absolute must read. What are you waiting for?
“A lady is like a lovely stick of chewing gum. Sweet and unblemished, but if you’re not careful, every lad around will take a taste.”
“I have always been proud of you. Don’t not serve… Lenora. Reign. With an iron grip… and a velvet touch. Trust… only… yourself. And reign.”
I will not be cowed by small men with oversized opinions of themselves. I will not be cowed by anyone.
“And I’ve told you—you should address me as Queen Lenora or Your Majesty.”
“But you’re not, are you?”
“My Majesty. At least… not yet.”
“God, you fucking delight me, Lenora. Nothing on earth will ever delight me as much as you.”
“I think my favorite title will soon be that I am Yours.”
Life can be an unpredictable, cruel beast—but I know down to the marrow of my bones that whatever comes our way, whatever happiness or heartbreaks are in store for us, we’ll face them together. Hand in hand, heart to heart, side by side, Lenora and Edward.
Do you enjoy royal romances?
What are some of your favorites?