SUDDENLY ROYAL, by Nichole Chase
Author: Nichole Chase
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Nichole Chase
Release Date: April 19, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 18
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Have you recovered from your shock of seeing 5 out of 5 stars at the top? I can’t believe it either. I – one of the harshest and most judgmental book reviewers – gave this book 5 stars. No, I am not high, drugged or drunk. This book, now a number one favorite in my “easy, breezy, beautiful” book folder (please don’t mistake it as being my #1 FAVORITE book – that it is not). I just loved this one. It was quick, witty and had a nice little love story. It was the perfect example of why I read books – to escape the harsh and ugly realities of life.
[note color=”#fbdfd5″]SYNOPSIS: Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women–especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
THE LOWDOWN: This book had me from page one. If I wasn’t married with kids and worked a full-time job, I would have finished it in one day. Instead, it took me 3 – and that is a record pace for me at this stage of my life. The book is like a modern-day Princess Diaries, but with more of an adult theme. Samantha Rousseau combines everything I like about strong female leads – independent, smart, caring, funny and confident. She says what is on her mind and doesn’t let anyone walk all over her. She is beautiful, but doesn’t know it or at least doesn’t use her looks to get ahead in life. The author did an excellent job writing from the first person, which is not as easy as you would think. Sam’s voice and point of view was very entertaining and the fluidity of her storyline was smooth.
I also loved Prince Yummy, Alex D’Lynsal (I didn’t make up Prince Yummy – he is called that in the book). He is the type of Prince that any girl who dreams of becoming a Princess would want – smart, funny, handsome and caring. Alex was confident with himself, but not egotistical. The author beautifully executed the progression of Sam’s and Alex’s relationship. It was not at all one of those turn the page and they are together 24/7 type of relationships. Sam’s resistance to Alex was understandable and relatable, yet their chemistry was so believable that I often wanted to shake Samantha and yell at her to stop fighting her feelings, to finally give in to love.
I laughed and cried with this novel. Let me tell you something about me – books don’t usually make me weep. Movies, heck yes. But lit? Not really. They need to be so well-written that I deeply connect with the emotions of the scene and this one did just that.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: You bet I recommend this book and I want to hear what your thoughts were on it. Even if you disagree, I would love to hear why.