Royally Screwed (Royally #1)
by Emma Chase
Releasing October 18, 2016
5 ROYAL CROWNS
I am in love! I love Prince Nicholas. I love Olivia. I love their story. I love her writing. There is not one aspect of this story that did not make my heart melt or leave me with warm tingly feelings. It is complete romance perfection!
The two main characters, Olivia and Nicholas, are lovely and make the story everything that it is. Watching them fall for each other, seeing the chemistry spark emotionally with their banter and easy acceptance of each other, as well as in the bedroom leads the reader to become enthralled with their status as a couple. These two make each other better, freer, giving each other permission to be more like who they are versus who the world has told them they need to be.
But more importantly, the reader becomes invested in these two as a couple because the reader loves them as individuals. Olivia is a sympathetic character because of all the obstacles she is facing, and she attacks these challenges head on without faltering. Her fortitude in battling the many adversities that have plagued her life not only makes the reader sympathize with her but also revere her for her dedication to her family, particularly her sister. The reader wants her to have fun and enjoy her fling with Nicholas, and as the novel progresses, and we see them together, the reader wants it to be more.
Nicholas is a hero I have come to expect from Emma Chase. He is honorable, funny, romantic, and so incredibly sexy! Everything from his words to his actions showcases that he is a good guy, and even when he makes some choices the reader isn’t happy with, it is easy to understand his choices based on the characterization created by the author. His humor and lightness with Olivia draws the reader to him as a character, and his vibrancy for life is addictive, even through the pages. And, finally, the moves in the bedroom are top notch, but not over the top. It is clear that Nicholas knows what he is doing in the bedroom, but I love that the physical relationship between them is authentic. These two together just absolutely shine, and the reader finds himself/herself emotional invested in the outcome of these two people.
In addition to the two main characters, I absolutely adore the secondary characters. Everyone from the pie eating Simon, to bubble bath Franny, to the wild and crazy Prince Henry are all wildly entertaining, and I enjoy all the comedy they bring to this romance. Emma Chase also does an excellent job introducing the reader to Henry and setting up her next book Royally Matched, as I already love his sense of humor, and the author has already begun to establish him as a sympathetic character. I already want a HEA for this character, and I haven’t even gotten his full story. Finally, the cameo of two characters from her previous series, The Legal Briefs series, is amazing! I absolutely love getting to see old characters, even if it is only for a chapter, and seeing Brent and Kennedy was like visiting with old friends.
The plot of this story is perfectly paced and well-balanced concoction of comedy, romance, and steam. The relationship between the two is developed perfectly, resulting in an authenticity between the two main characters that doesn’t seemed rushed. Yet, it moves along quickly enough that I am engaged with the couple progression from page one. The plot provides some many instances of comedy. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud and smiling unknowingly at their book. The banter and the back and forth, and pretty much any moment with Franny, will have the reader laughing as the witness love unfurl. Although the conflict and resolution of the story are predictable, Emma Chase’s story and characters are so unique that it doesn’t matter to me. It still hurt my heart and gutted my soul to see them fall apart, and the resolution still made my heart flutter at the grand gesture and the romance that results. And that epilogue will seriously have you smiling like a mad person. Truly, a well-paced, entertaining read.
Royally Screwed has done nothing but solidify that Emma Chase is romance royalty. Time after time, she delivers entertaining romances that hit readers in the heart and showcase all the best aspects of love, and the Royal series is no different. This entertaining and endearing romance must absolutely find a place on your bookshelf!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series & Legal Briefs Series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
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She’s even lovelier than I remembered, than I dreamed. Delicate midnight tendrils frame a face that belongs in a museum—with stunning dark sapphire eyes that should be commemorated in vibrant oils and soft watercolors. If Helen launched a thousand ships, this girl could raise a thousand hard-ons.
She’s prettily made, the top of her head coming only to my chin, but fantastically curvy. Great full tits that strain the buttons of a wrinkled white blouse, shapely hips in a black skirt tapering to a tiny waist I could wrap my hands around and toned legs encased in sheer black tights finish off the whole package very nicely.
An unfamiliar anxiousness fizzes like soda in my gut.
“The door was open,” I explain.
Logan flicks at the lock. Security is his life, so a broken lock would annoy him like a puzzle with the final piece missing.
“What do you want?”
She has no idea who I am. It’s in the defensive way she holds herself and the accusatory note in her voice. Some women try to pretend they don’t recognize me, but I can always tell. Her ignorance is rather…thrilling. There are no expectations, no hidden agendas, no reasons to pretend—what she sees is what she gets. And all she sees is me.
My throat is suddenly a barren wasteland. I swallow, but it’s difficult.
“Well, he’s desperate for some pie.” I hook my thumb at Simon. “And I…wanted to apologize for the other evening. I don’t normally act that way. I was on a bit of bender…”
“In my experience, people don’t do things when they’re drunk that they wouldn’t do normally.”
“No, you’re right. I would’ve thought all those things, but I never would’ve said them out loud.” I move closer, slowly. “And if I’d been sober…my opening bid would’ve been much higher.”
“She crosses her arms. “Are you trying to be cute?”
“No. I don’t have to try…it just sort of happens.”
About the Author:
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.