Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Written By: Kellie - Jul• 28•13

suddenly royal

Series: Suddenly, #1
Publish Date: April 23rd, 2013
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Rating: 4/5 – Very cute read that brings back lots of happy memories of the Princess Diaries series.

About the book: 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. -Goodreads

My thoughts: The Princess Diaries–All grown up. That’s Suddenly Royal in a nutshell. Okay, I’m definitely over simplifying that, as Nichole Chase has definitely put together an escapist story all her own here, but if you were a fan of the Meg Cabot books, there’s no way you won’t like this version of the regular girl turned royality story. Samantha Rousseau is a master’s student (note: this is not a YA book), and a pretty down to earth chick. Then everything changes when she finds out that her (deceased) mother’s family has a pretty interesting history. Long story short, she’s about to be thrown into the royal court of Lilaria.

The transition to her new life is a tough one, but of course there is a handsome prince waiting in the wings to help her through it. Happy sigh. Prince Alex is definitely swoon-worthy, and I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters. Some of their shared interests and such seemed a little forced/too convenient, but it’s easy enough to get past that. And honestly, that’s pretty much the only thing I can think of to nit-pick with this story. Oh. And the ending was super predictable in every possible way, but think of that more as a ‘you get what you pay for’ thing. Suddenly Royal is everything you hope it will be and then some.

Overall, a quick read that will definitely leave you wanting more. The next book in the series follows a secondary character from this one, and I’m already insanely excited to see what happens next.

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