Love at First Sight ~ #JNGReads The Royal Runaway

“We weren’t midday or midnight. We were dawn, dusk, and midsummer. Caught in the middle of time and space, ever so fleeting. Blink and you’d never see us – the runaway princess and the dead spy.”

Picture this: I’m striding through Indigo with my husband last Saturday. I’ve just bought 2 new books the day before, so for once, I’m not in here to pick up any literature; instead, I’ve come to take a look at the various home accessories.

All of a sudden, walking past a table stacked with paperbacks, I gasp quietly.

“Damn,” I mutter.

“What is it?” my husband turns around to see me gazing at one book in particular.

“This book,” I say, holding it up for him to see. “I think I have to buy it.”

“Another one?” he asks, concerned.

“Another one,” I reply.

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Now, in my defense, how was I going to resist a book with a cover like this one?

If there’s one thing my husband knows about me, it’s that I am a total sucker for anything royal or romance. Combine the two, and I’m an absolute goner. It wouldn’t have mattered if I had bought 2 million books the day before instead of just 2, I would’ve needed to add this one to my collection.

And boy, am I glad I did! The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is adorable, sweet and suspenseful. A quote on the back cover says that it’s a cross between The Princess Diaries and James Bond, and that description couldn’t be more accurate. Since princesses and British spies happen to be two of my favourite things on the planet (Casino Royale is, to be frank, my favourite move of all time), there was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy this spicy chick lit. story.

I will admit, the plot was a bit muddled at times, and I didn’t think there was any Wow! moment of revelation. The story didn’t have many cliffhangers and I wasn’t quite on the edge of my seat, but the pacing was fast and engaging, and I was thoroughly entertained throughout my reading journey.

What was more wonderful than the plot, though, was the voice of the main character and narrator, Princess Thea! This was probably my favourite aspect of the novel and what made it stand out to me: Thea’s narration is full of sass and wit, and she comes out of nowhere with these hilarious one liners and sarcastic comments that made it very easy to like her. Although she’s royal by blood, she’s incredibly down-to-earth and very girl next door, and she was easily the type of character I could see myself becoming good friends with in real-life. Her relationship with Nick is certainly compelling and there’s lots of tension there, but it was really Thea’s own internal monologue that kept me reading and brought me back to the book at the end of a long day.

This is definitely your quintessential contemporary romance, and if you’re a fan of books by Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella or stories like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, I have no doubt that you’ll love this one! I look forward to reading more of Emory’s books and adding her to my list of go-to chick lit. writers!

❥❥❥.5 (out of 5)

JNG

Girl with a Green Heart

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