Katiebird reviews The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

I completely understand why this book was a Goodreads nominee this year. Being an anglophile myself, I knew I would love this book!

The two main characters Bex and Nick start out as friends, which makes sense because of who Nick is. You know, the Prince of Wales, future King of England. Rebecca is the American that arrives from the Midwest to study art at Oxford.

I love that Nick sees her first as someone he can just be himself with, and she knows that he just needs to relax and be normal. They have such a great relationship. That doesn’t mean they immediately fall in the love though. Bex is dating Clive, handsome devil, and Nick…well he has many women vying for his attention.

Like the summary suggests, Nick and Bex do finally admit their feelings for each other, and begin dating, but decide to keep it under wraps for awhile. Nick wants to protect Bex from the press, but as time passes, the reasons for hiding seem to get cloudy for Bex, pushing her and Nick to make a decision that breaks everyone’s heart.

This part of the storyline kind of dragged for me, because I always hate when the decision to be apart, doesn’t really solve anything.

I have a soft spot for red-heads, especially British ones, so I have to mention Freddie, Nick’s brother, was a highlight for me. Anytime he was in a scene, I always got excited. Bex’s sister, Lacey, was also a great secondary character. I didn’t always like her choices, but I was also jealous of her time with Freddie.

If you are thinking that the storyline is the simple boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, then gets-girl-back, you would be wrong. When Bex and Nick are affected by the press in ways they didn’t expect, despite the bubble of protection they put around them, the storyline takes a surprising turn.

favorite quotes

A wave of intense happiness washed over me, and I told myself to carry this moment as a talisman of a time in my life when I was both truly content and lucky enough to realize it.

I hung up the phone and tapped it lightly against my chin, then wrapped myself tighter in my giant woolen cardigan and poured another glass of boxed wine — the official drink of emotionally confused women on a budget.

relative weight of grief is immaterial. Being smothered a little is no different than being smothered a lot. Either way, you can’t breathe.

“And I know it’s tempting to speculate, and to track and trace the movements of the women who are important to me. But I would like to ask the public and the press to show them some mercy. I accept what comes with my birthright for myself, but I don’t have to accept it for them. I cannot brook with a person being made to feel unsafe simply for having cared about me.”

-“Everyone has reasons. Murderers have reasons. But the people they killed still stay dead.”

-“No more apologies. I don’t want you to think that I am holding something over you. I’m not. This isn’t a favor. This is just love.”

five-stars

I give this book 5 romantic stars, and put it on my “favorite” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.

If you love Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral then I think you will love this book!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Katiebird

 

 

 

About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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