Book Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

recklesslyroyalSynopsis from Goodreads:

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

Recklessly Royal is the second installment in Nichole Chase’s Royal trilogy and I have to say, I’m loving it. Whereas I had some struggles at the beginning of the first book, there was none of that with the second book. This was just a fun read from cover to cover.

This book shines the spotlight on Princess Catherine the sister of Alex from book one and David who is a friend of Samantha’s, also from book one. I loved these two characters together simply because of how different they are and the background that they bring to the relationship. Together the two really complement each other, and even though things get rough, they don’t let anything get in their way. There’s no real drama to get in the way of enjoying the romance, so to speak.

The story itself is straightforward. It’s very much a contemporary romance, and while the author tried to throw a curveball in the story, it ended up being insanely predictable. That said, my enjoyment of the overall story wasn’t affected by it. I just sort of went with it and then gave a fist pump when I was able to move on past the ‘revelation.’

Bottom line, Recklessly Royal was another win from Nichole Chase. It was a quick, fun, and fairly brainless read which is just what I wanted while I was on vacation. I’m looking forward to the last installment of the trilogy. 4/5 Stars.

Royal trilogy:

1. Suddenly Royal
2. Recklessly Royal
3. Reluctantly Royal

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Book Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

suddenlyroyalSynopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Suddenly Royal is a contemporary romance reminiscent of The Princess Diaries. I will admit that in the beginning of the book I struggled because it felt TOO much like someone just really wanted to write a new adult or “grown-up version” of The Princess Diaries. However, once I got through a few chapters I was able to block out my worries and just enjoy the book. What really helped make that happen were the characters.

The last thing Samantha expected when she went to dinner with someone she believed to be a royal benefactor was to be told that she herself was royal. But, that’s exactly what happened. Now she has to decide whether she wants to accept the title, or continue to live the life she is used too. I loved how she handled everything and the fact that we would get reminders throughout the story that even though she’s talking all the changes quite well, she’s still kind of winging it. Alex, on the other hand knows well and good what his lifestyle entails, yet Samantha still seems to knock him on his ass at times and it’s fun to read if I might say so myself.

Suddenly Royal is a really great contemporary romance that takes us from one end of the spectrum of fame to the other. I very much enjoyed the read. Also, I really love how the author worked the bird specialties of the characters into the story. It’s a very real concern worked into an otherwise fun, fictional read, so I feel it’s worth mentioning.

All in all, once I got past my issues at the beginning I was able to just read and enjoy this book. It really ran the gamut of emotions and sucked me in. Things were a bit predictable but I still wanted to keep reading to be sure that things ended up how I wanted.  I very much plan on continuing the series. 4/5 stars.

Royal trilogy:

1. Suddenly Royal
2. Recklessly Royal
3. Reluctantly Royal